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living in oblivion
starring steve buscemi, catherine keener • comedy • 1995 • rated r

plot summary: Nick Reve (Buscemi) is an independent filmmaker trying to complete his latest movie, but everything is going wrong.

who should see this movie: Anyone who's ever been interested in the filmmaking process, particulary the independent filmmaking process; Steve Buscemi admirers.

who should NOT see this movie: Those who were annoyed by the movie Groundhog Day; people who are stressed out and are renting a movie to relax.

We got this movie from Netflix recently 'cause Mike had never seen it, and I hadn't seen it since it first hit the theaters. Well, lemme just say, it holds up wonderfully, despite being almost a decade old at this point! The script is absolutely pitch-perfect; no big surprise since it was written by writer/director Tom DiCillo who (duh!) knows a thing or two about the frustrations and joys of independent film!

It's awesome seeing Buscemi in a sorta "leading man/romantic" role, and Catherine Keener is fabulous in her performance as an insecure actress. Plus her husband, Dermot Mulroney, is practically unrecognizable as broken-hearted cameraman Wolf (and that's not just because he's wearing an eye patch), and James LeGros is annoyingly hilarious as the arrogant actor Chad Palomino. (janice.11.04)

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