L.I.E.Director: Michael Cuesta
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Michael Cuesta's intense coming-of-age film L.I.E. comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. There are neither subtitles nor closed-captions on this release. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by the director and lead actor Brian Cox, deleted scenes, and the original theatrical trailer. This is a great disc from New Yorker, and is preferable to the R-rated version of the disc that is also available.
It's a powerful and provocative achievement from a first-time filmmaker of enormous promise.
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Cast & Crew
|Brian Cox||Big John Harrigan|
|Paul Franklin Dano||Howie Blitzer|
|Billy Kay||Gary Terrio|
|Bruce Altman||Marty Blitzer|
|James Costa||Kevin Cole|
|Marcia de Bonis||Guidance Counselor|
|Adam Le Fevre||Marty's Lawyer|
|David Alvarez||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Elise Bennett||Production Designer|
|Pierre Foldes||Score Composer|
|Daniel Glicker||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Jose Gilberto Molinari-Rosaly||Asst. Director,Co-producer|
|Stephen M. Ryder||Screenwriter|
1. Long Island Expressway [4:15]
2. Breaking and Entering [6:34]
3. Big John's Birthday [6:28]
4. Sniffing Around [6:48]
5. A Sticky Issue [10:00]
6. Working It Off [8:39]
7. Gary Splits [10:39]
8. Walt Whitman [9:12]
9. Busted [9:24]
10. A Father Figure [10:55]
11. Federal Prison [10:41]
12. End Credits [3:32]
Director- Micheal Cuesta
Actor- Brian Cox
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Ok...so you've read what it's about and you want to know if it's good...yes, it is good. In fact, it is unbelievable and has been called the best film of 2001 by many critics...I would agree with them. Do not let the NC-17 slapped on it scare you away. It in no way deserves this. There is nothing in the film you can't find in most movies today except for creativity and brilliance. This is the only exception. The acting is superb, directing outstanding, script wonderful...you get the picture. Buy the movie. Not recommended for right-winged republicans.
WHEN I LOOKED AT THE COVER ALL I SAWL WAS A HOT BOYBUT WHEN I WATCHED IT I THOUGHT IT WAS THE GREATEST MOVIE.I COULD WATCH IT OVER AND OVER.I LOVED THE STORY!EVEN THOUGH THERE WAS ALOT OF COUSING AND STUFF.I WISH I COULD MEET HOWIE. HE IS LOOKING MIGHTY FINE.IM SO PLEASED IT OWN THE BEST MOVIE IN 2001.I THINK THEY SHOULD MAKE A SECOND L.I.E MOVIE.
This film was outstanding and had no need to be condeemed by an NC-17 rating. It reveals the good story and thought provoking circumstances hidden behind a young boys life. I consider it one of the best films I have ever watched.
Now most people would generally shun away from a film with such shocking content, and some don't focus on homosexual content and just say ''bring on the film,'' either way, this is a film not to be missed. To fully grasp this film, people must examine under the surface, as you would to any indie drama. Underneath all of the lies and deceipt are very real people that on some level connect with everyone. Wheather it be that just feeling that you're alone in the world with no one that would care that your pulse is beating or not, and that maybe you will indeed find a crutch with someone who you were more likely to kill than speak to. Or it being that you too have lost someone and you are trying to fill that hole. Or maybe following Howie, you too just might look under the surface of your world and see that the people who seem to be your friends and enemies are in fact your enemies and friends, that the people around you are not as they appear. Although there have been many other books and films with the same ''nothing is what is seems'' premis/theme, but taking such harsh subject matter along with the primary issue of adolesence and teen rebellion makes Michael Cuesta a director to be prepared for.
This is a ''feel good'' movie for pedophiles of the new millenium. If you have wondered how long it would take America to see the truth that children are really the seducers and make the first move then look no further, this is the movie for you.
