Saturday, June 12, 2010
Clu Gulager as "Vic"
I always liked Clu Gulager. No matter how straightforward the role Gulager would take you to some mysterious place in his bemused contemplative mind. There was so much intelligence in his performances that you didn't mind him creating his own little story within the larger story.
Sarge Stallone, a young filmmaker of growing prestige, uses Gulagher to great effect in a short film called "Vic." Ever wonder what happens to actors--as opposed to stars--when time and taste requires them to retire? Well, you'll find out here and it ain't pretty. "Vic Reeves" former legend is on the downside.
The story in this slice of life comes when a young director calls Vic late at night and offers him the possibility of a role in a nee film. If he gets the part he can pay his bills and start eating right again. Right now the only two things he's got going for him are his Medicare card and his dog.
Gulager is great from start to finish. If I have a reservation it's that Stallone always goes for the Big Moment. You can only have so many Big Moments in a film, especially a short one. That said, the film is a well-observed tale of not only being old but being old in LA. Stallone has a reporter's eye for details, a virtue that will take him far.
Gulager's son Tom plays the director and does well with the role. Stallone fills out the cast with names from the past including Carol Lynley, John Phillip Law and Peter Mark Richman.
Gulager and company give us a moving look at a real life here. Everybody involved should be congratulated.