Bass Ackwards Reviews
I don't know why but I feel dumber... I wonder how many brain cells did I loose watching this.
"Bass Ackwards." Linas, our hero, has basically gotten kicked out of Seattle. No one there who he thought he was tight with wants him around anymore. He ends up on an alpaca farm to make a few bucks and the owner is glad to give Linas his rattletrap VW microbus, a ridiculous vehicle in any man's motor pool. Linas hits the road.
Linas' parents are glad to hear he's on the way home to where they live in Boston. But you can tell they are dubious over what he's up to. They definitely do not want him as a permanent boarder.
Bottom line, Linas is leaving nowhere and headed nowhere. All that matters is what happens to him along the way. And interesting things happen. He picks up and befriends a guy with heavy marital baggage. He flirts with a girl he does not know is married and ends up in a punch-out. He runs out of gas and has to do a Christopher Walken imitation in Lithuanian to get the gas he needs (I kid you not).
It's not much of a spoiler to say Linas lands in an intriguing place in NYC and we see the beginnings of his new life. In fact, the movie ends abruptly where you are really curious what come next. Nevermind. He'll be OK.
A man coming off a disastrous affair with a married woman has a lyrical, strange and comedic cross-country journey in a modified VW bus.
"Bass Ackwards" is a captivating and consummately human film that reminds us that whatever we think the road is about; the trip is probably about something else. Alternating between scripted action, i... read more mprovisation, and the unpredictable spontaneity of vťritť encounters, the film is the semi-autobiographical story of Linas Phillips, who stars as well as directs. Born of the imagination of Linas and his easy collaboration with old friends, costars, and co-conspirators Davie-Blue, Jim Fletcher, Paul Lazar, and Sean Porter, the film effortlessly and organically crosses the line between reality and fiction, incorporating the people and characters that Linas meets on an unscripted and adventurous ride across America.
After a devastating break-up with the married woman he‚(TM)s in love with (yikes!) and a boot from his friend, he takes a job on an Alpaca ranch and contemplates suicide. But discovering a still-running VW van in the rancher‚(TM)s garage causes him to form a new plan: take a road trip to Boston and stay with his family to recoup.
Watching Linas encounter several interesting people (I was happy to see one of my favorite character actors, Paul Lazar, in the mix) along the way, forming friendships, and taking time to find himself, is hilarious, charming, touching, and familiar. You can‚(TM)t help but love this guy and root for him ‚" as a director and an actor, he does an impeccable job of blending reality with the script to make you think and to make you care.
Simple, sincere and touching.
Perceptive and intelligent comedy/drama written, directed and acted by Linus Phillips.
Linus plays a man who is stuck in life and feels like there is no avenues left for him. His girlfriend seems like she is staying with her husband and his job outlook is stuck shooting wedding videos and scooping up llama poop. On top of that his friend who he has been staying with kicks him out. Needing a change of scenery he hits the road in a broken down van and heads home to New York. Along the way he meets a variety of interesting people.
The dialogie feels real, almost like watching a documentary and the people he comes in contact are genuinely decent. Though he feels lost, it is interesting to watch his outlook change as he travels the lost highways.