Friday, August 16, 2013

Enlightened Pairings | Peanut Butter n' Chocolate, Tyler n' Eileen, Off-Putting n' Magnetic

I've been catching up on ENLIGHTENED this last week.

I'm only part way through the season, but - so far - I cannot.  even.  tell you.  how much I love Tyler (Mike White) and Eileen (Molly Shannon).

Both the characters and the actors.  Love 'em individually.  Love 'em together.  They're like Reese's Peanut Butter Cups.  Stand alone awesome, but together they're a whole other ballgame.

And, Mike White, with each project he seems to get better and better at crafting scenes that are equal parts uncomfortable and endearing.  I sometimes feel a twinge or a pang of something, something telling me to turn away, something wondering if I could or should dislike the characters, but I don't respond to it.  I can't bring myself to reject them when they're being so human, so vulnerable.  Love 'em.

Friday, August 2, 2013

DIY Double Feature | WIN WIN & PROMISED LAND | Losers & Assholes

Watch WIN WIN.


Or vice-versa.

Think about how not being an asshole is its own reward (and then some).

If this DIY Double Feature leads you to realize that you're an asshole right now, know that it's not permanent.  You can change if you want.

And if not being an asshole leads folks to look at you as though you're a loser, stand tall.
Integrity counts.

It just has to.

Released:  2011
Writer/Director:  Thomas McCarthy
Leads:  Paul Giamatti, Alex Shaffer, Bobby Cannavale, Amy Ryan
Plot summary and what not of WIN WIN @ Wikipedia

Released: 2012
Writers:  John Krasinski, Matt Damon
Director:  Gus Van Sant
Leads:  Matt Damon, John Krasinski, Frances McDormand
Plot summary and what not of PROMISED LAND @ Wikipedia.