A story about stolen love and
stolen identities, literally shot on stolen film... Momma's Man writer-director
Azazel Jacobs' effortlessly hip second feature is an absurdist comedy of errors,
a punk-rock slice of DIY rebellion, and a warmhearted frolic that captures the
"amour fou spirit of the early French New Wave" (The Village Voice).
Theatrical Release: November 12th, 2005 - AFI Film Festival
DVD Review: Benten Films - Region 0 - NTSC
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• Director commentary with contributions
from co-stars Gerardo Naranjo and Diaz
DVD Release Date: August 11th, 2009
I developed a real soft spot for this film - with my only complaint being that I wished it was longer. In case it is not apparent - director Azazel Jacobs is the son of experimental filmmaker Ken Jacobs (Star Spangled to Death). The oddities of The GoodTimesKid's production, narrative and characters is what makes it most appealing. As with his father's film - and all great filmmakers - it's the tone and intentional tonal shifts that help viewers embrace it. Kinda - 'to each his own'.
Benten Films have given us some decent-to-strong SD-DVD transfers before among them The Free Will and Joe Swanberg's LOL. This looks similarly competent. The 35mm elements produce strong colors and surprising detail at times on DVD. I see no manipulation. The disc itself is dual-layered and the transfer is progressive and anamorphic in the 1.85 aspect ratio. Indie roots have given a sporadic camera with kinetic intent and occasionally soft visuals in motion. This is obviously part of the filmmakers process and gives the grittier film a more textured realistic aura. Noise is appreciate though in monochromatic scenes - probably more a factor of the limitations of the format.
Audio is 2.0 channel and unremarkable. Dialogue has a few scattered moments but there are optional English subtitles available.
some shortish extras (deleted scenes, Azazel Jacobs's 3-minute short
film, photo gallery, trailer) tacked onto the main supplement - Ken
Jacobs peculiar The Whirled (1956-63) that helped inspire his
As I stated - I liked it quite a bit - more as it rolled along and I felt the ending was a bit abrupt. I look forward to more from the director - who may be striving to find his vision. We recommend!