So the way it works is there are very few films I watch before they open. For some reason I make time for special films. Once Upon A time in Hollywood was one. Pig, well is another one. I came in early Thursday and got to watch it. Way better than the post midnight screening of Once Upon A time in Hollywood. So Pig did not get the 3:00 Am "drunk" email that Hollywood got. All I can say is it is a really good film (freaking great) and was honored that Neon let me open it on the break. It is such a great film that even the worst review on quality score site metatcritic gave it a 60 and said to watch it. So yes, great film and I want to thank you folks for supporting this film.
Hollywood has always built it’s films on formulas. Back in the 30s and 40s they signed actors to contracts and controlled their carrers. It was a rare event to have talent have much of a say in anything. The studios had a formula and it worked. Think of it as John Wayne and the B westerns. As Hollywood has matured, the current thrust has been IP. Intellectual Property is the current formule. It's stuff they own and they exploit it in their films. So we have 2 films at the Odem this week, Black Widow, a Marvel IP film and Pig, an Independent film from a first time directory with an original script that has come out of nowhere. Probably forgot to say a Oscar winner in Nicolas Cage,as the lead. All of those moving parts has all the smart people in Hollywood gushing about Pig.
As a heads up about the writer director director Michael Sarnoski not a lot of information out there. I can't get any real info on the internet other than someone with the same name went to Yale. That in itself make this film noteworthy. Add in a great performance by an Oscar winning actor on the down low and it all makes for incredible cinema. The crazy thing is my Grandpa Cha has a Wikipedia page and he died in 1965 and Michael Sarnoski has a really great film and there is really no background on the net. So yes, Michael Sarnoski is a name to remember in his debut with Pig. The industry is in love with Pig because it is not rehashed IP and has come out with a great original story . Critics love something new and original. It's the way they roll.
Pig is a film you need to pay attention to because the director does not spoon feed us with the smaller details. That's our job as the viewer to understand why a legendary Chef has been holed up for 15 years in the forest around Portland (there is no wilderness around Portland LOL). Melancholy is the tone of Robin Feld (Nic Cage) character and watching the film it's easy to see why he has left the city and his career in Portland. He suffered a loss he could not deal with and just checked out. The reality is this is not John Wick with a Pig. Robin loved the Pig and is willing to do anything to get back to the cabin in the woods. Don't come and expect for it all to be laid out for you like a "hollywood blockbuster". Pig is the kind of film the evokes discussion on what we remember from the film. Without a doubt Michael Sarnoski is a name we will all become familiar with as he gets financing, gets a wikipedia page and makes more great films.
And a special thanks for all the folks that come on in and just hang for a beer or food!.
Ted and Keri