Friday, November 27, 2015

Nick Nolte: No Exit (2008)

IMDb plot summary: A frank and unconventional view of the life and work of actor Nick Nolte.
Directed by Tom Thurman.

The gimmick of this documentary on Nick Nolte is simple: Nick Nolte is interviewing himself, interspersed with clips of other actors and directors talking about him. This would have been a cool gimmick if Nolte was at all cooperating with himself. Instead, he ignores actual questions posed to him, instead going off on unrelated tangents. In response to a question about his family life, he tells a story about making out with his first girlfriend. When asked if his character in "Life Lessons" resembles his own creative process, he talks about Rosanna Arquette's insistence that he wanted to sleep with her. This kind of thing happens a lot. It's even more frustrating because the questions being asked are sometimes very interesting and I wanted to know the answers. Nolte crafted these questions, recorded himself asking them... and then decided he didn't want to share the answers. If all he wanted to do was ramble about whatever he wanted to for an hour and a half, why bother filming questions he was never going to respond to? It's an infuriating waste of a gimmick, of a chance to ask himself the kinds of questions he wanted to be asked, and it drags the whole movie down.

1.5 stars.

How it entered my Flickchart:
Nick Nolte: No Exit < The Fortune Cookie
Nick Nolte: No Exit > Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus
Nick Nolte: No Exit < Total Recall (1990)
Nick Nolte: No Exit < Paint Your Wagon
Nick Nolte: No Exit < In the Company of Men
Nick Nolte: No Exit > The Rescuers
Nick Nolte: No Exit > Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted
Nick Nolte: No Exit < Quigley Down Under
Nick Nolte: No Exit < Seasons of the Heart
Nick Nolte: No Exit < A Farewell to Fools
Nick Nolte: No Exit < Sarah, Plain and Tall
Nick Nolte: No Exit < The Hiding Place

Final spot: #1738 out of 2391.

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