A work of Real Lyrical Beauty, Beautiful Cinematography, Superb Acting, Highly Recommended -Philadelphia Festival of World Cinema_Shot on the streets of Philadelphia, Saint Christopher ...
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A work of Real Lyrical Beauty, Beautiful Cinematography, Superb Acting, Highly Recommended -Philadelphia Festival of World Cinema_Shot on the streets of Philadelphia, Saint Christopher depicts the constant struggle between good and evil, with definitive religious implications, embodied in a young man battling his destructive forces in order to fulfill his destiny. Charismatic Christopher Doogan has lead a troubled life. As he returns home from prison hoping to put the pies of his life back together and atone for his past mistakes, he discovers that his destiny is irrevocably intertwined with his reckless past. Refusing to give up Christopher finds strength to move on in unexpected places. _www.goodthief.com
I worked on "The Good Thief" as a Production Assistant, which meant I got to yell out, "Rolling! Quiet please!" in some of Philadelphia's finest neighborhoods. I saw the movie last week, and let me tell you, standing outside a crack house at 2am was worth it. RT Herwig's debut was made for under $700,000, and throughout the course of the movie, it becomes obvious that they got the most out of every penny. The film looks nicer than most movies made for millions and millions of dollars. "The Good Thief" is a story about an honorable man returning home from prison and trying to reconcile his past with his future. Namely, he wants to provide for his daughter who doesn't know he's alive but doesn't want to return to crime to do so. Rather than tell a straightforward story, Herwig lays on some trippy spirituality to mix things up. There's a lot of smoke in this movie, (hence my subject line) and that's just one of the visual metaphors Herwig uses to demonstrate the protagonist's mental state. More often than not, this doesn't look like a cheaply-made movie. The film is beautifully shot, and you can tell a lot of care went into making each frame look wonderful. Some of the acting falls flat, and some scenes drag on, but there is enough strength in other scenes to redeem the film. Herwig throws in some neat clues here and there, and the soundtrack is very cool. It will be nice to see what Herwig can do with a larger budget. He's obviously a very talented filmmaker with a bright future ahead of him. People spend a lot of money on making really crappy movies. "The Good Thief" didn't cost a lot of money, and is not a really crappy movie. It's actually pretty good, and well worth checking out. Just watch out for all the smoke.
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