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½ September 22, 2013
Danny Huston gives the performance of a lifetime in a raw and emotional tale of one mans final days. Starting with the end, the film tracks the background to the final days. Takes some sticking with at times, and not all the characters are likeable, but this film is very original and unforgettable.
½ November 4, 2012
fascinating
4 11 2012
½ July 12, 2012
The underside of the film industry has never been so compelling. Danny Houston's best performance.
July 4, 2012
Tried watching this twice, couldn't get into it. Seems very much of its time.
May 3, 2012
A deeply upsetting, frenetic tale of drugs, sex and death. Bernard Rose directs the digital visuals beautifully and Huston, in front of the camera as the hedonistic, sprawling Ivan, is utterly superb.
½ April 1, 2011
Years after falling in love with this at the time, a revisit still packs an incredible punch. Were it not for the low budget, this would be remembered as an essential view all time great. Incredible script, thanks to Tolstoy, stunning acting - Danny Hudson is awesome, just huge as Ivan Beckmann the mega agent, drug fuelled, cancer riddled walking dead man - Ari Gold in an even more brutal world. Tough sledding but worth it, the dog struggles to hit it's marks but otherwise perfect - Leaving Las Vegas meets the Sweet Smell of Success. Renching and compelling. Brilliant.
December 1, 2010
i can see what they wanted to do, but i'm afraid it doesn't work. i'm not even going into whether it's faithful to tolstoy's novel or not. the camerawork and sound quality are really appalling. incredibly amateurish. it really looks like a home video. the story itself is alright, but just that. not worth watching.
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Super Reviewer
August 23, 2010
Bernard Rose must be the most underrated anglo director working today.
May 21, 2010
Huston is good but it's more of a misjudged revenge strategy than the intiguing experiment that it puports to be.
January 13, 2010
It's depressing, but probably appropriate, that such a good film is so unheard of. Ivans XTC is a film that features the superficial, greed-driven persona common of today, which happens to have taken the form of a Hollywood agent. The word persona is quite appropriate, as the film's main character, Ivan, displays an elaborate mask to others, yet he is being eaten away and is completely empty inside.

It's easy to assume that just the sheer amount of dirt dug up and smeared over America's films industry played the most part in such a limited release (those of you using R1 DVDs will have no luck finding a copy). However, the life of talent agent Jay Moloney, who once represented director/writer Bernard Rose, is the arguably most direct inspiration for film's main character. There are many parallels in the two, but the film is not about defamation. While unflattering, it's completely honest by demonstrating the flaws in a lifestyle, not one particular life. So much so that the Creative Artists Agency, whom previously employed Moloney, went as far as trying to block the film from being shown, for obvious reasons. The film is also largely inspired by the Leo Tolstoy novel, 'The Death of Ivan Illyich'.

I don't think any description of the story will do it justice, as it the way in which it presented is bold, true, sad and beautiful.
January 12, 2010
It's depressing, but probably appropriate, that such a brilliant film is so unheard of. Ivans XTC is a film that features the superficial, greed-driven persona common of today, which happens to have taken the form of a Hollywood agent. The word persona is quite appropriate, as the film's main character, Ivan, displays an elaborate mask to others, yet he is being eaten away and is completely empty inside. It's easy to assume that just the sheer amount of dirt dug up and smeared over America's films industry played the most part in such a limited release (those of you using R1 DVDs will have no luck finding a copy). However, the life of talent agent Jay Moloney, who once represented director/writer Bernard Rose, is the arguably most direct inspiration for film's main character. There are many parallels in the two, but the film is not about defamation. While unflattering, it's completely honest by demonstrating the flaws in a lifestyle, not one particular life. So much so that the Creative Artists Agency, whom previously employed Moloney, went as far as trying to block the film from being shown, for obvious reasons. The film is also largely inspired by the Leo Tolstoy novel, 'The Death of Ivan Illyich'. I don't think any description of the story will do it justice, as it the way in which it presented is bold, true, sad and beautiful.
November 26, 2009
I am new to this site and forgive me if I sound technologically illiterate, but how do I watch this movie? Isn't it supposed to be possible for me to do that on this website?
November 7, 2009
Top film. Seen it ages ago but still a great film
½ September 27, 2009
Somebody needs to give Tolstoy-adapters a budget. It would have been much better with a budget. Huston is good. Weller is good. Much of the rest of the cast is...um...horrid. The direction is really over the top.
July 30, 2009
Weller and Huston Make this tough movie incredibly watchable. The beginning of the movie well probably make you want to turn it off, but please wait for it to sink in when the two leads come into the movie. A Big recommendation!
May 22, 2009
Critics have compared this film to Robert Altman's The Player. However, in charting the debauched lifestyle and death of its main character, Ivan, a Hollywood agent, Bernard Rose is not interested in satirizing or giving us an inside look at the power players in Tinseltown. His approach to the material, in fact, recalls Fellini. As in 'Satyricon', where Fellini approached ancient Rome from the position of one observing the behaviours of "martians", Rose puts the viewer, rather uncomfortably, in the front seat to observe its Hollywood types and their wheelings and dealings, meetings, pretensions, and sex and cocaine filled lives, all of which are completely unrelatable. Rose, serving as his own cinematographer, shoots in handheld digital. His aesthetic comes across as a twisted version of cinema verite, like a fly on the wall television reality program. He captures some exteriors that, though superficially beautiful and bright, look unhealthy, as if they were lit by a pornographic, diseased sun. The starkly realistic approach does not engender much sympathy for Ivan, but that may have been Rose's point. Only in severe illness do we see him in a vaguely human light as he is distanced from his environment.
½ May 20, 2009
a really non interesting film that follows a talent agent through his last days of excess after being diagnosed with cancer. danny huston does put in a fine effort as always, but this film is nothing more than a voyeuristic look at a hollywood bigwig's woe is me life. skip it.
March 29, 2009
A satisfying Bernard Rose film, but not the best. Performance is the only thing that made the film flow.
½ October 23, 2008
One of the few, odd films that I didn't really like until the last ten minutes or so. Worth a look.
January 8, 2008
Besides Hustons performance which is great this is the usual "holywood about holywood" movie shallow and full of the usual cliches.
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