Golden Exits (2017)

Golden Exits
Director: Alex Ross Perry
Writer: Alex Ross Perry
Cast: Emily Browning, Adam Horovitz, Mary-Louise Parker, Lily Rabe, Jason Schwartzman, Chloë Sevigny, Analeigh Tipton, Craig Butta, Keith Poulson
Seen on: 28.2.2019

Naomi (Emily Browning) has come alle the way from Australia to Brooklyn to work with archivist Nick (Adam Horovitz) who was hired by his sister-in-law Gwen (Mary-Louise Parker) to go through her recently deceased father’s belongings and catalogue them. Naomi’s arrival sparks the jealousy of Nick’s wife Alyssa (Chloë Sevigny) who had her mistrust of Nick proven many times. But Naomi is more interested in Buddy (Jason Schwartzman), a family friend who knew Naomi when she was a kid and has now promised her to show her a bit of the city. Buddy seems also interested in Naomi, but he is married to Jess (Analeigh Tipton) who shares her worries with her sister Sam (Lily Rabe) and vice versa.

At the beginning of Golden Exits, Naomi states that she would like to write stories about everyday people who don’t do anything exciting but are still interesting. That is very obviously the mission statement for this film. The result is pretty boring but in an unusual way – not a torturous kind of boring, but rather a bland kind..

The film poster showing drawings of the main characters in pairs, talking to each other. Every person is in two conversations, making a chain of conversations.
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My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea (2016)

My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea
Director: Dash Shaw
Writer: Dash Shaw
Cast: Jason SchwartzmanLena DunhamReggie WattsMaya RudolphSusan SarandonThomas Jay RyanAlex KarpovskyLouisa KrauseJohn Cameron MitchellMatthew MaherEmily DavisKeith Poulson
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 23.9.2017

Dash (Jason Schwartzman) is annoyed that his best friend Assaf (Reggie Watts) has started to date Verti (Maya Rudolph). This would be the biggest catastrophe of his life if it wasn’t for the earthquake that made the cliff his high school is built on crumble and float out into the sea where it’s slowly sinking. Now Dash, Assaf and Verti are joined by popular girl Mary (Lena Dunham) and Lunch Lady Lorraine (Susan Sarandon) as they try to reach the roof.

I liked the animation style of My Entire High School Is Sinking Into the Sea, but storywise I think it would have been better as a short film.

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Somebody Up There Likes Me (2012)

Somebody Up There Likes Me
Director: Bob Byington
Writer: Bob Byington
Cast: Keith Poulson, Jess Weixler, Nick Offerman, Stephanie Hunt, Marshall Bell, Kate Lyn Sheil, Jonathan Togo, Megan Mullally
Part of: Viennale

Max’s (Keith Poulson) life is slowly passing him by. He is still attached to his ex-wife (Kate Lyn Sheil) who is not really interested in him anymore. Just to get by, he works as a waiter in a restaurant with Sal (Nick Offerman), where he meets Lyla (Jess Weixler). Lyla and Max hit it off, at least at first. But as the years pass, things develop differently than planned.

Somebody Up There Likes Me has all the hallmarks of a mumblecore movie, which are usually really not my cup of tea (though they do tend to draw me in) – with one crucial distinction: it wasn’t necessary for me to like Max to like this film. And that makes it very enjoyable.

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