Controlled Chaos

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A former assistant to Oliver Stone makes her debut with this thinly veiled, fictional tell-all account of her time with the notoriously hot-tempered talent. Taking its title from the director's work ethic, Controlled Chaos stars Amy Blomquist as Elsie, the stand in for writer/director Azita Zendel, and Don Hughes as Rick Jones, the temperamental, Stone-like director who has Elsie at his beck and call. Elsie is generally sympathetic and level-headed when dealing with the minutiae of her boss' personal life, going so far as to take the blame for many of his mistakes. But when Rick's various projects, mistresses, and drug suppliers all come knocking at her door at once, Elsie is overwhelmed -- a feeling not abated by the nosy investigative reporter who's looking to dig up dirt on Rick and possibly bed Elsie in the process. The independently produced Controlled Chaos sealed a limited release in mid-2003.

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  • A film that is too often merely tedious.

    Jun 12, 2003 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • The only real-life situations the movie evokes vividly are the circumstances of its own production: underrehearsed actors in hastily staged scenes speaking page after page of awkward expository dialogue.

    Jun 12, 2003 | Full Review…
  • It's hard to tell whether film school grad Zendel thought she was crafting a new-millennium Sunset Boulevard, but what results is more like the cultish morass of Showgirls in its camp dramatization of a poisonous entertainment milieu.

    Jun 5, 2003
  • Often bumpy, naïve and erratically acted, static just where Mr. Stone's work, whatever you may think of it, is undeniably energetic.

    Jun 5, 2003 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Plays like a bad daytime soap opera.

    Jun 5, 2003 | Rating: 0/4
  • The story proper is, unfortunately, all over the map, and further hampered by the constraints of its means. But in newcomer Amy Blomquist, director Zendel has plucked a winner.

    Jun 16, 2003 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

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