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Plot: A grieving father in a downward spiral stumbles across a box of his recently deceased son's demo tapes and lyrics. Shocked by the discovery of this unknown talent, he forms a band in the hope of finding some catharsis. Runtime: 105 mins Release Date: 24 Jan 2014
Was fortunate to see this at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. The story line was very original and fresh. Emotional as hell! Really shows a story from a different perspective with a bit of a twist. NO SPOILER I PROMISE! Anton Yelchin was amazing. HE SANG!I was not familiar with him I know, I know and I thought he must be a professional singer who was acting. Billy Crudup was also a huge talent that I was also unfamiliar with. His voice was amazing but his acting was off the charts. You could really feel his emotion and understand his thoughts. The rest of the cast was also stellar. I am <more>
chomping at the bit for the soundtrack to come out. I will be the first in line. Thank you William H. Macy for an amazing piece of work!
... and breathtaking. I had a pleasure of watching this movie tonight, including a director, William H. Macy's Q and A. Writers and director did some great choices. Casting was perfect. Billy Crudup's performance is simply fantastic. Excellent music and lyrics. By far, the most emotional and moving film I saw this year.Daring and dangerous, casualties all across the board and so well done in all aspects. Yet another proof that independent movies like this one bring out more feelings and passion than any blockbuster. Everyone should see it!Thought-provoking gem!
Movie stuck with me in the best way! (by Martrob2)
Okay, so I rented this movie Friday night. The longer I watched it the more mad I was at myself for not buying it which I did the next day . The movie,the acting,the music were wonderful. I am a big Billy Cruddup fan and his acting was a joy to watch. Lawrence Fishburn played the perfect role as well. Anton Yelchin did a great job with his character. I could go on about the whole cast. Bonus for getting to see and hear Ben Kweller. I immediately bought the soundtrack and played it two times through that night. This is my kind of movie. I've never seen a story told like this. William H. <more>
Macy should be proud of this film. I want to watch it again right now.
Music was great and a terrific performances. I did not see the twists that this movie offers coming which is very refreshing. Watching it a second time reveals more aspects of the performances that at first pass you may miss.They do a great job on a very tough subject which I as a parent hope never to experience.Watch this film and you will be moved. Great job on the trailer as well - not to give it away. Nicely done.Jared
Heartwrenching! Music is Magic! (by lluvaldez)
What a diamond in the rough. Kudos to Willaim H. Macy and company for presenting this perspective so splendidly.Billy Krudup kept me hanging on to what he might do next. Wish there had been an opportunity to develop Selena's character. What there was of Selena was raw and real. I was hoping there would have been a relationship with Sam and Kate Anne so she could have had some healing. But I get it, father's and sons...I'll watch Felicity Huffman read the phone book. She's so damn good."Q" kept the energy going. Effortless quick wit, charming and so very <more>
talented.This movie should have gotten so much more attention. It challenges you to think of what you might do/think. A definite must see!
Fantastic Indie film with some great tunes (by t-dooley-69-386916)
Sam is a successful ad agency executive and wants to celebrate his latest account win with his teenage son. Then tragedy strikes and his son doesn't show up. Once he finds out why he falls apart. We roll on in time to when Sam is going through his sons old stuff. He knew that Josh was musical and when he finds his old recordings he listens and by dint of perseverance he learns some of them.Then he makes a rather drunken appearance at an open mic night and all of a sudden people want to hear his son's music. Sam though decides to let everyone assume he is the writer and so begins his <more>
journey.This is just a brilliant film, directed by William H. Macy who also appears as the bar owner in the film. The real stars though are Billy Crudup 'Public Enemies' as Sam and Anton Yelchin as the earnest shoe gazer Quentin. The music too is all brilliant, I kept finding myself turning up the volume and the CD is also available. This is not actually released in the UK as I write but you can stream it on Netflix and it really is worth seeking out. This is a film that just does not put a foot wrong, Mr Macy seems to have got the very best out of everyone and he really should make more films if this is anything to judge by - just brilliant.
