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Glitch in the Grid (2011) HD online
Language: English
Category: Movie / Animation / Drama
Original Title: Glitch in the Grid
Director: Eric Leiser
Writers: Eric Leiser
Released: 2011
Duration: 1h 22min
Video type: Movie
Jay Masonek is feeling down and out. Although he is a talented artist, Jay has seldom left his small town in Northern California. One day Jay's cousins Jeff and Eric visit from LA. They offer Jay the opportunity to come live with them for a period of time in Hollywood. Hoping to cheer him up, the brothers show Jay the city and take him to film castings, even though it's during the economic recession and jobs are scarce. Jay soon begins to feel the oppression of what he describes as "the grid", turning to excessive partying to fill the void. Through unprecedented animated sequences, real life becomes the landscape for Jay's inner life, as his thoughts, emotions and longing for spiritual renewal are captured. Eventually, Jay returns to his small town, while Eric and Jeff pursue relationships in New York and England. Alone once again, Jay almost loses hope when a powerful moment shakes him to his core and he faces the most important decision of his life.


Credited cast:
Jay Masonek Jay Masonek - Jay
Jeffrey Leiser Jeffrey Leiser - Jeffrey
Eric Leiser Eric Leiser - Eric
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Travis Bellman Travis Bellman - Hiker
Max Daily Max Daily - Wedding attendee 3
Homer Darnall Homer Darnall - Grandpa
Linda Darnall Linda Darnall - Jay's mom
Patricia Darnall Patricia Darnall - Grandma
Kate Deaton Kate Deaton - Party attendee 1
Erin Desmond Erin Desmond - Love interest
Joseph Desmond Joseph Desmond - young Jeffrey
Michelle Desmond Michelle Desmond - Sister
Jacob Hastings Jacob Hastings - Jesus
Jim Kurzweil Jim Kurzweil - Organist
Jenny Leiser Jenny Leiser - Bride

Reviews: [3]

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    There are times, when Glitch in the Grid feels self-indulgent yet to have made the film in any other way would have been less than authentic. These three characters are, for the most part, playing themselves and it's this spiritual intimacy that provides the film much of its cinematic spark. The film's leading trio seems to struggle with how to maintain any sense of connection in a society that discourages connection, whether it be because of socio-economic stressors or institutional oppression.

    Likely to be consider an experimental film by most who view it, Glitch in the Grid incorporates a wide variety of visuals, sounds, movements and music to communicate Leiser's intended sense of magical realism. The film at times plays out equally as documentary, mumblecore, Van Sant introspective and animated expose. The stop motion animation is really inventive along with the music which is the Leiser Brothers strength!
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    This film really flew under the radar which is too bad because if pretty great. Jay Masonek an alienated artist from the social and economic superstructure, or the grid as he calls it. Hoping a change of scenery will help get him out of his funk, Masonek's cousins Jeff and Eric invite him to crash in their Hollywood apartment. Of course, once he has moved in, they start to wish they had never suggested it, particularly Eric. Yet, when he is not skateboarding or scanning Craig's List for scammer casting notices, Masonek pursues a genuine quest for divine guidance.

    As director, animator, editor, and half a dozen other things including co-star, Eric Leiser creates visually striking interludes rendered with a combination of stop-motion animation and time- lapse photography. Symbolically evocative, they often communicate the film's themes more dramatically than the mumblecorish live action scenes. While Leiser can create a distinctive fast talking lizard, his characters are not strongly delineated. The manner in which Masonek and his cousins discuss their personal relationships with God is impressively frank and free of irony. Leiser is an enormously talented filmmaker, who simply needs to tighten-up his screen writing or take on a collaborator.
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    (The following contains spoilers) Full disclosure, I am a friend of the Leisers. That said, I think everyone who's unfairly reviewed this film/trolled this page should include a similar disclaimer at the beginning of their reviews, i.e., "Full Disclosure, I can't deal with the Jesus stuff, so I'm willing to trash this film as 'humorless' and 'self absorbed' when those adjectives really apply to me." Yes I'm referring to the screed disguised as film criticism published in the October 19th New York Times.

    Thus, the following isn't so much a review as a dissection of the aforementioned "review," and the way that its snide self-aggrandizement embodies the charges it levels against "Glitch in the Grid." Mr. Brunick slams Eric and Jeff as "humorless disciples of high art and the higher power of Jesus' love," implying that a) the movie itself is devoid of humor, and b) that the Leiser brothers glorify their efforts to bring about spiritual transformation in their cousin's life. Had Mr. Brunick paid attention to the film, he would have noticed that the Leiser brothers are prone to undercut their own self representation, by way of self deprecating humor: note the scene in which Jeff earnestly asks Jay about his religious history, to which Jay replies by thoughtfully dissecting his past while scratching his pits for a good minute or so. Or note the very scene that introduces the two, which cuts between solemn musings about the commercialized studio system and fraternal squabbling about punctuality. Surely Brunick caught the deflation of rhetorical grandiosity that occurs there? Or one might note that this alleged spiritual vanity project does not end in conversion - it ends in stasis, indeterminacy, a plateau in a journey none of the three leads completely understand. Jay doesn't see the light so much as glimpse it in brief moments - and even then, he seems to find salvation in ministering to trees, not being ministered to by, well, ministers.

    Perhaps the problem is that Brunick was expecting a film that the Leiser brothers never purported to deliver. Hence, his grumpy charge that the film includes "self-pitying references to the weak job market," even though "the evidence of real hardship is thin: peanut butter and jelly sandwiches!" But is Glitch in the Grid intended to be a gritty look at the fallout of the recession - an Upton Sinclair-esque portrait of our time and its vicissitudes? Or does it have in mind something more playful? Brunick seems to expect a realist film that includes momentary stop motion interludes, when in fact this is a stop-motion psychomachia: a drama of the soul, in direct lineage with medieval morality plays in which Virtues and Vices were personified. Here, the stop motion figures do the work of dramatizing the internal psycho-spiritual struggles in which the leads are enmeshed. Depictions of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches don't sufficiently dramatize the hardship of the recession, but they aren't intended to: they're texture, secondary details that provide counterpoint to the fantastic journey inward, just as mundane objects and situations do in a thousand fantasy films and novels.

    To be sure, the main characters don't evince an "arc" in any conventional sense of the word: Jay starts a new life in the forest, but seems only marginally happier, while Jeff's marriage doesn't feel like the culmination of a drastic personality change so much as a beautiful-but-ordinary event, one that doesn't necessarily make his character any "better" or "more virtuous." But this is both a result of its affiliations both with psychomachia and with mumblecore: psychomachia downplays fluctuations in character, because it's concerned with absolutes; mumblecore's intensely focused naturalism, meanwhile, interrogates the necessity of conventional character arcs (not to mention the "evidence of real hardship" that Brunick requires). Indeed, because of this hybrid generic inheritance, "Glitch in the Grid" is probably the first psychomachia in which the battle for the soul ends in a stalemate. There's a quiet depiction of an Easter play, and Jeff muses that Jesus "broke the grid of society," but he's talking to himself at that point, not to Jay: there's a world of difference between that internal monologue and the speechifying of The Ten Commandments (or, hell, all of Edward Zwick's movies).

    "God would have planned it a little better," Brunick writes - but did he really want to see a miraculous plan of salvation unfold on screen? Even God is bored with that.