Not Your Typical Bigfoot Movie
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The film s main emphasis is on depicting the everyday lives of regular, financially struggling folk who just happen to have an unusual hobby. --New York Times
[Delaney's] style is calm, serene almost, as he doesn't work to get what he wants out of his subjects but rather allows them to act as if the cameras are not even there . . . No one should miss this film. --CollegeMovieReview.com
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The movie starts out on a dark note, which is again woven into the story to show one of the low-points of half of our dashing duo's 15 minutes of fame being used to <gasp> accuse him of perpetrating a hoax. Somehow, the quivering eyes reveal more about the character of the man, than the truth. Time to develop a story? Or the victim of poor preparation from a radio co-host, creating a glaring inaccuracy which the host noted and showed him to be a liar. Either way, the radio show host did the right thing. "Oh what a tangled web we weave ..."
I loved when the radio-show crew showed up and they went out 'Bigfootin'" together. Sadly, our hero got blown off for being a "dreamer." Tough crowd out there; even tougher when the light burns dimly. Which begs the analogy of being 'chewed up and spit out,' even if it will seem a bit one-sided.
In this documentary, I remain unconvinced in their sincerity. Not in their belief that Bigfoot is out there - but in them actually thinking that what they do is research. On that note, I found the video entertaining, and worth the time to watch two people cope with a cold, harsh - and hairy, world out there.
The film begins lightly and you may find yourself laughing at Dallas and Wayne and their blind devotion to their pursuit, but as it progresses, you'll find yourself emotionally engrossed in their story and their lives. If you're not affected by them by the end, you don't have a soul.
Ultimately, Dallas and Wayne are just like most Americans - they're struggling to make a name for themselves and to leave their mark on the world. In small town Appalachian Ohio, these uneducated, poverty-stricken men have decided that their best shot is finding Bigfoot. Not Your Typical Bigfoot Movie shows a side of America I rarely see in cinema. It's a powerful and enlightening film about friendship, the misunderstood, and the American dream.
It's hard to not get a lump in your throat while watching, as the rocky relationship plays out, but everything is so tastefully done that you have to commend the filmmaker, Jay Delaney.
I rarely see documentaries worthy of high rating, but the realistic people portrayed here are much more interesting for me to watch than some person so OUT of the ordinary a doc is made about them.
NYTBM follows a pair of bigfoot "researchers," from a former steel town in Ohio, as their friendship and reputations are tested by the arrival of a top-shelf professional bigfoot hunter. What unfolds is a story so well-plotted that it's hard to believe at times you're watching a documentary, but the story in NYTBM is merely the delivery device for the documentary's real gift: a kind of potent cinematic essay on the enigmatic powers of faith.
Delaney's subjects are nothing if not entirely powerless over their lives, over their rundown homes and fallen township, over their own emotions. These are men of no means, with no ability to stand up to their circumstance. Just one thing keeps them going, keeps them waking up each and every day, facing the bleakness of the world around them: their faith. Faith in bigfoot, faith in their friendship, faith that there's got to be more to this implacable life than meets the eye. Their stubbornness in the face of reason is the part that really challenges you.
I highly recommend Jay Delaney's Not Your Typical Bigfoot Movie. It's an extremely touching, challenging, and even comedic look at two very real Americans. Buy it on DVD today!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Way better than I thought, interestingly different view and story line, very genuine, enjoyedPublished 14 months ago by buddy alvarado
An exceptionally poignant tale of rural poverty, actually, with a little Bigfoot thrown in for good measure. Read morePublished on January 26, 2014 by Frabbit Fan
Dallas is a great guy. I want to see more of his movies. He is very entertaining <3 it :)Published on December 23, 2013 by butterfly
We were so pleased last night when we were able to visit once again with our friends Dallas and Wayne from Portsmouth, Ohio. These guys see Bigfoots like a wino sees grapes. Read morePublished on December 8, 2013 by Fergus mac Roigh
Please take a chance on this wonderful film. Its a picture that starts with the elements of bigfoot and documentary film making but ends up being about friendship, personal... Read morePublished on April 15, 2013 by Horror Nerd
Not Your Typical Bigfoot Movie is not a great film nor documentary. It is not particularly deep on the plight of the downtrodden and disenfranchised (both examples being white,... Read morePublished on June 21, 2012 by Cosmoetica
I can't believe I sat through this.
I have a suspicion that anybody who believes this is real has been had by a rather obvious attempt to get attention and make money to... Read more
Not Your Typical Bigfoot Movie is a documentary that follows two "underachievers" from Portsmouth, Ohio, named Dallas and Wayne. Read morePublished on August 14, 2011 by stoic