Easier With Practice
Kyle Patrick Alvarez, 2009
This was a very interesting film. I didn’t exactly have any type of emotional response to it, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it did end up being a little forgettable. The film paints a bleak image — aesthetically, it is plain, a little grungy, with only a handful of genuinely beautiful shots. However, this mediocrity, mundaneness, average seemed to fit its content perfectly: an unsociable writer struggling through his isolation finds himself emotionally invested in a woman he met over a single phone sex conversation. Love the idea, and I loved Brian Geraghty (he looks like one of my best friends!), but I was a little put off by the twist at the end. It was realistic and compelling, but a slight let down that caused my opinion of the rest of the film to shift. Do watch it, but I am guessing it’s the kind of film people only need to see once.