EVERYTHING ABOUT A MOVIE?
|UNCORKED (director: EM Schrader; screenwriter: Phil Hall; cinematographer: EM Schrader; editor: EM Schrader; music: Fresh Music Library; cast: Phil Hall; Runtime: 40; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: EM Schrader/Aaron Sandler; Lightning Strikes Twice; 2011)|
|"The reasons for making this guerrilla-style film
Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz
EM Schrader ("Burial Boys") directs this experimental short comedy. Phil Hall is the writer and only actor involved in the production. It was shot in real-time in a park in New Haven, Connecticut, on a budget of $10.00 (the cost of a bottle of cognac used as a prop).
On a winter afternoon an
opinionated, gabby, drunk sits alone on a park bench drinking liquor
from a bottle. In the presence of a camera crew who keep their static
camera on him, the grumpy middle-aged man offers a non-stop improv
stream-of-consciousness monologue on his blood pressure problem, his
unhappy marriage, his contempt for Chinese products and a number of
other things in which he offers his comical yahoo insensitive views. It
maybe channels the late Spalding Gray or maybe should have, but without
the renown storyteller's ability to reach us with meaningful personal
touches about his real life.
The reasons for making this
guerrilla-style film remain buried. But, what the hell, it didn't take
much time, much money or much effort for it to get uncorked into a
short film thanks to modern-day technology.
REVIEWED ON 1/22/2011
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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