Ended on 3/10/2011

PUTTY HILL -  (unrated)

2010 - USA - English - 87 minutes - The Cinema Guild

Directed by: Matt Porterfield

Featuring: Sky Ferreira, Zoe Vance, James Seibor

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A beautifully realized portrait of a close-knit community on the outskirts of Baltimore, PUTTY HILL is the second feature from celebrated young filmmaker Matt Porterfield ("Hamilton"). At a neighborhood karaoke bar, friends and family gather to remember a young man who passed away. Knowing little about his final days, they attempt to reconstruct his life. In the process, they offer a window onto their own lives, an evocative picture of working-class America, dislocated from the progress and mobility around them, but united in pursuit of a shared dream. Exquisitely shot and employing surprising documentary techniques, PUTTY HILL is one of the most exciting American indie films in years.

“Extraordinary. If there’s an independent cinema, this movie is it, and if there’s a new director, here he is.” – Richard Brody, The New Yorker

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Posted by : Marissa S Date Added: 2/23/2011 1:08:07 AMreport this post 
Once I got used to the strangeness of it, it sucked me in and mesmerized me. I felt as if I was living with the characters in their world. Amazing moviegoing experience!

Posted by : kyla Date Added: 2/26/2011 1:54:00 AMreport this post 
it is bad

Posted by : Ray Alva Date Added: 3/17/2011 5:04:19 PMreport this post 
I cannot think of a worse movie to receive such high praise from such top critics. The consistent comparisons to Terence Malick do Malick a huge disservice. It almost seems as if people are trying really hard to convince themselves of reasons to like this mess …

… because it actually starts out quite nicely. The compositions and hybrid documentary/narrative style create a fluid mix of structure and chaos that is very enjoyable. But then about a half hour in, the film loses steam, and the film spirals quickly out of control, and not in a good way. When I read interviews with the director about how the film was shot quickly after another project fell through, it all made sense.

The artistic failure of the film would not bother me so much if I hadn't read so many positive reviews.

Posted by : Federica Date Added: 3/18/2012 2:49:44 AMreport this post 
Thanks for hleipng me to see things in a different light.

     Total Comments:  4   Lowest vote: 1  Highest vote: 5
Average Score: 3.0 out of 5

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