I have always been a huge fan of Steve Buscemi and try to buy any and every thing he is involved in, this film included and I am glad I own it. This is a strangle little tale that was and indie hit especially at Sundance. I have no idea why it took me so long to review this but I guess later is better than never. This really is a good yet quirky movie, really it is.
The film follows Les Galantine [Buscemi] a paparazzi even though he thinks he is better than that, and a young homeless actor wannabe named Toby Grace [Michael Pitt]. These two come together by chance when Les is waiting to get some shots of a singer/actress played by Alison Lohman. While waiting for her Toby literally runs into him and offers his services as an assistant, his first job is to go get him some coffee. On his way back he gets his first glance of the singer and falls in love. From a weird some what non trusting friendship builds between the two as Les lets Toby live with him if he works for free. As the story moves on we see one succeed in life while the other comes to terms with whom and what he truly is.
This is a crazy story full of betrayal and backstabbing and not just between the two lead characters. Writer/director Tom DiCillo did a wonderful job with this film particularly with the script. The story and characters are excellent and some of the most interesting I have seen in a while. And his direction is top notch showing us this film through his eyes, very interesting tale of life on the outside edge of the fast lane.
Steve Buscemi is brilliant as usual in this film and is nothing short of becoming this character named Les. He is a guy who try's to live like he is better than what he is, a paparazzi. He is also not the nicest guy as he takes complete advantage of Toby using him to get what ever he wants, like helping him sneak into parties and get pictures. Toby is played masterfully by Michael Pitt and is just a nice guy looking for some help but Les rubs off on him a little. Pitt actually may be the show stealer in this one but still I think Buscemi is the best. Alison Lohman is great as the singer who falls for Les but is just as lost as him even though she is successful. To be honest this is one of those films were even people in the back ground are great, just a good film over all.
This is a very interesting and entertaining film that I would recommend to any one reading this. I did not want to give much away but still I found it to be one of the better films I have seen recently. I mean come on Buscemi is in it, that should be enough for any one to want to see this movie.
Sleazy photographer makes a friendship with a pretty boy drifter and the two hit the town to snap photos that the tabloids love. Sets up a great premise and fizzles out with that "look at Hollywood" we've seen before and doesn't even have the bite that a black comedy like this should have.
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