The debut form from Andrew Patterson- starts strongly- opening in a very strong interior frame of a living room and retro television
Takes you in as “The Vast of Night” as a Twilight Zone-like show. And Patterson blends the lo-fi television show in black and white to color and into the real film with a boomer of a tracking shot “oner” into a Hoosiers-like gym. The b&w/color blending opening reminded me of Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid where George Roy Hill does the same thing. The tracking shot opening recalls Barry Levinson’s Diner floating through the opening party- also a debut.
Authentic late 1950’s or early 1960’s feel- horned rimmed Buddy Holly glasses
The rat-a-tat intelligent dialogue reminds me of Rian Johnson’s Brick in some ways – discussions about self-directing cars and smart phones
The eerie noise on the satellite and switchboard—like Zemeckis’ Contact
JJ Abrams’ Super 8 is a companion
Patterson, at the 34 minute mark, wizzes through the town with superman tracking shots like Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead
Impressive formal interludes where it goes to these flickering blue-tinted boxes simulating television