Linoleum screened this weekend with some of the filmmakers at Quad Cinema. Different screenings had actors Amy Hargreaves and Jim Gaffigan, producer Chadd Harbold, director Colin West and other cast and crew performing moderating duties and just showing up for screenings. We caught a screening Sunday evening with Colin West, Jim Gaffigan and many of the production crew in the screening.
Linoleum's synopsis states, "When the host of a failing children's science show tries to fulfill his childhood dream of becoming an astronaut by building a rocket ship in his garage, a series of bizarre events occur that cause him to question his own reality."
That doesn't tell the whole story. Even if I tried to write out the story, you still wouldn't understand it. This is definitely a movie that you have to see.
It gives Jacob's Ladder and Donnie Darko vibes in a storytelling sense; not in darkness. It's really a love story, but on weed, maybe mushrooms. You want to watch this a second time anyway to see if the details through the beginning and middle of the film give any more clues that you probably missed the first time around.
There was a point towards the end of the film when I had the aha moment. I felt really smart when I got it just before the tell. I wanted to shout out to the screen that I got it. If I was watching at home, I would have paused it and yelled that I did for sure.
Other than little kids, this movie has something for all age groups. There are portions of the movie for teens, young parents, older adults, and even elderly. There are times at the beginning of the movie when you question what is going on and wonder if anything is going to make sense. In the end, it gets emotional. There was plenty of eye wiping. Linoleum is something fantastic.
Linoleum is opening in more independent theaters nationwide and is still screening this week at Quad Cinema in the Village.
Here's the Q&A with Colin West, Jim Gaffigan and moderated by Bilge Ebiri after the Sunday, February 26 screening.