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Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Comic Mike Birbiglia has adapted his 2008 one-man show into a riveting, hilarious and clearly somewhat autobiographical venture that, at 81 minutes long, doesn’t outstay its welcome for even a second.
Sleepwalk with Me focuses on long-time couple Matt (Birbiglia) and Abby (Lauren Ambrose), who despite being together for almost a decade, still haven’t tied the knot. Matt is a comedian who works as a bartender to make ends meet, while struggling to light up comedy lounges with barely 10 minutes of sub-standard material. Abby, meanwhile, knows what she wants – to get married, and then have a baby – but doesn’t want to have to beg Matt for it.
The irony is that as Matt fesses up to the difficulties facing his relationship, his comic routine improves, as he begins to incorporate anecdotes about himself and Abby into his shtick. The opposition is clear; Matt’s career »
- Shaun Munro
Sleepwalk with Me, 2012
A burgeoning stand-up comedian struggles with the stress of a stalled career, a stale relationship, and the wild spurts of severe sleepwalking he is desperate to ignore.
As someone who suffers from a mild version of Rem Sleep Disorder, the idea of Sleepwalk with Me appealed. It tells the story of struggling stand-up comedian Matt Pandamiglio (writer/director Mike Birbiglia, who based the character on himself) who doesn’t have the confidence or material to make it big with his dream profession. Not only that, but he’s unsure about his relationship with long-time girlfriend Abby and he has started acting out his dreams.
Some people will tell you that using narration is a lazy form of script writing »
Director: Mike Birbiglia.
Running Time: 81 minutes.
Synopsis: An underachieving comedian, stressed out by his lack of work and his long-running relationship with his girlfriend, finds himself sleepwalking, leading to all manner of problems with his personal life.
A funny and poignant film about love, honesty and fulfilment (or lack of), Sleepwalk With Me tells the story of Matt (Mike Birbiglia), a budding comedian who lacks confidence and funny material, but has a great relationship with his girlfriend, Abby (played by Six Feet Under’s Lauren Ambrose). However, Matt has a sleepwalking problem; a disorder which is a catalyst for the events of the film, testing Matt’s commitment, responsibilities and relationships to breaking point.
Sleepwalk With Me boasts some fine comic performances from its cast, especially Birbiglia who has instant rapport with the audience from his opening address to camera. There are some great characters here, »
- Matt Dennis
The Sundance London Film and Music Festival returns to the capital this weekend and the lineup of film and music events looks to build on the solid foundation established last year.
It’s an exciting time for Independent film with the trailblazing success of the Sundance festival in Utah sparking off dozens of initiatives, the Raindance festival is a notable and vibrant example, and Sundance London is looking to do more than replicating the success of its American cousin.
When we reported on the lineup we singled out Michael Winterbottom’s The Look of Love, a biopic of self-styled King of Soho Paul Raymond, and Shane Carruth’s Upstream Color, his highly anticipated follow-up film to 2004′s Primer. However there are many more excellent films playing across the various strands and we wanted to shine our spotlight on some of the films to look forward to.
All the films playing »
- Jon Lyus
The Sundance Institute and London’s O2 venue announced this week the programme of panels, feature films and short films for the second Sundance London film and music festival which is schduled to run from the 25-28 April. The Sundance Institute, which annually presents the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, U.S.A., selected the film and panel programming, bringing its unique blend of indepedeant cinema and music to the heart of London. The programme continues its 2012 focus on presenting new work by independent filmmakers and exploring the interplay between independent film and music.
The programme announced today includes 18 feature films and nine short films across four sections, including a new UK Spotlight. Twenty-three films will make their international, European or UK premieres at Sundance London. Ten are by female filmmakers and six are by first-time feature filmmakers. The films collectively received 12 awards when they premiered at the »
At the end of April Sundance London returns to the O2 for another festival celebrating the best of independent film and music.
There is the same diverse range of films which made up the inaugural festival last year with a number of UK premieres including Lynn Shelton’s Touchy Feely, Shane Carruth’s Upstream Color and our first look at Steve Coogan in Film4′s The Look of Love.
The festival runs from the 25th to the 28th of April at London’s O2. We’ll be taking a more in depth look at the lineup up later in the week and this afternoon we have an exclusive interview with the festival directors.
Here’s the full line up of films, all the rest of the festival’s content (shorts, music and special events) can be found here at http://www.sundance-london.com which is also where you can buy tickets. »
- Jon Lyus
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White Collar holds a very dear place in my heart. It’s the show about which I first wrote for AfterEllen. So I love it in a perfect, first love, kind of way. That will probably never change but it doesn’t mean I don’t think they should use Agent Diana Berrigan a whole lot more. Because she hasn’t been featured heavily in the three episodes so far, I’m lumping them together to get you caught up on the show.
