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Between Something and Nothing2008

  • 3.5
With the impressive BETWEEN SOMETHING AND NOTHING, Todd Verow once again revisits his own past, recounting the life of a freshman art school student whose relationship with a mysterious hustler leads him to work the streets himself. Joe arrives at the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design and immediately befriends like-minded Jennifer. Together they tackle seemingly endless and outlandish art assignments while also exploring the music and drugs of the local scene. Alone, however, the outwardly innocent Joe secretly pursues local hustler Ramon, finding liberation and inspiration for his artwork while exploring his darker side.

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THIS MOVIE CAPTURED LIFE AS A STUDENT IN PROVIDENCE RI. IT HIT HOME FOR ME. AS I WAS NOT A STUDENT AT RISD,BUT A STUDENT AT JOHNSON AND WALES U. IN THE AGE OF COMING OUT AND THE CRUISE FOR SEX IT ALL HIT HOME . SEEING MANY MANY OF THE PLACES THAT WERE MY OLD STOMPING GROUNDS. AT THE TIME MY ROOM MATES AND I WOULD GO TO A BAR CALLED NO NAME . IT WAS A GAY CLUB. I CAN REMEMBER BEING NIEVE AND DUMB . THE YEARS I WENT TO SCHOOL THERE WERE IN THE MID 1980S . IT WAS THE TIME OF HIV, AND IT WAS A TIME THAT I CAN REMEMBER WELL. FEELING LIKE I HAD LOST ALL CONTROL OF MY LIFE. TRICKING FOR MONEY . HAVING THE THINGS I NEEDED . MY SCHOOLING WAS ALL PAID FOR . MY FATHER WAS WEALTHY WHEN HE SENT ME TO THE EAST COAST TO GO TO SCHOOL IN NEW ENGLAND . I JUST REMEMBER MY LIFE BEING OUT OF CONTROL. I BROUGHT IT BACK HOME TO PITTSBURGH PA WHERE I AM FROM , LIFE WAS ONE BIG TRICK . BUT NOT LIKE IT WAS WHEN I WAS IN SCHOOL IN PROVIDENCE. I WENT ON TO BROWN U WITH A FREE TICKET BECAUSE OF KNOWING SO MUCH ABOUT ABOUT NATURAL MEDICINE. STUDENTS ARE UNDER SO MUCH PRESSURE TO DO WELL . TO HANG ON TO THEIR SCHOOLING AND TO GET GOOD GRADES. IT SHOWED ME A HAUNTING IN DETAIL OF WHAT I WENT THROUGH GOING TO SCHOOL UP THERE. I WAS SURPRISED THAT THEY DID NOT DO SOME OF THE FILMING IN RODGER WILLIAMS PARK . THAT WAS A HUGE CRUISE ZONE . AS WAS THE CITY . THE COMMONS , THE BATHROOMS THERE . NEVER ANY UNDERCOVER COPS. LIFE OUT OF CONTROL . THIS BROUGHT BACK SO MANY MEMORIES FOR ME GROWING UP IN THE EARLY AGES OF MY LIFE. JOHNSON AND WALES HAD DORMS IN SOME OF THE MOST WORSE PLACES LIKE ELM WOOD AVE. YOU HAD TO BE STREET SMART AND KNOW WHAT YOU WERE DOING OR YOU COULD HAVE ENDED UP DEAD. THE PEOPLE I TRICKED WITH IN MY PAST ARE ALL BUT ERASED . AND THE MEMORIES HAUNT THE HELL OUT OF ME. THE PRODUCERS OF THIS FILM SHOWED UNIV LIFE TO ITS MOST TRUE EXTENT . JOHNSON AND WALES I WOULD NEVER RECOMMEND ANYONE TO SEND THEIR CHILDREN THERE RISD OR ANY OF THE SCHOOLS DEPICTED IN THIS FILM JOHNSON AND WALES WAS LEFT OUT. I HATED THE PROFESSORS THEY WERE THE WORST . HOW DID THEY COME OFF TELLING YOU ON YOUR FIRST DAY OF CLASS YOU WOULD NOT MAKE IT OR GRADUATE . WHO DO THESE ASS HOLES THINK THEY ARE. SO MANY PEOPLE I KNOW LIKE MY SELF WHO WENT EAST TO COLLEGE BECAUSE THAT WAS THE BIG THING FOR PARENTS TO DO FOR THEIR CHILDREN , WHAT I GOT OUT OF MY 4 YEAR EDUCATION WAS GOOD GRADES BUT HANDED A HUGE FALSE OF DREAMS. THE PRODUCERS GOT THIS MOVIE RIGHT ON THE BUTTON . I WOULD NEVER GO BACK . BUT I GIVE THIS MOVIE A 3 THUMBS UP, FOR SHOWING THE PRESSURE OF WHAT WE HAD TO GO THROUGH . RUDE IGNORATE BASTARDS TEACHING US WITH NO COMMON FEELING . TREATING US LIKE SHIT AND HATING THEIR OWN JOBS I WANT TO THANK THE PRODUCERS FOR THIS FILM . IT HIT ME HARD. I WAS LIKE WATCHING MY OWN LIFE ON REWIND . AT A TIME WHEN THE CULINARY ARTS PROGRAM AT JOHNSON AND WALES WAS LOW AS WELL AS THE CLASS LEVEL OF WHERE THEY HOUSED US . IT WAS A HUGE WASTE OF MY FATHERS HARD EARNED MONEY . THE ONLY GOOD THING WAS THE FREE TICKET INTO BROWN FOR BEING ABOVE AVERAGE WHEN ASKED TO TAKE A MEDICAL TEST ON NATURAL CURES. I SCORED 100 PERCENT . WHILE THE REST OF MY HIGH IQ FRIENDS SCORED SUCH A LOW GRADE FOR THE COMPETITION THAT A CHEF MADE ME DO ENTER AND TAKE . ALL EMPTY DREAMS. GOOD MOVIE ON THE PRESSURES OF SCHOOL LIFE IN A BLUE COLLAR TOWN WHICH STICKS LIKE SHIT .

