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Living In Oblivion
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by Rob Gonsalves

"Who dreams of dwarves? Even I don't dream of dwarves."
5 stars

Probably the best and funniest of the mid-’90s crop of movies about making movies.

Steve Buscemi is Nick, an indie-film director struggling to get scenes in the can despite frayed tempers and constant technical snafus. The movie, which rarely leaves the low-budget set, is partly real and partly the characters’ anxiety dreams about what could go wrong.

Obviously a labor of love by writer-director Tom DiCillo and his cast (many of whom helped finance it); hilariously acted by Catherine Keener as leading lady Nicole, Dermot Mulroney as surly DP Wolf, Danielle Von Zerneck as testy AD Wanda, Peter Dinklage as the no-bullshit dwarf Tito, James Le Gros as the egocentric star Chad Palomino (gee, could he be a vicious take-off on Brad Pitt, the star of DiCillo’s Johnny Suede?), and especially Buscemi, who has some of his most hysterically splenetic moments ever.

Definitely a keeper.

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User Comments

7/08/10 PAUL SHORTT ENERGETIC, CLEVER AND AMUSING 4 stars
9/30/06 Sheila Great film! Real funny and it shows you the inside of what goes on when making a film 4 stars
1/28/06 Jeff Anderson An absolute triumph for Tom DiCillo & the entire brilliant cast! MY ALL TIME FAVORITE FILM! 5 stars
2/12/05 Jeff Anderson THE GREATEST MOVIE ABOUT FILMMAKING EVER MADE, PERIOD! Danielle Von Zerneck is A SCREAM!!!! 5 stars
7/09/03 natasha_theobald hilarious and magical - cast is given great stuff to run with 5 stars
6/20/01 Elvisfan Very enjoyable. Loved "Toto"...sorry, "Tito" 5 stars
3/04/99 Jerry-93 Awesome. James LeGros steals the whole thing as the Brad Pitt-like asshole. 4 stars
1/25/99 Chloe Marie Elestenogoph (clatter@hotmail.com) Love it! Hilarious! One of my favorites. 5 stars
10/28/98 Silent Rob A good little 'thinking' film. If you like Buscemi..... 4 stars
9/16/98 Chuck-D Fucking cool. I like movies that just fuck with yer head and then just end. 5 stars
8/21/98 Pete Not a bad flick. Buscemi and Mulroney were good. Keener's arm pit hair disturbed me 3 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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