For the past year I have been waiting to see Joe Stauffer’s Pieces of Talent. Sure, I was able to see snippets on Facebook via the movie’s trailer, and was even allowed to sit in on five minutes worth of the film during an interview with Stauffer, but the movie itself wasn’t to be released until fall 2012. Like so many other people, I had to wait.
The worldwide online screening commenced October 1, 2012. Finally–the day arrived! Along with my husband, I sat down on our sofa, laptop ready, popcorn in a bowl, with plans to be horrified based on the delicious reviews the movie received.
In the beginning of the film the plot is being set, so a lot of dialogue takes place. My heart went out to both main characters, each obviously troubled in their own way, living life in lower class America. Right away, my husband commented that the acting is top-notch, and although Pieces of Talent is an independent film, it did not feel like any B movie we’ve ever watched on Netflix. This film is as good as any of the box office smash horror films ever made, such as Friday the 13th or Halloween and I wouldn’t at all be surprised to see Pieces of Talent in theaters across the country.
The main character, David Long is very likable, and one can easily imagine him being an acquaintance–perhaps someone you’ve seen at the gas station or grocery store–someone you say hello to and know by sight but don’t really know him. He’s the type of guy who will come up to you and pet your dog, maybe talk about the weather. However, what lies behind that likable nature?
Charlotte has a good heart, and good hearts often get broken. She is attracted to Long and the two have a sort of chemistry going on, but Charlotte’s home life is not satisfying and she lives in turmoil–the type of turmoil many people live in on a daily basis–doing what you have to do to make money but not doing something you love, while all the time trying to escape your reality. It’s a chemical reaction waiting to explode.
Without a spoiler, let’s just say that there might be a little bit of David Long in all of us. Think road rage. Ego. Attitudes. Self righteousness. Desire.
Just how far do we go before we lose the fear to react to these things? Watch this film and then watch it again. Get your instant ticket, available exclusively online at the Pieces of Talent website. It’s available for only $2.99 throughout October here: Instant ticket.
Oh, and be careful what you wish for. It might just come true.