• Not Ignatiy Vishnevetsky

    Added by Not Ignatiy Vishnevetsky

    Hal Hartley's first real attempt at post-modernism—and his densest and most ambitious film until HENRY FOOL—is an odd mix of drollness and earnestness, conceptual hipness and moral seriousness, jokey cool and genuine yearning. Not all of it works, but that's beside the point: Hartley's aim isn't to accomplish anything in particular (though he does), but to try to tackle—in an American film—subjects nobody in American cinema ever talks about because they're considered either too high-brow (culture, art) or too low-brow…

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  • BeetleEye66

    Watched by BeetleEye66 01 Apr, 2015

    Amateur is quite a bad film. But I don't think Hal Hartley's strange mirror of reality should hinder his ability to have people listen to what he has to say. Before I compared him to someone with a speech impediment but I'm not sure if that was an offensive comparison or not...

    A few months ago, Little White Lies did a 1994 version of their magazine, and included Amateur in the movies they reviewed. In their review, they made the…

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  • ander

    ★★★½ Watched by ander 27 Mar, 2015

    Child porn and Matador Records*, economics and defamatory journalism, celibate nymphomaniacs and repentant (but for what?) amnesiacs: these are some of the things you'll find in Amateur. While, like the rest of Hartley's 90s, pre-digital work, the images are all about clarity and precise choreography**, that list should clue you in on the impenetrability of the story he tells with this picture. A man bleeds out on cobblestones, beautiful woman Sophia kicks him and believes him dead, but he wakes…

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  • Brad Lewis

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by Brad Lewis 23 Mar, 2015

    All time top ten

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  • punkduck

    Watched by punkduck 16 Jun, 1995

    Fashion Village 8, Orlando, Florida

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  • Arthur Tuoto

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by Arthur Tuoto 12 Feb, 2015

    Poucos diretores conseguem tratar a trama como um mero subtexto como Hartley faz e ainda tirar tanta coisa de elementos tão simples e diretos. Incrível como ele renova o espaço cênico a cada sequência e evoca uma força muito independente para cada momento do filme.

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  • Tyler

    ★★★★ Watched by Tyler 04 Jan, 2015

    Martin Donovan in Hal Hartley movies is my spirit animal.

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  • Ed Cresdee

    ★★★★ Watched by Ed Cresdee 26 Dec, 2014 2

    My first encounter with Hal Hartley, and what a place to start. A pleasure to watch, and the occasional Pavement or My Bloody Valentine track don't do any harm either.

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  • Audrey Karloff

    ★★★★ Watched by Audrey Karloff 20 Dec, 2014

    Man, Hal Hartley just gets me. He knows how to make exactly the sort of film I want to see...I go in knowing I'm gonna love it, whatever it is.

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  • Ian Smith

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by Ian Smith 17 Nov, 2014

    Watched this for the first time 20 years ago and loved it just as much this time around - Hal Hartleys finest work and that's saying something!

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  • Shayne Bowden

    ★★★ Watched by Shayne Bowden 07 Sep, 2014

    I enjoy Hartley's early films but it takes a gap of 20 years or so from the first viewing to appreciate them. I noticed that Hartley's characters act as vessels or dispensers for dialogue. It flows from them in a minimal way that doesn't necessitate physical over exaggeration...... Maybe like Pinter or Mamet's early films.

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  • Brent Paton

    ★★★ Added by Brent Paton

    My favorite Hal Hartley film. Humorous and offbeat. Nice photography by Michael Spiller. Elina Löwensohn looks amazing.

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