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Living in Oblivion

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Living in Oblivion

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
90 minutes
performer:
Steve Buscemi, James LeGros, Peter Dinklage, Catherine Keener, Dermot Mulroney
director:
Tom DiCillo
author:
Tom DiCillo
genre:
Comedy

We gave it an A-

At last! A low-budget movie about making a low-budget movie that’s worth seeing by an audience larger than just the filmmaker’s family. Writer-director Tom DiCillo’s last film, Johnny Suede, a hideous bit of SoHo pretension that starred Brad Pitt, will make a nifty rental double bill with the follow-up Living in Oblivion. Made in an act of apparent penance, Oblivion hilariously casts LeGros as a preening, Pitt-like actor dude named Chad Palomino, Buscemi as a hapless director going bug-eyed as every tiny thing goes wrong, and Catherine Keener as an actress who’s either radiant or a mess, depending on who’s dreaming about her. DiCillo’s love of moviemaking even extends to the Zen calm that falls over a set when the soundman records ”room tone”; his love of comic catastrophe extends over everything else.