Things aren’t going so well for Tommy Basilio. He lost his job because he “borrowed” money from the register, his girlfriend left him for his boss and is now pregnant, and he can’t find work because of the incident. His life revolves around the Trees Lounge, a neighborhood bar over which he lives.
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3 1/2 out of 5 stars. Like Buscemi himself, Trees Lounge continually gets better with age. A better director than he gets credit for, Buscemi plays Tommy like the plot of the movie, a shiftless drunk who just kind of drifts where the wind takes him. Great soundtrack and supporting cast, too. This one just marinades its audience in its humanity. Great stuff.
I was listening to a podcast about movies with two critics, and one asked the other his opinion. Not only had he not seen it, but every week there were movies he hadn't seen. His argument was that he went to film school. That doesn't make you a critic. This is a significant independent film of the 90's. It has EVERYONE! It's a litmus test. If you haven't seen this movie don't talk to me, or see it and then you can.
One morning, you wake up, and say to yourself, I'm not gonna drink today, and then the day goes on, and maybe something good happens and you want to celebrate, or maybe something bad happens and you need to take the edge off, or maybe even nothing happens and you want to feel something else, anything at all, and so you take a drink.