I’m not afraid to admit that this week’s movie Pieces of Talent wasn’t on my radar until we met and spoke with the director and some cast/crew this past weekend at Days of the Dead Atlanta. Boy I’m sure glad we did though. There aren’t enough great things to say both about the movie and the people who helped bring it to life, but I’ll do my best.
I’ll begin with the basics. The film was directed by Joe Stauffer (co-writer) and stars David Long (co-writer) and Kristi Ray. The story introduces a struggling actress Charlotte (Ray) and an…um…passionate movie director (Long). A late night encounter sets forth a chain of horrific events that will change their lives forever.
This is one of those times that I do dearly wish I could wax poetic about all things cinematic, because this film certainly deserves that. Alas, you all will just have to be content with my shit storm of average words to describe a way above average film.
From the first few moments, I was immediately drawn in to the film. No doubt. A multitude of thoughts ran through my head as I juggled being enamored of Ray’s character Charlotte, and being taken aback by Long’s passion (albeit grotesque) for a great film. There is no doubt early on that he has some deliciously sick plans for his movie, and I definitely dug that right away. Its climax undoubtedly hit me with a gasp, even though I had somewhat began to piece together how I thought it might have ended. In retrospect, I’m glad I was wrong. The ending far exceeded anything I could have imagined (this is probably why I stick to writing reviews and not scripts).
The movie is definitely a slow burn with some great nasty jolts of the macabre sprinkled throughout and the payoff, though not as gory as I had expected (no fault of anyone’s but my own, really. My expectations were based on preconceived notions without any real evidence that it was going to rain down and spew blood and guts), was 100% satisfying. Now that I really think about it, the fact that it didn’t culminate into super-mega-uber-gore extravaganza probably did more for the effectiveness of the film overall than anything I was expecting anyway. Wait…I think I just called myself dumb….? It’s all good though. A wise woman told me that gore without story is just bullshit porn flick mentality. It’s a highly dumbed down explanation, but makes complete sense…especially after seeing how effective this film was without having to adopt that tired ass modern horror movie methodology. The story was beautifully crafted and was just as artistic as it needed to be without being pretentious.
Again, I can’t say enough about how great the film was. We were fortunate to get together and talk to Joe, Kristi, and the gang and we are absolute supporters. I certainly give Pieces of Talent the ol’ 7.5 cleavers out of 10, and I know the sequel (OH, you didn’t know?!?!?) will be just as impressive.
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