Under the Silver Lake

Under the Silver Lake

DVD - 2019
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Sam is a disenchanted 33-year-old who discovers a mysterious woman, Sarah, frolicking in his apartment's swimming pool. When she vanishes, Sam embarks on a surreal quest across Los Angeles to decode the secret behind her disappearance, leading him into the murkiest depths of mystery, scandal, and conspiracy in the City of Angels.
Publisher: Santa Monica, CA : Lions Gate Home Entertainment, [2019]
Edition: Widescreen ed.
Branch Call Number: DVD UNDE SIL LA
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 139 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
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rugolin
Mar 08, 2020

This film is big homage to gritty and cynical 1940-50s film noirs where the in over his head hero meets a femme fatale who leads him into a larger and larger conspiracy. Instead of a down on his luck gumshoe we have a modern day slouch shouldered slacker named Sam who is about to be evicted from his apartment and doesn't have much ambition or motivation till he spots the beautiful and mysterious Sarah sitting by his apartment's pool. Like a lot of older film noirs this film shares the same over convoluted plotting and red herrings that can make audience comprehension next to impossible as we follow Sam's investigation after his femme fatale disappears. The director here really swings for the fences with wild ideas about hidden messages and ciphers where natural and supernatural conspiracies theories abound. I can see how he will lose half the audience with his wild flourishes and all over the place storytelling. Though I found his weird vibe to be completely compelling where I had no idea what was going to come next(rare for very predictable modern films)and the ending was unique and unexpected.

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mheminway
Mar 01, 2020

There is no real point to this movie, nor any reason why the guy doesn't look for work or fight to keep what he has. The subplots detract from the narrative that isn't strong to begin with.

Don't bother, there are better ways to spend this time.

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iplay2
Jan 23, 2020

HORRIBLE! The story is like a stream of conscious narrative of someone who is on a bad LSD trip. The movie makes no sense . I really don't know what the creators of movies like this one are thinking of when putting together such a movie. Perhaps they were all high too. Forget this one.

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hammer59
Nov 18, 2019

Looked more interesting in the previews. Quirky but just a little too pretentious to be enjoyed. While the imagery was strong, the underlying plot was weak.

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amanoletters99
Nov 09, 2019

Good storyline, but I just couldn't dig up an empathy for the lead character which stilted my enjoyment of this surreal mystery. Other than that, there are some great scenes which made it worth the watch.

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marcos_santiago
Nov 02, 2019

Not good but I have to give it 4 stars, just for the fact that I could not stop watching it. If it ever was a "hypnotic" movie, this is it.
Also, it scores very high in the "memorable scale". Some ideas / scenes are seared into my brain.
Some people hated the ending, but it was satisfactory enough for me.
Overall, super weird and bizarre, but you should give it a chance.

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tubbyprotege88
Oct 21, 2019

Fans of film noir will find much to like here. “Under the Silver Lake” certainly has its moments, especially when the plot twists along with one bizarre turn after another. But if you don’t like noir or only watch movies with conventional narratives, don’t waste your time on this 2 hour plus funhouse.

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jimg2000
Sep 14, 2019

A bizarre but somewhat grounded conspiracy mystery with some semblance to 2001 Mulholland Drive. It features an unemployed over-sexed single L.A. man (Andrew Garfield -- 2017 Breathe; 2016 Hacksaw Ridge; The Amazing Spider-Man 1&2; 2014 99 Homes etc.) looking for his missing dream girl next door. It is one of the films that reading up on the description helps to follow the script without getting lost in his hunt for the LA woman in and around Silver Lake, Echo Park and Griffin Park. The Special features have a segment on the production locations and set design. More from LA magazine:

https://www.lamag.com/culturefiles/under-the-silver-lake-los-angeles-locations/

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Shuken_1989
Aug 30, 2019

Every once in a while you come across one of those films that just blows your mind, "Under the Silver Lake" is one of those films, a mixture of comedy, noir detective elements and surrealism. The film for me was reminiscent of Thomas Pynchon's "Inherent Vice," as both films make great use of a unreliable narrator, whose perceptions of events are doubtful. I was thoroughly impressed with the surrealism of the locales and character interactions, the film blurred the lines between what was real and what was simply in the main character, Sam's, head. Sam is played by Andrew Garfield, whose mannerisms and appearance capture the films unreal mode perfectly. Sam is a disgruntled work shy middle aged man, living in a state of arrested development, listless and highly impressionable. As a result of his impressionability Sam has a tendency to follow rabbit trails and get lost in chasing conspiracies, this sets up a lot of the film's noir elements perfectly. Sam's character has a great deal of depth as he oscillates between bouts of sudden insight and immense violence, which is what lends credence to the viewer's wonderment about Sam's mental health and perception of reality. Andrew Garfield gives Sam the air of a highly damaged Philip Marlow. The movie certainly kept me on my toes, it is well worth sitting through the 2+ hour run time.

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pennys54
Aug 22, 2019

Worse than rubbish

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jimg2000
Sep 14, 2019

Don't you ever think that maybe rich people know something that you and I don't?
-A good restaurant... maybe.
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It's not a shelter.
-So, what is it?
A tomb.
-Was it ours?
They're tombs for kings
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Is the cemetery not good enough for him?
-It's not about a burial. It's about ascension. We're not dying, we'll be transported to another world, somewhere better than this.
- Are you talking about heaven?
No. I'm talking about something exclusive and real. Our souls are gonna be
pulled from our bodies and carried through this unfathomable amniotic sac. We will be beyond this universe, living together like kings, without limitation. The pharaohs did it. Great men throughout the history have done the same.

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jimg2000
Sep 14, 2019

Used to be - a hundred years ago - y'know, any moron could kinda wander into the woods and look behind a rock or some shit and discover some cool new thing, y'know? Not anymore. Where's the mystery that makes everything worthwhile? We crave mystery, 'cause there's none left.
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We wait to be ascended. Only the richest of men can afford this ceremony. It's expensive to build a tunnel system and keep it hidden... In the future men will understand that we were modern kings. Rulers without statues or effigies.
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Our world is filled with codes, pacts, user agreements, subliminal messages...
Here. Here. Here. Words and symbols, hidden in printed advertising, sexual innuendo connected to corporations. Ideologies used when we're adapted to free will, but are actually a result of hidden messages.
-Okay. So if there're messages that aren't subliminal but that are meant only
for certain people?
Of course. That's as common as tits and hamburgers.

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