Mary Poppins Returns
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A masterpiece of ingenuity.
Mr. Oberzan isn't going to win any acting awards with this project, which ultimately feels like a YouTube video that goes on too long, but he certainly establishes his film-editing credentials: the story stays remarkably clear.
I feel like I understand what First Blood is really about much better after seeing this version.
The film might play as a YouTube-y farce for a downtown audience, hard to say, but so far, it's the best movie of 2010.
While the premise might seem like a superficial YouTube stunt, the storytelling is crafty, compelling (falling from a cliff while being chased by a helicopter?!?) and heartfelt enough to explode all sense of cheeky irony.
This is not a "so bad it's good" production-this is a home movie of emotionally astronomical proportions. It wears its hyper-manly heart on its sleeve at every given moment and totally brings you to the brink of Flooding with Love for the Kid.
Engrossing, riveting, amusing and filled with panache and a wickedly offbeat sense of humor. It's an incredible feat of filmmaking that must be seen to be believed.
Oberzan is mostly successful in revitalizing the dime-store psychology and blood n' guts of First Blood through storytelling as childlike play.
A one man retelling of "First Blood" (more faithful to the original novel than the Stallone movie), with Zachary Oberzan playing dozens of roles and shooting the entire film in his NYC apartment for $96. This is really an amazing low budget achievement; Oberzan finds exactly the right tone, playing it seriously (his acting is very good, particularly as Teasle). He lets the cheap "special effects" (toy snakes, bookshelves with branches sticking out of them to represent trees) supply the comic relief, but you still find yourself drawn into the dramatic arc of the story. For a film made for less than $100 it's 5/5 stars; I think it's a compliment to call it 3/5 versus Hollywood competition. It's no masterpiece but it was more entertaining and impressive than most movies with 1,000,000 times the budget.
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