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Cold Weather (2011)

Cris Lankenau , Raúl Castillo , Aaron Katz  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Cris Lankenau, Raúl Castillo
  • Directors: Aaron Katz
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: MPI HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: August 2, 2011
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0051CSIK6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #243,942 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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After abandoning a promising academic career in forensic science, self-styled detective Doug (Cris Lankenau) returns to Portland, Oregon to live with his more responsible big sister Gail (Trieste Kelly Dunn, The Craigslist Killer). He lands a dead-end job working in an ice factory, but soon finds an opportunity to use his passion and skill in detective work when his ex-girlfriend Rachel (Robyn Rikoon, In Treatment) goes missing. Enlisting a team of ramshackle slacker-sleuths, Doug leads the way down a complex trail of clues that brings him increasingly close to discovering the mysterious truth about Rachel.

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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
I just finished it and this the most excited I've been about a movie in a while. The slow start is all part of the plan so that when things start moving they can move quickly and we'll know the characters. If you aren't ready to see a movie that you could have easily bankrolled than yes skip it but if you want something that works on EVERY level and has several moments of real intensity watch this TONIGHT. I loved the little trick from NXNW and so much more. I only have one caveat, the ending is kind of abrupt, but the more I think about it the more it to works for me.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting ambiance April 10, 2014
By MarkS
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This film was very absorbing. The characters were interesting and the Portland ambiance was palpable. The end was abrupt, but likely because we're accustomed to Hollywood endings that follow a formulaic rhythm. Sometimes situations just end. Just like that.
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3.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 stars... bare-bones indie mystery-thriller February 3, 2014
I was browsing the movie section of my local library the other day in search of an interesting movie, and fell upon this. Given the `polar vortex' that we have gone through recently, how appropriate it would be to watch a movie called "Cold Weather"!

"Cold Weather" (2010 release; 96 min.) brings the story of Doug (played by Cris Lankenau) and Gail (played by Trieste Kelly Dunn). As the movie opens, we see them having dinner with what turns out to be their parents. Indeed Doug and Gail are brother and sister, with Doug having moved in recently with her in Portland, OR. He has stopped his CSI-like forensic studies, and eventually takes a job at an ice factory. There, Doug becomes friends with a co-worker named Carlos. And Doug also runs into Rachel, an ex-girlfriend who has come for Chicago for work purposes. The four of them all get along great, and Carlos even develops a crush on Rachel. Then late one evening, a distraught Carlos comes to Doug's apartment, telling him Rachel didn't show up for a date. Doug now can use his limited experience in forensics to help his friend, and believes himself to be the next Sherlock Holmes. What has happened to Rachel? At this point we a good 30-35 min. into the movie, and to tell you more would spoil your viewing experience.

Couple of comments: first, this movie must be a labor of love from writer-director-editor and co-producer Aaron Katz. The movie is made on a shoestring basis, if that much. But it doesn't stop Katz from setting us up with a decent mystery-thriller. Second, the movie is set in Portland, and the Portland scenery plays as much a character in the movie as any of the lead stars. Third, the movie plays out nicely, that is until the very end, which came abrupt and left me scratching my head, to be honest.
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7 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars easy there, Cocoa August 13, 2011
By Karuna
I don't really have any business writing a review, but this movie's mean rating should be higher than one star. Cold Weather is more Cassavetes and less Lincoln Lawyer, but I'd say that's a good thing.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Liked it but ending flat and open. January 10, 2014
By Lilly
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Really good suspense movie with cute indie overtones. But the ending at a suspense movie should solve the problem but I think everyone is in more trouble after all the cowboy will still be after Rachel and her friends; Rachel is still in trouble. But the photography is excellent and the music is great. Characters are fun. I stayed with it to the end and felt like it was worth the money. Definitley enjoyable.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I can appreciate art house (low budget movies). Special effects traded for character development, multiple locations traded for quirkiness, dialog and wit, etc. I had high hopes for Cold Weather after seeing the Rotten Tomatoes review and reading the synopsis on Wiki. Unfortunately, it fell flat on many levels

Brother comes home to Portland from Chicago taking a hiatus from school and moving in with his sister. Brother takes a job working the night shift at an Ice House. Brother meets Carlos at the Ice House who is also a part time DJ. Brother's ex-girlfriend from Chicago comes to Portland seemingly for job training since taking a job as a Paralegal in Chicago with a law firm headquartered in Portland.