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THIS MOVIE CAPTURED LIFE AS A STUDENT IN PROVIDENCE RI. IT HIT HOME FOR ME. AS I WAS NOT A STUDENT AT RISD,BUT A STUDENT AT JOHNSON AND WALES U. IN THE AGE OF COMING OUT AND THE CRUISE FOR SEX IT ALL HIT HOME . SEEING MANY MANY OF THE PLACES THAT WERE MY OLD STOMPING GROUNDS. AT THE TIME MY ROOM MATES AND I WOULD GO TO A BAR CALLED NO NAME . IT WAS A GAY CLUB. I CAN REMEMBER BEING NIEVE AND DUMB . THE YEARS I WENT TO SCHOOL THERE WERE IN THE MID 1980S . IT WAS THE TIME OF HIV, AND IT WAS A TIME THAT I CAN REMEMBER WELL. FEELING LIKE I HAD LOST ALL CONTROL OF MY LIFE. TRICKING FOR MONEY . HAVING THE THINGS I NEEDED . MY SCHOOLING WAS ALL PAID FOR . MY FATHER WAS WEALTHY WHEN HE SENT ME TO THE EAST COAST TO GO TO SCHOOL IN NEW ENGLAND . I JUST REMEMBER MY LIFE BEING OUT OF CONTROL. I BROUGHT IT BACK HOME TO PITTSBURGH PA WHERE I AM FROM , LIFE WAS ONE BIG TRICK . BUT NOT LIKE IT WAS WHEN I WAS IN SCHOOL IN PROVIDENCE. I WENT ON TO BROWN U WITH A FREE TICKET BECAUSE OF KNOWING SO MUCH ABOUT ABOUT NATURAL MEDICINE. STUDENTS ARE UNDER SO MUCH PRESSURE TO DO WELL . TO HANG ON TO THEIR SCHOOLING AND TO GET GOOD GRADES. IT SHOWED ME A HAUNTING IN DETAIL OF WHAT I WENT THROUGH GOING TO SCHOOL UP THERE. I WAS SURPRISED THAT THEY DID NOT DO SOME OF THE FILMING IN RODGER WILLIAMS PARK . THAT WAS A HUGE CRUISE ZONE . AS WAS THE CITY . THE COMMONS , THE BATHROOMS THERE . NEVER ANY UNDERCOVER COPS. LIFE OUT OF CONTROL . THIS BROUGHT BACK SO MANY MEMORIES FOR ME GROWING UP IN THE EARLY AGES OF MY LIFE. JOHNSON AND WALES HAD DORMS IN SOME OF THE MOST WORSE PLACES LIKE ELM WOOD AVE. YOU HAD TO BE STREET SMART AND KNOW WHAT YOU WERE DOING OR YOU COULD HAVE ENDED UP DEAD. THE PEOPLE I TRICKED WITH IN MY PAST ARE ALL BUT ERASED . AND THE MEMORIES HAUNT THE HELL OUT OF ME. THE PRODUCERS OF THIS FILM SHOWED UNIV LIFE TO ITS MOST TRUE EXTENT . JOHNSON AND WALES I WOULD NEVER RECOMMEND ANYONE TO SEND THEIR CHILDREN THERE RISD OR ANY OF THE SCHOOLS DEPICTED IN THIS FILM JOHNSON AND WALES WAS LEFT OUT. I HATED THE PROFESSORS THEY WERE THE WORST . HOW DID THEY COME OFF TELLING YOU ON YOUR FIRST DAY OF CLASS YOU WOULD NOT MAKE IT OR GRADUATE . WHO DO THESE ASS HOLES THINK THEY ARE. SO MANY PEOPLE I KNOW LIKE MY SELF WHO WENT EAST TO COLLEGE BECAUSE THAT WAS THE BIG THING FOR PARENTS TO DO FOR THEIR CHILDREN , WHAT I GOT OUT OF MY 4 YEAR EDUCATION WAS GOOD GRADES BUT HANDED A HUGE FALSE OF DREAMS. THE PRODUCERS GOT THIS MOVIE RIGHT ON THE BUTTON . I WOULD NEVER GO BACK . BUT I GIVE THIS MOVIE A 3 THUMBS UP, FOR SHOWING THE PRESSURE OF WHAT WE HAD TO GO THROUGH . RUDE IGNORATE BASTARDS TEACHING US WITH NO COMMON FEELING . TREATING US LIKE SHIT AND HATING THEIR OWN JOBS I WANT TO THANK THE PRODUCERS FOR THIS FILM . IT HIT ME HARD. I WAS LIKE WATCHING MY OWN LIFE ON REWIND . AT A TIME WHEN THE CULINARY ARTS PROGRAM AT JOHNSON AND WALES WAS LOW AS WELL AS THE CLASS LEVEL OF WHERE THEY HOUSED US . IT WAS A HUGE WASTE OF MY FATHERS HARD EARNED MONEY . THE ONLY GOOD THING WAS THE FREE TICKET INTO BROWN FOR BEING ABOVE AVERAGE WHEN ASKED TO TAKE A MEDICAL TEST ON NATURAL CURES. I SCORED 100 PERCENT . WHILE THE REST OF MY HIGH IQ FRIENDS SCORED SUCH A LOW GRADE FOR THE COMPETITION THAT A CHEF MADE ME DO ENTER AND TAKE . ALL EMPTY DREAMS. GOOD MOVIE ON THE PRESSURES OF SCHOOL LIFE IN A BLUE COLLAR TOWN WHICH STICKS LIKE SHIT .

