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[DVD Review] A Quiet Little Marriage

Deception and betrayal drives the plot of this Mo Perkins release entitled A Quiet Little Marriage. It centers around Dax (Cy Carter) and Olive (Mary Elizabeth Ellis), an attractive young couple whose disagreements in their marriage about children, drive them to commit grim deceptions.

A Quiet Little Marriage is essentially a crazy sitcom, minus the comedy. In this production, Perkins creates an interesting couple, who outwardly seem to have a great marriage. In the film's progression however, it becomes evident that their relationship is built on a bed of quicksand. In the script, it is not clear how long the couple dated before tying the knot, but it is clear they failed to discuss their differences beforehand. In a bedroom scene between the couple, when Olive brings up the possibility of having children, Dax brushes off the subject claiming that they had already discussed and dismissed the idea on their first and second date.
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Off Review: A Quiet Little Marriage

Off Review: A Quiet Little Marriage
I'm not sure if it's worse to see A Quiet Little Marriage if you haven't decided whether or not you want to have kids, or if you have. But as a provocative portrait of marital disharmony, Mo Perkins takes the idea of dissenting opinions about child-rearing to its ultimate, dramatic end in his feature directorial debut. Mary Elizabeth Ellis, probably best known as Charlie's crush object 'the waitress' on It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, plays a hopeful mother whose bid for a baby is scuttled when her husband's troubled family history prompts him to deny her plea for them to start a family.

Olive (Ellis) and Dax (Cy Carter) are happily married, but not without problems: her father Bruce (Michael O'Neill) suffers from Alzheimer's, and his brother Jackson (Jimmi Simpson) is at least a borderline alcoholic who comes around only when he needs money. After Bruce accidentally slugs a nurse
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Alex's Highlights From the 2009 Slamdance Film Festival

The Slamdance Film Festival, for those who don't know, is unofficially Sundance's little sister. It takes place the same week as Sundance in Park City, Utah and always features films that either didn't make it into Sundance or are a better fit for this fest. Last year, two films you might recognize, Jack Brooks and Dear Zachary, both premiered at Slamdance. This year, 29 films will be featured at the fest, 20 of which are part of their competition categories that are "strictly devoted to films without domestic theatrical distribution and budgets under $1 million, from first-time feature directors." You can find the full line-up of films playing this year on their site or we've featured a few highlights to keep an eye on below. A Quiet Little Marriage - Written/Directed by Mo Perkins Cast: Mary Elizabeth Ellis, Cy Carter, Jimmi Simpson. A loving young couple square off against each other in
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Slamdance fest lineup announced

The Slamdance competition is open only to under-$1 million budgeted films from first-time filmmakers and runs at the same time as Sundance (in Utah) to show a more truer "independent" film style. This year they've got some great looking films, including a sweet looking vampire flick which has the Karate Kid Ralph Macchio himself, Rosencantz and Guildenstern are Undead. I Sell the Dead which was well received at Tad will be opening the fest. Also playing will be The Broken Lizard's latest film The Slammin' Salmon, and Mum and Dad.

Checkout the full lineup after the break!

Narrative Feature Competition

The Ante

Max Perrier (Director), Danek S. Kaus, James Chancellor & Simon Perrier (Writers)

West Coast Premiere, Black Comedy/Thriller, 2006, Canada, 82 minutes

An innocent man becomes the killer everyone wants him to be when he gambles with his freedom in order to save it.

A Quiet Little Marriage

Mo Perkins (Director/Writer)

Utah Premiere,
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I Sell the Dead opens 15th Slamdance edition

[/link]’s black comedy horror film “I Sell the Dead” and the latest from the Broken Lizard clan are among the 29 films from first time filmmakers in both narrative and docu categories that have been announced for the 15th edition of the Slamdance. I’ve never really cared for the film fest, only because it simultaneously takes place during the Sundance film fest, but what I find really appealing this year is if you are a buyer looking to cut expenses this year you can download the entire fringe film fest from With the exclusion of the short film selections, the festival's four programming sections (Narrative Features, Documentaries, Special Screenings and Twilight Screenings) is listed below. Narrative Feature Competition The AnteMax Perrier (Director), Danek S. Kaus, James Chancellor & Simon Perrier (Writers) West Coast Premiere, Black Comedy/Thriller, 2006, Canada, 82 minutes An innocent man becomes the
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