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Yesterday Was a Lie (2009)




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Writer/director James Kerwin infuses Raymond Chandler-influenced noir with a metaphysical twist by tracing the story of a female detective who's tough enough to take on even Philip Marlowe in this monochromatic mystery designed to challenge the viewer's very perception of reality. Hoyle (Kipleigh Brown) is a hard-drinking detective whose taste for bourbon betrays her razor-sharp sleuthing skills. Set out on the trail of a reclusive genius (John Newton), however, Hoyle soon finds her life becoming increasingly fragmented and surreal. The only people that Hoyle can trust as she begins to uncover a series of mind-bending cosmological secrets are her loyal partner (Mik Scriba) and a scintillating lounge singer (Chase Masterson). But wherever Hoyle goes, she is shadowed by a mysterious figure (Peter Mayhew) whom she is soon destined to meet, and who may just possess the power to bend reality. In a world of black and white, Hoyle is about to take a bizarre journey into the divine gradients of grey invisible to the naked eye.

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Mik Scriba
as Trenchcoat Man
Nathan Mobley
as Lab Assistant
Warren Davis
as Psychiatrist
Robert Siegel
as Radio Interviewer
Peter Mayhew
as The Dead Man
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Critic Reviews for Yesterday Was a Lie

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (2)

James Kerwin's conceptually ambitious low-budget debut offers stunning black-and-white HD cinematography, a sultry jazz score and a refreshingly high-minded script, but feels hopelessly amateurish in the acting department.

Full Review… | December 17, 2009
Top Critic

Yesterday Was a Lie deals with some heady themes, and Brown strikes some nice notes on her character's frustrated journey, but the film is finally too disjointed and incomprehensible to be enjoyed as much else besides an exercise in style.

Full Review… | December 14, 2009
L.A. Weekly
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The sci-fi noir is a movie of intelligence, imagination and mostly beautiful execution, which is why Yesterday Was a Lie is not quite a success, but far more than a respectable failure.

Full Review… | June 23, 2010
Sci Fi Wire

It's a mixture of some very clever, but unguided ideas.

Full Review… | June 23, 2010

This film is highly recommended for those who appreciate a good, dark portrayal of the human psyche. Be warned: it won't hold your hand.

Full Review… | June 23, 2010

There is brilliance here that demonstrates the best of what independent filmmakers strive to do.

Full Review… | December 3, 2009
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Audience Reviews for Yesterday Was a Lie


Rarely do you come across such a modest production so balanced in heart, soul and mind, not to mention a sizable amount of style not only for noir fans or sci-fi fans, but just plain film fans.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

Unfortunately the movie did not live up to much of the hype I had read on it. It was the Noir premise with the Sci-Fi twist that drew me to check out this movie. Sadly, the acting and script left little to desire or enjoy. It's strong point, the story itself, the different twist's & turn the story line takes, and the recurring interaction of the different characters. If your into either genre (noir or Sci-Fi), you'll most likely check it out to establish your own opinion, otherwise, there are plenty of better movies in both genre to keep one satisfied.

Chuck S.
Chuck S.

If you're a total sucker for noir with a sci-fi twist you'll find just enough interesting about this to sit through most of it. Mostly though it's reminiscent of cut-scenes you would find in late 90's PC adventure games; bad acting pasted on gorgeous landscapes. Except the problem here is that you have to sit through an hour and a half of it...all the while having to remind yourself that it's only rated PG and there aren't going to be any lesbian makeout scenes despite the appearance to the contrary, Trench coats and fedoras for everyone! And I mean literally everyone.

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