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Nothing So Strange
Nothing So Strange
Actors: David James, Keythe Farley, Steve Wilcox, Laurie Pike
Director: Brian Flemming
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
NR     2004     1hr 18min

"It may be the ideal prototype film for the digital age," raves Variety about this ingenious, one-of-a-kind film. A global sensation on the festival circuit, NOTHING SO STRANGE has been hailed as "brilliant" (Boston Phoeni...  more »

     
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Actors: David James, Keythe Farley, Steve Wilcox, Laurie Pike
Director: Brian Flemming
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Crime, Indie & Art House, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Unsharp Mask / GMD Studios
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 04/26/2004
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 1hr 18min
Screens: Color,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
Edition: Director's Cut,Special Edition
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

The truth and how we see it
04/28/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The old saying in marketing goes that people DO judge a book by it's cover and a company by it's slogan. This may be true. But I hope it's not the case with this film. Looking at the cover of the DVD people may get the idea that Nothing So Strange is some one joke gimmick on the death of Gates.
This is not even close. No way. The film in fact is a brilliant examination of truth in the media and a probing look into the nuances of a group dynamic.Nothing So Strange is a film about a grassroots activist group called Citizens for Truth and their post assassination search into the truth behing the murder of Gates. The film succeeds as both a well crafted mystery and as a most convincing mock documentary. I had to stop and ask myself repeatedly throughout the film, "Wait. Did this really happen?" The filmmakers commitment to veracity is unflinching. The performances in this film really make it fly. David James is fantastic in the starring role. Playing "David James" (many of the actors used their real names in this film) the fiery leader of Citizens for Truth, his work is truly worthy of awards. And the entire cast is top notch. I was amazed to learn that more than half of them are non-professionals. If you're a fan of docs, mock docs or the daring and gritty cinema of the 1970's this film is a must see. I highly recommend it."
Not what you might think
04/26/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I saw this indie film in its blink-and-you'll-miss-it theatrical release, and I got this DVD at the official site. It's not what you might think. It's not really about Bill Gates so much as the investigation into his "death." And it's as much about that investigation as it is about the personalities of the people doing the investigation--a very flawed grassroots group called Citizens for Truth. In the Gates-killing parts, there's a lot of chilling stuff to turn on the conspiracy theorist in you, but the focus on Citizens for Truth is so true to life it is painful.The DVD extras are all as if the movie is a real documentary. Even the director's commentary is in character, with director Brian Flemming and two actors hashing out a new "two years later" drama (I'll refrain from any spoilers). And the DVD links to the Web, where there are even more QuickTime movies, official reports, photos--all as if the assassination is real. So beware. This movie could take over your life."
Inventive
ctpnm | Burbank, CA | 04/29/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"A serious subject is dealt with here in a very real manner. So much so that you actually think it happened!! You'll walk away really wondering - is Bill Gates dead? Did I just wake up and miss the biggest news story since the Kennedy assassinations? It's a good look at what might just happen if there was a real class war in the United States, and under investigation in the notorious Rampart police division of Los Angeles. Like being fascinated by a car accident, you will find yourself mesmorized by the folks that are trying to get to the bottom of the mystery that surrounds this case."
Get it, watch the extras
ctpnm | 04/29/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Great guerilla indie film making. I was lucky to see it on the big screen at a film fest. The director Brian Flemming is an inspiration for all want-to-be film makers. Solid performances, especially David James. The underlying social commentary is very of this moment."