TrustMovies was one, way back when, and he, too, fit that profile all too well). So as subject for a film, actors are mostly tiresome. Two fairly recent, failed examples of this kind of ersatz documentary come immediately to mind, both by Robert Greene -- Actress and Kate Plays Christine -- and now we have yet another one opening this week, which is perhaps the most tiresome of them all: ACTOR MARTINEZ from Mike Ott and Nathan Silver (shown below, with Mr. Ott on the left).
Being in show business is tough, but being an actor in Denver is tougher, so when performer and full-time computer repairman, Arthur Martinez, hires two indie filmmakers to make a feature film with him as the lead, he realizes he’s in over his head. “You guys have ruined my life,” Arthur says one moment immediately following with, “This is the best film I’ll ever be in.” The filmmakers scrap the genre film Arthur had intended them to make — instead quickly designing an entirely new project based around his real-life persona, which becomes more and more elusive as the production steams ahead. Once Arthur realizes what the filmmakers are up to, his protective measure is to hide behind a mask, keeping the filmmakers questioning: are any of Arthur’s moments on camera truthful or is it all just a performance in the end?
Lindsay Burdge (below, center right). We watch our guy, shown above and below, repair a couple of computers along the way, and if the filmmakers had gotten more deeply into the details of these repair jobs, the movie would have been more interesting and even helpful to those of us who want to know more about the machines we're using.
Breaking Glass Pictures, the documentary opens this Friday, March 10, at the Laemmle Music Hall 3 in Los Angeles; on March 17 at the Cinema Village, New York City, and the Clinton Street Theater in Portland, Oregon; and on March 24 at the Jean Cocteau Cinema in Santa Fe.