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Phillip The Fossil

Phillip The Fossil (2011)

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Set in small-town New England, Phillip The Fossil follows an aging party animal chasing the now extinct glory days of his youth. Blowing lines with kids half his age, making it rain in strip clubs, and voraciously pawing naive girls with "JUICY" tagged across their rears are all part of Phillip's relentless pursuit of the endless summer. He chuckles along as the carefree town jester, but beneath this suffocating guise Phillip feels increasingly isolated in the dead end rut he has so comfortably

Unrated,

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Mr. Donovan shows a talent for the poetic depiction of small-town life in flickering, quotidian scenes shot with constantly moving hand-held cameras.

April 14, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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The edge achieved by director-editor-producer-scribe Garth Donovan is jeopardized by overreaching for topical relevance.

April 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Variety
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Donovan's idiosyncratic approach to character develops a compelling rhythm, but the film falters when a dramatic double climax pushes it past its low-key limits.

April 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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The film isn't very good for reasons common to a low-budget work early in a director's career.

April 17, 2011 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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