Living in Oblivion (1995) - Comedy, Drama

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Film about filmmaking. It takes place during one day on set of non-budget movie. Ultimate tribute to all independent filmmakers.

IMDB: 7.5
Director: Tom DiCillo
Stars: Steve Buscemi, Catherine Keener
Length: 90 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 10 out of 78 found boring (12.82%)

One-line Reviews (33)

Now I wonder when I see an A-list star in a low-budget or independent film if they have crazy and insane requests or if they try to change the film while taping, etc.Film is thoroughly enjoyable, great escapism and very funny.

This is one of the worst movies I have ever seen.

Funny, absorbing and smart movie about a no-budget film and the people trying to make it.

I didn't care in the least whether the movie ever got made, I didn't find Buscemi's character at all sympathetic or interesting, and while he was supposed to be the straight man, the Kafka-esque bearer of all things ridiculous (egos, zany mishaps, etc.), I just thought he was boring and irritating.

The film clearly makes the point that life on set of an independent film is tedious, grueling, and frustrating.

Anyone who has ever been interested in indie film, especially directing it, will find it to be touching and fascinating.

I wouldn't say it was hilarious or outrageously funny but it is engaging and amusing.

More conceptually entertaining than actually entertaining.

If you want to waste an hour and a half of your life...

Just one of the most engaging, likable, watchable films I've ever seen.

They try over and over again (it's very repetitive) and each time there's something.

*Yawn* They crank these things out, like sausages, for the tax break that these born-to-lose duds provide- --their only reason for being.

If you've had trouble with props, or had to deal with pretentious hacks, this might be hilarious; for the rest of us, it takes far too long to get going.

The production of the film within the film is at the mercy of unpredictable, arbitrary forces, like malfunctioning smoke machines, incompetent crew members, emotionally distracted actors, and just plain bad luck.

I think this ranks alongside 'Reservoir Dogs' and 'In The Soup' as his most enjoyable performances to date.

Though it may appear dull and slow to the Schwarzenegger/Diesel/Stallone audience, it definitely IS HILARIOUSY FUNNY, as well as a true gem for everyone interested in GOOD ACTING!

If you are a film maker like myself I would recommend watching this film, other films similar to this such as The Independent, Bowfinger and the small indie film's American Movie and Le Fear hold weight in this genre, however Liing in Oblivion has to edge it for me and has it all when it comes to films in this genre, it also has a back story which makes it more interesting as both lead actors Catherine Keener and James LeGros have a fling and the atmosphere on set is intense.

One of the most entertaining films about film-making ever made .

On the other hand, the film's plot can be irksome when it becomes repetitive.

A movie director and his leading lady feel the pressure as their shoot teeters on the edge of disaster ...

He makes arguments for both cases, showing how the multi-faceted approach to film-making can slow/change the intended vision and that the director can also not understand how to portray his own vision.

Overall, an enjoyable film - highly recommended to indie film buffs.

DiCillo wrote a short story from his frustration and turned his experience into a smart, funny, playful, and highly enjoyable second feature "Living in Oblivion" that takes place during one day of shooting a low budget film.

Funny, but the pretentious title is probably what kept me away...

I stood this for 41:33---root canal is more bearable than this gruesomely predictable time- waster from the indie psycho ward.

Overall: Not a classic, but thoroughly enjoyable.

but you are left with great memories of a strange but enjoyable film.

'Living In Oblivion' is basically a one joke affair (being the low budget movie experience from hell) but who can gripe when it's this damn funny and entertaining.

This must be one of those movies only people involved in the industry can really find entertaining.

Nick Reve (Steve Buscemi) is trying to complete his low/no-budget film in Raw Space Studios in New York, and things just keep going wrong, from his pretentious cinematographer Wolf (Durmot Mulroney) who ends up wearing a beret and eye patch to star actor Chad Palomino (James Le Gros) who keeps re-interpreting every scene in the movie that the crew is trying to shoot.

You get really sick of seeing the same boring scene again and again, so sick, as if you have played tetris 10 hours/day for 3 weeks, or as if you have been reading in the car.

Not boring at all, Living in Oblivion is a fast paced 90 minute movie.

This movie is funny, light hearted, creative and thoroughly entertaining.