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Cold Weather (2011)

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76

Average Rating: 6.8/10
Reviews Counted: 59
Fresh: 45 | Rotten: 14

For viewers who manage to stay invested in its occasionally aimless story, Cold Weather proves a surprisingly sophisticated blend of mumblecore and indie noir.

76

Average Rating: 7.5/10
Critic Reviews: 17
Fresh: 13 | Rotten: 4

For viewers who manage to stay invested in its occasionally aimless story, Cold Weather proves a surprisingly sophisticated blend of mumblecore and indie noir.

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Average Rating: 3.2/5
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A self-styled Sherlock Holmes leads an unlikely team of irregulars in this charming comic mystery from indie auteur Aaron Katz. The film premiered to critical acclaim at the 2010 SXSW Film Festival, followed by a much-lauded screening at the 2010 Los Angeles Film Festival. After abandoning a promising academic career in forensic science, aimless Doug (Cris Lankenau) returns to Portland to live with his more responsible big sister Gail (Trieste Kelly). He quickly lands a dead-end job in an ice

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Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Comedy

Aaron Katz

Aug 2, 2011

$0.1M

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All Critics (59) | Top Critics (17) | Fresh (45) | Rotten (14)

The result is pretty entertaining, though most of that entertainment derives from Katz's skillful exploitation of gumshoe formula.

December 13, 2011 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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Katz's characters are beautifully observed, the autumnal photography of downtown Portland is lovely, and the tension is expertly maintained...

April 13, 2011 Full Review Source: Time Out
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This is a slacker detective story, emphasis on the slack, and if you can downshift into its loping rhythms, it's pretty wonderful.

March 31, 2011 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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Cold Weather is good in so many subtle ways, I despair of doing them justice.

March 11, 2011 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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Just at the point of losing its audience, a nifty little film suddenly emerges.

March 10, 2011 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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The world's first mumblecore ''thriller" - a good idea for a movie that someone, in the future, should execute a bit less lackadaisically.

February 16, 2011 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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'Cold Weather' is an engaging and inventive act of genre-tweaking with no bells and whistles attached, and it represents a huge leap forward for an increasingly promising filmmaker.

June 2, 2014 Full Review Source: Film School Rejects
Film School Rejects

The movie is charming in spite of itself, even if you don't really care about the characters, the mystery or the resolution.

June 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Deadspin
Deadspin

Katz here shows himself to also be one of the few American directors of his generation (he is 29) with a strong sense of composition and movement, sound design as suspense, landscape as character.

June 20, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine
Film Comment Magazine

'Slow Cinema' at its slowest, this indie drama with comic touches is a dreary haul

January 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Movie Nation
Movie Nation

A satisfying movie altogether, although in a lot of ways it feels like a step backwards for [director Aaron] Katz, artistically.

December 22, 2011 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

It's as if the audience is being tested: can you appreciate such slow pacing and focus on character, or do you need your fix of Hollywood plot?

June 25, 2011 Full Review Source: LarsenOnFilm
LarsenOnFilm

Katz is content to hang back with his easily relatable characters, dipping his toe into genre tropes as a way of examining the mystery of their general twentysomething malaise.

May 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Scotsman

There are a few good moments. But not enough to make the journey necessary or justify the abrupt ending.

April 17, 2011 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

Minimalist to the point of self-indulgence though admirable in its economy, Cold Weather is a very different kind of thriller. Think Brick by way of Arthur Conan Doyle.

April 17, 2011 Full Review Source: What Culture | Comment (1)
What Culture

Cold Weather is not without its charm but it really does test the patience of the viewer.

April 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

It's an advance on Katz's other efforts.

April 15, 2011 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

Utterly delightful mumblecore mystery that plays like a slacker version of Sherlock Holmes and is by turns gripping, moving and laugh-out-loud funny, thanks to a superb script, engaging characters and terrific performances.

April 15, 2011 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

Some will respond to the film's mumbling minimalism and there is something mildly heart-warming in seeing aimless individuals gaining a sense of purpose.

April 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK]
Daily Mail [UK]

Huh?

April 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

Andrew Reed's moody cinematography and Keegan DeWitt's percussive score reinforce the noir mood, as Katz plays delightfully droll games with genre convention.

