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Visual Review

Everything you need to

know about

THE

LOOKOUT

…and how it relates to you

and the world around you.

Includes info on the

actors, director, with

news, reviews, and

photos.

visual review by

david bruce

visualhollywood.com


SHORT SYNOPSIS

Movies Contain the

Essence of Being Human

How can a man whose damaged mind can’t remember how to

make dinner put the screws to a ruthless gang of bank robbers

Chris Pratt (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), a night janitor who, in the

wake of a traumatic car accident, suffers from a leaky memory and

an unreliable sense of self that makes even everyday situations

challenging . . . and changes everything when he finds himself

swept up in a bold, multimillion dollar bank heist.


KEY ACTORS

The Cinematic Arts Have the

Power to Transform

JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT

(Chris Pratt)

Despite his young age has a wide range of

credits in both TV and film.

MATTHEW GOODE

(Gary Spargo)

Matthew Goode trained at the Webber Douglas

Academy of Dramatic Arts and began his

career on the stage.


KEY TALENT

Our Artists Are Our Liberators

Laurie MacDonald

Executive producer

Ranked #22 in

Premiere's 2003

annual Power 100

List with husband

and producing

partner Walter

Parkes.

Gary Barber

Producer

founded the

production, finance

and distribution

company, Spyglass

Entertainment.

Cinematography by

Alar Kivilo

In the early 70s he

moved to Toronto,

where an interest in

still photography,

prompted him to enroll

in the York University

film program.


ARTIST HIGHLIGHT

JEFF DANIELS

(Lewis)

was recently honored with

nominations for both a

Golden Globe and an

Independent Spirit award

for his work in the THE

SQUID AND THE WHALE.

Back home in Chelsea,

Michigan, he has continued

his passion for the theater

by founding the Purple

Rose Theater Company,

which he dedicated to

encourage and develop

midwestern actors,

playwrights, directors and

designers.

Actors are Liberators

in Masquerade


ARTIST HIGHLIGHT

ISLA FISHER

(Luvlee Lemons)

recognized for her performance

as Vince Vaughn’s off-kilter love

interest in WEDDING

CRASHERS.

Isla first appeared stateside in

the live action feature SCOOBY

DOO in 2002. She also made a

splash in I HEART HUCKABEES

for director David O. Russell and

recently wrapped the

independent THE PLEASURE OF

YOUR COMPANY, directed by

Michael Ian Black and costarring

Jason Biggs.

Actors help us: laugh, be happy, cry, get angry,

and even think. Can there be any better gifts


ARTIST HIGHLIGHT

SCOTT FRANK

(Writer/Director)

Scott Frank makes his directorial

debut with THE LOOKOUT, which

he also wrote. Frank earlier won

the Writers Guild of America

Award for Best Adapted

Screenplay, the Edgar Award from

the Mystery Writers of America, the

Best Screenplay Awards from both

the National Society of Film Critics

and The Boston Society of Film

Critics, as well as an Academy

Award® nomination for Best

Adapted Screenplay for OUT OF

SIGHT based on the novel by

Elmore Leonard.

Filmmakers are Revolutionaries

Posing as Entertainers


EXTENDED SYNOPSIS

Stories are Transforming

Chris had it all,

and then…

Director Scott Frank’s captivating tale revolves not only around

the crime but around the alternately heartbreaking and

exhilarating re-emergence of Chris Pratt, who was once a

Golden Boy athletic hero in his small midwestern town. Chris

had it all – a beautiful girlfriend, a well-heeled family and a


EXTENDED SYNOPSIS

All Kids are Born Artistic

What is Natural is Essential

Chris has a serious accident…

…mental disability…

ends up a bank janitor….

But after a serious accident, Chris has found himself in a

strange new world where the most basic things seem to fall

through holes in his memory and nothing quite makes sense.

Unable to make it on his own, he lives with his mentor in

navigating this surreal life – the wisecracking, fiercely

independent blind man, Lewis (Jeff Daniels). For a job, Chris

sweeps the floor at the bank, waiting for his halted life to come


EXTENDED SYNOPSIS

Stories Embody the

Essence of Being Human

Suddenly, Gary, an old school

buddy, reenters Chris’ life…

Helps Chris find

a ‘girlfriend’…

Things suddenly shift when he meets Gary Spargo (Matthew

Goode), an old school acquaintance and street philosopher who

begins to revive Chris’ shattered confidence, even helping him

find a girlfriend – albeit a stripper named Luvlee Lemons (Isla


EXTENDED SYNOPSIS

Cinematic Story Telling is a

Profoundly Humanizing endeavor.

