Thursday, July 10, 2008
I watched Steve Buschemi's film "Lonesome Jim" again last night. I liked it even more the second time. I think I was bogged down by the depressing tone of the movie last time and didn't notice how much sublte humor there is in this movie. Sure, Jim (Casey Affleck - the much more talented brother of the no-talent hack named Ben Affleck) and his brother Tim (played by Kevin Corrigan) in the movie both see little reason to live, but somehow there is a hopeful spirit to the movie. It is exceptionally acted and very humble in its presentation. It was filmed in Goshen, Indiana - a town not far from where I grew up, so the landscape of the film is very nostalgic for me as well. The movie appears to have been filmed in the late-fall/early winter months because the grey cloud that settles over Indiana for most of the winter clearly effected the lighting in the film. As director, Buschemi doesn't fight the low-contrast - in fact the mellow tones of the movie visually accompany Jim's character well. I would highly recommend this film.