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Alexander the Last [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Josh Hamilton    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Josh Hamilton
  • Format: Colour, DVD-Video, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Ifc Independent Film
  • DVD Release Date: 23 Feb 2010
  • Run Time: 72 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002VKB0JM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 106,777 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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4.0 out of 5 stars The loves of others 17 April 2012
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One of the elder statesmen of the 'mumblecore' film genre, Joe Swanberg's 'Alexander the Last' represents perhaps his best work. A subtle, honest, and expertly scripted little gem, the film centers around Alex (Jess Weixler), a theatre actress, and her relationship with both her husband Elliot (a fantastic turn from Bishop Allen's Justin Rice, who also provides some of the film's score), and her feelings for her on stage lover Jamie; who himself begins a sex-based relationship with Alex's cheating sister Hellen. Such a melee of relationships could prove awkward in some hands, but Swanberg has a real knack for creating sensitive, yet not overly sentimental portrayals of love and uncertainty. All of the main cast are exceptional, with the exception of Hellen (Amy Seimetz), though she is let down by a thin characterisation which is thankfully absent from the Swanberg's script's portrayal of the other characters. There's also an excellent, understated score by Justin Rice and Jo Schornikow; much of which is cleverly incorporated into the film's actual action, with Schornikow starring as Rice's shy but sweet bandmate.

Though 'Alexander the Last' is largely excellent, the film does have a few drawbacks. One or two scenes in the theatre between Alex and Jamie drag a little; as do the love scenes between Jamie and Hellen (which make the same, fairly simple point every time one is depicted). Similarly, a few of the film's peripheral characters could do with being fleshed out a little more (in particular Hellen's long-term boyfriend), as one or two feel more like plot props than fully rounded characters. Still, these things take away relatively little from one of the most perceptive, charming and bittersweet American independent films of recent years.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sensual Drama. 11 May 2011
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Bought this not knowing what to expect, it was one the most sensual, beautifully filmed dramas the i have seen, Excellent filming, great casting with a decent plot. Along with Nights & Weekends this are 2 films that well worth further viewing.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A Sexy Indie With Plenty Of Potential Stories But Little Follow-Through 11 Jan 2011
By K. Harris - Published on
Joe Swanberg's tiny 72 minute "Alexander the Last" is one of those slight mini-indie films that might splash on the film festival circuit but struggle with a wider audience. While I had not seen Swanberg's previous efforts, I had heard nice things about his potential and style. So I had really hoped to rave about "Alexander The Last." With so many great attributes, however, the film seems so disjointed and lacks a cohesive plot and/or character thread to tie these disparate elements together. Ultimately, I felt the film had several very nice moments, some authentic truths and yet had nowhere to go with them. Vaguely or completely unsatisfied at the end (I haven't made up my mind), "Alexander the Last" ultimately seemed more of a experimental exercise than a fully formed film.

At its best, "Alexander the Last" showcases a terrific and believable portrait of sisters. Playful, with a language of their own, when Jess Weixler and Amy Seimetz share the screen--you see where the focus might have been placed to create a better narrative. Weixler is a married stage actress who starts to feel an attraction for her new co-star. She introduces him to her sister, and they get sort of involved. When her husband comes home, it's kind of awkward. Swanberg taps into so many valid emotional moments, but seems content to leave them all relatively unexplored. Is this about sisterly jealousy? Inappropriate attraction? Marriage? Heck if I know, the focus is ever changing.

Look, I don't need everything spelled out for me. But once the film starts to achieve some dramatic momentum--guess what? There are endless stretches with zero dialogue. I'm never one to say "no" to sex scenes but I guess I'd have preferred the time spent on character motivation. If things aren't bad enough, then we get two extended musical montages to take up time without adding depth or import. As "Alexander the Last" meanders to the end, several characters all but disappear which adds to the confusion about what the film was trying to say. A vaguely obtuse and "arty" closing scene doesn't help matters. I think Swanberg has talent and I loved parts of "Alexander the Last," but it lacks focus. Without that focus, it thus lost any real meaning--for me anyway. KGHarris, 1/11.
4.0 out of 5 stars If you watch Joe Swanberg's films, 23 Feb 2014
By G. Allen - Published on
Then you shouldn't be surprised at the micro-budget quality and and the improvisational style and the "natural" dialogue. The portrayals of the relationships felt authentic and the story offered up some nice moments. Just a nice movie, and it's short 70-some minutes, so if you don't love it, well it'll be over soon, you guys.
2.0 out of 5 stars Amateurish 17 Jan 2014
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I am very disappointed about this movie. For whatever reason, I expected move of the indie movie about young people finding their way in the world of adults with their peronal and professional stories. There are two sisters who are very close; they have created their own world and in lots of ways they are similar: both blond, close in age and artistic. On the other hand, they are different: one is married and the other one seems to bounce easily from one man to another without being emotionally scattered. The moment her sexual appetite is met, she discards them and moves on. But even the men they are with are similar in their physical appearance not to mention that "the guys" are also artists themselves,

There is obvious sexual confusion, tension and rivalry between the sisters. On the other hand, could it be that they are just too close to the point of being incestuous? I really do not know. There is too much improvisation and "what if" scenarios that leave this movie just too open ended for any sort of interpretation, let alone conclusion.

Actors are just not impressive. I am sorry to say but I do not see their talent as unlimited. Hopefully they make a lot of movies in their acting careers but on the other hand I would not be surprised if their careers are short lived....
3.0 out of 5 stars Improv at its best and worst 10 Jan 2014
By Randy Rousseau - Published on
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Most of the action is improvised. The narrative itself is weak and doesn't quite hold together but nevertheless there are some fine moments. Jess Weixler, as always, delivers the goods.
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