I became a fan of Stephen Dorff after his role in Sophia Coppola's Somewhere and Emile Hirsch in the great Alpha Dog. Even the smaller roles with Kris Kristofferson and Dakota Fanning are remarkable in this movie. But all the good acting still keeps the flick just a notch above average. Its not so much about life in a motel or all that, but the lives and decisions of two brothers and all the drama that goes with it. Dorff plays an immature amputee who is dependent on Hirsch and does a great job. Man, just watching Dorff complain and cry is almost nerve-racking. The dark, cold, snowy, gloomy scenes make you feel the weather, but I wish there was more to the story line than just good acting and the scenery.
The Motel Life (2012) 1080p YIFY Movie
The Motel Life (2012) 1080p
A pair of working-class brothers flee their Reno Motel after getting involved in a fatal hit-and-run accident.
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The Synopsis for The Motel Life (2012) 1080p
Two brothers who are forced to leave Reno after being involved in a hit-and-run accident. Based on the novel by Willy Vlautin, this moody thriller is a searing and profound examination of brotherhood set in the timeless Sierra Nevadan frontier.
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Should be called the dark, cold, wet life.Reviewed bydemetriocoffmanVote: 6/10
Argh! The Motel Life looked like it might be a cool indie film thanks to the trailer with all the fun animation. Unfortunately, the cartoon segments are the only parts of this interminable snoozer that were enjoyable at all (and the only source of female nudity). The movie is a titanic bore, unremittingly depressing, with unlikable characters doing--well, not much of anything. They act like losers for the entire run time, bad things happen as a result, and there are no surprises how it ends, except how it took so long to get there. It reminded me of Leaving Las Vegas it was so utterly bleak and dull. The cast is fine, the direction and production values are fine, but the script, man! Oh, the script! Any comparisons to Midnight Cowboy, Drugstore Cowboy, or any other "once in a generation" movie (with or without "cowboy" in the title) are completely unfounded. The Motel Life will either put you to sleep (as it did me) or depress you enough to want to commit suicide.
Movies like this only come around every half century or so. The last time, the name of the movie was "Midnight Cowboy." This time, it's "The Motel Life," which is based on a cult debut novel by Willy Vlautin published in 2006. It's the story of two close-knit brothers, bonded together by the untimely death of their mother when they're in their early teens. Since then, these brothers have been inseparable, living rough on society's fringes due to no fault of their own. When the movie opens, the brothers are living in their hometown of Reno, Nevada in the cheap-motel miasma on the "other" side of town. Although one's a gifted artist and the other is an accomplished storyteller, they live at the bottom of the economic pile with nothing but odd jobs for support. The two brothers, Frank and Jerry Lee Flannigan, are played by Emile Hirsch and Stephen Dorff respectively with about as much emotional depth and raw credibility as you're likely to ever see portrayed on screen. The supporting cast includes Kris Kristofferson?in a truly moving performance?and Dakota Fanning who also gives a terrific accounting of her character. The inspired animation of Mike Smith adds substantially to the movie as well, cleanly delineating the "real" world from Frank's fantasies. Like "Midnight Cowboy," this film deals with many dark, adult themes. "Midnight Cowboy" was made in 1969. It was highly controversial back then but it's now listed as #36 on the American Film Institute's Top 100 Greatest Movies of all time. If you're squeamish or prudish about what you see on screen, this might not be your film, but if you can stand to look at a portion of society that you likely don't see often or ever, you will be rewarded by the tremendous performances in this film. You're going to have to work a bit harder than usual to find this movie when it opens on November 8. It will open in only 20 markets. But it will be worth the quest. We saw it early as part of the ongoing efforts of Tim Sika and the San Jose Camera Cinema Club. After the showing, the audience talked with Stephen Dorff via Skype for 45 minutes. Dorff shared a lot of background that greatly enhanced the experience. Thanks Tim.