Directed by: William Wayne
Written by: William Wayne, Jen Zias
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
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A script from a bartender, an indie film and a publicity stunt that seemingly goes horribly wrong. Just another day in LA! The capital of lies - and movies. William Wayne's film almost plays like a fictional behind the scenes feature, although a dramatic one. It's also very stylish and some may even consider it experimental. For this reviewer, it's a good mix of the former and latter with a thriller backbone. These are my thoughts on Lost Angelas.
Prior to the film, actress Angie Malone went missing during a publicity stunt where she was supposed to vanish for a while. She never came back and it was big news - considering she was a star. Now, years and years and years later, we meet Jake (William Wayne) an aspiring script writer who after meeting his perfect woman, Angela (Korrina Rico) decides to write a film. Based from the real life Angie Malone. Current Angela would be the star and they would be rich.
The film is made, with the help of indie producer/director Walt Warsaw(Jon Jacobs) who is crazy himself. The movie is a huge success but despite this, it's not performing well. It's at this point it's decided to mirror the real life events of the original Angie - and history repeats itself. Lost Angelas is a crazy film of trickery, mental illness, greed and LA itself. The story is weird, mysterious and really gritty in it's portrayal of the industry in general. Rather fun to watch!
The way Lost Angelas is put together is worth mentioning. Really cool. Strange angles and quick cuts are the norm. As is the use of color and transitions to really make the story pop. The acting is also top notch. The lead performances are those of real people. That includes greed and selfishness and lies. William Wayne didn't shy away from creating complex characters to go with a pretty complex story. The end result is a movie that far exceeded the expectations of this reviewer. With micro titles you never really know. A cool poster doesn't always mean a cool movie. This title, had all the pieces to keep me watching and wondering until the end. The ending by the way? A little open to the imagination. I still wasn't 100% sure if everything was a setup or still a hallucination. Pretty sure I've made up my mind, but only Wayne really knows.
Certain scenes should come with a seizure warning (Haha) but Lost Angelas was a really good movie. Especially for anyone looking for something a little different. Thumbs up.