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Living in Oblivion Reviews

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November 28, 2015
The segment in which Nick (Steve Buscemi) attempts to film a dream sequence (not unlike the famous one from TV's Twin Peaks) featuring a dwarf named Tito (Peter Dinklage) is worth the rental/purchase price alone.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 7, 2011
A hip indie version of Truffaut's Day for Night, Living in Oblivion celebrates the very act of filmmaking as grand folly, a triumph of absurdist heroism.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
June 23, 2007
DiCillo effectively uses dream sequences and black-and-white film to spoof the pretentiousness of indie films, but remains thoughtful and clever throughout. And every performance is spot-on.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 9, 2007
Probably the best and funniest of the mid-'90s crop of movies about making movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
January 23, 2007
A valentine to the independent film world, DiCillo's version of Truffaut's Night for Day offers a smart, amusing look at the perils of low-budget filmmaking; the ensemble acting is superb.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
June 24, 2006
A treat.
August 24, 2003
Really clever little comedy about low-budget filmmaking with Buscemi at his best.
| Original Score: 4/5
August 16, 2003
Sluggish, dumbly overpraised farce about an indie movie I would never see, but I still might pick over this one.
| Original Score: 2/5
April 2, 2003
Meaty and witty, the sort of product that rewards a closer examination even as it buggers intimacy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 17, 2003
Desperately funny.
Full Review| Original Score: B+
August 28, 2002
Offers a wacky behind-the-scenes look at the challenges of making a low-budget independent movie.
June 18, 2002
A very funny picture that presents the world of independent film making as a nightmare of conflicting egos, budgetary squalor and incompetence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 5, 2002
The humor is uneven and the surrealism only partly effective, and the few attempts to make us take a personal interest in the characters fall flat; after all, they're only caricatures.
July 1, 2001
| Original Score: 4/5
January 1, 2000
So you wanna make a movie? Well, first, you should see "Living in Oblivion," Tom DiCillo's savagely funny satire of the world of independent filmmaking.
January 1, 2000
"Oblivion" has a surrealistic, guilty-fun quality. It feels almost too good to be true.
January 1, 2000
DeCillo keeps the film moving with the kind of frantic energy you find on a real film set, alternating between judicious use of black-and-white and garish color, all the while keeping both frazzled director Nick and the audience just a little off balance.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
January 1, 2000
Engaging and bright, witty and smart, Living in Oblivion is a riotous romp through the world of moviemaking, with emphasis on the helplessness one feels on a low-budget set when things go wrong.
January 1, 2000
A smart, funny send-up of the trials and joys of filming on big egos and low budgets - subjects that writer-director Tom DiCillo and his collaborators presumably know first-hand.
April 11, 2007
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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