American Splendor (2003)
d. Shari Springer Berman & Robert Pulcini
On our inaugural episode of Total Movie Recall, Steve shares with us the formative experience of 2003's "American Splendor." We take a look at 'Cleveland's Mark Twain,' Harvey Pekar, try to figure out why misery makes great art, and Ryan has a bit of an identity crisis trying to figure out where he fits in in a world of hipsters, scenesters, loft-dwellers and and everybody cooler than him.
Harvey Pekar is file clerk at the local VA hospital. His interactions with his co-workers offer some relief from the monotony, and their discussions encompass everything from music to the decline of American culture to new flavors of jellybeans and life itself. At home, Harvey fills his days with reading, writing and listening to jazz. His apartment is filled with thousands of books and LPs, and he regularly scours Cleveland's thrift stores and garage sales for more, savoring the rare jo