it all begins with cigs and coffee
So,this was the start of PTA film directing career!What a wonderful start.
good cast,(as always,I think Phil Hall is an undiscorved gem. I wish that
his peers will give this man,at least an oscar nom!!)with an interesting
story of a man who is trying to make right the mistakes of the past. Phil
Hall plays the character Sydney very cool,poised,and confident.Things
always what they seem and we could find ourselves into a situation way
A very good film and this is only the begining of the very talented
This movie is so bad. I find it hard to believe that anyone likes this
film but that seems to some that PT Anderson can do no wrong. Whilst
Anderson's other films are passable (but overrated), this one is filled
with clichés and wooden acting. None of the dialogue is original; every
single line has appeared in another film before it. The characters are
banal stereotypes. The old mentor teaching a sassy, overconfident
maverick has been done to death. I found the character of "Sydney"
(apparently the original title to the film) offered nothing to the
world of ideas and Philip Baker Hall could have mailed in his
performance from the set of one of his many other films that he "acts"
in (this guy is not very picky when it comes to choosing parts). I can
see why the distributors changed the name from this inane character but
the later title is probably worse. When Sydney talks about "the hard
eight" in the film I was filled with the nausea that always comes from
a gratuitous reference to the title within the film. As for John
Reilly, I don't know what his strengths are but I often assume it is
knowing people with talent. If you are one of the people who thinks
that Reilly is talented then this may be the film for you. But if you
are looking for someone who can go beyond being himself in a film then
Reilly's performance will surely disappoint. Forget the art-house
raves; this is a film to avoid at all costs..