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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."
Paul Giamatti is 50 shades of depressing dude. Every role is kind of the same, but also vastly different. One of my all time favorites, and he never seizes to amaze. Especially not here.
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Film #5/Task #12: "A film based on a non-superhero comic book"
Ordinary life is pretty complex stuff.
It befits someone like Harvey Pekar to not only get such a wholly unique biopic, but appear in it himself, as himself, and look completely bewildered the whole time. It's such a great approach by the directors, blending fiction, biography, documentary, and a healthy dose of fourth-wall breaking to make something that really helps the audience really understand Harvey's life and character to a tee. And even if it was pure fiction, there's still something about this sad, curmudgeonly character living in his weird universe with his weird friends, stumbling towards success that'd somehow make it compelling to watch. It's…
One of my go to films. Paul Giamatti is perfect as Harvey Pekar and the way the film incorporates the real Harvey with the acted storyline is one of my favorite things about the film.
The documentarian team of Springer Berman and Pulcini, with AMERICAN SPLENDOR as their first narrative feature, gave Giamatti a juicy centerpiece role. Truly novel in fictionalizing documentary and documenting fiction, but charming nonetheless. "Brand new decade, same old bullshit": day after miserable Cleveland day of hilario nihilism. Judah Friedlander recommending piña colada jelly beans is worth the price of admission alone.
Summary: Outstanding craftsmanship or plot, otherwise good. I've probably seen this more than once, and would watch again. Would recommend this movie to a stranger, or online (as well as a friend).
The editing and script in this movie are top notch. A breath of fresh air in film. I originally saw this in theatre, and have since re-watched it several times since.
"You might want to try believing in something bigger than yourself. It might cheer you up."
This is my favorite film of all times. This is brilliant, amazing film. The great masterpiece!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Whipped out the VHS and watched this one again last night.
Cried at Harvey's retirement party.
Continued to be blown away by Judah Friedlander's impersonation of the real Toby Radloff.
Laughed in lots of places.
Felt inspired to read some Harvey again. (Too bad I got rid of my anthology awhile back - but it's cheap enough to re-order.)
A good time was had by all of me.
American Splendor is a comedy that is a biopic that sort of comes off as a docudrama. This is the life of one man that is told in a way through the thing that he is known at his best for in life.
This is the life of Harvey Pekar. How he tells the story of his life that is narrated by himself and a few other acquaintances of his while the Paul Giamatti plays the younger version of him as he learns to cope with what’s going on in his life. From a file clerk at a local VA hospital to becoming an underground comic book writer. The friendship that he forms with comic artist Robert Crumb played by…
October 2016 Scavenger Hunt #31: A film that takes place on Halloween but ISN'T in the Halloween franchise
American Splendor is probably one of the best biopics I have ever seen in my life. It's so wholly unique and entertaining - even if the main character is played by Paul Giamatti who I can never unsee as a script-stealing blue man. Intercutting typical dramatizations with documentary-style talking heads of the real people that the film is based on seems like such a crazy idea and yet it works here. It's like watching a commentary track within the movie itself.
As much as I'm not a fan of some of the early scenes, due almost entirely to the subject's unlikability, much…
The way this movie weaves in and out of genre and medium is fascinating.
films directed by women, in chronological order. always in progress.
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…