April 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

American micro-budget auteur Aaron Katz makes a delightful leap forward with this slouchy, deadbeat mystery yarn.

April 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

Unfolding in wintry Portland, this is a beautifully photographed tale, where the mystery itself is a red herring.

April 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

As the practically somnambulist Doug, Lankenau has a ramshackle charm that recalls Mark Ruffalo, while Dunn does wonders with a part that has to be created mainly in reaction shots.

April 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

There are few conventional thrills on offer here, but plenty of humour and charm.

April 13, 2011 Full Review Source: Financial Times
Financial Times

Audience Reviews for Cold Weather

In trying to achieve a realistic and simplified version of a investigative thriller, Aaron Katz has actually managed to developed the least tense and most lethargic looking detective story ever. It's categorised as a comedy but I don't remember laughing, Aaron Katz has mistaken deadpan for just dead. I like slow and depressing film where nothing really happens but this films takes it a little too far. Tragically over-hyped. I like the poster though.

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July 4, 2014
SirPant

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So laid back it almost seems merely like a slice of real life ... until a mysterious disappearance in Portland jars an ex- forensics student out of his self- induced doldrums and onto the case. The result is a heightened suspense factor in this clever slacker take on the film noir detective genre that's difference makes for a matter of taste.
September 10, 2012
ApeneckFletcher

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Cast: Cris Lankenau, Raśl Castillo, Robyn Rikoon, Trieste Kelly Dunn, Jeb Pearson, Brendan McFadden, Ben Stambler, Katy Rothert, Paul Rothert, Jerry Moyer

Director:Aaron Katz

Summary: After things go south for former forensic science major Doug (Cris Lankenau), he leaves Chicago and returns home to Oregon to live with his sister, Gail (Trieste Kelly Dunn) -- and soon finds himself entangled in an unexpected situation that calls on his investigative mind. Together with Gail and his friend Carlos, Doug uses his forensic skills and the techniques he's learned as a detective fiction enthusiast to unravel the mystery he encounters.

MyThoughts: "The movie is a bit slow and doesn't give a lot of background on the character's, but I still found the story interesting and the character's to be likeable.The film is an independent mystery with the concept being the likes of Sherlock Holmes. It's a simple film. No blood or guts. But enjoyable none the less. I found it to be funny too. It's one of those films where you feel like you've been dropped into the middle of these peoples lives. No build up, no back story, just the here and now of what's happening. Not a bad film to watch on a long day."
April 21, 2012
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Sometimes when you are viewing a film, it seems like you are a fly on the wall, witnessing the events as they naturally occur. This can be a definite plus, as it shows how seamlessly actors can suspend the wall between the screen and the viewer, but it can also be a deterrent, as in the case of Cold Weather, the events are so natural and seem so mundane that instead of being real, it becomes almost surreal.

Fortunately for me, I had forgotten why I wanted to view this film, other than that Ebert had recommended it. So I had no preconceptions going in, other than the short synopsis that Direct TV gives its films ("a comedy/mystery" now there's a novel concept).

The beauty of this film is that, yes, there is a mystery - and I'm not going to say what it is - only that said mystery only begins to unfold half way through the films 100 minute run time. In the meantime you get to know the main characters, by witnessing how they go about their everyday lives. It's reality TV, only it's REAL, not some jumped up, look at me, BS, but actual, understated, this is my daily/weekly routine kind of stuff. Boring? Perhaps, and you keep wondering where the film is headed; but there's a point to it all - giving the film a very quirky tone that is yet another double edged sword - serving it well, but perhaps being too understated for its own good. It's hard to decide. As the film abruptly ended (literally) - I sat and thought for several minutes - yeah, it all worked, the tone, the fabulous "non-acting" of the actors... and yet does an Indie film have to scream Indie at the top of its lungs?

In all, the characters are all believable, just regular folks, and there are so many subtle moments where the film seems just right, that I found this a refreshing trip away from Hollywood - note the fact that there is a chase scene ... involving only one car! Said scene, and the setup behind it are perfect examples of "what would you do?" Probably the same things these "regular" folks did - and that's the beauty of it... although the film's abrupt end, while I understood it, left me wanting some kind of resolution - see, I'm brainwashed by Hollywood after all.
January 24, 2012
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