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As 2012 comes to a close, you're sure to see a lot of Top 10 lists. On my own personal list, lingering somewhere in the top 4, is comedian Mike Birbiglia's acting and directorial debut Sleepwalk with Me. Based on his popular stage show and best selling book, the story recounts his bouts of sever sleepwalking, which interrupt his career and his relationships. It's a hilarious and poignant look at one man's attempts to get his life in order, and we love it!
After a brisk theatrical jaunt that was overwhelmingly successful, Sleepwalk with Me made its debut on Blu-ray and DVD this past week. To celebrate the release, we caught up with Mike to chat him up about his first foray into cinema and what it means for his career going forward.
Will we see more films from this talented young comedian? »
2012 has been a year of hits and misses. We finally saw The Avengers assemble on the big screen. We saw Christopher Nolan conclude one of the most revered trilogies of recent memory in The Dark Knight Rises. We even saw Abraham Lincoln come to life before our eyes.
While these blockbusters were enough to quell that insatiable thirst for films of a rather epic scope, we must not forget those that aren’t as popular. They are the underdogs. They come in and leave quietly, but not before making an enormous impression on the smaller audiences that consume them.
Since this awards season is in full swing and the notables are taking up all the trade space, let’s raise a glass and toast the films that aren’t being talked about (regrettably). Here they are, my pick of five films that get a much deserved honorable mention.
5. Pitch Perfect »
- Damen Norton
Title: Sleepwalk With Me Directed by: Mike Birbiglia, Seth Barrish Starring: Mike Birbiglia, Lauren Ambrose, Carol Kane, Marc Maron, Kristen Schaal, David Wain and James Rebhorn Running time: 90 minutes, Rated PG-13, Available on DVD Special Features: Q&A with Ira Glass & Mike Birbiglia moderated by Joss Whedon at the Writers Guild. Foundation, Making Of, Outtakes, Behind the Scenes Shorts, Trailer, Commentary with Mike Birbiglia & Ira Glass Stand-up comedian Mike Birbiglia wrote, co-directed and stars as Matt, (a character based on Birbiglia) a man going through pressures of a budding stand-up career, his girlfriend of 8 years wanting to get married and his dangerous battle with sleepwalking that he [ Read More ]
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Marking a potentially monumental pivot point in his already eclectic career, stand-up comedian turned actor/director/producer/screenwriter Mike Birbiglia has taken his personal tale of failed relationships, comedic development, and serious sleep disorders from the stage to the page and finally to the big screen. The conversion between mediums is flawless, gaining a variety of story expanding tricks this time around that can only come with the visual format. Sleepwalk With Me, winner of the Audience Award at Sundance last year, aches with the anxieties of long term relationship commitment and the struggles of a fledgling comedian while Birbiglia wittily breaks character to orate his tale directly to the audience a la Woody Allen in Annie Hall.
In order to avoid misrepresentation of the people in his life, Birbiglia’s story has been marginally fictionalized. Mike is now Matt , but they are one and the same. To everyone but him, »
- Jordan M. Smith
First it was an off-Broadway show, and then it was a best-selling book. Now, Mike Birbiglia's critically acclaimed Sleepwalk with Me is also a movie, and it arrives on Blu-ray and DVD this Tuesday, December 18th. This semi-autobiographical story follows an aspiring stand-up who fails to express his true feelings about his girlfriend and his stalled career, and soon finds his anxiety coming out in increasingly funny and dangerous sleepwalking incidents. To celebrate its release, which will also be available on SundanceNow (clickHere) and VOD and digital outlets such as iTunes, Amazon Streaming, PS3 Playstation Unlimited, Xbox Zune, Google Play and YouTube, we have an exclusive featurette.
On Set with Dr. Dement explores the film through the real Dr. William Charles Dement's point of view. Dr. Dement is a pioneering lead sleep researcher and founder of the world's first sleep laboratory at Stanford University. Watch as Mike Birbiglia introduces the doctor, »
Jennifer Aniston has clued into the benefits of starring alongside a dazzling comedic ensemble over the last few years, starting with 2011's Horrible Bosses (Kevin Spacey, Colin Farrell, Jason Bateman, Jamie Foxx, Jason Sudeikis) and 2012's Wanderlust (Paul Rudd, Alan Alda, Justin Theroux, Malin Akerman, Ken Marino, Lauren Ambrose). For her next film, Aniston is once again starring alongside an array of amazing actors in 2013's We're The Millers.
Video - Aniston Sheds Tears Over Engagement
Co-starring Jason Sudeikis, Emma Roberts, Nick Offerman, Kathryn Hahn and Ed Helms, We're The Millers tells the story of David Burke (Sudeikis), a small-time pot dealer who is forced to work for a major cartel and import a massive shipment of drugs from Mexico.
