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The Hole Story (2007)

Alex Karpovsky , Alex Karpovsky  |  NR |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Alex Karpovsky
  • Directors: Alex Karpovsky
  • Writers: Alex Karpovsky
  • Producers: Alex Karpovsky, John Andres, Rick Edrich
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Cinema Libre
  • DVD Release Date: September 25, 2007
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000TJ0S7M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #325,550 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Winter. Brainerd, Minnesota. Despite arctic temperatures sheathing hundreds of surrounding lakes in three feet of solid ice, a massive stretch of water opens up on the surface of North Long Lake. With repeated scientific investigations yielding no answers, the 'Black Hole' captures the heart of the nearby community while attracting national, even international attention. Convinced this charming story would be perfect for the small town mystery show he's been fervently pitching to cable executives for years, Alex decides to cash in his savings from editing karaoke videos, hire a small crew, and make the pilot episode himself.

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The cover of this dvd is plastered with quotations suggesting a really exciting new filmmaker is on the horizon, comparable to Ross McElwee and Werner Herzog. Such comparisons are not totally off, partly for the reason that the film obviously and very deliberately cultivates them. The filmmaker, Karpovsky, wants to make a pilot for a series about weird regional happenings -- and it seems as though he really did want to make this pilot (and only later turned his film into something of a fake-umentary -- I don't think "mockumentary" fits because the primary aim doesn't seem to be mockery, though that ends up as a secondary aim when the more serious ambitions start to fail) -- and picks a lake in a small town in Michigan where a massive "black hole" has mysteriously appeared in a lake that by all rights should be thoroughly frozen. He gets there with a small dedicated crew and it turns out the hole is no longer, it is now frozen. Of course, this should be disappointing, this should be the end but Karpovsky, as we are meant to discover, is no ordinary filmmaker but an obsessive filmmaker who will turn the most pitiful failure into a triumph. The initial hope that the hole would reappear is frustrated, and he initially considers "cheating it" -- getting people to talk about the hole in present tense, using trick photography to make it appear to be there. Eventually he starts to feel as though the very non-presence of the hole is itself a mystery -- a hole would be an ordinary mystery but a hole that closes itself up just before a film crew arrives to capture it seems like the product of a trickster god, a god who is perhaps even challenging Karpovsky to persevere in spite of it all, etc. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars Really funny for a first movie November 7, 2013
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If you are a fan of the series "Girls' you might really enjoy this movie since it is very much the same type of comedy. The writer, director, producer and star is Alex Karpovsky, of 'Girls' fame. The movie is in documentary style about an imaginative hole in a lake that Alex goes with his film team, in search of. The characters from the small town where this phenomenon occurs are very funny as themselves and Alex is not afraid to make himself look like a fool.
This is also his first film that he made - it was talked about in Lena Dunham's 'Tiny Furniture' - and is very funny in a dry sort of way.
I would definitely recommend this to fans of Alex's and also to Girls fans.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Clever, thoughtful, humerous, witty, well executed January 28, 2013
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This documentary style indie takes you along on reporters plunge into madness. In short, a hole opens up in a frozen lake for no apparent reason. By the time our hero gets there, though, it has closed up again. His dissapointment quickly becomes obsession and finally full out madness. Well executed, well performed. Very high believablity factor.
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