In A World: Where Demetri Martin is Awkward and Hilarious

Hello everybody! For today’s movie club we have the hilarious voice actor comedy, In A World…

IN A WORLD…

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DIRECTOR: Lake Bell

STARRING: Lake Bell, Demetri Martin,Fred Melamed,Rob Corddry,Michaela Watkins,Ken Marino,Nick Offerman, Tig Notaro

GENRE: Comedy

YEAR: 2013

COUNTRY: United States

Don LaFontaine “The Voice” of trailers dies age 68. In the voice over world 5 voices make all the money, recording 60 trailers a week, sometimes 35 a day. Don is labelled as the voice of God in archival interview footage. TV interviews with Sam Sotto (Fred Melamed) and Gustav Warren (Ken Marino) about their memories of the late Don reveal the enormous ego and self promotion of Sam Sotto who sees himself as equal to Don and mentor to new voice Gustav, young heir to a fortune. The late Don intoned “In a world . . .” the first iconic trailer. Film producer Katherine Huling (Geena Davis) is making a quadrilogy female mutant Amazons tween chick flick. Competition for the trailer voice over is fierce.

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Better news still, Bell wrote and directed this gem. The actress proves to have a deeply funny, finely observed sense of subcultures. She’s admitted to being obsessed since she was a kid with the world of voice-over. She also displays a tartly compassionate feel for the human condition — be it achy or loopy, needy or arrogant.

Bell plays Carol Solomon, a vocal instructor and the younger daughter of Sam Sotto, one of Tinseltown’s legendary voice-over artists. Michaela Watkins is Carol’s older sis, Dani. She’s married to Moe (Rob Corddry) and works as a concierge at a lux L.A. hotel. A flirtation with a guest gives the comedy an affecting subplot.

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Despite the preponderance of jokes and gags and shtick-dependent characters, In a World… never becomes cloying or too cute. Nearly all the actors pop with well-defined personalities. After a long career as a character actor (seven Woody Allen films), Melamed broke out as a quasi-lead in the Coen brothers’ A Serious Man four years ago and formidably dominates here. The fast-talking Martin and Marino nab their share of laughs, while stand-up stalwart Tig Notaro is hilarious as a butch staffer at the recording studio.

PROS:

  • Main cast performance.
  • Subplot.
  • Strong direction.

CONS:

  • Some jokes fall flat.

SCORE: 9.0 / 10

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Robocop Trailer #2

Hello everybody!

Sorry no review today, but I wanted to see what your opinion was on this.

Here is the second trailer fro the remake of Robocop.

 

The Taking, a $14k Horror Film Made By The BAPartists

Hello everybody! Sorry I missed yesterday’s post, I have been so busy with too many other projects. I think I took on more than I could handle. Anyway a few days ago  I was contacted by The BAPartists (check out their youtube page here: http://goo.gl/6KGMOE) about their upcoming project The Taking. Here is my take on the film.

The Taking is a low budget horror film produced and shot by filmmaking duo Cezil Reed & Lydelle Jackson, who make up The BAPartists. The film looks great for such a meager budget of $14k, if I wasn’t a poor film critic I would give them much more just to make the film even more awesome. The film’s production value looks especially great since it was all shot during the day and on the Canon 5D Mark II. That is a great piece of equipment.

Here is a brief plot synopsis from the film’s website:

“The Taking is a cinematic experience of light and sound. It’s a film made with balls and intellectual muscle. In this film you will discover horrific art told via grisly images and two tales of woe…

The experience begins with Carl who seeks to murder his best friend and adulterous fiancé. Unexpectedly, he awakens in a wooded wasteland. He has no idea as to where he is or how he got there. A sinister family now holds him captive along with another victim named Jade. They’re subjected to arcane rituals and are left tied to a tree for several days.

When Carl looks back on their grisly experience in the forest, he comes to the realization that they’re not just in the woods; rather, they are in a place where people go to fight the vices living inside of them. The losing of this fight is something far worse than death; it’s the utter damnation of one’s very soul.”

What I was surprised to find out that after a mere six months of the end of production The Bapartists were able to secure international and domestic funding for The Taking. For an independent film that is quite impressive. You can read more about their distribution here: http://goo.gl/lyfWwC

The Taking has already premiered at four international film festivals so far. The Taking will be screened at the Sitges International Film Festival 2013 in October 2013. Just to give you an idea of what the film looks like, here is a nice little screenshot for you:

You can also check out the trailer below:

 

For more information, check out the film’s main site: http://thetakingmovie.com/