November 23, 2010

Mister Lonely - 2007

Director: Harmony Korine
Writers: Harmony & Avi Korine
Starring: Diego Luna, Samantha Morton, Denis Lavant

"I don't know if you know what it is like to want to be someone else, to not want to look like you look, to hate your own face and to go completely unnoticed. I have always wanted to be someone else. I have never felt comfortable the way I am. All I want is to be better than myself, to become less ordinary and to find some purpose in this world. It is easier to see things in others, to see things you admire and then try and become that." A Michael Jackson impersonator (Luna) living in Paris meets a Marilyn Monroe impersonator (Morton) who asks him to join her and her husband on a commune of like-minded individuals.

In all, the film features:

  • Michael Jackson
  • Marilyn Monroe
  • Charlie Chaplin
  • Shirley Temple
  • Pope
  • Queen of England
  • Abraham Lincoln
  • Sammy Davis Jr.
  • James Dean
  • Madonna
  • Buckwheat (from the Little Rascals)
  • Three Stooges
If this appeals to you, and you can stomach an odd subplot involving nuns that survive chuteless skydiving led by priests played by Werner Herzog and David Blaine (yes, THAT David Blaine), as well as the writer/director's wife being shoehorned into the film as Red Riding Hood (she has a whopping two lines), watch it. It's about as anti-Hollywood as a film can be and still be coherent. B

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