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I guess your review would have made more sense if it was about life at Johnson & Wales (Your school) but as it wasn't we learned a lot about your time at school & the places & people, etc., but very little about the film. It was an interesting coincidence that you went to school in the same town - location, period, etc. but if one is deciding whether to watch the film you really gave us no relevant info...

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This is a good film about trying to fit in during your Freshman year at an art institute. It is dark and filled with young people looking for themselves in alcohol and drugs and constant sexual encounters. It is strangely fascinating while it is difficult to watch. Performances are very good in general. Depressing overall.

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this is the kind of film making that inspires me. raw. honest. human. must see.

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Great Movie!!!! This Is Real Life!!!!

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Sex, drugs and Art School, with empty characters that were hard to care about.

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Great . Edgy. Honest film for a change. It portrays sex, drugs and art as it is. And yes, I have heard the college students have been selling and stealing to make ends meet on their college costs.

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just really slow and kinda drifty, like the characters themselves

Not sure what became of them, and don't particularly care...sorry

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very well done! beautiful and gritty, sexy and raw

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Awesome!

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Got off to a slow start and I was about to leave it but the pace began to pick up, i.e. it got more interesting as the lead character became looser and more open sexually with a series of acquaintances - including his hustler friend Ramon. It's his relationship with Ramon, far more complicated than that with his BFF & fellow art student, that comes closest to making the film work.

While its certainly a good effort - with some interesting supporting players - The lead character, Joe, doesn't quite ever warm up the screen or film. He's cute (and Quentin takes note and gives him a mohawk - that makes a stab at helping) but he never sets things on fire. Both Ramon & Quentin (the hair dresser wantabe) - as well as his sexy work mate, all actually come a mite closer. But in the end it fails to ignite. A pleasant enough trip but I give it a grudging three stars.

ballsdiamond here says it all.

THIS WAS A VERY WELL DONE FILM. EACH CHARACTER WAS WLL DEFINED. THE ACTING WAS GREAT. IT SHOWED WHAT COLLEGE LIFE WAS REALLY LIKE, THE DRUGS AND PARTYING. EACH CHARACTER HAS SPECIFIC ISSUES OF SELF DISTRUCTIVE BEHAVIOR. I REALLY ENJOYED IT. GOOD JOB

Very Entertaining, character's were believable, I really enjoyed this one!

very good, the film had a very natural flow with relatable characters. If there is no one that was young once and didn't explore or had any kind of experimentation on any level, they have missed out

I REALLY ENJOYED THIS MOVIE

very good

REALLY gOOD mOVIE.

Entirely Provoking movie. Hit a few truths home with the scenes with the casual drug taking & heavy drinking = - - - - Really interesting...the end is slightly harrowing

This was a serious love that went wrong!

i really liked it...subject matter was great...flowed very well

the guys are hot im in massachusetts and someday hope to meet brad hollowell hes awsome

Beautiful movie. Very relatable and moving. Good Job!

Great

An axpose and even a celebration of the parrallel universe inhabited in every major city by the young and the beautiful. Sex drugs, alcohol and death.It is a comming of age story.For the survivors it is the fule to light many an artistic fire in future years.It may be the source of a deep empathy.Yje subjects of this drama lived whole ond complete lives in the emotional confused caldren of the dark side.

es una pelicula muy patetica, pero es algo real.