Woo woooo! Just bought Gerry on DVD today. Remember that movie? I posted about it once a coupla months ago. Anyhow, it’s finally out on DVD and since i love the movie so much, i just had to buy it again. Even though i already own the bootleg (actually, they’re both bootlegs but the first copy was one of those ‘shot with a camera in the cinema but still pretty clear dvd bootlegs’. Now i have the fake original copy. If that makes any sense).

Gerry is just one of those movies that you either love or hate. There is absolutely no real plot whatsoever and out of the whole 100 minute or so running time, there’s probably just like 30 words of dialogue. You may think i’m exaggerating but the whole movie might as well have just 30 words of dialogue seeing as to how little of it there is. I don’t even think there was a script for this movie (and if there was it’d probably just be like 4 pages long or something. Shit, this movie could’ve easily been written on the back of a napkin.

Basic ‘plot’:

Two friends, both named Gerry, get lost while hiking in the desert.

(okay i’m just going to repost my old original [half assed] review starting from now but read it anyway)

I swear to God it’s just basically two guys. Walking around. In a desert. For 100 minutes. They walk and walk and walk. And then they talk for a while. And then the walk and walk and walk again.

Let me describe the first opening 5 minutes.

We see a car driving along a road. No opening credits. There’s background music. Car’s still driving and driving and driving. For like 3 minutes. Then camera angle switch. We see Matt Damon and Casey Affleck in the car. There’s still no dialogue. Just music. This lasts 30 seconds. Then camera angle switch. First person view of them driving down the road. For like 2 minutes.

Now let me describe one scene for you.

Gerry I and Gerry II. Extreme closeup on their faces as they’re walking. Heads bobbing up and down. No dialogue. No background music. No cuts. No edits. No change in camera angle. Uninterrupted. For like 4 minutes.

Shit this is exciting stuff.

But you know what? I really like this movie. Sure it’s literally just two guys walking around lost in a desert for 100 minutes with barely any talking at all but it’s all just so real. It’s a beautifully shot movie, EXTREMELY long takes for each scene, VERY little editing or camera angle cuts with little to no dialogue at all (and what little there is is all improvised and actually quite humorous). Even Castaway had a lot more talking.

It’s funny. You can take a bathroom break during pretty much any scene in this movie… and come back… and not miss a single thing! Because the two Gerry’s are still just gonna be walking around lost in the desert!

My favorite scene is when Casey Affleck gets stuck on a rock. One camera angle. Of him stuck on a rock. And Matt Damon collecting dirt to build a dirt mattress so he can jump down. 10 minutes.

Let’s look at that again:

Casey Affleck stuck on a big rock.

Matt Damon collecting dirt.

For 10 minutes.

This is probably the best scene in the movie.

I’m not even kidding.


Anyhow, i really really recommend you watching this movie even though you’re probably going to hate it with a burning passion because it’s so ‘boring’ and ‘nothing ever happens’. You really have to watch this at least once. At least so you can tell your friends how incredibly stupid it is and then make them watch it anyway. Haha. Who knows, you might actually like it. Go buy it. Or at least rent it. But whatever you do, just experience it.

And on another note, i stumbled upon this picture of Hilary Duff last night.

I actually really hate Hilary Duff (even though i have no real reason as to why other than the fact that i think she’s fucking ugly and that i like Amanda Bynes better) but this picture made me think dirty thoughts which i shouldn’t even be thinking of since i’m turning 23 tomorrow. Woo woooo!

(yes i know the woo wooo man is like soooo February 2003 but i just find myself randomly going woo woooo randomly for absolutely no reason at all these past coupla days)

The whistles go wooo!

13 thoughts on “Gerry

  1. Woo!!! Happy birthday, Justin. Might I add that I’ll be twenty-six in a couple of weeks or something like that and I’ll make absolutely no announcement about it beyond this one that I’ve just made. Furthermore, the three years that I’ve got on you makes it just that much more illegal for me to think bad thoughts about Hilary Duff, and so I’m glad that I’m on a dialup connection and am therefore unwilling to download massive pictures of underage actresses that will just make me wish I was a minor again.

    As though I was scoring with all the underage actresses back when I was a minor.

    #1 | Comment by Umgawa — November 22, 2003 @ 11:23 am

  2. Oh, and regarding Gerry, might I add that I’ve actually walked ALONE through the desert, and it was more exciting than the description you’ve given us.

    #2 | Comment by Umgawa — November 22, 2003 @ 11:24 am

  3. bubbrubb never gets old

    #3 | Comment by — November 22, 2003 @ 11:31 am

  4. dammit watch the movie!

    "It is a punk movie, a cinematic "fuck you". This movie all but dares you to hate it. And for that, I’ll freely admit to loving it twice as much as I have any right to. I beg you: Give it a shot." –

    oh and my birthday is tomorrow not today! woo woooo!

    #4 | Comment by Justin — November 22, 2003 @ 1:18 pm

  5. Wow, that’s the first time I’ve ever found her attractive too!

    #5 | Comment by Chris — November 22, 2003 @ 6:26 pm

  6. Happy Birthday, kind of early!

    Hillary Duff. She reminds of the girl in high school you dated who was sexy but not pretty and not cute who could suck a golf ball through a garden hose. She’s got Playboy and "accidently" taped sex written all over her.

    #6 | Comment by grud — November 22, 2003 @ 9:06 pm

  7. i wonder if aaron carter ever made a sex tape with hilary, hidden camera style. hahaha.

    i’d buy that for a dollar.

    #7 | Comment by Justin — November 22, 2003 @ 9:25 pm

  8. in abt an hour yeah.. so happy ‘advanced’ birthday mr pornucopia a.k.a lord of the paedophiles. wishing u a less-than-usual fubar-ed life from this day on, bless ye.
    p/s, *ehem* i havent had a good chat with an equal (i.e SIB> Superior Intelligent Being)for a bloody long time, so where the fux ave u been?! msn! think! think! (not that ive been online as much in the past few weeks though, but yeah i have been lookin for u)
    so, bless ye again, on this momentous occasion of you being a 23-year old faggot. and yes, this is me making my once and only anti-thesis-of-a-lurker presence ever in this godforsaken webby.
    oh oh i gotta tell u this: i told a friend abt ur webby, and he said ur a ‘good designer’. nuff said. yea yea.

    #8 | Comment by [nix] — November 22, 2003 @ 11:24 pm

  9. it’s not like you need to remember us today is your birthday, i for once already knew (remember the old faq?)

    happy birthday, justin!

    #9 | Comment by vhw — November 23, 2003 @ 1:59 am

  10. Happy Birthday, Justin. :o)

    #10 | Comment by Amy — November 23, 2003 @ 2:04 am

  11. You know, before I die, I would like to see a good, major, mainstream director make a porn movie with serious financial backing. It would be an interesting study in film genres.

    #11 | Comment by grud — November 23, 2003 @ 2:19 am

  12. would it still be illegal for me to growl out her box?

    #12 | Comment by scentless — November 23, 2003 @ 3:01 pm

  13. "……………………okay, I’ll jump."
    "Ever been to Barnum?"
    "You want me to jump on your head?"
    "Shirt basket?"
    Dude, I loved that scene too! (best lines in that scene!) I’m soo glad someone else has seen this scenically beautiful but pretty boring movie! The dialogue was great, when used. I heard somewhere they ad-libbed this entire movie. And happy birthday, even though it’s probably late. Just glad to have stumbled along this one entry.

    #13 | Comment by z — June 30, 2004 @ 9:43 pm

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