Quiet Days in Hollywood

January 28, 2012 7 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

Although they don’t even know it, eight people will cross over each other’s live in a matter of no time and all because of one issue. It starts with a prostitute named Lolita (Hilary Swank) and as usually happens, things come around full circle to end with her as well. This isn’t a spoiler though, as this movie is much more about the journey than the destination. It wouldn’t be a difficult task to predict what some of the people involved will do, but the real issues with a film like this are why and will it turn out as they have planned? So that is what we watch unfold as a series of sexual encounters occur between various people, each connected with the next in some form. Lolita services her client, Angel (Daryl “Chill” Mitchell) and soon enough, he is back in the mix getting it on with his girlfriend, Julie (Meta Golding). Of course, she has her own experiences to deal with, which interconnect with another person, who in turn connects with yet another person. Each of them seeks something different from the sex, some want money, some seek power, others are just looking for a good time. But in the end, will any of them have found what they’re looking for?

This is a movie I had heard some good things about, so I was anxious to check out this disc and see if it lived up (or down) to what I had heard. The reviews I’d read were split down the middle, so I had no idea what to expect, but I am very pleased with this lower profile film. This isn’t your normal film by any means and in this case, that is a sincere compliment. The movie moves at a brisk pace and switches gears (and characters) often, but it never loses sight of the finish line, which is what matters. I found the characters to be very interesting and though the film’s nature wouldn’t allow it, I would loved deeper explorations of some of them. But we still get enough to go on and for this type of movie, that is all you can ask for in the end. When you take well created characters and place them into interesting situations, that’s what makes a movie work and this film does that with each person. I wish this disc were widescreen and a special edition, but I am glad to have this on disc at all. Perhaps we’ll see a future reissue with some better content, but until then this bare bones disc will have to do.

Although this is a rather low profile film, it sports an impressive ensemble cast with the likes of Natasha Gregson Wagner, Daryl Mitchell, Peter Dobson, and even Academy Award winner Hilary Swank. But as the nature of this film is more quick paced and broken up, none of them command a bulk of the screen time over all others. I was pleased to find Swank (Boys Don’t Cry, The Next Karate Kid) featured on the cover, but then she appears only in two sequences, so she is far from the lead in this movie. But still, it was nice to see her again and she gives a good performance here, even with her limited screen time. I was surprised to find Natasha Gregson Wagner (Modern Vampires, Stranger Than Fiction) in such fine form, but this is perhaps her best work to date. She seems more in the zone here and let’s hope she can continue that into her next projects. The cast also includes Daryl “Chill” Mitchell (Galaxy Quest, 10 Things I Hate About You), Peter Dobson (Drowning Mona, The Frighteners), Bill Cusack (Grosse Pointe Blank, Ed Wood), Stephen Mailer (Cry-Baby, Ride With The Devil), Meta Golding (Kiss The Girls, On Edge), Jake Busey (Enemy Of The State, Tail Lights Fade), and Chad Lowe (Tv’s Life Goes On). Quiet Days In Hollywood was written and directed by Josef Rusnak, who also helmed such movies as No Strings Attached and The Thirteenth Floor.

Video: How does it look?

Quiet Days In Hollywood is presented in a full frame transfer. I am displeased with the lack of a widescreen transfer, but this seems to be an open matte version, which is better than pan & scan. The image is better than average on the whole and shows no serious problems. The compression seems good, as no flaws surface and I found minimal grain and debris present here also. The colors seem bright enough and no smears occur, while flesh tones look warm and normal. The contrast can be a little too dark at times, but on the whole is well balanced. This should have been widescreen, but it still looks pretty good.

Audio: How does it sound?

This disc offers dual Dolby Digital tracks in 5.1 & 2.0 surround, but this review covers only the 5.1 option. This track is very good and though not as powerful as say an action movie, this one is still active and effective. The music is perhaps the most dynamic aspect of the audio, as it comes through with wide use and an immersive texture. The sound effects are mostly background noises and such, but they still emerge in fine form. I found no problems with the dialogue either, as the vocals were clean & distinct and volume was always consistent.

Supplements: What are the extras?

This disc contains no bonus materials.

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