Cinema Guild, The | Release Date: September 15, 2017
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mdjettatdiSep 23, 2017
"Rat Film" is a fair documentary at its core, but the focus diverts to issues that don't bear any relationship to the central idea. Really, it is a solid 30 minute film that has about 50 minutes of extra padding that doesn't do much more"Rat Film" is a fair documentary at its core, but the focus diverts to issues that don't bear any relationship to the central idea. Really, it is a solid 30 minute film that has about 50 minutes of extra padding that doesn't do much more than bore, confuse or irritate the audience. This "essay-doc" is at times captivating, but more often it becomes scattered, self-indulgent nonsense. Nevertheless, this film should be a mandatory part of the curriculum at film schools, to show that having aspirations to be the next Marker or Herzog aren't enough, and if you make a film that doesn't hang together as a whole, you may end up looking like a pretentious fool--like Theo Anthony. One other point: In an interview for the Baltimore Sun, Anthony admitted that instead of filming real people, he "recruited actors to try their hands at rat fishing". Rather than making this clear to the viewer, he just hides behind the claim that his film "is no conventional documentary." What nonsense. Expand
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