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I Love Your Work
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Apr 6, 2006 By: Jason Coleman
I Love Your Work order
Director:
Adam Goldberg

Actors:
Giovanni Ribisi
Franka Potente
Joshua Jackson

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A hot movie star, who seems to have it all - money, fame, power, and a trophy wife - begins to plunge into a downward spiral. With the pressures of fans, stalkers and his own morality, he must decide what is most important in life.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
I LOVE YOUR WORK started off with positives and negatives in my book before I even watched a frame. On the positive, Im a big fan of Director Adam Goldberg as an actor, someone who always brings something funny and unique to most of his roles. If he had even a quarter of the talent as a director that he has as an actor, I was sure I was going to be thoroughly entertained. On the negative side is my nemesis Ribisi; a performer who, after ruining films like THE MOD SQUAD and BOILER ROOM with his need to infuse jerky character moments for no reason, is someone whose work Ive been trying to constantly avoid. He is front and center in this film, with of course Goldberg directing, so I put all pre-conceived notions aside and watched the film as its own entity. Didnt help. Goldberg, who is obviously going for some arty, avant-garde motif has a style that is reminiscent of Ribisis work here, strange just for the sake of being strange. Its as if Goldberg felt that his work would not be taken seriously as a filmmaker if he didnt go against the grain. And its a shame because the best scenes in his film are those romantic and longing moments, where there are no wacky camera angles or lights, but just two people sharing love under normal lighting. I think Goldberg should have trusted himself more, gimmicks dont make a better movie, sometimes they just complicate things.

As far as Ribisi is concerned, he now has a film where his nut burger work doesnt seem completely out of place. Not that its anything to write home about, its still weird and out of left field, but it does have some of the most honest and human moments Ive ever seen in a Ribisi performance. The rest of the cast kind of gets lost in the shuffle of all the overly anxious film techniques; Jason Lee as a clean cut stalker, Potente as Ribisis trophy wife, Jackson as a up and coming screenwriter, and Vince Vaughn and Elvis Costello in cameos, they all kind of blend into the blurry background. (Not to mention that if the film is a story about how obnoxious Hollywood is, why not go all out and cast unknowns Adam!) The only performances that have redemption and sweetness are those by Christina Ricci and Marisa Coughlan. But unfortunately, their subtle and caring work is no match for the overbearing nature of this film. It sad because I get where Goldberg was trying to go with this one, drawing from his own personal experience for the film, which is always a smart move. The only problem was that someone forgot to tell him its the story not just style that makes a film great. Sorry Adam, I love your work, just not this work.
THE EXTRAS
Commentary (with Director Adam Goldberg and Actor Giovanni Ribisi): I was hoping that Goldberg would have some witty banter on this track (the gay voice got tired fast!), but my prayers went unanswered. There are some long pauses, plus both of these guys have a rather drawl and low key delivery, not the most exciting for a full length commentary. Ribisi has nothing to say and any technique or style choices are not discussed by Goldberg. Its like having a drink with the guys, shooting the shit about nothing. So grab a beer, its gonna be a long night!

Music Gallery Music From The Score For I Love Your Work (9:11): For those who just couldnt get enough of this film (all two of you!) heres an array of music selections for your listening pleasure. Tracks include Opening Title Full Orchestra, Theme John/Jane Montage, Best Of Sunday, and Stopwatch.

Plus there is a Trailer for I LOVE YOUR WORK, as well as a Trailer Gallery for the films FATELESS, THE ARISTOCRATS, DALLAS 362, and SECOND BEST.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
An inside look at what it really feels like to be a famous actor is a fascinating idea for a movie, especially when its written by someone who's a famous actor himself. Writing what you know always makes for an interesting and authentic film. The problem here is that Director Adam Goldberg paid too much attention to what filmmaking gimmicks he could bring to the film, letting his story fall by the wayside. It reminded me of a young filmmaker getting a camera for the first time, so many buttons and gadgets to play with. Obviously Goldberg hasnt gotten past this initial infatuation, because once he does, thats when the real work that may be loved, will begin.
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