Yesterday Was a Lie
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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.
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.
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.
Yesterday Was a Lie is rated PG, 89 minutes long, and contains loads of featurettes and behind-the-scenes clips.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
COOL OFF. RELAX. DIM THOSE ULTRA LOUNGE LIGHTS. THIS MOVIE IS DRIPPING WITH 1940'S-1960'S RETRO CULTURE. VERY SEXY MYSTERY MOVIE IN GLORIOUS BLACK AND WHITE. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Prince Everlove
its very cerebral, you have to be familiar with the concepts of multiple dimension, time travel and paradoxes. Read morePublished on June 3, 2014 by Michael
The movie is interesting to look at, having been shot on video and then manipulated to produce a rich black-and-white palette. Read morePublished on April 18, 2013 by Keith Nichols
This film pretty much was a mind blower. The combination of crime noir and quantum physics was no less than original. Read morePublished on February 9, 2013 by Michael Mahaffey
Had a hard time getting into this movie. Watched part of it. Maybe I'll try to watch it again someday.Published on February 1, 2013 by maryann
I have not seen many movies more boring and uninteresting than this one. I have loved some very mainstream to off-beat movies but this film is absolutely horrid. Read morePublished on August 25, 2011 by Thelonious Punk
I'm tempted to say they don't make them like this anymore, but the truth is I've never seen a film anything at all like this before. Read morePublished on August 6, 2011 by Bob James
Liked how the movie kept me guessing. Originally watched it on Netflix and liked it so well I bought it.Published on July 23, 2011 by James H. Irwin Jr.
This film is like a reflecting pool. It looks deep and dark, but it turns out to be about three inches deep.
The stunning look of the film belies its shallowness. Read more