Film #22: STARRY EYES
3 out of 5 stars
Shot in 18 days and on an ultra-low budget, STARRY EYES is an examination of Fame, the desire for it, and the lengths some people will go to in order to achieve it. Well shot and acted, the film is paced slowly, but still makes for a gooey and satisfying 90 minutes. The script meanders a bit at times, but still manages to drop enough of its clues as to what’s going on along the way as to remain interesting. But again, the film’s pace is not what you would call “break-beck.” More character study than thriller, STARRY EYES is to be lauded for its fully-rounded characters. I mean, if you have any dealings with actors or filmmaking, you know these people (or at least their type). Stand out performances are the female lead, Alex Essoe, who swings fir the fences in her portrayal of Sarah and, in the small but super-creepy part of The Producer, Louis Dezseran who exudes a sliminess that is palpable. Bloodier than I thought it would be, STARRY EYES easily sits on the shelf next to titles like REQUIEM FOR A DREAM and the films of David Lynch. I’d be interested in seeing the filmmakers (Kevin Kolsch & Dennis Widmyer) next film. Fascinating and recommended.