L.I.E. (Long Island Expressway) Ok so what made me decide to pick this movie up at BlockBuster? The fact that i live off the L.I.E. The movie itself was awesome, it seems that what is going on in the movie could most definantly be going on in real life. The use of not caring about sexuality and doing it in a suddle way is kinda erotic. The actors were brilliant, made me feel like i knew them because most of the guys on long island ae like that! LOL :OP
L.I.E. does an excellent job of reflecting some of the struggles faced by a young man who's life is far from perfect. And while many reviews focus on the pedophilia aspect, that is only a subplot to the overall story. The only downside is that while the character of Howie is very well developed the same can't be said for most of his friends. It looks like a couple of them are going to be major players in the story but, except for a couple of false starts, it never happens. The best part of the movie is that it doesn't follow the conventional storylines where you've figured out the ending 1/4 of the way through the film. L.I.E. turns out to be sort of an updated, grown-up, east coast version of ''Over the Edge!''
It all depends on your opinion, and your openness with the topic of alternative sexualities and lifestyles. Within the movie, there are some portions which find themselves desturbing, although it is life. It isn't based on a true story to my knowledge, but it is very close to what people should be paying attention to. The topic is relative to different people, myself being gay, I find that it was well done. It conquers the myth that any gay person is instantly a child molester. Themes within the movie should be studied and understood. Promote understanding, and people will come.
This movie was wonderful. I loved it. This movie captures how lonely being a teenager can be. Truely Great.
Michael Cuesta's debut film ''L.I.E.'' is one that is just brilliant and there is one key factor to it's brilliance. It lies in Brian Cox's performance as Big John Harrigan. Cox plays the role so well that by the end you actually feel sorry for this man who you would automatically judge as a monster. But even though Cox gives a magnificent Oscar-worthy performance don't think he hogs all the space. Paul Franklin Dano, in his debut performance, masters a wonderful Long Island accent and gives a wonderful performance as Howie. Michael Cuesta's wonderful direction is as dark and sometimes comedic as Sam Mendes' when he made ''American Beauty''. It speaks the truth about coming-of-age in todays world and discovering sexuality. Trust me, I know what that is like as a gay teen. People may not be lending themselves to prostitution like Billy Kay's character, Gary, did but it's a confusing thing. For anyone who's in the mood for something different to watch ''L.I.E.'' is a movie that will leave you with your mouth hanging wide open. ''L.I.E.'' received much praise at the Sundance Film Festival and praise from the critics upon it's release despite it's controversial NC-17 rating. Let's thank God or whoever you might worship that MPAA (the organization in charge of the movie ratings board) president, Jack Valenti, is retiring this year. This film has taken home many international honors and here are a few: Best Actor (Paul Dano) and Best Directorial Debut (Michael Cuesta) at the Stockholm Film Festival; Best Actor (Paul Dano) and Best Narrative Feature at L.A. Outfest; Best Actor in a Drama (Brian Cox) (defeating the likes of Russell Crowe and Denzel Washington) at the Golden Satellite Awards; Best Actor (Paul Dano), Best Director (Michael Cuesta), and Best Film at Fantasporto; Best Actor (Brian Cox) and Best New Filmmaker (Michael Cuesta) at the Boston Society of Film Critics Awards. Then there were the IFP West Independent Spirit Awards, as John Waters put it the, ''only awards show where a movie about a pedophile with a heart of gold can get the most nominations.'' And it did with 7 nominations. It was nominated for Best Supporting Male (Billy Kay), Best Male Lead (Brian Cox), Best First Screenplay (Stephen M. Ryder, Michael Cuesta, Gerald Cuesta), Best Director (Michael Cuesta), Best Feature and won the other two nominations for the Producers Award and Best Debut Performance (Paul Franklin Dano). Since ''L.I.E.'' Paul Franklin Dano is working on other things including a TV movie for Lifetime. Brian Cox has been in many things since he still continues to be such a great character actor. He has guest starred on ''Fraiser'' and won an Emmy for his performance in the TV movie, ''Nuremburg''. He has also been in ''The Rookie'', ''The Bourne Identity'', ''The Ring'', ''Adaptation'', ''25th Hour'', and ''X2: X-Men United''. Michael Cuesta has also gone on to direct some episodes of Alan Ball's (the Oscar winning writer of ''American Beauty'') acclaimed TV show, ''Six Feet Under'' on HBO.