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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Hey…I Know That Voice! Do You?

Hello everybody! For this week’s movie club, we watch the voice acting documentary I Know That Voice!

I KNOW THAT VOICE!

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DIRECTOR: Lawrence Shapiro

STARRING: Charlie Adler, Kevin Connolly, Mark Hamill, Chuck McCann, Pamela Segall Adlon, Kevin Conroy, Jim Hanks, Mary Elizabeth McGlynn, Dana Snydder, Carlos Alazraque

GENRE: Documentary

YEAR: 2013

COUNTRY: United States

I Know That Voice is unquestionably by and for actors, filled with career advice and tips on technique that will appeal to people looking to break into the business. The good news is that bloviating is kept to a minimum. Even the driest shop talk segments don’t last very long and benefit from the interviewees’ laid-back, collegial nature, a quality that many actors credit to relatively low profile of voice work.

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Animation enthusiasts will also appreciate the film’s many playful cul-de-sacs. Planted firmly at the heart of the film – though never hogging the spotlight – DiMaggio possesses an infectious enthusiasm. The best moments in I Know That Voice are ones that capture the joy of the profession, as when several actors relate how famous voices were born as failed impressions (Hank Azaria’s Simpsons bartender Moe is a bad Pacino, for example) or in a montage of actors reading a monologue from As You Like It as a succession of their most famous cartoon characters.

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Dozens of television channels are hungry for new animation for all ages. Foreign animation, especially from Japan, needing English dubbing, has seen a huge surge in popularity. Advancements in computer animation means that every major studio is pumping out family friendly features as quickly as they can approve the scripts. Low cost CGI also brings us more animated characters in traditional film and television than ever before. Last, but certainly not least, the enormous video game industry has a voracious appetite for acting talent. There isn’t a single uninteresting moment. Fans of film or film making will appreciate the frank discussions of the process and methods. Fans of animation or video gaming will be overwhelmed by the sheer volume of hot, liquid awesome.

PROS:

  • Impressive cast.
  • Talk segments well done.
  • Even touches on English dubbing.

CONS:

  • Didn’t stray far from the interview format.
  • Expand the cast just a bit.

SCORE: 6.5 / 10

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