This weekend, we attended the Days of the Dead Atlanta to check out some new films and to work with our partner company, Slasher Marketing, in the promotion of a film called Sorrow that will be released on April 21st. What a great weekend it was. We saw some interesting people, costumes, and exhibits, but we also got a chance to screen a new film titled Pieces of Talent. Not only did we get a chance to check out this movie, but we also got the opportunity to spend some time with parts of the cast and crew, including the director, Joe Stauffer and lead actress, Kristi Ray...very solid people that I enjoyed getting to know. But, new found friendships aside, it is onto our honest review!!! I just pray the friendships remain intact.
Pieces of Talent like I already mentioned, was directed by Joe Stauffer and stars Kristi Ray as Charlotte, a strip club waitress that aspires to be a successful actress. Charlotte not only hates her job, but she appears to hate her mom and their piece of shit car too. The relationship between her mother and her, and the arguing over the car is an ongoing struggle throughout the film and it leads you to wonder just how the two of them even manage speak to each other, much less live together. David Long plays the role of a creepy filmmaker to say the least. Actually, he plays himself, but I am pretty certain that the real David Long is not that strange in real life....or is he? As fate would have it, Charlotte comes to the rescue of David one evening outside of her club and that leads the two of them to become friends. They begin to share dreams, goals, likes, dislikes, and just clicked as two good friends would. David seemed to be truly nice, but yet a weird dude but we later will see that there is more to him than one would think. We see that Charlotte continues to hate every aspect of her day to day life, while we witness David begin to create videos of him murdering random people around the town. His motive is not clear, and that is pretty much the premise of this film. Why is he doing it? And, what will he do to Charlotte?
As the film goes on, you start asking yourself more and more, "what the hell is wrong with this David guy???" Well, at least I did. You knew at some point that Charlotte was going to get dragged into his sinister act somehow and you kept on waiting for that moment. I will admit that there were a few times, and I repeat JUST A FEW times during the film when I could have used a little more action. I did catch myself thinking that it was getting a little slow, but it is not a boring film by any means. Maybe it is just my A.D.D. that was kicking in LOL! But seriously, this film does keep you interested from beginning to end and you wonder what the crazy twist at the end will be, if there is a twist at all. So if you find a solid ten minutes or so that you feel is a little slow, stick with it…do NOT turn away!
I will not go much more into the plot itself; that you have to see on your own. I will say this: the cast did an amazing job. And when I say cast, I do not just mean Kristi Ray and David Long, I mean everyone. It was very well acted and I got the sense that this team had great chemistry on and off set which made it so successful. The only minor thing I would change is, I would have liked to seen a tad more gore during the murder scenes. No, I am not some sicko that wants to see guts, brains, and all that, but I do think the kill scenes could have used a little more from just a visual standpoint, nothing more. Again, a minor detail that absolutely took nothing away from the film for me.
So, I finally get to the end of the film and you see what David's ultimate goal was. Disturbing? Absolutely. Insane? Yep. That is what makes the ending so great in my opinion. Not only will you find the ending very well done, but they will leave you with just enough questions to make you want more...trust me...you will want more.
Good film, well written, amazing people involved....how can you go wrong with that? Find a way TODAY to get your hands on a copy of Pieces of Talent and check it out!
I give Pieces of Talent a solid 7 of 10 cleavers! It is one of my highest ranking reviews yet. Trust me, it’s a good one. Check it out!!