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MOVIE REVIEW | The Skeleton Twins (2014)


“That is bullshit. You’re my brother. And we’re supposed to be there for each other. And if you don’t get that by now, then, I don’t know, I guess I’ll talk to you in another ten years.”

One of last year’s festival darlings, everything that had me most excited about The Skeleton Twins were also the same things that had me most concerned about it.  A little indie made for no money that got all he festival crowds talking.  When that’s good, you get Reservoir Dogs.  When it’s bad, you get Little Miss Sunshine.  Two hilariously comedic actors taking on serious drama.  When it’s good, you get Robin Williams in Good Will Hunting.  When it’s bad, you get Robin Williams in Bicentennial Man.  So, which side of the fence does The Skeleton Twins land on?

After writing a suicide note to “Whom it May Concern”, Milo (Bill Hader) wakes up in hospital to a visit from his sister Maggie (Kristin Wiig),  Inseparable as kids, they’ve grown apart to the extent that they haven’t spoken in a decade.  Wanting to reconnect, Maggie insists that Milo take a break from his life in LA as a struggling actor, to come stay with her in their native New York.  Where he meets Lance (Luke Wilson), Maggie’s fiancé. (more…)

MOVIE REVIEW | Are You Here (2014)

Are You Here

“Steve, I would prefer to forego your input since it most recently resulted in my brother becoming fat, unemployed and growing that supremely anti-social beard.”

Matt Weiner is the creator of one of the greatest TV shows of the last decade. And when you create a show like Mad Men, making the move to feature films is a double edged sword. Sure, you’ve probably got a much better chance of a studio green lighting your project and giving you the money to make it. Sure, you’ve probably got a much better chance of A-list actors taking your calls and reading your script. But the downside is, everyone’s gonna compare it to Mad Men. So, how do I think Are You Here compares to Mad Men?

Nah, that’s not what this is about at all. I tried really hard to judge Are You Here on its own terms and ignore the Mad Men connection. And now that I’ve seen Are You Here, I’m pretty sure Matt Weiner was determined to separate the two as much as possible as well. (more…)