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Movie Review: Yesterday Was a Lie April 22, 2010

Posted by vorpalkeith in Movie Review.
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What do the hunt for a notebook, quantum entanglement, M-theory, Jungian psychoanalysis, metaphysical philosophy, alternate realities, ghosts, and time travel all have in common?

a) none of the above
b) all of the above
c) neither a nor be
d) both a and b
e) none of the above

As this is a multiple choice quiz, please answer in the form of an essay. Then distill that essay to Jeopardy rules and rephrase it as a question.

I’m not trying to be a pain in the ass. I’m merely trying to illustrate the sort of mindset you need to be in to watch the science fiction neo noir detective movie called Yesterday Was a Lie. This film is like David Lynch with more answers. Or What the Bleep Do We Know without the New Agey hangups. Or like a discourse on super-string theory, but with more gunfights.


Wikipedia says of the plot:

A bourbon-drinking female investigator named Hoyle sets out to locate a reclusive genius who may be able to distort reality. Instead she finds her life becoming more and more fragmented and surreal. Trusting only her partner and a sexy lounge singer, she is shadowed by a dangerous man.

Which is much easier to understand than the film itself.

The main complaint that I would offer about the film is that it’s low-budget shows a bit on screen. Don’t get me wrong, they worked wonders with what they had. I just wish they’d have had a larger budget so they could have more fully realized the film.

The best performance in the piece is from Star Trek Deep Space Nine’s Chase Masterson as the seductive lounge singer. She also served as producer, which just means I’m giving her all kinds of street cred.

Bonus points to the film go to the casting of Peter Mayhew (aka Chewbacca) as the dangerous stranger. I had the privilege of spending a few hours with Peter about two years ago and it was a very nice surprise to see him pop up here. He is a true gentleman, and if you ever get the chance, make a point of buying him a drink.

I’m really not sure if I liked this movie or not. It will take me some time to digest it, and even then I don’t know if I’ll be able to say. Ask me again in a few decades, why don’t you?

To answer the initial question, the answer is that they have nothing to do with each other. They also have everything.

At one point in the film Chase Masterson’s character cautions that Hoyle is toying with forces that can barely be comprehended. She’s not talking about the nature of the universe. She’s talking about the nature of the human heart.



1. Jeremy - April 22, 2010

did you listen to the commentary track yet? I felt the way you did until I listened to the commentary track – then it made a lot more sense to me.

2. vorpalkeith - April 22, 2010

I had watched it on Netflix instant streaming, so there was no commentary available.

3. TJimminy - April 23, 2010

Prolly shoudna review a film based on watching it on Netflix streaming, you know?

4. vorpalkeith - April 23, 2010

Why not? It doesn’t change the content of the film itself.

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