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The Outsider, a feature-length documentary from first-time writer/director Nicholas Jarecki, is a film about film, specifically, the power of film to create, to move, and to endure. It follows one of America's most obsessive and intriguing filmmakers, James Toback, writer/director of 11 movies. Filmed over an 8-month period, The Outsider follows Toback through all phases of the making of his new film (shooting, editing, scoring, and release)... Green Room Films)

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1. Movies about movies (public: moderated by Pickpocket - 21 stars)
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Jan 18 Yiannos Yiannos
53T3
The myth of Toback has always been more interesting than the reality. Fingers was a great debut, but no other film he made even comes close. This plays like an advertisement for When Will I Be Loved--the film Toback was shooting and trying to distribute while Jarecki was filming--and a valentine to a kind of antiquated American 'renegade' auteurism. Jarecki is too enamoured with his subject, and fans won't find anything new here while newcomers are unlikely to be won over by Toback's hustle.
Dec 16, 2017 djross djross
50T5
Jarecki seems happy to just gather some anecdotes and not push anything too hard or too far. Toback is, as everyone in the film says, a "character", but perhaps it is only with hindsight that some of the participants (I'd point to Woody Allen and Brooke Shields) seem quite reluctant to say too much about Toback or endorse him too emphatically. Have only seen FINGERS (decades ago) and TYSON, so am not really in a position to evaluate the man and his work, but he's clearly a slave to his drives.
Sep 07, 2017 robot2xl robot2xl
73T6
Aug 19, 2016 EricDSnider2 EricDSnider2
75T3
Jul 04, 2016 MrWhiplash
80T6
May 31, 2016 Niska Niska
23T3
Feb 15, 2016 NightGoat72 NightGoat72
60T7
Aug 25, 2014 Zipster
70T2
I got the sense that Toback is particularly high on the smell of his own farts.
May 05, 2014 flund
46T7
Mar 24, 2014 schnofel schnofel
77T9
Mar 17, 2014 Bandy Bandy
75T6
Mar 03, 2014 Schumiye
70T7
Dec 01, 2013 funkybusnss funkybusnss
60T4
Jun 25, 2013 Colten97
70T2
Dec 02, 2012 kastenm kastenm
43T1
Jul 28, 2012 ECSR
5T3
May 23, 2012 pzingg
88T6
Can a guy who's too smart to compromise get his film sold? A look at a Mailer-style fighter and auteur struggling in the morass of today's film business. Great clips from Toback's incendiary work (and Norman Mailer, too).
Dec 01, 2010 SlantMag SlantMag
20T5
"The Outsider doesn't have the edge of a race-conscious James Toback film." - Ed Gonzalez
Oct 15, 2010 screentime
63T5
Sep 06, 2010 AAAutin AAAutin
67T10
Dec 27, 2009 Dancon7
64T5
Dec 21, 2009 imdb imdb
70T8
Oct 14, 2009 KungFuDolly KungFuDolly
5T4
Oct 14, 2009 supergloo supergloo
8T6
Sep 10, 2009 DougReese DougReese
40T2
May 21, 2009 DancingP
63T4
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