Poser – Nightstream Review

Poser – Nightstream Review
Poser – Nightstream Review

Lennon exists timidly on the sidelines of the thriving Columbus, Ohio indie music scene, yearning for a personal connection that might shepherd her into the inner sanctum of warehouse concerts, exclusive backstage, house parties and the cutting-edge art scene. As she fuels her desire for entrée into a podcast featuring live music and conversations with the artists she so fervently admires, Lennon finds inspiration for her own musical ambitions…and a growing sense of misdirected identity. Enter Bobbi Kitten, an enigmatic, striking and talented half of a popular, indie pop duo, who takes Lennon under her confident wing—unwittingly entangling herself in a dark obsession.

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Man, I really wanted to love this hybrid of Diary of a Teenage Girl and How to Build a Girl, but something in Noah Dixon’s script and direction along with Ori Segev just didn’t hit me the way I wanted it to in Poser. Maybe it’s the title of the movie itself that bleeds into their main character to a predictable turn of events that didn’t hit the right way for me, but it had so much potential to be another one of those great coming of age stories, and ended just being another coming of age story.

The movie focuses on Lennon Gates, played by Sylvie Mix, who creates a podcast getting to talk to her musical inspirations and idols, while trying to create her own musical voice. She gets to talk to her idols, learn from them, and become friends with them on some level, and this allows her to break free and create her own musical identity, and her own misguided self identity. Now since she was influenced by everyone around her, and never truly got to form herself on her own, the question has to be begged if the title of the movie bleeds itself into the character a little too much, has she become the poser she never wanted to be.

What works in Poser, is the way the story by Noah Dixon is crafted. It allows the audience to see the energy, perseverance, and obstacles that come into this industry and what it takes to make it, even as a smaller presence. The backdrop of the music scene as well helps tell the story and captivate the audience making us sucked into the storyline and what is happening to the character. As well, the performance from Sylvie Mix works really well as she is relentless and wants everything in her power to make sure she can get her career off to the right start and on the right track.

Where the film succeeds is building up Lennon and focusing on the struggles and what she is going through to get where she wants to be. It also succeeds in having a fantastic score and back drop of a music scene throughout that keeps the audience engaged and captivated. Where the movie struggles is the stakes aren’t there, and there is no driving pressure. With the movie missing that element of suspense and stake, our feelings toward our character cannot be as strong.

6.5

Fair

My earliest movie memory, outside of my home theatre in my basement, was going to the local Video 99 and wanting to rent ET only to be told by the shop owner it was playing down the street in theatres. My love for cinema has been alive for as long as I can honestly remember. I would frequent the cinema minutes down from my house daily. It was a second home. Movies are an escape from the everyday world, a window into the soul, a distant friend. If I’m not watching a movie, I’m probably watching a tv show, if I’m doing neither I’m asleep.

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