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I hope that I am not rehashing something that has already been dealt with
on this list (non-mainstream films reach my part of the Midwest weeks or
months after they show in major cities), but I am curious as to reactions
to MY LIFE IS IN TURNAROUND by Eric Schaeffer and Donal Lardner Ward.  I
have generally seen it referred to as "critically acclaimed," but a
colleague and I (both also film critics for a Midwestern paper) found it
almost completely worthless either as a straight tale of breaking into
filmmaking or as a satire, with no technical aspect of it (including the
script and the acting) worthy of note.  Although I am used to be being at
odds with the majority of film critics/reviewers, this is a case where I
simply can't fathom the opposite position (that is, any sort of acclaim for
this film); my quandary has just been heightened by reading that Schaeffer
has another project in the works with film industry money.  I would really
appreciate list subscribers' comments about this film.  Thanks in advance.
--Richard Leskosky
 
 
Richard J. Leskosky                     office phone: (217) 244-2704
Assistant Director                      FAX: (217) 244-2223
Unit for Cinema Studies                 University of Illinois