Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
Ordinary life is pretty complicated
An original mix of fiction and reality illuminates the life of comic book hero everyman Harvey Pekar.
"If you're the kind of person looking for romance or escapism or some fantasy figure to save the day... guess what? You've got the wrong movie."
From the very opening scene co-directors, Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini, present us with a rather unconventional film by blending a feature narrative with documentary style footage. Through voice over narration, Harvey Pekar, introduces his character played by Paul Giamatti as an ordinary man living a complex and depressing life. So while this biopic follows a traditional narrative style, it also interrupts it by showing documentary footage of the real people being portrayed in the film explaining the events that took place. The film also includes animation throughout the narrative from Pekar's underground…
This is one of the best biopics I've ever seen. It seamlessly blends documentary-style real life interviews, historical footage, animation, and actors' interpretations of the real-life personalities involved. It's really a phenomenal model, and I greatly enjoyed the attempt as a unique and wonderful piece of indie filmmaking. However, despite all of that originality and the exciting story-telling techniques employed… it's mind-numbingly boring. It isn't a long film, but it felt like it took me forever to trudge through it!
American Splendor is the true story of comic book author Harvey Pekar: native of Cleveland, Ohio and the very definition of the "every man." He has a dead-end job as a clerk in a VA hospital, but he has a…
American splendor is hard to put into words but I will just say I was glad to see Paul giamatti doing a better performance after seeing him as the atrocious rhino at the end of amazing spiderman 2.
A fantastic, riveting, genuinely original slice of postmodernist cinema. American Splendor defies any preconceived expectations and remains a gleaming example of imaginative screenwriting and Filmmaking. An all-time favourite of mine.
"American Splendor" is a beautifully-written, darkly funny, stylish film about everyman Harvey Pekar living within the bounds of ordinary life. And as Harvey puts it, "Ordinary life is pretty complex stuff."
This is gonna be a tough one to review.
I'm usually an advocate for innovation in film and American Splendor is, no matter how I slice it, a breath of fresh air. Not only does it depict the story of peculiar people, but it also does it in an inventive way, rather than just splicing some indie music over some long, wordless long takes and calling it a day. But at the same that I was watching the film and mentally applauding the filmmakers, I was also realizing another thing: I didn't care for anything or anyone in this film. I like the execution, I like the acting, I like practically everything on…
The way this movie weaves in and out of genre and medium is fascinating.
The film's meta use of including the real Harvey Pekar to tell his own story was unique and refreshing, Giamatti and the rest of the cast inhabiting their roles perfectly. It has the wry humour and down-to-earthness of one of his comics, as well as a tinge of pathos, aided in part by the jazz cuts on the soundtrack. If you're interested in underground/alternative comics, this is a good movie to check out.
"What happened to you? You just disappeared after one semester"
"I know, man. I got good grades and all but there was this required math class. I can't do math, and that required class hangin' over my head made me crazy. Eventually the pressure got to be too much."
Fuck. I hate that I relate to this line and this film so closely and I also hate the pang I get in my heart whenever I read it.
So witty and different..I friggen loved it.. I can see watching this a few times
Hacen parecer natural una realización y unas vidas que no parecen serlo. En definitiva, es lo que es. Y no es poco
The opening scene with all the kids dressed up as comic superheroes and Harvey Pekar just dressed as himself is genius. The scene where Harvey Pekar literally can't say anything to make his wife stay is genius. The integration of comic frames, actors, and the real life people is genius. Harvey is a genius and, like misery, genius loves company.
An adaptation of a memoir which, in turn, makes it a biopic that is unbelievably self aware of its own process and the creative process in general. This self-reflection is painful. At first it works as a validation of existence, but, as Pekar says, "if I die, will the [comic book] character keep going? Or will it fade away?". Heartbreaking…
Stylish and highly original,"American Splendor" perfectly captures it's source material in a way that's funny, moving and highly entertaining.
I'm about...let's say 5 years away from becoming a character in this movie.
This film is a proof that each life is interesting, important, and unique – you can make a masterpiece of your own life, your daily routine and your own misery. "American Splendor" reminds in this regard Woody Allen's comedies but it is a very original and stylish film. Based on the comic books by Harvey Pekar about Harvey Pekar, the film features Paul Giamatti as Harvey, Hope Davis as his third wife Joyce, and real Harvey and Joyce as themselves. Giamatti and Davis are absolutely brilliant; the story is funny, honest, touching, and yes, sweet. It is not, probably, easy to like Harvey but I am very glad that the story of his life and work was filmed by the very talented people who did like and understand him, and who found a great way to tell the world about him.
Complete list. :-(
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…