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Living in Oblivion (1995)

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100

Average Rating: 8.4/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 0

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Following up his debut, Johnny Suede, director Tom DiCillo presented this filmmaking comedy that allegedly draws much from DiCillo's experiences on the set of the 1991 Brad Pitt vehicle. Steve Buscemi stars as Nick Reve, the long-suffering director of a no-budget independent film. If he's not dealing with his heartbroken director of photography Wolf (Dermot Mulroney), Reve is trying to keep his leading lady Nicole (DiCillo mainstay Catherine Keener) happy or ignore the pseudo-auteur suggestions

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Drama, Comedy

Tom DiCillo

Feb 11, 2003

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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All Critics (32) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (27) | Rotten (4) | DVD (7)

A hip indie version of Truffaut's Day for Night, Living in Oblivion celebrates the very act of filmmaking as grand folly, a triumph of absurdist heroism.

September 7, 2011 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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A treat.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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A very funny picture that presents the world of independent film making as a nightmare of conflicting egos, budgetary squalor and incompetence.

June 18, 2002 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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"Oblivion" has a surrealistic, guilty-fun quality. It feels almost too good to be true.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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So you wanna make a movie? Well, first, you should see "Living in Oblivion," Tom DiCillo's savagely funny satire of the world of independent filmmaking.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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DiCillo effectively uses dream sequences and black-and-white film to spoof the pretentiousness of indie films, but remains thoughtful and clever throughout. And every performance is spot-on.

June 23, 2007 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Probably the best and funniest of the mid-'90s crop of movies about making movies.

April 9, 2007 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

A valentine to the independent film world, DiCillo's version of Truffaut's Night for Day offers a smart, amusing look at the perils of low-budget filmmaking; the ensemble acting is superb.

January 23, 2007 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

Really clever little comedy about low-budget filmmaking with Buscemi at his best.

August 24, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Sluggish, dumbly overpraised farce about an indie movie I would never see, but I still might pick over this one.

August 16, 2003 | Comment (1)
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Meaty and witty, the sort of product that rewards a closer examination even as it buggers intimacy.

April 2, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

Desperately funny.

February 17, 2003 Full Review

Offers a wacky behind-the-scenes look at the challenges of making a low-budget independent movie.

August 28, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

The humor is uneven and the surrealism only partly effective, and the few attempts to make us take a personal interest in the characters fall flat; after all, they're only caricatures.

June 5, 2002 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Fun!

July 1, 2001 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

DeCillo keeps the film moving with the kind of frantic energy you find on a real film set, alternating between judicious use of black-and-white and garish color, all the while keeping both frazzled director Nick and the audience just a little off balance.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Engaging and bright, witty and smart, Living in Oblivion is a riotous romp through the world of moviemaking, with emphasis on the helplessness one feels on a low-budget set when things go wrong.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

A smart, funny send-up of the trials and joys of filming on big egos and low budgets - subjects that writer-director Tom DiCillo and his collaborators presumably know first-hand.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: San Francisco Examiner
San Francisco Examiner

Audience Reviews for Living in Oblivion

Meta. I just wanted to say meta.
March 31, 2007
brooklynspo

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A must see for ANYONE who has ever worked on a low budget indie.
March 18, 2011
kenstachnik

Super Reviewer

Proof that Steve Buscemi needs to be a leading role in more movies. Gotta say, I wasn't taken in at first, but being too lazy to change the movie, it ended up being a pretty awesome film. Even from just directing movies for fun I understand how much it can drive you crazy and how nothing ever goes right.
November 13, 2009
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Curtis Lilly

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Catherine Keener is the hottest old rag in the world.
March 3, 2009
LoughnerWasLucid

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    1. Tito: Have you ever had a dream with a dwarf in it? Do you know anyone who's had a dream with a dwarf in it? No! I don't even have dreams with dwarves in them. The only place I've seen dwarves in dreams is in stupid movies like this! 'Oh make it weird, put a dwarf in it!'. Everyone will go 'Woah, this must be a fuckin' dream, there's a fuckin' dwarf in it!'. Well I'm sick of it! You can take this dream sequence and stick it up your ass!
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