Family Business (4.11)
When last we left our heroes Neal had just discovered that mystery man “Sam” is actually his dad. We begin this part of the season with Neal confronting “Sam” about being his Papa. It turns out that “Sam” is actually James Bennett, who was once a corrupt cop in Washington, D.C. but who, in spite of confessing to the crime, »
"White Collar" returns with a new episode tonight (Jan. 22 at 10 p.m. Est on USA) and the final batch of episodes promise plenty of drama for our favorite con-man, Neal Caffrey (Matt Bomer) and his long-suffering partner in fighting crime, Peter Burke (Tim DeKay).
During a recent interview with Bomer, the star previewed a number of twists and turns in the remaining six episodes of "White Collar" Season 4: "Obviously, we're going to expound on the fact that Treat [Williams] is my father and what does that mean to Neal and who he is and where he's going? And a lot of tension ensues," Bomer said. "There's a whole web of deceit going on in the upper echelons of the FBI that they're trying to sort through, and it ends on an even more dramatic note."
To learn more about this "web of deceit," HuffPost TV sat down with "White Collar" creator, »
- The Huffington Post
On this week’s new episode of Mousterpiece Cinema, Gabe and Josh are joined once again by prolific pop-culture critic Keith Phipps to talk about a film focused on a boy whose life you might call quirky. You might call it strange. In fact, you could even call it…odd. (On that pun, we have no regrets.) Yes, this week, the show rights a wrong and finally discusses the late-summer family drama The Odd Life of Timothy Green, starring Joel Edgerton, Jennifer Garner, Cj Adams, and a slew of exceptionally talented character actors such as Dianne Wiest and James Rebhorn. Cast aside, did Gabe, Josh, and Keith actually enjoy this whimsical tale of how a married couple learns life lessons through their magical new son, or were they left cold by its attempted charms? And which of the three guys actually makes the “odd”-based pun on the show? (It »
- Josh Spiegel
By Allen Gardner
Killer Joe (Lionsgate) William Friedkin’s film of Tracy Letts’ off-Broadway hit about a family of Texas trailer park cretins (Emile Hirsch, Juno Temple, Thomas Haden Church, Gina Gershon) who hire a cop-cum-hitman (Matthew McConaughey) to take out their troublesome mother, then foolishly cross him, is a stinging satire, given double-barreled audacity by Friedkin’s sure, and fearless, directorial hand. Earning its Nc-17 rating in spades, “Killer Joe” reminds us that daring, frank material like this is why movies exist in the first place. McConaughey gives the performance of his career, hopefully redefined after this. Also available on Blu-ray disc. Bonuses: Featurettes; Commentary by Friendkin; Trailer. Widescreen. Dolby and DTS-hd 5.1 surround.
The Dark Knight Rises (Warner Bros.) Christopher Nolan’s coda to his “Batman” trilogy finds Christian Bale returning as a brooding Bruce Wayne/Caped Crusader, this time faced with a hulking villain (Tom Hardy) with respiratory »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
Going into last night's episode of The Good Wife, we knew one fabulous thing: Nick was gone. For good. He wouldn't be returning with either his school bully snarl or vulgar ice cream parlor antics. He was gone. Phew. Done. Thank God, right?
Well, yes. Except Nick's absence was also the only fabulous thing about last night's episode. In "Boom De Ya Da," Alicia reacquainted with an old nemesis, Diane Lockhart glared at Nathan Lane in over six ways, and Kalinda appeared for a quick minute to show us she was Nick-free Kalinda. Otherwise, the episode was a dull, almost nondescript regurgitation of the firm's familiar woes and Eli's familiar grimaces. I never want to feel sick of Eli's maniacal responses and pointy face. And here I am, mirroring his frown in a sad update of the Harpo-and-Lucy act. Noooooo.
Nonetheless, here are some provocative moments worth revisiting. Let's add 'em up. »
Chicago – Sometimes the best way for comics to find an ideal vehicle for their abilities is to direct it themselves. 2012 offered ample proof of that, with Louis C.K. and Lena Dunham setting a stupendously high bar for TV comedy with their respective self-made programs. Of course, “Louis” and “Girls” benefit greatly from the contributions of their first-rate ensembles, yet both are also driven by a singular vision.
I can’t imagine a better person to direct the adaptation of Mike Birbiglia’s 2008 one-man stage show than Birbiglia himself. He’s already proven in a series of bit roles (most notably in Lynn Shelton’s “Your Sister’s Sister” and on Dunham’s “Girls”) that he’s a master of awkward humor as excruciatingly funny as it is painfully authentic. His nonchalant mannerisms and seemingly offhanded line delivery are so believable that it frankly hurts to watch his alter ego bomb onstage, »
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12 items from 2013
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