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Man of the Year (2002)





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The brain-child of director and executive producer Straw Weisman, Man of the Year is billed as a reality/surveillance/improv/drama. In fact, the film was shot in one night, with no script and a cast of about 20 being followed around by an equal number of cameras. The story centers on Bill, a successful oil company executive played by John Ritter. At a party in honor of Bill, the audience is introduced to a number of people in Bill's life, including his wife, Carol (Heidi Mark); his bookie, Mickey (Dan Ponce); and his mistress, Vanessa (Khrystyne Haje). As the evening progresses, the mood of the party goes from festive to angry as all of the secrets in Bill's life become exposed, and his life begins to crumble around him. Suddenly, a gunshot is heard, someone is dead, and no one knows who the killer is. Completely improvised based on a loose story outline and a set of predetermined motivations for each character, Man of the Year premiered at the 2002 Method Film Festival in Pasadena, CA.

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Leeza Gibbons
as Reporter
Jon Jacobs
as Johnathan
Ivo López
as Butler
Dan Ponce
as Mickey
Lin Shaye
as Flora
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Hi, This is a really strange film. It was shot in one day using 20 cameras and no script. The actors just ad-libbed their lines. Story line, a murder at a party in a big house with lots of guests and security camers in every room recording everything from several angles. The movie is the projection of several of those cameras at a time in a confused jumble. But strangely enough, it worked for me. One couple is stuck in an elevator for most of the party, while another couple sneeks off to a bedroom for some sex. As things develop we discover that just about everyone at the party has a motive for killing the honored guest--the Man of the Year. But I was disappointed that the actual killer is not revealed. It is worth seeing, especially if you like really offbeat movies and unusual film technique. And if you can multitask by watching several scenes at once :-) Thumbs up for me.

Jim Blair
Jim Blair

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