In concert with the synopsis above:

Brother and sister are both seemingly without many friends and seem to be almost morose. Without giving away too much of the plot, the ex-girlfriend disappears and is apparently not a Paralegal.

What I didn't like:

1.) The humor is all deadpan and while this would not normally be a problem for me, I just didn't find it all that amusing

2.) There is no back-story re: why the ex is in fact an ex?

3.) While I found the brother's connection to Sherlock Holmes interesting, it was not developed enough

4.) There are long pauses which didn't seem to go anywhere

In summary, I thought that the outline was great, though there was simply not enough done with it. I didn't find the mystery aspect all that interesting, the dialogue was not overly witty or profound and the character relationships were not explored with enough depth. I got the sense that the brother/sister relationship was near oedipal in nature (I.E.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It is about this uncertain age... January 8, 2013
I don't remember a movie showing in such a subtle way how one thinks and acts when one is an adult without having yet the maturity of an adult. On that point of view, the movie is remarkable.
The main characters are one young man, Doug, and his sister who live together in Portland. Doug has started studying forensics but works for now in an ice factory. We meet one of his co-workers who is a part-time DJ and Rachel, an old girlfriend of Doug.
The girlfriend gets into some trouble we know nothing about and disappears. It is a misdirection. One expect that she will be murdered and that Doug will use his freshly acquired forensic talents to discover the murderer, all this under the dark grey skies of Portland. But it is not the story at all. Doug has very little talent of observation and no forensic talent at all. It makes sense as he probably has learned from textbooks and has no practical experience, so he would not consider calling the police or wear gloves to protect the evidence.
The first thing he does is to buy a pipe to be like Sherlock Holmes "because it is going to help him think". That scene won me over. So 20 minutes into the film, I finally got what it was about: it is about this uncertain age...
So the mystery takes an unexpected direction; it is solved just like young people would solve it.
The movie has charm and is hard to forget. It suffers from very poor editing. I do not mind a slow movie at all, if the characters are interesting, but here the rhythms are all wrong: it starts too slow and ends too fast. I feel that the photography is not quite in tune with the intention and should be more intimate.
Maybe the next movie by the same people will be a great classic. Watch it!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Ersatz Cimino
This film had some interest in being different but was spoiled with an overlong beginning and an abrupt ending - the director seemed to begin under the influence of Cimino and... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Mr. Charles R. Day
2.0 out of 5 stars Ahh Portland
Skip the first 35 minutes. It just portrays an empty protagonist with a criminal justice degree and no interest in criminal justice. Read more
Published 17 months ago by X
5.0 out of 5 stars charming
If you are an adventurous film watcher, this is a wonderfully rewarding gem. Quirky, unexpected and delicious. My one word review would be "Charming!"
Published on September 9, 2012 by Tracy Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!!!!!!!!!!!!
Totally original. It is minimal but very clever. It takes its time & doesn't over explain but is worth the effort.
Published on July 19, 2012 by Hammer
1.0 out of 5 stars Cold Weather Leaves You Cold
Watching this movie felt as if I was watching a 3-legged tortoise trying to win a 100-meter dash. It's a slow, boring experience. Read more
Published on July 9, 2012 by J. Friday
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible waste of time
I completely agree with the other negative reviews on this film. Having said that, I might have gone along with and maybe even have given allowances for the film if if wasn't that... Read more
Published on January 21, 2012 by M. Bonet
4.0 out of 5 stars A slacker mystery about finding identity
A slacker mystery about finding identity. Very natural performances create real, likable people rather than the usual movie caricatures. Read more
Published on December 24, 2011 by Michael Harbour
3.0 out of 5 stars Falls flat.
I wanted so much to like this film. Mostly because it takes place in Portland, a city in which I have a great affection and affinity towards. Read more
Published on December 5, 2011 by SKOLVK
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