Monday, April 10, 2006

Indie Film of Note: "Come Together"

Clip Name: Something Different

Here are some clips from an indie film that got lots of very nice notices. I believe you can find in it some of the same DNA that goes into Tiki Bar TV.

Clip Name: Stay

Clip Name: The Shirt

Clip Name: Across The Room

Come Together Review in Variety By Ken Eisener from late 2001

Promising young talents shine brightly in "Come Together," a smart,stylish dramedy that playfully examines the detritus of a failed relationship. Well-shot DV effort provides a breakout role for Tygh Runyan, who has already done several offbeat indies but here suggests enough sizzle and subtlety to pilot a much glossier vehicle.

The compact, dark-browed Runyan plays Ewan, a diffident Easterner hitting the West Coast to attend the wedding of his ex, Charlotte (Laura Harris, who also produced). He's still pining for the blond-haired looker, and flashbacks show how he muffed their big amour. Now he's working on an extremely vague plan to win her back, although locking horns with her smarmy new fiance (Russell Porter) doesn't seem to be a well-considered part of it.

Underage Amy (winsome Eryn Collins) complicates things when she shows up at his temporary digs looking for the tenant on vacation. Now she won't go away.

The helmer's script is refreshingly nonjudgmental about where these relationships are going, and they go to unpredictable places. But despite lots of screen time, the central dynamic between Ewan and Charlotte is never quite clear. Macpherson seems content to let Harris -- who habitually whispers her lines -- tilt her head and give off sullen and soulful glares when direct conversation is needed by both Ewan and the audience.

The peripherals are all solid, however, thanks to a strong supporting cast and clever use of unrecognizable Vancouver locations. Smooth editing goes for maximum contrast in rich color schemes, supported by good combo of electronic and alt-rock music. Opening credits are unusually well designed for such a low-budget special, and short running time is just right.

Running time: 80 minutes


Anonymous Baked Pajamas said...

I would turn around...shirt or not.

Monday, April 10, 2006 5:56:00 PM  
Anonymous BuBBy said...

Isn't she s'posed to be 15 in the story?

All in all good one TBTVG! I've been digging for clips for a while and all I could manage to find was the opening credits.

See if you can dig up the rocketchicken animation clip. Its supposed to be outstanding!

Monday, April 10, 2006 7:32:00 PM  
Anonymous MR. AMBASSADOR said...

It is outstanding...

Tuesday, April 11, 2006 5:28:00 PM  
Anonymous BuBBy said...


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