Tuesday, June 29, 2010
The Duplass Bros are great at winding a simple domestic situation extremely tight and filling it with comedic tension. It’s the same approach Lynn Shelton used in her “Humpday”, with Mark Duplass in the leading acting role. There looks to be forming quite an impressive little indie cadre right now on the margins of American film. See this one by all means. While it’s one of only 3 or 4 films I’ve seen in the theaters in 2010, it’s absolutely the best.
** I wanted to make a small observation about Hollywood actresses who allow themselves to age naturally, as the stunningly beautiful Keener and Tomei have. First, it’s depressingly rare. Second, and I’ll say this only once – plastic surgery horrifies far more men than society might have you believe. I feel for any woman who thinks it’s attractive to lift, pull and yank her skin into something that every one of us can see from forty paces is fake, fake, fake. I instantly lose respect for her, and find her less attractive than I might otherwise have. No one enjoys getting older and losing their visible youth and vitality, yet those women who show comfort, acceptance and peace with the aging process have a certain radiance that is readily visible. I was shocked at seeing both these women in this film actually looking like the 51 (Keener) and 45 (Tomei) that they are, because it seems that in Hollywood that’s really not allowed any more.