An uplifting and inspirational directorial debut from William H. Macy. (by BrentHankins)
Sam Billy Crudup is a fast-talking, fast-living advertising exec, whose busy schedule and constant wheeling-and-dealing resulted in the dissolution of his marriage. He still has a good relationship with his college-age son, Josh, but when a campus shooting incident claims the boy's life, Sam copes with the tragedy by drinking away his job, his car, and his condo.Fast forward a couple of years, and Sam is living on a houseboat docked a few hours away from his hometown, painting houses and drinking away his days on a seemingly infinite bender. The cycle is interrupted by the sudden <more>
appearance of his ex-wife Felicity Huffman , who unloads Josh's old guitar and a box of demo recordings - music was always "Josh and Sam's thing," and she needs the reminders out of the house before she's able to move on.Listening to Josh's songs and thumbing through journals full of lyrics, Sam finds himself with an understanding of his late son that he never had when the boy was alive. He begins learning to play each of the tunes, and feels compelled to pop in for an open mic night at the local watering hole and try one of Josh's songs in front of an audience. This catches the attention of Quentin Anton Yelchin , a fidgety, socially awkward musician who connects with the haunted quality of the songwriting and convinces Sam to form a band.Sam reluctantly agrees, never admitting that he didn't actually write any of the material, and what begins as a duo quickly transforms into a four-piece that includes a pair of Yelchin's fellow collaborators played by real-life indie musicians Ben Kweller and Ryan Dean . Christened "Rudderless," the band begins to garner a strong local following he finds himself swept up in the joy of playing music, with no regard for the consequences that may come when his secret is inevitably found out.Crudup gives his best performance since Almost Famous, even channeling Russell Hammond in a few of the music sequences, but it's his chemistry with Yelchin that drives the film. The growing bond between Sam and Quentin is a thinly-disguised parallel for Sam's lost relationship with Josh, but truth be told, Quentin needs Sam's guidance and friendship even more than Sam needs him. As Laurence Fishburne's ultra-hip music store owner says at one point, "It's great, what you're doing for that boy."Marking the directorial debut of William H. Macy, who also appears in a minor role as a bar owner, Rudderless spends its first two acts as a rousing, feel-good affair about discovering or in Sam's case, rediscovering passion and purpose. The original songs from Simon Steadman, Charlton Pettus, and Ben Limpic are incredibly catchy, and Macy does a superb job of filming the live performances, imparting several clever techniques that showcase the band's increasing popularity.But he also handles the weightier, more emotional moments just as deftly, including a startling revelation at the beginning of the third act that forces the audience to completely re-evaluate their feelings about Sam's decisions. The jarring shift in tone may lose some audience members who feel that Macy is stretching the script's credibility, but most will likely understand the intent behind such a choice. But even with the abrupt left turn, Rudderless remains an uplifting and emotional first outing from Macy, and one of my favorite films of the year.
Saw Rudderless at a private screening in Chicago hosted by William H. Macy. What a powerful, moving and truly entertaining indie film! The performances by Billy Crudup and Felicity Huffman are fantastic. Billy Crudup is award-winning as a broken father who has lost his son tragically and then tries to relate to his son, to pick up the pieces... through music.Selena Gomez, while only in a handful of scenes, displays a dark, intense maturity that we haven't seen from her performances to-date. But the real star of this film is the original music. Fantastic pop rock, catchy tunes with telling <more>
lyrics that really make this movie special. The soundtrack is going to be as popular as the movie. Coming to theaters in the U.S. on Oct 17, 2014! Go see it.
A touchy, emotional and a musical trio (by hunzaboy)
Rudderless is one of those kind of movies which keep you seeing till the last second and don't want to end. The movie has really good songs and a heartbreaking story. It one of those movies which make you think about the things that happen in your life in one way or the other and you don't want to look at them .But deep in your heart you always feels the guilt and struggle to change.Billy Crudup gives one of his best performances as an actor and a singer. Anton Yelchin is a hidden singer. I thought there was a playback singer but all the songs were original and fresh and sung by the <more>