Joel Haver’s review published on Letterboxd:
The heavier-handed genre tone of the second act was hit and miss for me, but the third act brings it around to an unexpectedly delicate and gentle place that I don’t think would work as well without that stark contrast. Pig is downright exceptional in scenes (like the scene with the chef at his restaurant or the bakery scene that plays out in one still shot) and otherwise is pretty dang good! Knowing where it ends up, I might like it even more on a rewatch down the line, having more patience for the things that threw me off the first time.
I have a promise that I will watch people’s feature films if they send them to me. This promise has become harder and harder to fulfill with increased attention on my work, but I do have a playlist that I continue to work through slowly but surely! Typically this promise is for people making no budget features, but to my surprise Michael Sarnoski himself emailed me saying he loved Pretend That You Love Me and asked me to watch Pig! Lo and behold he invited me to a screening today and then he and I got lunch afterwards.
I don’t intend to name drop, but I do believe this is indicative of an exciting time in the marrying of internet and theatrical filmmaking. As much as I am disinterested in the industry myself, I understand it has its place and any step towards legitimizing internet feature filmmaking in the public eye is worth sharing for me. A guy who made a ~$5mil movie surrounded by buzz was excited to have a guy that made a $0 movie at his screening and I think that’s a beautiful thing! It was a lovely time through and through, Michael is as sweet as can be and I can’t wait to see what he makes next.