DIRECTOR - The Duplass Brothers
Jay Duplass, along with his brother Mark, first made a name for himself writing and directing several award-winning short films. His first feature film was the Sundance 2005 breakout hit "The Puffy Chair," which went on to win the Audience Award at SXSW and receive two Independent Spirit Award nominations.
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This Is John 2003, Unrated)
Scrapple 2004, Unrated)
The Intervention 2005, Unrated)
I'm sure The Intervention looked good on paper but having been to film school I have to say I've seen this type of film hundreds of times. Neither of those times did I enjoy it. Although the casual way it is filmed lends itself well, a more classical fixed frame would have made it even more painful.
The Puffy Chair 2004, R)
The mid 2000's was awash with these 'real life' American indie drama/comedies and most of them annoyed me immensely. This was one of them. The premise was fine, yes not all your dreams come true and reality can hit quite hard sometimes but this attempt at explaining this, with a 'Fuffy chair' being a central prop, does not make it any better or tell us anything we don't already know or help in any kind of way. Exploration of the painfully obvious and dreadfully dull, watch only if you have all the time in the world at your disposal.
Baghead 2008, R)
Cyrus 2010, R)
Cyrus's production is totally misleading. I'm guessing many people were disappointed that instead of getting a low-brow dumb comedy they actually got something tender and quite lovely. It's more drama than comedy, it's the cringe factor that confuses the mind that it is something funny when really it's just uncomfortably odd. A very pleasant surprise, as I was expecting a stupid Step-Brothers type comedy, with few laughs. I may not have got the laughs but I thought it was brilliant writing. How a film can have a grown up man boy as the central character and still be really romantic is down to the good script and good performances.
Slacker 2011 2011, Unrated)
Jeff Who Lives at Home 2012, R)
Jeff, Who Lives at Home is my first encounter with the brothers Duplass of which I'd heard nothing but good things. I was a little bit disappointed. I liked the story, I just didn't find it particularly funny - I'd heard that the Duplass Brothers were hilarious. I also didn't think Jason Segel was on his usual top form, I also almost didn't recognise Ed Helms either, he's not the funniest man on the planet but he is so much better in the Hangover films. All this said, the ending of this film really does make up for a lot of the questionable beginnings, it did make it worth the effort but I'm still not sure what all the hype is about.
Kevin 2011, Unrated)
The Do-Deca-Pentathlon 2012, R)