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Plot: En route to meet his estranged daughter and attempting to revive his dwindling career, a broken, aging comedian plays a string of dead-end shows in the Mojave desert. Runtime: 110 mins Release Date: 13 Nov 2015
What is entertainment? What possesses someone to want to entertain? Life can grind us down to the bone. It can buoy us at a special moment. We are in a constant battle against the stark reality of a barren world. A world full of sand. Sand and hills. Anima and Animus. The energy needed to move the seemingly immovable object is at a premium. Skeletons of aeroplanes, littered amongst the dunes. Lime green and tanned yellow walls. Colours affect our perception. Death and rebirth all in one day. A fly. Stuck to the wall. Hanging around. What's the point of even trying. To make any of you <more>
laugh. Do you even know what it takes to put on a show like this?!
One of my favorite directors working (by connergoneill)
There is and always should be a place in film for surrealism and absurdity. Some of the greatest film makes of all time occupied this space for a time Fellini, Bergman, buñuel... . I get mad when I see so many bad reviews where people say "boring, slow, doesn't make sense, film school, no plot". There have been 300 marvel movies in the last 10 years, can the Rick alversons of the world get a break? This is the kind of film that interests HIM, and many other people. I loved this film, one of my favorite of the decade, a spiritual sequel to "the comedy". Beautiful and <more>
haunting and hilarious. 9/10 bags of popcorn, needed more Courtney love jokes cranberry sauce .
Audiences not braced for what Rick Alverson's Entertainment has to offer will be doomed for an unpleasant and gruelling experience. This is anti-entertainment if anything, not in the sense that it uses anti-jokes but the comedian protagonist is on the lowest rung of humour. Using cheap sight gags, resorting to insulting the audience, taking uncalled-for hits at celebrities and using not-so-funny voices, the laughs the characters do get are cheap. This comedian is a 19 year routine from lead actor Gregg Turkington, otherwise known as Neil Hamburger, but that backstory has no relevance to <more>
the film's narrative as he's otherwise unnamed. It's performance art, but also satirical as it's not far from the truth of what some comedians actually resort to in their acts. In that sense, it's a study on what's considered entertainment, why people are drawn to it and what it means to people.The film chronicles a cycle of repetitive sequences that grow darker in despair. The comedian attends novelty tours on his journey, browsing at eye-sore mechanical marvels in the middle of the desert, often away from the main group and guide. Then he performs at third-rate gigs such as dingy bars, often saying how he's travelled from miles away but never where from exactly, and gets upset when the audience don't laugh at his jokes. That's all part of his act, however, but it doesn't get them more comfortable. His warm-up act is an amateur mime artist played by Tye Sheridan, though how they're travelling together remains a mystery. He calls his estranged daughter before bed in hopes that she'll pick up and reconnect, but it's ostensibly in vain. Some other characters take him aside, such as detours from his wealthy cousin played by John C. Reilly, an example of success, and Michael Cera in a four minute cameo as a hustler who wants company.It feels like the films of Roy Andersson by way of David Lynch as a surrealistic nightmare. From constant stumbles, the comedian is on a broken American dream, both as a father and as a budding entrepreneur with his comedy act – which it must be noted, is far from his stoic self. He seems willingly isolated offstage, but abrasive when he's onstage. If comedy is an escape for some, is that necessarily a good thing? It can be cryptic in these scenes that don't tie in together, but they're all expressing his anxieties and failure in his career and fatherhood. Almost every gig he does is greeted by an apathetic 'good show' from the manager while he looks dead inside. The tragedy is off-screen and internal but it's palpable, highlighted by the washed-out and carefully composed photography. Entertainment is a very unsettling film, and at one point near its middle I found myself tested by it, but it's thoroughly profound for those who want something challenging and hauntingly beautiful.8/10Read more @ The Awards Circuit http://www.awardscircuit.com/
In reality, I'd give this film an orange and a telephone pole out of 10. That is to say,"Entertainment" eschews linear narrative.The surrealism is, mostly, gritty. It is an uneasy watch, and part of the difficulty is the misogyny depicted. The central character's act does for variety entertainment what Ted Hughes did for baking; yet, it is a beautiful film in the sense that it's a moving wallpaper with characters as part of a landscape. The Mojave desert is stunning. It is original ,the cast is faultless, and it's ironic. Some of the jokes are hilarious; despite <more>
the fact that they are part of an anti-comedy act and because of their complete mean spiritedness. It is beyond deadpan: it puts the soul in a vacuum and watches it writhe. The soundtrack also deserves mention as it is rather lovely.
There is a thin line, in the world of independent cinema-and European and world cinema as well-between good intentions and an accomplished form that can work as a piece of art. The usual thing, especially in places of art festivals-such as the Thessaloniki film festival where I watched the film- is to meet films that are rather pretentious, wanting to look clever one perfect example of the kind is the highly regarded by the critics Lobster, which may go as far as bare the title of the best European film of the year , or that through their pronounced emphasis on social situations demand to be <more>
taken seriously as movies about people -in contrast with exactly what? Robert Bresson's masterpieces could teach something to all those mediocre directors who claim a place in the history of cinema. So, when I encounter a film maker who has really the capacity to create a cinematic vision with virtuosity and precision I am very glad. This is, I believe, the case of the film Entertainment, which although not easy to enjoy, it is in my opinion a remarkable work of musical quality it has a pace that is successfully maintained throughout the film and a personality that is not the sum of its influences perhaps David Lynch, David Foster Wallace among others? .All actors are perfect but the protagonist, I think, gives probably the best performance of the year.Surely it is a film that very few things happen, but they do happen in a context that is meaningful, in a form that shows that the director is a master of its means, despite the difficulty of the task. A rare experience, copious sometimes, of being in the margin, and what it is all about, strolling in the desert of our lonely damned hard seeking Entertainment souls.