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IN THE DARK

4.7 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews

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He's called Taco, Pepe, Chi-chi, all nicknames designed to describe his skin color. He is a messenger, seemingly bound by color and status, within the motion picture industry. But he tolerates the racism as he struggles to make a living in Hollywood, because he has a dream of making it big. Always at the beck and call of three Hollywood uber-agents, his disposable status is exploited to deliver questionable merchandise to the stars. When they propose a lucrative, yet dangerous venture, he sees it as his only chance for success. As the stakes get high very quickly, the messenger must question how well thought out his plan to succeed really is. This product is manufactured on demand using DVD-R recordable media. Amazon.com's standard return policy will apply.

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  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Studio: Vanguard
  • DVD Release Date: June 30, 2008
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001BXTQQO

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When I sat down for the first time to view IN THE DARK I had prepared myself for yet another esoteric Indy film characterized by a sketchy plot line and bland unlikeable characters which requires a good amount of patience and persistence in order to just get though it. What I discovered was this Hollywood fable worthy of Aesop. The story is well written and moves along at a comfortable pace developing the characters and plot while holding the viewers interest right up to the O Henry/Hitchcockesque twist at the end. Presented as an indictment of the Hollywood film scene it becomes a metaphor of our society as a whole. Luna and Clouston head a solid cast of actors some of whom seem might seem familiar to many viewers. They play a likable pair whose friendship runs deep and true. The three movie agents are petty and self-serving as one would expect of men of their vocation. The directing and cinematography are superb, belying the low budget nature of low budget film making. The film reminded me of the "morality plays" of early television which left the viewer feeling that good prevails over evil and all is right with the world.
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Hi, all. I was one of the composers for this film. Matt Clouston (writer and actor) is the older brother of one of my college buddies, Christian (bartender in the film). I had done some music for one of Christian's projects while we were at the University of Michigan, so when Matt had this movie idea, Christian suggested my name. I had done several soundtracks before, both for movies and documentaries, so I knew what I was getting myself into. I sent a CD of my music to Matt, and he and the rest of his team approved. They formally asked me to write the soundtrack, but I told them I would only do it if it was a good movie. I had done work on terrible movies before, and I wasn't going to waste my time again.

Well, they sent me the first rough cut, and I was shocked at what I saw. It was actually good! I told them I'd do it. I knew I was going to be rather busy over the next several months with graduate school, so I asked my buddy, Sam Bottoni, to help me out. Sam is incredibly talented and has a similar style, so I knew it'd all work out.

It was a blast working on this film, and I hope you all enjoy it.

-Garrett
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I'm a hypocrite. I admit it. I whine and whine about movie like Pirates 3 and Spider-man 3 and Driving Miss Daisy 3 and yet continue to find myself in the theatres watching these big budget films. Don't get me wrong, these movies serve a purpose and are ultimately unapologetic about the entertainment they provide.

But for every movie you roll your eyes at, there is a little film like this one. A good movie with a cool story that made me laugh out loud more than once.

The only reason this movie is "small" or "indie" is because there is no million dollar actor walking through the scenes. And when you watch the behind-the-scenes clip, you'll know why. These guys wanted to make a good movie and didn't strive to shoehorn in some actor in some vain attempt to get notice from Sundance.

They wanted to make a movie and they did it. I didn't want to check it out- I'm honest about it. I wasn't out there searching the indie scene to alleviate my Hollywood-worn heart. I just saw it on Netflix, and since I consistently look for ways to stick it to the man, I put as many movies as I can on my queue.

I watched it, shoved it back in its red envelope and then bought it. I've watched it twice since then and still laugh at some of there idiotically fun extras.

If you've ever come out of a film moaning and groaning about how bad it is and screamed out into the night "I could have made a better movie on my own," then you need to get this movie. These guys made a fun, smart movie and I truly believe it should be seen.
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