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Bass Ackwards (2010)

Linas Phillips , Davie-Blue , Linas Phillips  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Linas Phillips, Davie-Blue, Jim Fletcher, Alex Karpovsky, Paul Lazar
  • Directors: Linas Phillips
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Flatiron Film Company
  • DVD Release Date: June 29, 2010
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0039ZBLU6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #411,674 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Bass Ackwards" on IMDb

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When humble Linas (Linas Phillips), kicked off of his friend's couch and spurned by his lover, finds a forgotten van on a llama farm outside Seattle, he begins lurching east with nothing to lose. Slowly, the road eases him out of his relentless longing and into the moment. As his encounters with enigmatic characters take on subtly transcendent qualities, his shame and discomfort at being alone gradually give way to self-acceptance and connection. The dented, off-kilter vehicle, which valiantly, amazingly endures the journey, becomes a colorful metaphor for the human condition - our tenacity and hopefulness always tinged with imperfection. The utterly original, lyrical and visually exciting adventure has such a light touch that it quietly sneaks up and tugs you into an overpowering appreciation of being human.

DVD Features: Audio Commentary with Linas Phillips, Cinematographer Sean Porter, Davie-Blue and Film Critic Michael Tully; The Making of Bass Ackwards; Deleted Scenes and Bloopers

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful, Real Excursion January 28, 2010
Format:DVD
I saw Bass Ackwards recently at Sundance, and it was phenomenal. The acting, done by many "non-actors" draws you in, and the writing and improvisation by the film's director and lead, Linas Phillips is heartwarming without being overly sentimental and funny without being cheap. Speaking of cheap, this film was made with a very small budget but looks quite beautiful. It's a road movie, and so it can meander at times, but I dare you to watch this film and come away feeling regret. You won't.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A low-key winner that draws you in and holds you February 6, 2012
Format:Amazon Instant Video
Watched Bass Ackwards on a whim and don't regret it at all. Watching this gem is like drifting quietly in a boat down a river - you will enjoy the experience enormously if you take the time to look around you as you go. Linas Phillips gets the idea of the drifting road trip spot on and his frequent encounters along the way provide a series of vignettes which impress by their very non-spectacular nature - no serial killers, aliens, spies or bank robbers - just people of various ilks, each of whom contributes to the overall impressionist human picture Phillips is painting.
In all, this proved a very satisfying movie to watch and in the times we live in, one with a refreshingly mundane, and with it positive, outlook on life. Highly recommended.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing Happens January 2, 2014
Format:DVD
Independent film is a wonderful thing; it gives a voice to so many more people than just those that can get their projects made through mainstream production. I love independent film. Bass Ackwards, not so much.

This is a film that just doesn't want to end. Linas leaves his girl friend to work on a Lama farm. He obtains a chopped in half VW Microbus some hippies parked there many years ago. The film is a retelling of Linas' trip across the United States to see his parents. I felt like the film spent the whole time in Nebraska, long flat straight roads with nothing but Wal Drugs signs along the way. It was that boring. There were moments when something interesting could have happened; instead the interesting thing ends before anything happens. I hate to say it; Linas Philips (the director, actor, and writer) is probably not the most interesting person in the world to hang around with. And this film makes me sit in his rattrap VW van for what seems like weeks.

I understand independent film. I get some of the most complicated films in the world. This film just left me looking for the fast forward button. Nothing happened. Nothing. I won't spoil the end. The Brown Bunny is a way better film. The road trip part of that film is infinitely more interesting than this.

Oh so long, oh so boring, oh so sorry I watched this.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Why did I rent this movie?? September 6, 2011
By Joe D.
Format:Amazon Instant Video
Somehow the trailer got me to rent this film. I suppose if you were out of gas, had no cell phone, and you were stuck at a campsite in the woods, and help was not due to arrive for a day or so, watching this would be better that doing NOTHING. Bu it is sooooo boring I started skipping ahead half way through hoping there was some excitement, some action or SOMETHING.

There are many, many films to buy or rent that should be on your list above this one.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Driving Bass Ackwards January 20, 2011
Format:DVD
I know it is a road movie, but there is way too many shots of just driving for long periods. Other than that, there is not a plot. If you watch the DVD extras, you find that is the case. They made it up as they went along.
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