9/15/2013

Local Legends (2013)


Black & White Is the New CGI*




Black and white modern pictures seem to be trending these days. After discovering Frances Ha earlier this year and re-watching Manhattan, I'm reviewing this piece of comedy directed and produced by Matt Farley. Local Legends is an autobiographical comedy with Farley as the main character. The movie follows the unusual life of Matt, a New England entertainer who works at a nursing home by night and writes novelty songs by day. That is, when he doesn't walk through Manchester, NH listening to Red Sox games or perform live from someone's basement. Being from New England myself, I feel very attached to the universe of Farley and his portrayal of the entertainment industry from a little-towner perspective. Farley is a Woody Allen aficionado and you can sense this from his shots to the numerous Annie Hallhttps://images-blogger-opensocial.googleusercontent.com/gadgets/proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Fir-na.amazon-adsystem.com%2Fe%2Fir%3Ft%3Dsqueerelistbl-20%26l%3Das2%26o%3D1%26a%3DB006FSRSFQ&container=blogger&gadget=a&rewriteMime=image%2F* references or the voiceover he uses. But the New England director doesn't copy the New York master of intellectual comedies. Farley keeps his style and authenticity and his dry humor is definitely to be taken with a pinch of salt. Farley is an enthusiastic supporter of self-mockery and a shameless protagonist who opens his feature film with a song about how Scarlett Johansson farts like everyone else. Farley's honest narration is not just about poop and puke - even though these cover a lot of his world - it's also about the weirdest human interactions, the hard work of local entertainers who thrive in their art but never seem to reach the slightest recognition, and uncommon marketing techniques. Local Legends is a whole concept of its own which helps define indie, low-budget feature film, amateur acting and fun. I am pretty amazed by its extraordinary screenplay structure. You will certainly burst into laughter as you encounter Matt's entourage and get aboard his routine and adventures.

1 reason to watch: it is definitely something else. And Matt would be happy to write a song about you.



Watch the full movie here!

*Computer-generated imagery

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