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I watched two independent films in one weekend, Rain in the Mountains and Channels. The former suffered from bad acting and unskilled post-production, but had a charming story and acceptable writing. Channels was the exact opposite, with good acting/production but horrible writing. I found the former to be much more forgivable.
The film is a mess. It is about a man who finally finds happiness with a fictional woman from a soap opera who is magically brought into his living room every so often due to a lightning strike. Unfortunately, we are given no reason to care about the man or the woman. We have little explanation as to why they are so unhappy at first, and no real feeling that fate was justified in putting them together. They share a couple of tame dates with each other and fall in love, but the middle of the story drags as all the writers could think of was to have them talk and talk about how great those dates were and how much in love they are.
The beginning is bearable, the middle is long and torturous, and the end is once again bearable as he tries and save her from being written out of the soap so she can come back one last time forever. Overall, though, the sloppy writing, slow pacing, and bland editing make this a clunker to avoid at all costs. If you still want to see this movie, don't buy it, I'll give you my copy.
The movie, CHANNELS, is just that. And it is imaginatively very good. Watching a movie with an original voice, while observing some very fine actors such as our leads, Nat Christian and Kim Oja, along with Ed Asner, Taylor Negron, John Kassir and Joan Van Ark, is truly a joy.
Christian and Oja are a great pair. He is so compellingly real and natural, that you think the camera just peeked in on him. She is engaging as well with a delightfully reserved charm.
Christian is also the writer and director of CHANNELS. He brews poignant thoughts and some laughs, beautifully and skillfully wrapped to open for an enjoyable watch.
The romantic look of the movie is helped by cinematography (Michael Hardwick). production design (Dolores Piazza) and visual effects (Duane Condor).
There are several very funny scenes in the movie.
I hope to see more from Christian.
The move starts very slowly and confusing. The beginning and the ending were annoying.
The most pleasant thing about the movie was the performance from the actress Kimberly Oja.
All of the actors did a very fine job. This is an intelligent movie. Not your typical genre type. I kind of wished the ending would be different, but I respect the writer/director's vision.
Actors, Nat Christian, Kim Oja, Ed Asner, John Kassir, Taylor Negron, Joan Van Ark give it their all. They are real and truthful in a comedy, which is what makes the comedy work.
The direction is superb, slowly involving us in a man's state of being, then having us get caught up in the romance, and then his decision on what to do next. The music, look and FX were great too.
If you're looking for something unique, then this may be for you.
I hope that, in today's climate, more films like this are made.
CHANNELS feels like the best of the old-fashioned films. Which means, when made today it is wonderfully crafted and sophisticated. A passionate, charming, witty, romantic story about a love transcending space and time.
In the imaginatively written screenplay by writer/director Nat Christian, the lead character, "Black", also played by Christian, is a busy producer on the rise. But he really doesn't have a spark in hi life. He meets "Katherine", played by the beautiful Kim Oja, and together their chemistry keeps you glued to the screen.
Christian, with great skill, gives the character of Black charm and cynicism, and is deliciously romantic when he meets Oja. He is fun and tragic at the same time. You immediately connect with his character.
Oja also displays great skill in playing comedy, coupled with moving scenes of reflective sadness. The two of them captivate the screen.
The whole cast plays every role with precision.
Ed Asner is always wonderful. And here is tough as well as funny. He also has one wonderful monologue.
Joan Van Ark is looking better as she ages. Beautiful and smart. She comes of sympathetic as a smart but vulnerable TV executive.
Taylor Negron is refreshingly sincere.
John Kassir delivers a memorable performance as a cocky (and funny) talent agent.
The beautiful photography by Michael Hardwick never gets in the way of the characters.Read more ›
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