The first film I saw where I was not only blown away, but thought to myself, ‘Hey, I think I can do that.’
I am a Long Island Irish (and Italian) Catholic boy and can relate to Ed Burns, more so than Aronofsky – who is also a NY’er. Burns grew up in a similar environment as me, and in fact we share common friends (although I’ve never met him). The ability to take an ultra-low budget, financed by donations from family and friends, and turn it into an indie hit spoke volumes to me when I first realized that I wanted to follow a path in film. Brothers and Pi were the two most influential films for me at the onset – which is odd because of their two very different styles. I think I’ve seen each over 50 times now. I found Burns’ film to be tightly edited and shot well, two things you don’t find often in indie films. The subject matter of the film really hit home and I thought each storyline was accessible.
Cost a lot more than the other two, but it was so simple and executed so well. It came at a time when indies were all trying to be Tarantino rip-offs, Wes Anderson breathed some life into the indie landscape – and created an avalanche of rip-offs of his style.
The perfect combination between blockbuster and arthouse masterpiece.
To me, the best blockbuster ever made. How can you not be inspired after seeing this movie?