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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

The Future

Q: What’s the movie about?

A: A very strange couple (Miranda July & Hamish Linklater) decide based on some convoluted logic that they only have one month to live-- really live-- so they quit their jobs and follow the Universe to a place that's unexpected, and not necessarily more pleasant than the lives they lead before.

Q: Who’s in the movie?

A: Miranda July, Hamish Linklater, David Warshofshky, Isabella Acres, Joe Putterlik, Angela Trimbur

Q: Is this movie worth the price of admission?

A: PhotobucketProceed with Caution. If you enjoyed Miranda July's first effort, Me, You, and Everyone We Know, then you should probably see this less sophisticated but equally as bizarre and intriguing second effort.

Q: Will this movie make me laugh?

A: You'll want to laugh at it, but you won't because you will know that they are in complete control of your mind-- even your desire to laugh at them is premeditated.

Q: Will this movie make me cry?

A: No, but it will make you crawl out of your skin every time you are forced to listen to the cat, Paw-Paw's narration of the events. I hated cats before, but this film, which in some ways revolves around the affection this couple plans to feel for this cat, only re-confirmed how disgusting they are.

Q: Will this movie be up for any awards?

A: Best Unintended Incest of the year. Miranda July and Hamish Linklater play soul mates, but they look like brother and sister, and I'm pretty sure they are. (Seriously, look at the picture.)

Q: How is the Acting?

A: Miranda July plays the voice of Paw-Paw, so I'm just gonna assume that she doesn't do voices. As herself, she's quite watchable, and almost looks like a poor-man's Vera Farmiga. Hamish Linklater, who I'd only known previously from The New Adventures of Old Christine, proves that he can commit to the off-beat without seeming out of sync.

Q: How is the Directing?

A: Miranda July has a performance art background, and it shows in no uncertain terms, that she is an artist, a risk taker, and one of the few distinct voices in filmmaking.

Q: How is the story/script?

A: July's voice is so strange and specific, in fact, that her dialogue makes Diablo Cody look like she's writing Kevin James films. But for as witty as her turn of phrase may be, her sense of story needs more development. The story is mind-boggling, up until the last third, when it runs out of steam, loses its direction, and makes you wonder if it ever had any in the first place. So you wait for the ending, in hopes that all will be explained, and then Miranda July simply gets bored of writing, and puts down her pen.

Q: Where can I see the trailer?

A: The Future Trailer

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ArtsBeatLA said...

woah - this movies sounds seriously sucky. great review - thanks for taking a bullet for us all.

In other news, I just iv'd Vera Farmiga for her new movie "Higher Ground" which she also directed.

Altho it's almost too hours long and quite slow and meandering, it's actually pretty well done and a real curiosity piece.

Looking forward to your review if you do see it.

Monique said...

Funny thing is I liked a lot about this movie, despite it having tons of problems and a very small audience appeal.

Funnier thing is your description of the Vera Farmiga movie makes that one sound really sucky to me, despite the fact that you sound like you liked it-- or at least were intrigued by it. lol!