Love & Distrust (2010 Video)
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I would think that the major actors given top billing in the movie for their brief scenes would pay large sums of money to have them removed.
If I may quote from my favorite review on Rotten Tomatoes - "This movie is a huge piece of crap in a crap bucket."
I actually want to sue someone for lost time and suffering plus the $1.08 I paid at the Red Box.
Someone please explain.
Surely the actors must have known what a joke the movie was. Once again, I agree with Paul David in that I feel let down by the big players...Amy Adams, Robert Downey Jr.(his skit was like watching bloopers at the end of a serious movie), and Robert Pattinson (for the life of me, I can't understand why he agreed to do this movie...with such a budding career ahead of him...it was like a slap in the face to his fans).
This was one of the worst movies that I have EVER seen. The only reason that I just wasted this much time, was to prevent others from wasting their lives' precious time!
sorry, it wasted my evening, what a complete load of absolute rubbish, garbage, words fail me. It is one of the worst films which I have ever seen and was surely made to mock us all in our intelligence of watch ability.
The film starts okay but goes rapidly downhill from there. I was expecting a connection between the five stories but there was absolutely none and as for any love theme, that lost me completely.
Movies like Crash, Fragments, Babel and others enthralled me but this one leaves me wondering what it was Alla bout and the sad thing is I will hesitate about watching another Pattinson/Adams movie after this debacle.
This makes movies like 'Cloverfield' look like an Oscar nominee.
The 'waitress' thing was quite watchable but far from entertaining and the 'cars' thing towards the end - the guy trying to pick up the ladies - and the mature lady who finds her 'cowboy' - just leaves you wondering what we are watching. The ending has absolutely no meaning and if there is any acting of real note, it is probably from the sexy girl on the train.
Be warned - this movie should definitely carry a health warning!
The juxtaposition of 5 entirely different stories that start off having nothing to do with each other is only rivaled by the clever syntax and jagged transitions that underlies each plot turn. While the themes never, truly, come together, nor do they build up into anything particularly ground breaking: it still leaves much room for conversation and self exploration at the end of the movie.
In fact, one could say that its unresolved/anticlimactic nature mirrors the very essence of love. Well...bad love...DISTRUSTFUL love.
Then again, one could say anything they want at this point. It's the internet.
This DVD is five stories, briefly described as one form of love and the results, given a name, and then proceeds to a short story attempted to make passable by the use of star names but self-defeating in the fact that they seem shot on home video gear - grainy, poorly focused, meaningless lighting, and embarrassingly bad script writing. SUMMER HOUSE (shot in Normandy we are informed in the credits stars a house with the incidental, very brief placement of Robert Pattinson in the deep shadows as the love who got away from Talulah Riley and who wants back. BLUE POLES is a truck ride in Australia with Sam Worthington on his way to Canberra to see a painting called 'Blue Poles' and offers a ride to Emma Randall whose naiveté crossroads don't seem to alter the driver's desires. GRASSHOPPER places James Franco on a train with Rachel Miner, a Goth-like sex kitten who retrieves Franco's cell phone and opens a thankfully brief silly near blackmail episode to retrieve the cell phone - with a corny twist at the end. PENNIES places Amy Adams in a diner, taking a job as a waitress to make enough cash to keep her daughter from being 'cut' - the 'cut turns out to be less than dramatic - and discovers the varieties of people's reactions to diner help on several levels. AUTO MOTIVES deals with cars - Michael Imperioli tries in vain to seduce girls into his car parked in Washington Square while Robert Downey Jr appears VERY briefly as a car detailer who wants to get in front of the attention of Director James Cameron.
Why make this five-part movie? Perhaps it is a project of a wealthy philanthropist who needs a diversion, perhaps it is payback for favors in the industry. The material is lack luster and it is surprising that the star actors took on the project. But then step back and consider the means: this is one way to get flash fiction on the screen for little money and a lot of hope that people will buy into the concept that from little seeds, gardens grow.
It follows eight individuals from diverse backgrounds on their quest for true contentment. A waitress,a business man and a lusting teenager from different backgrounds share similar experiences as they search for love, trust and the meaning of life. It is a film about how events shape our perspective and help us form connections with each other in the most unlikely of places.
This is not your typical film.Many have rated this low due to this reason alone.One has to watch this with an open mind to realize how good this collection of short films is.
One must realize that this is a film about life.The main characters presented here are experiencing the conflicts as well as the challenges they are currently facing in life such as financial woes, stereotypes, alcoholism, sexuality and of course love and trust issues; and how they handle them.
This is not your escapist film but rather a collection of film that presents realistically about different situations we may find ourselves into.It is one of the best direct-to-videos ever released.
