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Stay (2005)
Written by: The Arrow
Director: Marc Forster

Starring:
Ewan McGregor/Sam
Ryan Gosling/Henry
Naomi Watts/Lila
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PLOT-CRUNCH
New York head-shrinker Sam (McGergor) sees his reality bent, broken and bitch-slapped when he takes on Henry (Gosling), a suicidal art Student as one of his patients. Arrow sings: “Excuse me while I kiss the sky!”
THE LOWDOWN

Henry: I burned myself. Sam: You burned yourself? Why?
Henry:
Practicing for hell.

When STAY was put out theatrically, it vanished out of theatres before I got around to seeing it (in my parts anyways). Now that it’s available on DVD, I finally got to catch up with this intriguing little thriller and came out of the mud ring far from disappointed.

STAY was yet another celluloid back-hand of the mind-f*ck kind. You know the drill boys, girls and pets! We’re presented with a reality, the film shakes & bakes it as we move forward and the cap-off finally reveals what in Athena's name was “truly” going on. I must hand it to this gal, she had me fooled like Anna Nicole Smith swindled her rich 90 something husband for the bulk of its running time. I felt like I was being grilled by the Riddler throughout! And that wasn't all, the manner in which the film communicated its unstable and surreal reality was one for the books as well! I’m talking dream like, stylish and fairly kinetic directing, beyond unique scene transitions (loved the morphing from one character to the next), the sly repeating of sequences, the use of the same background performers and more that I won’t reveal…you do your own work and figure them all by your lonesome. I was so disoriented and relished every second of it!

With that thrown your way, STAY was more than pretty pictures, innovative style and groovy shots, it was also a well acted, thought provoking and touching effort that addressed themes that we all relate to: regret, love, regret, regret and more regret. I’m gonna level with ya here, I teared up a few times during this ride and I mean, teared up like a man bitch that lost his mommy, his diaper and his "Snake Eyes" GI Joe doll . Was the film that moving? Maybe…but I can assure you that I had my own shit going on and the affair ably tapped into it. Yes...I related...OUCH! When you add to all that flavor a truly novel score that totally blew me way in its uniqueness, bleak gorgeous locations (Brooklyn Bride, that’s staircase), striking symbolism and a top notch cast on top of their game... you get quite the little masterpiece that beg the questions “Why didn’t it get more attention when released?” and "When did Ryan Gosling get so kool?"

On the slim water in the drink side of the Rum and Coke, the reason behind the madness not only felt a tad too familiar as I’ve seen it before in films of this ilk but it also didn’t fulfill when looking back…specially when it came to one of its lead characters and his relation to it all. Maybe I missed something or maybe that was the point but it hurt the movie for me. Personally, I would’ve done the ending a tad different, hoped for something a tad different and didn’t get that tad different. Then again, what do I know, I think crack whore jokes are the be all and end all of creativity much like that crack whore that used my face as a bar stool yesterday…YOU SEE!

All in all though, STAY was a breath of fresh dead air and all should be proud of the accomplishments that is this picture on a visual, audio and meat standpoint. Think a morbid yet striking LSD like trip (not that I ever tried the drug, I sniff glue…just kidding) and I for one (or two or three…all depending how many of my personalities are at play) just couldn’t take my pupils of the screen. You going to stay with STAY (here I go being clever again...urg) or are you gonna dump it on the curb?

GORE
Wet some minor bloodshed, nothing to get jacked up about.
ACTING
By rule of thumb, I like Ewan McGregor (Sam), he has a sympathetic aura about him, is always credible, even when wrestling with his Yankee accents. Here was no exception. Ryan Gosling (Henry) has come a long way from his “Breaker High” days. Here, he showcased more of his masterful grasp on the “Young Brando” art of brooding while being totally convincing. Naomi Watts (Lila) looked good and was on the ball! I would’ve liked to have seen more of her in this film.
T & A
None that I can remember one way or another, unless the Jenna Jameson "spread eagle" poster on my wall counts.
DIRECTING
Armed with a great editor, director Marc Forster buttered the toast on both sides with purpose offering up novel shots, hypnotic atmosphere, brilliant scene transitions and arresting imagery. This film look f*cking good, plain and simple!
SOUNDTRACK
The subversive score by Asche and Spencer touched me and rocked me in its uniqueness and emotional resonance. Great job duders!
BOTTOM LINE
STAY was a distinctive audio/visual experience that has to be seen to be believed. Tagged with compelling substance and Grade A acting, the film had its shotgun fully loaded in terms of blasting me away to “I loved this shite” oblivion...until the ending kicked in. It wasn’t what I wanted or all that it could’ve been if you ask me. Still a solid watch though!
BULL'S EYE
This was David Benioff's first sold screenplay. He banked $1.5 million for it. He is now writing the Wolverine movie.

Marc Forster also directed Monter's Ball and Finding Neverland.

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8:08PM on 07/27/2006

A Movie I Can Sorta Relate To

The plot about suicide had really gotten my attention so i knew i had to see this. I thought maybe this movie would've been all about just the shrink and suicidal person...so we could really tap into the mind of a suicidal person. To a place that most people are afraid to go. But there is wayyyy more than the just the story of suicide. I dont want to spoil the ending for you, it is a good ending but a lot of movies these days have endings that are somewhat like this. (You'll know when you
The plot about suicide had really gotten my attention so i knew i had to see this. I thought maybe this movie would've been all about just the shrink and suicidal person...so we could really tap into the mind of a suicidal person. To a place that most people are afraid to go. But there is wayyyy more than the just the story of suicide. I dont want to spoil the ending for you, it is a good ending but a lot of movies these days have endings that are somewhat like this. (You'll know when you watch it, trust me) To me, Ryan Gosling's character (Henry) was definitely someone i could relate to. He's a dark and anti-social human being such as myself. I really liked how Ewan McGregor's character (Sam) would never stop helping Henry. Sure, Sams a shrink and thats his job but I felt he did way more which I really appreciated. I wish their were more people in this world like him. Another person I really cared for was Naomi Watts character (Lila) You just couldnt help but love her. I never thought too highly of Naomi Watts. I mean, being shes a fantastic actress in such movies as The Ring, King Kong, Children Of The Corn IV. But after seeing her performance in this movie, she is now definitely one of the greatest actresses ever!!!! Although she was in this movie for quite a while, I wish there was more of her. I seriously think there should be more movies like this, meaning on the topic. Its something a lot of people go through every day and its something people are too afraid to talk about. Looks like I maybe going off topic of the movie so I better end this review soon. I wanted to give this a movie a 4 out of a 4 soooo bad but its just the ending that weve seen so many times before that made me rate this a 3.5. But otherwise, this is a very very very good movie. I was truly surprised to see The Arrow rating this a 3, I wouldve thought hed rate this a or something. Being its not a horror movie but Im glad he rated this movie well because this is a very good movie.
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