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Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 35%
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IMDb Rating 6.9 10 1432

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September 18, 2013 at 11:34 PM



Ron Perlman as Curtis Sunday
Ray Liotta as John Talia Sr.
Trevor Morgan as John Talia Jr.
810.01 MB
English 2.0
23.976 fps
1 hr 47 min
P/S 0 / 2

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by thejcowboy22 5 / 10

Look at the handkerchief, Now look at the clouds.

From the scene in the framing store I was already brewing with curiosity about this story line. (Ray Liotta)John Talia Sr. and his son John Jr. played by Trevor Morgan enter the local framing store. John Jr. wants to be a painter. His passions overflowing with curiosity over the arts. John Jr.recognizes a painting by an artist Nicoli Seroff in which the owner Yammi has just framed. The young impressionable youth asked further if he knows the great virtuoso of the canvas and Yammi in a matter-of-fact tone response, "Of course." John Jr.inquires further but his Dad tells Junior not to pry and leave this alone but husky Yammi intercedes and says he knows the famous painter. Yammi gives the boy an address of Nicoli Seroff. John Jr. drives over to the residence. Like a panic-stricken little boy dawdles,hesitates and just down right prolongs ringing the front doorbell of this master of the canvas. Finally John rings the bell and the elderly man opens the screen as John asks, Are you Nicoli Seroff? Nicoli looked annoyed as John stumbled a few compliments and Seroff could care less. To the great artist it could have been a boy selling him magazines . He wanted no part of him. John saw his chance to learn from one of the great masters. Looking for a personal mentor so to speak. Seroff told the poor soul to get lost despite his complimentary praises. Back to the framing store as Yammi (Charles Durning) calls Seroff to sort of give the kid an introduction explaining he's an aspiring artist. Back to the Home of Seroff as the boy brings his paintings and puts them across the porch for Seroff to observe,critic and get his perspective. Seroff gave his opinion saying there was some talent but he doesn't teach and said goodbye again.Frustrated John attempts a new approach to his goal of unlocking the secrets of a great master . The only way through a man's heart is a good bottle of vodka as the two go inside and Seroff begins to loosen up and give his feelings and opinions on how an artist can convey his sensitivity from brush to canvas. Seroff offers his summer home in Pennsylvania and what comes about he can't promise to the delight of the amazed teen. Now how does John explain this to Dad? John Jr. enters the house and tells his Father about his plan of spending the summer with this estranged painter. John Sr. rants that you don't know what his motives are. John Sr. went on to imply pedophilia. Beside he wanted Junior to work with him this summer and save up for Art school in the fall. Against his fathers demands John went over to Seroff's house and off went the two in a station wagon to rural Pennsylvania. The repartee between John and Seroff is distance at first in addition to Seroffs wry sense of humor. As the film progresses it's hard to distinguish when Seroff is serious or frivolous. The basic premise of Seroff's credo is that life is hopeless but John tells him that he must share his talent but Seroff insists that you haven't had life thrown at you yet. The cinematography by Michael Negin was superb with vibrant colors shouting at the screen as we watch the trees, clouds and fields of a summer's afternoon just waiting to put on the young artists canvas. They settle in this country home as John performs chores around the house and I see a parallel Karate Kid Movie brewing. But the film thankfully goes in a different direction as Seroff opens up his paint brushes and feeling of lost love and the meaning of life to the young novice. In return Junior shares his innocence with the crusty old painter. Other characters are introduced in this breath taking countryside. Ron Pearlman as the local art critic who comes and visits socially from time to time. Next store neighbor the attractive Carla (Samantha Mathis) who has along term friendship with Seroff. Just the kind of film you get lost in the long summer days of yesteryear. Wondering if John can find his way in painting and life and Seroff could come to terms with his grief.Director/writer George Gallo's personal life story on his earlier days learning the craft of painting shared with you,the viewer. The casting of Armin Mueller-Stahl was brilliant. An accomplished writer, Painter and musician in his own right Stahl comes to life on the screen as in tribute to both the creator and the actor. You can learn from this picture but really examine the objects closely.

Reviewed by bobbobwhite 3 / 10

Great concept, poor execution

Sorry, could not get into this film as it was poorly told, and in its selection of the lead actor who portrayed the actual young artist. The kid in the lead was so not an artist type and showed it though very amateurish "acting" and "typical modern dude" body language. In addition, too many of the film's production values in the 20 minutes I watched were poorly and cheaply done..... The old artist's rickety front door in one closeup shot was obviously a prop as it's frame shook violently whenever the door closed.... The purposefully filthy car windows when the rest of the kid's car was clean..... The kid's odd gift to the old artist of a bottle of vodka when it was obvious he was not old enough to buy it..... The look and body language of a typical high school teenager of today was so incongruous with the true behavior and look of the type of boy in the early 70s who hungered and worked with all his soul to be a true and honest artist more than anything else in life. Details are crucial to an artist, but this filmmaker didn't care enough to honor that need for gravitas in his film. Plus out-of-place profanity, cliché characters and dialogue.......on and on. Not for me. This was not the well crafted film I expected about a dedicated young artist's search for soul-satisfying self expression. It was ordinary, unskilled and uninteresting.

Cannot agree with the superlatives given by some of the other reviewers, as it seems to me they saw a different movie that the one I briefly watched. If a story of something I know a lot about cannot grab my attention and credibility in 20 or so minutes, no thanks.

Reviewed by Roedy Green 3 / 10

If Archie Bunker made a movie about art.

The most important thing to know about this movie is it is unusually boring. I kept waiting for it to end. The curtain came down, the music soared, then it took off again, over and over and over, like some spoof of a Beethoven symphony endlessly ending.

It mocks art and art critics with straw men situations, that might have been concocted by Archie Bunker. For example, Ron Perlman plays an obnoxious screaming queen art critic who mistakes the paintings of retarded children for high art. An artist displays an empty frame and slings BS about the deep inner meaning of its flatness.

The plot: A young man with a rabidly homophobic father invades the home of a reclusive alcoholic artist demanding to be taught to paint. The artist lets him in, but just leaves him to paint. They snipe at each other, for what feels like weeks even though the movie fits on one DVD.

The dialogue is nausea-inducing e.g. "clouds are where angels hide", "follow your dream".

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