Friday, November 20, 2009


If you have an aversion to all things low budget or artistic, then you will not want to see this film. But you'd be doing yourself a huge disservice by missing it. The movie Humpday is the story of two good college friends reconnecting after some time apart, discovering that friendship doesn't always maintain freshness. The two get drunk enough one night to devise an artistic premise for winning an amateur porn contest; have two heterosexual men (namely, them) engage in homosexual sex.)

Although the premise might sound a bit unfeasible on the outset, it does make a great deal of sense as played out in the movie. Logical, natural, unnerving, and tenuous. The movie deftly explores all manner of subject; human sexuality, ideals, societal demands, maturity, male bonding, sexual and platonic relationships, and more. Despite the restrictions on shooting, there are a lot of great moments. (Two faves included the 'kitchen table revelation' and the 'movie rental story.')

The film was done with an improv outline; the basic plot was written and hashed about, but dialogue was naturally developed between the actors in the scenes. It provides a very raw verve to what if of course a touchy and taboo matter. Often it feels more documentarian (in a good way) than fictional feature.

Both leads had a tremendous chemistry, and were adorable to boot. Mark Duplass especially had a way with the expressiveness and unspoken touches that was powerful good. But the moments of truth exposed in this movie, regarding everything from men's fighting techniques to faux liberals growing up, were stupendous. I'm always enraptured by truth in film, and the clever, real moments in this story were worth the watch. Lynn Shelton and crew did a fantastic job.

I won't give anything away, but I will say that I think the film is must seeing for everyone. Hetero men won't want to watch it with someone (most likely) but I think the mere act of seeing other humans discussing the material would make them feel more at ease in their own lives. As with sexuality itself, there are some complicated notions laid out. The defensiveness is almost as telling as the vulnerabilities!

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Old Joy
I Love You, Man

Monday, November 16, 2009

Romance & Cigarettes

"Romance & Cigarettes" is not a movie for everyone.

If you are easily offended, skip it.

If you have no sense of humor, catch it later.

If you don't appreciate dry wit and bizarre tangents and creativity and sultriness, you might want to catch some old Andy Griffith Show reruns instead.

But if you have an eye for the lurid and the dark, the insane and the profane, then this masterful 'musical' spoof is for you. Think of it as "Rocky Horror Picture Show" meets "Brazil." (The original wrist-slasher 'Brazil,' thank you very much.) No, that doesn't quite do it justice.

Maybe "John Waters married Ryan Murphy and they had a bastard celluloid offspring." Whatever you do, catch this biting comedy that received some very unfair criticisms from tight-ass reviewers who seemed to have a mad-on against John Turturro.

The wild ride includes music from Tom Jones, Bruce Springsteen, Connie Francis, Dusty Springfield, and more classic greats!

The cast includes James Gandolfini, Susan Sarandon, Mary-Louise Parker, Kate Winslet, Steve Buscemi, Christopher Walken--what, that isn't enough right there? Superb cast, non-stop giggle shits and guffaws. Here's a hint for the retards amongst ya; it isn't supposed to be Shakespeare!!! Unclench, Willamina!

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Romance & Cigarettes