…and recruits Chris into his

grand plan to rob the bank…

But Gary has bigger plans, and when he recruits Chris into

his grand plan to rob the bank where he works, Chris appears

to be in way over his damaged head.


EXTENDED SYNOPSIS

Film making is a

Community Event.

The bank heist goes chaotic…

Chris now must outwit and

take down his manipulators

As the bank heist unravels into chaos, both Chris’ uncertain

future and even more importantly Lewis’ survival are on the line.

Now, it is up to this young outcast who can’t always think

straight to figure out how to outwit and take down his

manipulators . . . his own way.


LIFE CONNECTIONS

in THE LOOKOUT

Serious mental disorder

& blindness triumph

over ‘normality’

Art is a Liberating Force

Circumstance:

Chris has a serious mental

disorder. Kevin is blind.

Questions:

How can two handicapped

people use their disadvantages

to their advantage

What unique opportunities do

their ‘handicaps’ present

The story affirms:

1) The power self awareness.

2) The need to move beyond

denial.

3) The strength of a determined

individual

4) The value of a mentoring

friendship.


CRITICAL OPINION

of THE LOOKOUT

The Free Speech in the Arts

is a Mark of a Free Society

Substance triumphs over style in this

satisfying thriller for grown-ups

--Stephanie Zacharek, Salon.com

Oh, The Humanity of a Heist… Gordon-

Levitt's worth the admission all by his

lonesome. He's that good

--Robert Wilonsky, Village Voice

First-time director Scott Frank pulls off an

enjoyable thriller thanks to his strong

script.

--Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

Excitement with a number of unexpected

twists and turns.

--Ruthe Stein, San Francisco Chronicle


FILM REVIEW by DAVID BRUCE

Moving from what you are not and into who

you are is a difficult thing. But, moving from

‘what’ to ‘who’ is always empowering . That’s

what makes this film so compelling.

Luvlee Lemons is a stripper (that’s ‘what’

she

is). She’s dispatched to seduce Chris into

Gary’s immoral scheme and ends up charmed

by his innocence (that’s the transforming

‘who’ who’).

Art is the Language

of Liberation

David Bruce

Severely mentally disabled Chris is flails

between despair and unrealistic ambition until

his blind mentor Lewis reorients Chris’

thinking saying, “Start at the end. You can’t tell

a story if you don’t know where it’s going.” He

moves Chris from ‘what’ he isn’t to ‘who’ he is.

Establish your life story by starting at the end.

by stating: “this is who I am” and then proceed

to live the story of becoming fully who you


FINDING TRUTH in

THE LOOKOUT

The awesome power of

a mentoring friendship.

Society is only as free as its arts. Art is

the voice of human freedom.


TRIVIA AND NEWS

Movie Making is the Convergence

of Many Talents and Art Forms

JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT comments

on the story: “It’s rare that I get a script

I want to read all the way to the end. But

this script was just so well written and

every character was such a full human

being, , it made me excited to be an

actor. With Chris Pratt, Scott Frank had

created a hero who has so many layers

to him, who is so complicated, there’s

no one way to feel about him.

“The movie also blends two kind of

stories that don’t usually go together.

On the one hand you have this kind of

fun, exciting bank robbery and on the

other you have these heartfelt, in-depth

characters. I think it’s the humanity of

the characters that makes the heist part

so much more interesting.”


To Restrict Creativity is to

WHY MOVIES ARE SO IMPORTANT

Restrict the very Nature of

the Creator

"The meaning of life is the most urgent of

questions" --Albert Camus (Existentialist thinker).

In “Movies and the Meaning of Life” author Kimberly

Blessing points out that movies can help us reflect

on five of life’s most important questions:

1) What is reality and how can I know it

2) How can I find my true identity

3) What the significance of my interactions with

others

4) What’s the point of my life

5) How ought I to live my life

The idea behind Visual Hollywood is that Movies can

and must play an essential role helping us explore

the meaning of our existence and our life together.

No other quest is more necessary or important.

Movies are powerful. Movies bring personal

meaning, and can contribute to a peaceful world.

Cinematic story telling can be a transforming event.

Visual Hollywood takes

an existential approach

to life. We celebrate

with human freedom.

We use movies and the

arts as a means of

understanding the

human condition and

our collective relation

to the world around us.

Our basic quest is:

1. To know what it

means to be human in

the world.

2. The pursuit of human

freedom.


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