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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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Date User Score
Jan 18 Yiannos Yiannos
53 29%
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
50 42%
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
73 48%
Aug 19, 2016 EricDSnider2 EricDSnider2
75 24%
Jul 04, 2016 MrWhiplash
80 55%
May 31, 2016 Niska Niska
23 28%
Feb 15, 2016 NightGoat72 NightGoat72
60 61%
Aug 25, 2014 Zipster
70 16%
I got the sense that Toback is particularly high on the smell of his own farts.
May 05, 2014 flund
46 63%
Mar 24, 2014 schnofel schnofel
77 87%
Mar 17, 2014 Bandy Bandy
75 53%
Mar 03, 2014 Schumiye
70 58%
Dec 01, 2013 funkybusnss funkybusnss
60 27%
Jun 25, 2013 Colten97
70 12%
Dec 02, 2012 kastenm kastenm
43 6%
Jul 28, 2012 ECSR
5 27%
May 23, 2012 pzingg
88 52%
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
20 41%
"The Outsider doesn't have the edge of a race-conscious James Toback film." - Ed Gonzalez
Oct 15, 2010 screentime
63 40%
Sep 06, 2010 AAAutin AAAutin
67 92%
Dec 27, 2009 Dancon7
64 43%
Dec 21, 2009 imdb imdb
70 40%
Oct 14, 2009 KungFuDolly KungFuDolly
5 28%
Oct 14, 2009 supergloo supergloo
8 58%
Sep 10, 2009 DougReese DougReese
40 19%
May 21, 2009 DancingP
63 35%
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