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Silver Bullets

2011

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  • So much for the plot, which, as expected, advances primarily through beer drinking, clothes shucking and aimless chatting. Though becoming more adventurous with his camera and editing this time out, Mr. Swanberg offsets those gains with a bloody finale of staggering self-pity. Whether this is a genuine move to ventilate real-life artistic despair, or simply self-indulgent posing, is impossible to determine; either way, the sequence feels wildly misjudged.

  • Working with Ti West and Larry Fessenden, [Swanberg] plays a filmmaker dabbling in horror even as he's, as Joe puts it, "totally bummed out on movies." And on himself, too, and it shows. That said, Silver Bullets does have its moments, particularly in a late sequence that slides bloodily away from the world, rhythms and imagery of just about all his previous work.

  • ...Dan Sallitt has averred that Swanberg employs improvisation "not to find new ways to get good performances, but rather to use the fiction as a tool to document the performers' states of being." There's an obvious danger to this method when the filmmaker is also documenting himself. One can get caught in a loop of the self, doing certain things in order to record them, then recording the process of recording and so on. That loop is the focus of Bullets...

  • Swanberg wants to find ways to keep film interesting for both him and us with his own attempts at personal cinematic evolution, and in Silver Bullets he does this by showcasing more artful cinematic chops than we've seen from him, particularly in a post-credits build-up bathed in red and a mesmerizing climactic topless werewolf dance of seduction and anger...

  • Swanberg's idea of making audiences "happy" is by acknowledging what his supporters and detractors have been saying about him for a number of years, but presenting these things within the same game of elliptical story-unraveling and confession that's governed most of his other films. The artistic impulses remain consistent, if anything considerably more assured...

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