Chop Suey
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Photographer and documentary filmmaker Bruce Weber looks at the lives of his subjects, the nature of the creative spirit, his inner drives and desires, and what fuels his own muse in this, his third feature film. Named for the popular Cantonese-American dish that brings together a diverse range of ingredients, Chop Suey jumps back and forth between a number of different themes and perspectives, using both videotape and a variety of film stocks to add a similar variety to the movie's look. Weber explores his issues with self-image and sexuality as he explains the homoerotic subtext of his… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 68%

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"Sometimes maddeningly meandering, often intriguing."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"The most personal and accomplished of the several documentaries Weber has made over the years."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"It's an eclectic film, held together only by Weber's ironic voice-over narration and the endless shots of the beautiful Johnson."
‑ Jamie Russell, BBC
"Even the misspellings and ramblings fit into the loosey-goosey, associative framework."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"Spending time with Weber and hearing his stories makes you realize you might be listening to the secret of a happy life."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"It's as amusing, varied and instantly forgettable as an issue of Vanity Fair or Vogue, minus the fragrance samples."
‑ Tom Sime, Dallas Morning News
"Anybody who expects this film to be nothing more than the equivalent of flipping through the advertisements in a slick magazine is in for a surprise."
‑ Bob Graham, San Francisco Chronicle
"Beautiful photography. Too bad the film is like a custom car up on blocks - nice to look at but it doesn't go anywhere."
‑ Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone,
"[Johnson is] utterly beautiful but he's about as compelling as a Pet Rock."
‑ Paula Nechak, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"Even when it turns pensive or deals with a death, it has the compulsive charm of a bright, gossiping diary you have to keep reading."
‑ David Elliott, San Diego Union-Tribune
"For a film by a photographer, it's awfully unfocused."
‑ Bruce Westbrook, Houston Chronicle
"Weber's eclectic, grandly engaging documentary, is as personal as movies get, a generous and candid first-person exploration of the wide-ranging influences that inform the photographer's work."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
" alternately beautiful and annoying scrapbook of a film. And just as its title suggests, it's a mixed bag."
‑ Nathaniel Rogers, Film Experience
"With footage of Faye in performance, and interviews with her friends and associates, Weber uses Faye as base from which to branch out in bizarre directions."
‑ David Ehrenstein, New Times
"In the end, what resonates is the fragile yet unfailing grace of the human spirit embodied by Weber's subjects."
‑ David Sanjek, PopMatters
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