Video Flashback - Aniston Wins An Emmy in 2002
In order to make it across the border, David enlists the help of his neighbors: cynical stripper Rose (Aniston) and tatted teen Casey (Roberts) to pretend to be one »
Happy Birthday Peter Facinelli!While he's known for playing blonde vampire patriarch Carlisle Cullen in the "Twilight" flicks now, Pete's former claim to fame was the role of Mike Dexter, the jock who dumped Jennifer Love Hewitt in "Can't Hardly Wait."And to celebrate Facinelli's 39th birthday, we're taking a look back at that movie's killer cast -- and seeing what they all look like now.The high school graduation film was released in 1998 and was chock-full of up-and-coming talent.Hewitt, Facinelli, Ethan Embry, Lauren Ambrose and Seth Green all starred in the flick, while people like Selma Blair, Jason Segel, Donald Faison, Jerry O'Connell, Jenna Elfman and Melissa Joan Hart all appeared in minor roles.But how have they changed in the past 14 years? Check out the gallery above! Read more »
- tooFab Staff
In a world where politicians have become vilified and demonised, with corruption seemingly pouring out of every pore of governments across the globe, Grassroots couldn’t be a more timely release. Based on a true events, this “David vs Goliath” tale is the story of journalist Phil Campbell (Biggs) who, being fired from his job, reluctantly agrees to help his oddball friend, Grant Cogswell (Moore), in his bid to earn a seat on the Seattle City Council. Despite overwhelming odds, Cogswell’s crazy campaign gains momentum and he becomes a legitimate opponent to incumbent councillor Richard McIver (Cedric the Entertainer).
Day three of the 21st Annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival promises more great films and an appearance at the Hi-Pointe by director Joe Dante. And there are still 8 days to go!
Sliff’s main venues are the the Hi-Pointe Theatre, Tivoli Theatre, Plaza Frontenac Cinema, Webster University’s Winifred Moore Auditorium, Washington University’s Brown Hall Auditorium and the Wildey Theatre in Edwardsville, Il
The entire schedule for the 21st Annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival be found Here.
Here is what will be screening at The 21st Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival today, Saturday, November 10th
Director Jennifer Lynch
A Fall From Grace Program is at 11:00 am at the Tivoli Theatre – A Free Event Sliff guest Jennifer Lynch (Chained.) has plans to shoot her next film, A Fall from Grace, in St. Louis. Post-Dispatch film critic Joe Williams leads a »
- Tom Stockman
Affleck's rehabilitation is complete thanks to this unlikely-but-true collision of Hollywood sci-fi and Iranian politics. It looks and feels like a lost 1970s thriller, with perfect retro styling and slow-burning tension, all nicely undercut by a CIA agent's crazy plan to use a Star Wars knock-off to spirit Americans out of revolutionary Tehran. A fake 70s thriller about a fake 70s sci-fi, based on a real story – what's not to like?
More audacious but coolly deadpan oddness from the Dogtooth director, this time following a secretive group who provide a surreal service for grieving relatives. The world's a stage, Lanthimos hints, »
- Steve Rose
Review by Dana Jung
For anyone who has visited a Disney theme park and ridden their fabulous monorail system, the new film Grassroots will have a nice resonance. Based on the “mostly true” account of the Seattle, Washington city council race in 2001, Grassroots uses the symbolic image of a clean-energy, aesthetically pleasing mass transportation system to explore the themes of passion for a cause, the state of post-9/11 politics, and the forces that impact social change.
Phil Campbell (Jason Biggs) is a struggling young journalist on the verge: on the verge of landing a dream job, on the verge of taking the relationship with his girlfriend (Lauren Ambrose) to the next level, on the verge of moving out of the older house where he has several roommates to make ends meet. In between jobs, Phil half-heartedly agrees to help manage the campaign his friend Grant (Joel David Moore) is intent on running for city council. »
- Movie Geeks
It’s not the best interpretation of Robin Cook’s novel of the same name, and it likely won’t be the last, but it’s also fair to say that the two-part miniseries Coma, produced by Ridley Scott and the late Tony Scott, is neither the best nor worst of the adaptations. Even though the story shoots itself in the foot by throwing in unnecessary conflicts to keep things “thrilling”, it’s never short on talent like Richard Dreyfuss, Geena Davis, or James Woods to help pad out a weak leading lady in Lauren Ambrose. If you can overlook a few glaring plotholes and oversights, Coma holds itself together just long enough to make it to the ending, but the twist broadcasts itself far sooner than it needs to (unlike many of its predecessors).
- Lex Walker
Directed by Stephen Gyllenhaal.
An unemployed journalist decides to help his eccentric friend run for a seat on the Seattle city council while also trying to keep his relationship with his girlfriend together.
In this age of politicians garnering insults about expenses, philandering and, perhaps more suitable, talking about the 47% and the like, Grassroots comes at a time where it can most capitalise on peoples’ feelings towards mayors, ministers and other misers. It’s colourful, sugar covered sheen ensures our heroes, Phil (Biggs) and Grant (Moore), are the ones to root for. When better to root for two down on their luck oddballs than when politicians everywhere (especially the ones up for election soon in a mostly unknown country across the Atlantic) are under intense scrutiny?
