This post is part of my movie-a-day challenge in which I will watch a film every day for 365 days. Today is Day 92. You can see all the posts for this challenge HERE. To see the original Movie-a-Day Challenge post, click HERE.
Today, we’re diving headfirst into the indie movie scene. Today, I’m dishing out all the deets on a unique little film called “Tiger Orange,” directed by the one and only Wade Gasque.
Alright, so picture this: a quaint, sleepy town where the biggest event is probably the annual bake sale. That’s the backdrop of “Tiger Orange.” The story revolves around two brothers, Chet and Todd, who couldn’t be more different if they tried. It’s like comparing apples to, I don’t know, dragon fruit? 🍏🐉🍇
Chet, played by the super talented Mark Strano, is the epitome of a small-town dude. He’s the kind of guy you’d trust to fix your leaky faucet. So Chet’s running the family hardware store and pretty much in the closet. Then, in struts his brother Todd, played by the fascinating Frankie Valenti (yes, that’s Johnny Hazzard from his adult film days). Todd is as out and proud as they come, basically the human version of a rainbow parade float. 🌈💥. The chemistry between the two of them is like oil and water, yet somehow, it just works. 🌈
Their dynamic is the central pulse of the movie. It’s all about family ties, self-discovery, and trying to make peace with who you are in a place that might not get you. The emotional tug-of-war between Chet and Todd is relatable on so many levels.
Now, here’s where it gets interesting. The film dives into their relationship, the tension thicker than overcooked stew. It’s a story about family, acceptance, and finding your place in the world, and it’s served with a side of small-town gossip and drama. The way Chet and Todd navigate their past and present, with all the emotional baggage, is something we can all relate to, right?
Now, let’s gab about the performances. Mark Strano is an absolute gem. He brings this quiet, simmering intensity to Chet that’s just mesmerizing. And Frankie Valenti? He’s like the spark that lights the fire – totally captivating. Their back-and-forth is the heart of “Tiger Orange,” and they just totally nail it. The rest of the cast? They’re the cherry on top – adding just the right flavor to the mix.
The film’s not perfect, though. Some parts feel like they drag a bit, kind of like when you’re waiting for your coffee to brew on a Monday morning. But hey, that’s indie cinema for you – a little rough around the edges but charming in its own way.
Director Wade Gasque has this knack for capturing the small-town vibe that’s both nostalgic and a tad bittersweet. The cinematography has this Instagram-filter feel, making everything look like a memory you’re fondly looking back on. And the music? It’s like a comfy audio blanket for your soul.
But hey, let me be real with you for a sec. The ending? Kinda like when you’re enjoying a bag of chips and suddenly, you’re scraping the bottom – abrupt and a bit unsatisfying. It felt like the story was just hitting its stride and then, bam, roll credits. A little more closure would’ve been nice, you know?
So, what’s the verdict? “Tiger Orange” is like that one friend who’s a bit quirky and unpredictable but always keeps things interesting. It’s a sincere and heartfelt indie film, even if the ending leaves you hanging a bit. It’s definitely worth checking out, especially if you’re into films that march to the beat of their own drum.
Stay awesome, keep munching on that popcorn, and always remember: movies are like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get! 🎥🍫