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Yesterday Was a Lie

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Hoyle, a P.I. with a sharp mind and a weakness for bourbon – finds herself on the trail of a reclusive genius. With an ethereal lounge singer and her loyal partner as her only allies, Hoyle is plunged into a dark world of intrigue and earth-shattering cosmological secrets. Starring Chase Masterson.

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  • Actors: Kipleigh Brown, Chase Masterson, John Newton, Peter Mayhew
  • Directors: James Kerwin
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: E1 Entertainment U.S.
  • DVD Release Date: April 6, 2010
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00316DAOI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #139,146 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Lawrence Cronin on April 23, 2010
Format: DVD
Yesterday Was a Lie is a love story for cerebral cineastes. It was a delight to watch after dinner with a philosophy professor friend and three glasses of wine, and it belongs right up there with your volumes of Wittgenstein. Upon more sober viewing, my analytic mind felt challenged. Actually, this reflects the film's purposeful plotting. Being a psychiatrist, let's see what I can offer.

First off, the film exemplifies Godard's maxim that all it takes to make a movie is a girl and a gun. In this case the lead female character(s) are two lovely blondes (Chase Masterson of Deep Space 9 fame and newcomer Kipleigh Brown). Each so cleverly resembles the other that one is reminded of Bunuel's That Discreet Object of Desire, the surrealist flick where two separate actresses played one character.

But adding layers of complexity here, these twin-like actresses are also playing the left and right sides of the brain of the feminine aspect (anima) of one male character. Got that? They all meet at the Pigeon Hole lounge. The first character is the young Hoyle, a feminine Bogart/Sam Spade analytic detective - the left side brain. Like Sam she likes the gin and the story straight. The second is a sultry, un-named singer who has a familiarity with the poetics of T.S. Eliot - the brain's right side. Her music is entrancing, her wit intuitive and non-linear. Together, these two provide the counterpoint of Jung's anima to the male animus of the main character, John Dudas.

Whether Hoyle and her counterpart, The Singer, convince us they are our anima is irrelevant as we so want them to be part of us. These lovelies draw us ever so seductively into imagining the dark recesses of our own beautiful unconscious, despite whatever misgivings. All we're here for is love, we are told.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Steve Kuehl VINE VOICE on April 8, 2010
Format: DVD
I think the best way to describe some of what this film has to offer came right from Kerwin himself: A film about having quantum mechanics be the basis for showing human heartbreak. As the stars stated several times in the supplements, you will get something out of this film each time you watch it - and I will be watching it again. Describing the story almost does this piece a disservice, but sufficed to say it challenges the viewer and is one of the most intellectual and intriguing independent films to come out in years.

This is a film that could REALLY use a Blu treatment, but the transfer manages to still show the black and white experience in a strong and competent fashion. The music, cinematography, lighting, character physicalities and performances all get mixed together beautifully in this digital film. The 5.1 is utilized most with the singing, jazz and assorted score. The digital picture has a perfect softness for how this B&W result displays, and mixed with how beautiful the lead ladies are you end up actually appreciating the lack of color - the result was mesmerizing.

The supplements have seven segments of interviews and behind the scenes from cast and crew. Kerwin's enthusiasm shows through in each talking head piece, and the level of passion shown by every person involved with this project, makes the whole bit watchable. Two 20-30 shot photo galleries show pics from filming and the resulting production. It was almost a shock to see color in the behind-the-scenes photos - but it gives a great reference for how much better it was to have this be B&W. If you are a fan of either lead lady - there are some save-worthy pics here. A couple of trailers are thrown in also as the last addition. English language with subtitles in same. A graphic novel preview is also included in the packaging. 4.5 for the film and presentation, .5 for the supplements. Hope you get a chance to watch this adult-oriented PG film about an alternative viewpoint of love lost.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Dan on April 7, 2010
Format: DVD
Producer Chase Masterson and writer/director James Kerwin have created a wonderful film harkening back to the days of great film noir.

Stunning black and white photography gives this film an incredible look, tone, and mood which big Hollywood studios seemingly have forgotten how to make.

The film is challenging and engaging. The viewer is in the dark initially and on the same ride of discovery as Kipleigh Brown's character. Kudos to James Kerwin for respecting viewers intelligence and ability to figure things out, and more importantly for knowing viewers do want to be challenged this way, and are tired of dumbed down mainstream Hollywood movies.

Fine performances by all, but especially great work from leads Kipleigh Brown and Chase Masterson.

The commentary track with James Kerwin, Chase Masterson, and Kipleigh Brown is far superior to that found on most DVD releases.

The music score and arrangements by Kristopher Carter are perfectly matched to this film. Chase Masterson's performance of "Where Do You Start" over the last scenes is one of, if not the best, performance of this song I've heard.

Yesterday Was a Lie is not to be missed.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By SciFiChick VINE VOICE on May 17, 2010
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Private Detective Hoyle hot on the trail of an elusive man and a missing notebook. Holye's only help along the way are her partner and a mysterious lounge singer. But Hoyle's progress is hindered as reality and time seems to be shifting around her.

In a unique blend of noir and science fiction, Yesterday Was a Lie is in a category all its own. Shot completely in black and white, the stunning visuals and accompanying jazz music adds to the noir feel - and in my opinion, takes the film to a whole new level. Actresses Kipleigh Brown (Hoyle) and Chase Masterson (Lounge Singer) are wonderful choices for their roles, and skillfully pull the audience into the story.

Ambiance aside, this is like no other noir or science fiction film ever made. At its heart, this is a story of love and heartbreak. But this is not some frivolous, light-hearted flick. Viewers have to pay attention and be able to handle a lot of metaphysical and scientific jargon throughout. Scenes often jump around in time, yet we follow Hoyle as she uncovers the ultimate and surprising mystery. It's smart, gutsy, and glamorous - and completely unexpected. This thoroughly enjoyable film should be a treat for science fiction fans.

DVD Details:
Yesterday Was a Lie is rated PG, 89 minutes long, and contains loads of featurettes and behind-the-scenes clips.
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