This cynicism disguised as sincerity is confronted as Grant, »
Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
It’s about time that Jason Biggs (American Pie) and Joel David Moore (Avatar) got a worthy vehicle of their own; it’s just a shame the underwhelming Grassroots, despite an enticing premise, doesn’t give them a whole lot to work with. Set in Seattle in 2001, writer Phil Campbell (Biggs) is fired from a freesheet newspaper, and decides to become the campaign manager for his pal Grant Cogswell (Moore), who is standing against long-time incumbent Richard McIver (Cedric the Entertainer) in the City Council elections. Slowly but surely, Cogswell’s campaign gains momentum, seeming to prove a legitimate risk to McIver’s office.
What perhaps strikes us most about Stephen Gyllenhaal’s (father of Maggie and Jake) film is how low the gag-o-meter is, and that’s because, really, Grassroots is not much of a comedy. Blame either the script or the marketing department’s »
- Shaun Munro
Fans of Mike Birbiglia’s stand up and of his appearances on This American Life will already be familiar with some of Sleepwalk with Me’s material. The film follows aspiring stand up comedian Matt Pandamiglio (a thinly disguised version of himself) as he struggles with a dead end job, difficulties with his comedy and a relationship that has reached a plateau. If that wasn’t enough, he suddenly, for the first time in his life, begins to sleepwalk. He soon discovers that he may be suffering from Rapid Eye Movement Behaviour Disorder. This extremely rare condition causes him to act out whatever he is dreaming about with dire consequences to himself and others. At one point, the condition leads him to jump out of a hotel window.
Familiarity with Birbiglia’s comedy neither »
- Laura Holtebrinck
Comedian Mike Birbiglia crosses over into the world of film with his semi-autobiographical comedy Sleepwalk with Me. The film follows struggling comedian/bartender Matt Pandamiglio as he deals with confusing dreams and sleepwalking as poking relationship stresses start weighing down his life. The more Matt stresses over marriage and life-long commitment the more his sleeping becomes erratic and the more his life as a comedian gets brighter and brighter. Sleepwalk with Me is charming and funny and shows promise for Birbiglia as a filmmaker.
Matt Pandamiglio (Mike Birbiglia) is a bartender with dreams of becoming a comedian. He does five minutes here and there between serving drinks and cleaning up puke in the bathroom. His career is at a standstill and he needs to do something to shake himself out of this life-living coma.
His relationship isn’t doing much better, with his girlfriend Abby (Lauren Ambrose) of eight years »
- Jeremy Lebens
Here’s a phrase we don’t get to hear much these days : this film is based on a radio program. Back in Hollywood’s Golden Age, radio was as much a source for feature films as television, novels, comic books, and video games are today. True, last year’s The Green Hornet and next year’s The Lone Ranger started as 1930′s radio shows, but most folks are familiar with their TV incarnations. And you could say that the autobiographical Private Parts had its basis in radio as does the Howard Stern best seller. Well, Sleepwalk With Me began as a popular true story told by stand-up comic Mike Birbiglia on NPR’s ” This American Life” hosted by Ira Glass ( who co-wrote the screenplay ). So we could say that it’s a movie about stand-up following films ( in comic jargon they’d be the warm-ups ) going back to Lenny, »
- Jim Batts
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
“Sleepwalk With Me” may not have been a film that you have heard of, but it’s certainly one you should be looking into. It’s one of those gems that can so easily fall through the cracks if the right people don’t talk it up and get it around. This is comedian Mike Birbiglia’s feature film debut as a writer/director/star, and it’s absolutely great. As someone who is only vaguely familiar with some of Birbiglia’s stand up routine, I can’t say how much of this film comes directly from his off Broadway show of the same name or his memoir which also shares the title “Sleepwalk With Me.” All I’m familiar with is the film itself and some of its influences.
Right off the bat, it’s clear that Birbiglia has a little Woody Allen in him. »
- Tom Knoblauch
Based on the Bestselling Novel by Robin Cook
Coming to DVD October 30th
An all-star cast headlines the hit, suspenseful sci-fi miniseries Coma, debuting on DVD October 30th from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The film is a chilling, four-hour, modern-day retelling of The New York Times bestselling novel by Robin… More »
We’ve got questions, and you’ve (maybe) got answers! With another week of TV gone by, we’re lobbing queries left and right about shows including Doctor Who, Breaking Bad, Covert Affairs and General Hospital!
1 | Is too late to give America’s Next Top Model another makeover and bring back the Jays and Nigel? And while we’re at it, how about getting rid of the pointless viewer vote?
2 | Would any Doctor Who fans have been curious to hear Oswin flirt with Rory using her robotic Dalek voice?
3 | What surprised you more about Breaking Bad‘s midseason finale: that »
- Team TVLine
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