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White Lightnin' 2010

NR
3.7 out of 5 stars (27) IMDb 7.1/10

Deep in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains in West Virginia, where every man owns a gun and a moonshine still, in a battered trailer, abides living legend Jesco White, "the dancing outlaw".

Starring:
Edward Hogg, Carrie Fisher
Runtime:
1 hour, 32 minutes

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Genres Drama
Director Dominic Murphy
Starring Edward Hogg, Carrie Fisher
Supporting actors Stephanie Astalos-Jones, Kirk Bovill, Owen Campbell, Stephen Lester, Wallace Merck, Steve Nicolson, Damian Samuels, Clay Steakley, Allison Varnes, Raymond Waring, Muse Watson
Studio IFC Films
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
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By K. Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on June 14, 2011
Format: DVD
Having become acquainted with an infamous outlaw brood in the documentary "The Wild Wonderful Whites of West Virginia," I was eager to check out Dominic Murphy's fictional portrait of their most famous member. "White Lightnin,'" it is important to note, is not a traditional biography--it plays fast and loose with the facts to create a harrowing portrait of triumph, love, deprivation, and madness. Inspired by (but with liberal dramatic license) the cult figure known as The Dancing Outlaw, Jesco White, this movie came as a complete surprise to me. Seriously. With its depiction of drug use, reform schools, mental institutions, co-dependency, violent rages, and perhaps the most realistic descent into insanity I've seen in quite some time--this movie is not for the faint of heart. If you want a beat by beat retelling of Jesco White's life, this is NOT it. This is something altogether more. I'm not prone to unnecessary hyperbole, but I loved this movie. It's courageous, challenging, and utterly uncompromising.

In a searing performance, Edward Hogg is absolutely captivating as White. He has the requisite charm to make White appealing, the demented fervor to make him frightening, and the unhinged lunacy to make him (and this film) unforgettable. The movie chronicles White's life as a boy through his success as a dancer, and it is all accompanied by an insightful narration. While voice-overs are not a favorite narrative device of mine, here it is absolutely essential to revealing the demons that lurk within White at all times. So well written and performed to perfection, this running commentary really puts you into the mental tumult of the main character. The primary relationship portrayed in the film is a wildly dysfunctional love affair with, of all people, Carrie Fisher.
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Dear people,

T.V. is not "real life."
Movies are not "real life."
Reality T.V. is not "real life."
Documentaries are not "real life."

Real life is "real life."

Someone has been lying to you. They are all forms of entertainment. If a movie says "Based upon a true story," it is just that...Based. It, in itself, is not true. In case someone out there thinks reality T.V. is real, well, put a camera in front of someone and tell them to act "normal." What you get is not real, but a performance for the camera that they know that is there recording them. Entertainment and nothing more. Please watch the film "Real Life" by Albert Brooks if you need visuals.

Now that the above has been said, White Lightin' is a really good movie. It is very entertaining. I have seen all the documentaries and clips about Jesco and recognize all of his talents...Dancing, story-telling,ETC. My only hope is that this fictionalized movie keeps him alive in people's minds and that he got a couple of bucks in the process to carry on. He really does have talent. See him live if possible.

Keep it "Real."
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This is one of my favorite films. Edward Hogg is in the same league as Dinero and Brando. One of the most amazing performances I have ever seen in my fifty-six years. The strange editing and filming adds to the movie as much as the weird soundtrack. I first saw the film on the Sundance Chanel and as I watched it unfold, each minute became more and more enthralling. Carrie Fisher's role is nothing less than incredible. I was not sure at first it was her. I thought she had given up acting. I can't wait until the director's cut is made available because the Sundance channel showed an edited version of the film. The asylum scene is more real than the one in "One Flew Over The Cucoos Nest" as far as it's depiction of such a hospital. I have seen this movie at least five times and I am blown away by it each time. They still make 'em like they use to.
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I'm not familiar with the true story of Jesco White. (But I will be soon.) So on viewing the film, I was happy with the portrayal of the dark side of life in the backwoods of Appalachia. Not knowing the true story didn't ruin things for me, and I truly enjoyed the film.

But...

If you're going to do a lot of research about Southern Appalachia and try to make the film as true to life as possible, it's unforgivable that Jesse repeatedly refers to one person as "y'all." Y'all is ALWAYS plural, and is only used when talking to more than one person. To beat it all, I've had outsiders laugh at me and say it doesn't matter. But it DOES matter if you want true accuracy. "Y'all" is a contraction of "You" and "All." You all. Just like "Youse guys." Would you call one person "Youse guys?" I'll wager not.

For instance:

* When Jesse talks to the fat man about his tattoos, he calls the man "y'all." No matter how fat a guy is, he's still one person. Jesse
should call him "you."

* When Jesse is talking to his dead father in heaven, he actually calls his father "y'all!" Best I can recollect, the man has/had ONE father.

This issue probably does not bother non-natives much, but it made me disrespectful of this director's work. Too bad the chosen film location was in Croatia. There was nobody around to correct this glaring ignorance of the vernacular.

Hope y'all enjoy this here review.
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