8 items from 2017
Humans. Such a savage tribe. Complex beings who view heartwarming triumphs and delusional meltdowns with the same excitement. Life deals a bum hand now and again, which we like to see in our movies – something Janicza Bravo’s Lemon understands. A quirky, deadpan descent into emotional abandonment that tears one man apart day by day. Arthouse to the core, but with detrimental and divisive results. You can only endure so many jump-away cuts and vapid characters before dialogue becomes Charlie-Brown-teacher monotone. “Wah wah, wah wah,” cut to thrown cake. “Wah wah,” enter Megan Mullally. A formula always followed by the same question – “Why?”
Brett Gelman stars as Isaac, whose blind wife of 10 years just walked out for good. At the same time, his star theater pupil Alex (Michael Cera) is leaving for a major motion picture filming in Denmark. It doesn’t help that his agent (played by Jeff Garlin »
- Matt Donato
“Twin Peaks” is providing plenty of summer weirdness on the small screen, but if you’re looking for something oddball at the cinema, put “Lemon” on your list. The new comedy from director Janicza Bravo premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, and now the distinct flavor is gearing up to get out in the world.
The ensemble includes Brett Gelman (who co-wrote the film), Judy Greer, Michael Cera, Shiri Appleby, Fred Melamed, Rhea Perlman, David Paymer, Gillian Jacobs, Jon Daly, Martin Starr, Megan Mullally, Jeff Garlin, Elizabeth De Razzo, Marla Gibbs, and Nia Long in this story of a 40 year-old man grappling with a severe mid-life crisis.
- Kevin Jagernauth
Review by Mark Longden
The Pickle Recipe Screens Wednesday, June 7, at 1 Pm, Plaza Frontenac Cinema
The St Louis Jewish Film Festival is now in its 22nd year, and it’s to be commended for bringing so many interesting and stimulating movies to us here in the Midwest. This year has documentaries, dramas, and plenty of comedy too, of which The Pickle Recipe is perhaps the standout.
First up, in case you’re wondering about bias, I love Jon Dore. His Canadian show, a forerunner to “Inside Amy Schumer” (which he guested on), a mix of sketches, standup and interviews with interesting people, was brilliant, and since then he’s appeared in lots of movies and shows and is always hilarious. Here, he’s Joey, a musician / party organiser, who specialises in mitzvahs (both bar and bat), who seems to genuinely love his work.
But, a happy chap doing his job »
- Movie Geeks
Mark Harrison May 19, 2017
If you haven't caught up yet, Their Finest is currently playing in UK cinemas and it's a gorgeous little love letter to perseverance through storytelling, set against the backdrop of a film production office at the British Ministry of Information during the Second World War. Based on Lissa Evans' novel, Gemma Arterton and Bill Nighy play characters whose access to the film industry has been contingent on the global crisis that takes other young men away from such trifling matters, and it's a real joy to watch.
Among other things, the film got us thinking about other films about making films. We're not talking about documentaries, even though Hearts Of Darkness, the documentary about the making of Apocalypse Now, may be the greatest film about »
10 March 2017 3:25 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
The film, written by Bravo and Brett Gelman, will be released later this year. It screens next at SXSW.
Lemon follows Isaac Lachman (Gelman), a 40-year-old man immobilized by the mediocrity in his life. His career is going nowhere, his girlfriend of 10 years is leaving him, and his family is overbearing. Isaac once had big dreams, but now just watches his life unravel.
- Ashley Lee
Bravo co-wrote the screenplay with actor and husband, actor and comedian Brett Gelman, who also stars in the film. “Lemon” had its world premiere at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and opened the International Film Festival Rotterdam.
The film follows Isaac Lachman (Gelman), a 40-year-old man crippled by the mediocrity in his life. He has hit the wall in his career, his girlfriend of ten years is leaving him, his family is overbearing, so he idly watches as his once dream-filled life begins to deteriorate.
Film Review: ‘Lemon’
Bravo first came into the indie »
- Sarah Ahern
Ahead of its screenings at this week’s SXSW Film Festival, Magnolia Pictures has acquired North American rights to “Lemon,” the feature directorial debut of Janicza Bravo. Bravo also co-wrote the screenplay with actor Brett Gelman (Gelman also stars in the film and is Bravo’s husband). The film bowed back in January at the Sundance Film Festival and then went on to screen at the International Film Festival Rotterdam.
Per the film’s official synopsis, it “follows Isaac Lachman (Gelman), a 40-year-old man immobilized by the mediocrity in his life. His career is going nowhere, his girlfriend of ten years (Greer) is leaving him and his family is overbearing. Isaac once had big dreams, but now just watches his life unravel.”
- Kate Erbland
To say that “Lemon” is quirky would be like saying that a lemon is yellow: It’s the nature of the object. The film’s entire raison d’être is to be as quirky and anomalous and avant-weird as possible. Mission accomplished. It’s fair to ask, though: To what end? “Lemon” is the year’s breakout buzz film from the Next section of Sundance, which is all about the cutting edge (it also just kicked off the International Film Festival Rotterdam), but let’s be clear: You could program this movie in 100 specialty theaters and market it with an advertising budget of $5 million, and it’s still doubtful that many people would show up. Not because the film is “too strange,” but because it’s so hermetically coy and self-conscious.
“Lemon” is a comedy of miserablism that keeps poking you in the ribs — and, quite often, fails to hit »
- Owen Gleiberman
8 items from 2017
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