Long version: I'm not afraid to admit that the only reason why I watched this movie at the time was because of Robert Pattinson (yes, I was and still am a Twilight fan, don't judge me). I had never seen short films before, and because of this movie, I got the impression that sucked. I, and the people I watched it with, were so confused. Each segment ended with a plot twist just when we thought we FINALLY knew what was going on. 88 minutes of our lives that we'll never get back. 8 to 9 years later and I still can't get over how bad I thought this movie was, and just from reading other reviews now, I'm obviously not alone in my opinion
The movies isn't for mainstream audiences and offer slices of life events that don't always have pat conclusions, but reflect more of the episodic nature of love, moments of compassion and betrayal, urgency and doubt, and happiness. A worthwhile experiential film if one can mostly ignore the last short (which isn't consistent with rest of its companions, better scene separately as a series of short, shorts).
The crowning blow was the last segment "Auto motives" directed by Lorraine Bracco, an actress that probably wanted to try see things from behind the camera, being usually in front of it. The story is a disjointed account of things that do not actually make sense. It goes from the man offering a ride in his convertible to female passersby on Washington Square North, the Northern end of the famous park to several other unconnected situations in the same vignette. One wonders where did this man with the convertible live? He must have come from the boondocks, for no woman in her right mind in Manhattan would give this jerk a moment of her time.
Then, in the same segment, we get a goofy Robert Downey Jr. with a friend exchanging some inane lines with James Cameron who is driving his Hummer. We thought Mr. Downey had better things to do with his life and his career, for he is an excellent actor, perhaps on an off day having been conned by the director in being in her mess.
Best of all is James Franco in "Grasshopper", showing he can enhance the material he was given to play. Amy Adams tries to do something with her waitress having a bad hair day, although the material does nothing to her screen career.
To be watched at the viewer's own risk.
'The Summer House' stars Robert Pattinson in a five minute role. He is a lovelorn boy who desperately wants to get back with his former girlfriend. As with most one-acts, it makes no sense whatsoever. While his performance is good, the rest of the story revolves around the moon landing. I was wondering what the point of the summer house was; why didn't it just focus solely on the moon landing and not on the ended relationship? 'Blue Poles' stars Sam Worthington. He is riding with a woman that he picked up on the road. She is rude to him and he tells her he wants to see the blue poles. They sleep together and she leaves him the next day. Another case of a one-act making absolutely no sense, I found this to be the least intriguing of the five.
'Grasshopper' stars James Franco. He is a young executive who meets this woman on a train. She wears heavy makeup and hooker-like clothing; no doubt a prostitute. He is intrigued by her, but at the same time cautious. He tries to befriend her but she doesn't want that. They both end up in the same motel, right next to each other. A tragedy occurs the next morning and Franco leaves the town he's in, never forgetting her.
'Pennies' was an intriguing look at a woman's desperation to do anything for her daughter. Starring Amy Adams, she receives a phone call reminding her that she owes money and that they have her daughter. Throughout the day, Adams' character waits tables and has enough money by the time limit when a robber comes in and takes it all away again. 'Pennies' is a takeoff of the song "Pennies from Heaven," in which good things can happen from people you least expect it. Throughout the short, Adams' character realizes that people are kind at heart.
'Auto Motives' is about what goes on in peoples' cars. A man tries to pick up women on the streets of New York while a woman in a limo laments about her divorce. The best part of this vignette was Robert Downey Jr breaking into James Cameron's house and stealing his Camaro. Downey's screen time is five minutes, but it is five minutes well spent.
I rented this movie because I am a Pattinson and Downey fan and their names drew me in. However, after seeing it, I can honestly say my favorite vignette was 'Grasshopper.' By far the most serious and depressing, it is also the best written. Franco shines in this role and his co-star, Rachel Miner, reminds me of Kirsten Dunst. While I enjoyed Downey and Pattinson, of course, Franco's performance outshined all of them.
I am glad that I saw this, but it isn't one I will add to my collection.
If you are willing to give philosophical thought to what you're watching this movie would be recommended. If entertainment is what you're seeking this isn't the movie for you.
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I learned a lot about blackmail from this "film." If you can make it through the film, you too will become painfully aware that Hollywood stars too have ugly skeletons in their closets. Obviously some of our best Hollywood hitters (ie James Cameron, Robert Downey Jr, Amy Adams, Robert Pattinson, James Franco etc) owe some serious favors to people in low places. My only hope is that this project cleared the slate for them.
What "Love & Distrust" really is, is a compilation of 5 unrelated short films in the vein of something like "Coffee and Cigarettes" (2003). The vignettes have nothing in common except that they are all supposed to show the various elements associated with love, like: obsession, mistrust, and seduction. The second major problem of the film is that the 15-minute vignettes are drawn out with short-lived characters and obtuse lessons on love.
"Love & Distrust" may be slow, boring and arguably meaningless, and I probably know more about love than its stars. But it's a conceptual look at the variations of love and trust that hasn't been explored in quite this way and I appreciate their attempt at least.