Don’t you hate it when you finally get to the theater but end up wasting money on some lousy flick that wasn’t worth the hours spent watching it? NEVER AGAIN my friend, all thanks to the Julie Says So Top 8 Movies to See RIGHT NOW! There’s eight of them, so surely you can find one in there that’ll make you happy. Continue reading →
August is usually a rotten month for movies. It’s essentially a dumping ground for studios to unload their not-so-hot flicks right between the Summer Blockbusters and Oscar Season. That’s why I’m SHOCKED by all the fantastic films we have to choose from right now. If you DON’T normally go to the theater, you should change that now and I’ve made a handy list for you. Here are my Top 8 Movies to See RIGHT NOW:
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Don’t Think Twice is about an Improv Comedy Troupe that’s struggling to make it in New York City. That’s appropriate because I responded to it very much like I did the last Improv show I attended. I was apathetic and mildly annoyed with the first 10 minutes, but was laughing through tears and signing up for classes by the end.
Mike Birbiglia is the Writer-Director behind Don’t Think Twice, but he also stars as Miles. Miles is the driving force behind The Commune improv group, but he’s consistently overlooked when execs come seeking new talent. The rest of the troupe is played by recognizable faces like Keegan-Michael Key (Key & Peele) and Gillian Jacobs (Community). Kate Micucci, Tami Sagler and Chris Gethard also star but were new to me. That might be why I found them more believable as undiscovered comedians. They share an apartment and alternately support and harangue each other, while reaching for the brass ring of late night TV. It’s all pizza and bong hits until the group loses their theater AND one of their members to Weekend Live (an obvious hat-tip to Saturday Night Live). Continue reading →
Married couple Tim (Jake Johnson) and Lee (Rosemaire DeWitt) are staying at a friend’s mountain home when they discover a gun and what might be human remains buried nearby. Tim is intrigued and wants to dig further while Lee wants to put the gun back and forget they found anything. She leaves with their child for the weekend and Tim invites friends over to continue searching. Digging for Fire on the surface is about these mysterious bones, but underneath lies a serious study of marriage, aging and the ever present spectre of mortality.
Digging for Fire was directed by Joe Swanberg and co-written by he and Jake Johnson. The script was essentially a 3-page long outline so actors were required to improvise most of their dialogue. Swanberg is known for this style of movie-making but when it comes to a film like this, I think it works against him. This is a very personal story about spouses who have hit an unpleasant plateau. That said, they never register as people who’ve EVER been in love. Tim and Lee barely connect with each other and seem so focused on their own dissatisfaction that they never stop to think about the other. Instead, they barrel forward, making horrible and potentially marriage-killing choices. Continue reading →