Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Film Week

A review of the films I've seen this past week.

MOVIE 43 (2013)
This movie is so bad that it made me intensely, irrationally angry at everyone involved in it. You should all be ashamed of yourselves. No stars. No anything. No acknowledgement of its existence from now on. Go to hell, movie.

Interesting mumblecore flick about two best friends (Jake Johnson and Olivia Wilde) who work in a brewery together, but who are also attracted to one another. He has a fiance (Anna Kendrick), she has a boyfriend (Ron Livingston), and for 90 minutes we just watch them interact. I think the dialogue was mainly improvised. Consequently, it's a movie about adults and how adults relate to one another, but also one that reminds you that adults can be even more passive-aggressive and precious than kids. I did find it very interesting how almost no one ended up just coming out and saying what they wanted, even when they got their feelings hurt over it. And I also found it interesting that so much was left open to emotion and interpretation... a lot of things I feel are elements of the story aren't ever explicitly stated or even shown. So much is left up to how you feel about what's happening, which makes your experience and intuition a narrative element. Fascinating how that's done. ***

THE STORY (1969)
Nice little short film by Homer Groening, Matt Groening's father. It mixes home movies with a voice over of Matt's sister Lisa telling a bedtime story to their youngest sister Maggie. Charming, soft and sweet. ***1/2

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