Thursday, September 8, 2011

Off The Boulevard Movie Review

"Off The Boulevard” is an entertaining film and  a very informative documentary. It shows how is to be independent in the entertainment business or in life in general. The film follow seven artists: two
musicians (Keith Jackson, Nick Nicholson), two filmmakers (Jeff Santo, Troy Duffy), two actors (David Della Rocco, Sanel Budimlic), and one comedian (Bob Rubin). It shows that no matter what you try to
accomplish in life, it is a struggle especially when working independently.It is put out to inspire people out there to keep trying in their careers and do what they love.

I have never heard of this director Jeff Santo but it shows he was burned many times in his career. I have met Troy Duffy, the creator of “The Boondock Saints”. He has had  many struggles after making the
first “The Boondock Saints” and his side is told here. The musicians in the film Keith Jackson, Nick Nicholson, strive in the business to get their music heard. Bob Rubin is a comic that just wants his jokes
to be heard. We visit the life of David Della Rocco, who is a struggling independent actor, Rocco was a bartender for many yrs and now after making Boondock Saints 1 & 2 was a substitute teacher just
trying to make a living.. Sanel Budimlic escaped the Bosnian War to come to America with hopes to live as an actor. Besides the seven artists, the film also reaches out to other industry well-knowns such as: Dan Haggerty (Grizzly Adams), Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam), Gilby Clarke (Guns N’ Roses), Joe Mantegna (Criminal Minds), Peter Fonda (Easy Rider) and Sonny Barger (Hell’s Angels). They give advice about the meaning of being and working independently.

I think that Jeff Santo did a great job directing this documentary.The editing is fantastic and the film is well paced. Since the film is focusing on two musicians, one punk rock and the other country…you know the film is going to have some great music. If you are into film-making, especially independent then this is a must
see for you. I recommend picking up a copy of this film.

Written by Kimberly B.

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