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Alexander the Last


Drama / Romance

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Fresh67%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled27%
IMDb Rating5.110849

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David Lowery Photo
David Lowery as Stagehand
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Amy Seimetz as Hellen
Jane Adams Photo
Jane Adams as Director
Josh Hamilton Photo
Josh Hamilton as Playwright
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661.95 MB
English 2.0
23.976 fps
1 hr 12 min
P/S 13 / 50
1.2 GB
English 2.0
23.976 fps
1 hr 12 min
P/S 12 / 59

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by lastliberal7 / 10

I can't turn the chemistry off.

I do not have a lot of experience in this genre of the independent film movement. But, in our search for the next John Cassavetes, we have to ask if Joe Swanberg is one to watch.

Low budget, improvised dialog (just about everyone in the film gets a writing credit),and a look at the lives of twenty-somethings, is part of the genre called "mumblecore" or " bedhead cinema" or "Slackavetes" in an homage to Cassavetes. My only previous experience has been Mark and Jay Duplass' film The Puffy Chair.

The film is about relationships, real and imaginary and how the two blend. Jess Weixler, who I loved in Teeth, is a stage actress in a way off Broadway production. She is married to Eliott (Justin Rice),a travelling musician. She brings Jaime (Barlow Jacobs - Shotgun Stories) home after rehearsal, as he has no where else to go. She tries to hook him up with her sister Hellen (Amy Seimetz - Wristcutters: A Love Story). The problem is that the lovemaking on stage is moving off stage. The imaginary is becoming real. No big surprise there as the stage sex is pretty real.

Of course, Hellen starts becoming jealous and accusatory, so her relationship with Alex (Weixler) deteriorates. The real starts to affect the imaginary as the stage relationship is strained.

The film had it's World Premiere last weekend at the SXSW.

Reviewed by StevePulaski4 / 10

Swanberg parodying Swanberg almost

I've watched more than half of Joe Swanberg's filmography for the last year or so and have had positive remarks to make and directorial choices on his part that I've defended for each particular film in some way. Usually, my criticism would be pretty limited and I'd focus on reviewing or praising things from a thematic standpoint, analyzing and diving into the characters' ideology or musings on the world around them.

With Alexander the Last, my glide through Swanberg's films has hit noticeable turbulence - I simply didn't care for this project. At seventy-two minutes, it almost feels twice as long as it chronicles the lives of Alex (Jess Weixler) and her sister Hellen (Amy Seimetz). Alex is a married actress, while her sister is enjoying life single, but both enjoy discussing their sexual freedoms at liberty, a common trait amongst Swanberg films. Alex's husband is a musician named Elliot (Justin Rice),and while he is nice and charming, Alex begins to realize that perhaps she rushed into things at too young of an age and should be directing her sights on a more lax, less formal life. This only begins to be more noticeable to her when she lands a new role in a play and begins to fall in lust with Jamie (Barlow Jacobs) while rehearsing for the project.

It's often difficult to say why I don't care for a film of the mumblecore subgenre in cinema. Swanberg's simplistic directorial style is present and on par with his other films, the acting - if we can call it that - is fine, the dialog is often recited in a natural manner, and the whole thing doesn't feel like a total waste of time, with its length being so short.

Alexander the Last's issue is it doesn't have characters I care about. You very well might, but even as someone who can invest in himself in several films of the mumblecore genre, I did not. Scarcely did the characters her offer any particular opinion or stance on a subject that I found stimulating or something worth discussing. Because of this, Alexander the Last doesn't seem to bear any compelling themes, and with every previous effort Swanberg, there has been an enticing exploration on certain themes.

Here, there seems to be a void, something preventing these characters from talking or saying anything of considerable interest. I have no doubt a film utilizing these actors and their specific characters could be made and made compelling (in my view, of course - I already have a strong fondness for Weixler and several of her works). However, in some ways, Swanberg almost feels like he's contradicting himself by making this film and treading closely to self-parody with Alexander the Last.

Starring: Jess Weixler, Amy Seimetz, and Barlow Jacobs. Directed by: Joe Swanberg.

Reviewed by RitchCS1 / 10

The Emperor's New Clothes

This is the first DVD I've ever seen that should be accompanied by a warning label. "Warning! If you play this DVD, it might take a long time to eliminate the stench this movie will leave inside your player!". I read all these rave reviews about "One of the top ten films of 2009!", "A masterpiece!", "The crowning achievement of Swanberg's direction..." Did I get the wrong DVD inside the Netflix envelope. I date back to movies and theatre back to the early 60's...having graduated at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and private study with Uta Hagen, Harold Clurman, Stella Adler, and the incomparable Lee Strasberg at Actors Studio. I love heavy drama and improvisational theatre, but this movie...well, in the Bonus selections, the director explains that the first week's shooting was almost deleted completely as they didn't know what direction or tone to direct this story in. So he kept a total of 72 minutes to complete his 'masterpiece'. I defy anyone to explain which direction they landed. This is really not a spoiler, but in the first two minutes, we meet two beautiful blonde lesbians performing a private commitment ceremony...'til death do us part'...then they next 65 minutes they proceed to have sex with any greasy, extremely ugly men...probably the only actors willing to take part in this piece of expletive. There's some nudity for no reason at all except to make the film 'daring'...finally, it ends...well rather, the movie seems to stop in mid-scene for, again, nor reason. Josh Hamilton plays a small role as a screenwriter...he looked almost as embarrassed as I felt watching it. This is one of those prime examples of the Emperor's new clothes. EVERYBODY bragged on the completed film and no one was brave enough to say it was crudely made with no plot or especially a reason for making this in the first place. The score was cheered by some critics. An electric piano, a guitar, and a female singer who sounded more like a cat in heat. I remember when Andy Warhol painted his famous tomato soup can and everyone raved. I had an entire shelf of Campbell's soup in my cupboard which I'd paid LESS than one dollar (back in 1960). But this movie was like unveiling the soup can without the label, just a naked tin can. Was it art? Who's to say? Is this film an art film? I, for one, say, except for the two lead females, this film has NOTHING to offer. Not only does the can not have a label, the can is totally empty inside.

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