Big Bad Love Reviews

  • Aug 12, 2013

    One of my all-time favorite movies. Real characters and true life on the screen, dealing with the pain of what average life can take from a person devoted to his/her art. A profound, yet also subtle film -- not appreciated or understood by many.

    One of my all-time favorite movies. Real characters and true life on the screen, dealing with the pain of what average life can take from a person devoted to his/her art. A profound, yet also subtle film -- not appreciated or understood by many.

  • Apr 26, 2012

    Superb direction, acting, music, cinematography. Arliss Howard and his colleagues should be commended for this unheralded gem.

    Superb direction, acting, music, cinematography. Arliss Howard and his colleagues should be commended for this unheralded gem.

  • Apr 10, 2012

    an odd film about a southern author's day to day struggles with success and happiness

    an odd film about a southern author's day to day struggles with success and happiness

  • Jan 05, 2012

    The main character (an author), starts the movie by getting drunk. Then he drinks a beer while writing. Then his manuscript gets rejected and he drinks. Then he goes to a bar, gets drunk, and sucker punches a guy. Then the next day, he wakes up in his filthy home and has a hangover. Not a fun way to spend 90 minutes.

    The main character (an author), starts the movie by getting drunk. Then he drinks a beer while writing. Then his manuscript gets rejected and he drinks. Then he goes to a bar, gets drunk, and sucker punches a guy. Then the next day, he wakes up in his filthy home and has a hangover. Not a fun way to spend 90 minutes.

  • Jun 13, 2009

    seriously a gorgeous flick. great writing and directing. with great music too

    seriously a gorgeous flick. great writing and directing. with great music too

  • Mar 03, 2009

    loved the writing- A. Howard and Winger were excellent & great visual imagery

    loved the writing- A. Howard and Winger were excellent & great visual imagery

  • Jul 05, 2008

    It's hard to watch Arliss Howard playing the lead ... you really want to see Larry Brown himself there. It's good, though, and it was about time *someone* in hollywood jumped on Brown's work for more than a minute. One of the great and underrated authors of our time.

    It's hard to watch Arliss Howard playing the lead ... you really want to see Larry Brown himself there. It's good, though, and it was about time *someone* in hollywood jumped on Brown's work for more than a minute. One of the great and underrated authors of our time.

  • Jun 18, 2008

    I thought this was a rather mediocre adaptation of an incredible book. Definitely more of a married couples' passion project, (Deborah Winger and Arliss Howard), than an actual homage to Larry Brown. The movie did have a fantastic Fat Possum Records soundtrack, however, complete with a live performance by the late, great R.L. Burnside.

    I thought this was a rather mediocre adaptation of an incredible book. Definitely more of a married couples' passion project, (Deborah Winger and Arliss Howard), than an actual homage to Larry Brown. The movie did have a fantastic Fat Possum Records soundtrack, however, complete with a live performance by the late, great R.L. Burnside.

  • Mar 30, 2008

    Actor/director Arliss Howard's adaptation of Larry Brown's short story "92 Days" is a complex and heart-wrenching Southern drama. Struggling writer and Vietnam veteran Leon Barlow is trying to get his life back on track. Not only is he trying to get his work published, Barlow is also trying to reconnect with his family. Struggling with both rejections from editors and his exwife, Barlow seems to be stuck in a drunken limbo. But the death of his young daughter and a near fatal car accident involving Barlow and his best friend forces him to take control over his life again."Big Bad Love" is a heartwarming and often surreal tale of an artists trip through an emotional hell, where love both scars, heals and in the end saves. "Big Bad Love" is visually stunning, and the supporting cast is oustanding (Paul Le Mat, Rosanna Arquette and Angie Dickinson). The soundtrack compliments the movie beautifully with contributions from both Steve Earle and Tom Waits. "Big Bad Love" is an amazing cinematic achievement, and it's a movie that deserves more attention.

    Actor/director Arliss Howard's adaptation of Larry Brown's short story "92 Days" is a complex and heart-wrenching Southern drama. Struggling writer and Vietnam veteran Leon Barlow is trying to get his life back on track. Not only is he trying to get his work published, Barlow is also trying to reconnect with his family. Struggling with both rejections from editors and his exwife, Barlow seems to be stuck in a drunken limbo. But the death of his young daughter and a near fatal car accident involving Barlow and his best friend forces him to take control over his life again."Big Bad Love" is a heartwarming and often surreal tale of an artists trip through an emotional hell, where love both scars, heals and in the end saves. "Big Bad Love" is visually stunning, and the supporting cast is oustanding (Paul Le Mat, Rosanna Arquette and Angie Dickinson). The soundtrack compliments the movie beautifully with contributions from both Steve Earle and Tom Waits. "Big Bad Love" is an amazing cinematic achievement, and it's a movie that deserves more attention.

  • Mar 26, 2008

    A beer-soaked poem of a movie. It's pretty slow-moving, but Arliss Howard's performance and his use of surreality help to capture the chaotic, frustrating, poetic life of Leon Barlow. Everybody in this one provides strong performances, particularly Paul Le Mat as Barlow's amiable best friend and Angie Dickinson as his dignified mother. The dialogue is for the most part crisp and poetic in a broken-down working-class way. Michael Parks has some great moments as the gas station philosopher, at times politely crude and other times quietly insightful. And I love Debra Winger. Her voice sends me into orbit every time. This one reminded a bit of "Factotum" except that in that movie, Charles Bukowski has no redeeming qualities whatsoever and made me not care what happened to him. Here, while Barlow has many of the same characteristics, he still struggles to overcome his demons rather than wallow in them and celebrate them. It's a huge difference and made this a better movie for it.

    A beer-soaked poem of a movie. It's pretty slow-moving, but Arliss Howard's performance and his use of surreality help to capture the chaotic, frustrating, poetic life of Leon Barlow. Everybody in this one provides strong performances, particularly Paul Le Mat as Barlow's amiable best friend and Angie Dickinson as his dignified mother. The dialogue is for the most part crisp and poetic in a broken-down working-class way. Michael Parks has some great moments as the gas station philosopher, at times politely crude and other times quietly insightful. And I love Debra Winger. Her voice sends me into orbit every time. This one reminded a bit of "Factotum" except that in that movie, Charles Bukowski has no redeeming qualities whatsoever and made me not care what happened to him. Here, while Barlow has many of the same characteristics, he still struggles to overcome his demons rather than wallow in them and celebrate them. It's a huge difference and made this a better movie for it.