Tuesday, November 29, 2011, Reading Cinemas Town Square 14 Theatre

Invited Guest: Director Kurt Kuenne


On Screen: 4:30pm or 7:30pm (You Pick!)

Reading Cinemas Town Square 14 Theatre

Cinema Chat (Aud. 14) begins 30 minutes prior to screenings

Introduction begin 15 minutes prior to screenings (Aud. 14 & 8)

Discussion follows screenings (Aud. 14)


Shuffle is the tale of a man who begins experiencing his life out of order; every day he wakes up at a different age, on a different day of his life, never knowing where or when he's going to be once he falls asleep. He's terrified and wants it to stop - until he notices a pattern in his experience, and works to uncover why this is happening to him - and what or who is behind it.

Part Twilight Zone-style mystery, part Frank Capra fantasy, SHUFFLE stars TJ Thyne, star of the hit TV show Bones, in his first turn as a leading man in a feature film. The film's voluminous prosthetic old age make-up is by Barney Burman, winner of the 2010 Academy Award(r) for Best Make-up for Star Trek. The film was written, directed and scored by Kurt Kuenne, filmmaker of the acclaimed documentary Dear Zachary: a Letter to a Son About His Father and the Festival Award-winning short film Validation, also starring TJ Thyne.

Running Time: 82 Minutes

Not Rated.

PLEASE NOTE: Kurt Kuenne’s award-winning short VALIDATION (16 Minutes) will screen prior to SHUFFLE.

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19-Dec-11: K - Rating: 4


6-Dec-11: scarlettsma - Rating: 5

I think he is brilliant - was completely entertained and on the edge of my seat with the second film. I'll bet he has a very bright future.

6-Dec-11: Siouxmac - Rating: 2

You're not alone, Mark. I wasn't so thrilled either. I found the lighting and cinematography to be distracting and left me wondering if I forgot to clean my contacts. I'm a softy as a rule but this movie crossed into saccharine territory for me, especially at the end. It wasn't terrible, but it wasn't memorable either.

6-Dec-11: Mroe - Rating: 4

I loved the originality of the film and the camera/lighting was like a character all its own. The acting was great and the message I got from the film was the request by “visitors”/”Grace” for Lovell, to “pay attention”. If we all paid attention to what is going on in our own lives to the people in our lives we might be able to avoid some bad choices but more importantly when you do experience tragedy or loss that you pay attention and try to look at the good that came from it and be open to the direction your life is now taking (always easier said than done). There was no way that Lovell could keep Grace form dying but he had to be open to living his life differently and look at all the wonderful things that came from that experience. I really liked that at the end of the movie it showed Grace’s parents still involved in Lovell’s life and it looked like they saw his children from another woman as their own grandchildren, I thought that was very sweet and touching. The filmed really delivered.

30-Nov-11: Mark - Rating: 2

I find myself yet again at odds with my fellow Society members. I thought Shuffle was a dud -- an interesting idea poorly developed and weakly executed. It's as if Kurt was so married to the concept of a movie about living life out of order that he lost track of the more important goal of narrative coherence. The result was that the out-of-order artifice seemed pointless and slightly irritating -- nothing in the movie convinced me that the story needed to be told that way. I also found the acting to be quite amateurish. TJ Thyne did an okay job, but the rest of the cast seemed to be a half-step below daytime soap-opera actors. And I was put off by the film's sentimentality and melodrama, which I found cloying almost from the outset. Subtlety and nuance were not much in evidence in this movie.

I enjoyed Validation a lot more than Shuffle, but I think it went on too long. It would have been a better film at half its length.

30-Nov-11: AF - Rating: 5

I told Kurt last night that this way one of the best movies I've ever seen and shaked his hand. When you consider low budget, and all of the roles that he played including scoring the music, to me it was sheer genuis.

Thanks Andy for our delightful treat last night!

30-Nov-11: Georgi - Rating: 5

Both movies were a home run by a genious director/writer/editor/composer. At every level these movies hit all the right notes. I hope that Shuffle gets wider distribution and the accolades it deserves. Thank you for introducing us to these films. Creativity can still be accessible. While Shuffle definitely made you think, it maintained a meaningful and sensitive story line. Really a wonderfully worthwhile evening.

30-Nov-11: jh - Rating: 5

SHUFFLE was brilliant and entertaining. It had the feel of INCEPTION, but felt more approachable. We identified with the lead characters, Lovell and Grace, both young and old, and felt their pain. It was fun to play the game suggested throughout by “paying attention”.

30-Nov-11: RichG - Rating: 5

Thank you Andy. What a wonderful gift you gve us. Both films were special. Clearly the guy behind the camera is pure genius. What a wonderful combination of talent he posseses. Shuffle was engrossing from the first shot to the last. The package held together as so few films do. The story took an unexpected turn which gave a sweet payoff. T.J. Pulled off emotional aspects almost effortlessly. Let's hope this little film finds an audience when it is released. Can't wait to see future movies from this creative mind.

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