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Australia’s Revelation Perth International Film Festival will be holding it’s explosive 15th annual edition on July 5-15 with one of it’s most jam-packed lineups yet.
One of the most special events that Revelation will be holding is July 14‘s retrospective of the films of Jeff Keen, the pioneering British underground filmmaker who very sadly just passed away on June 21. Keen’s work has been having a major resurgence lately and Revelation is the latest organization to so boldly feature his breathtaking experimental film work, from classics like 1967′s Marvo Movie to modern films like Artwar (1993) and Joy Thru Film (2000). This is absolutely an event not to be missed.
Another staggering event this year is a very special live presentation of Crispin Hellion Glover‘s notorious underground films What Is It? and It Is Fine! Everything Is Fine. (Click film titles for Bad Lit reviews!) These very »
- Mike Everleth
Actor, director, producer, screenwriter and father-to-be, Michael Knowles has his hands full—and blissfully so. With a laid-back demeanor, a healthy sense of humor and the occasional cigar, he wrote and directed the film adaptation of Douglas Light’s award-winning novel East Fifth Bliss. He navigates an artistic world that is truly indie, making films that he loves based on stories that he loves, and always—he insists—following his instincts. »
People often struggle to find their true purpose with life, and what paths they should be following, as they feel pressure to live up to other’s expectations. This is certainly the case with the title character in the new drama ‘The Trouble with Bliss,’ which is now playing in select theaters. In the Michael Knowles-directed and written film, 35-year-old Morris Bliss (played by Michal C. Hall) struggles to find his identity, as he’s unemployed and lives with his father, Seymour (portrayed by Peter Fonda). With his father looking at him in disdain, Morris finds himself in a sexual relationship with 18-year-old Stephanie Jouseski (played by Brie Larson), the daughter of [ Read More ] »
- Karen Benardello
Director Michael Knowles aptly delivers a lighthearted comedy sure to become an indie favorite. It is, however, refreshing that The Trouble With Bliss (based on Douglas Light’s novel, East Fifth Bliss) is told without the heavy-handed philosophical musing that so often accompanies smart, independent films. Set in New York City and centered on Morris Bliss (played by Dexter’s Michael C. Hall) and his extremely colorful (though thankfully, not too quirky) cast of family, friends and love interests, Knowles’s third feature film is about the hilariously complicated art of growing up . as a grownup. »
Think of Michael C. Hall‘s character in The Trouble with Bliss as similar to Jason Segel‘s creation in the recent Jeff, Who Lives at Home. Minus the stoner part, that is. And minus the semi-interesting philosophical bent, too. Morris Bliss (Hall) lives out of his father’s (Peter Fonda, who’s lazily asked save it all for one scene) New York City apartment, cuddled up in his cornered-in bedroom that has a map full of tick marks of all the places he’s never been to — but, you know, the ones he will obviously have been to once he gets past 40 and finally realizes that impulsive globe-hopping isn’t the best activity to save for the golden years.
Morris has no job, no motivations, and no interests. (Well, I guess he reads, because the opening scene shows us his impressive book collection. Never mind that it’s hardly referred to again. »
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People often struggle their entire lives to figure out who they really are, and what their true identity really is. This internal conflict is all to evident in the title character of filmmaker Michael Knowles' new comedy-drama, The Trouble With Bliss. Portrayed by Michael C. Hall, Morris Bliss is an emotionally stunted, unemployed man who has never fully gotten over his mother's death when he was a teenager. While dealing with problems many people would down up as juvenile, Morris realizes that the only person he has to please is himself.
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- Karen Benardello
When we first meet Morris Bliss (Michael C. Hall), he's in his bed enjoying some post-coital time with Stephanie (Brie Larson), a much younger high-school student. It's late in the afternoon and Morris is eager to usher Stephanie out of the house before his father Danny (Peter Fonda) comes home, but the attractive Stephanie knows that she wields the upper hand in the sexual dynamic and drags things out, peppering her middle aged lover with questions. We learn that he dreams of traveling to the places he's read about in books, with his destinations already pinned on a map. And through their banter, Morris is shocked to learn that Stephanie is actually the daughter of a former classmate. Now while ordinarily that might seem like a big deal, as we soon learn in "The Trouble With Bliss," Morris' "troubles" just really aren't all that serious.
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- Kevin Jagernauth
ComingSoon.net has your exclusive first look at a clip from The Trouble With Bliss featuring Michael C. Hall and Lucy Liu. You can watch the clip using the player below! In theaters and On Demand Friday, March 23rd, the Michael Knowles-directed film tells the story of 35-year-old Morris Bliss (Hall), who is clamped firmly in the jaws of New York City inertia. He wants to travel but has no money; he needs a job but has no prospects; and he still shares an apartment with his widowed father (Peter Fonda), who treats Morris with a mix of disdain and exasperation. When he finds himself juggling a bizarre relationship with the sexually precocious 18-year-old daughter (Brie Larson) of a former classmate and the advances of his very forward neighbor (Liu), Morris realizes that even though »
It’s not often that fans of Michael C. Hall get to see him outside of Dexter. This year will see the Golden Globe-winning actor leading The Trouble with Bliss juggling two relationships between the young Brie Larson and his neighbour in Lucy Liu.
The first trailer for the film has now debuted over at Apple, who also have the first poster, and it looks like great performances for the whole cast. The film is based on East Fifth Bliss, Douglas Light’s award-winning debut novel, and Michael Knowles directs from a script co-written by himself and Light.
“The Trouble With Bliss tells the story of 35-year-old Morris Bliss (Michael C. Hall), who is clamped firmly in the jaws of New York City inertia. He wants to travel but has no money; he needs a job but has no prospects; and he still shares an apartment with his widowed father »
- Kenji Lloyd
Following the poster debut, we’ve got the first trailer for the indie dramedy The Trouble with Bliss. Directed by Michael Knowles, the film stars Dexter himself, Michael C. Hall, as a man who embarks on relationship with a teenage daughter (Brie Larson) of a former classmate as well a neighbor (Lucy Liu). Also starring Chris Messina, the film took home the best narrative feature award at the San Diego Film Festival.
Hall can certainly hold his own on TV, but as for feature films he has mostly been relegated to supporting roles such as the eccentric villain in Gamer. While distribution doesn’t look to be substantial for this one, I always commend an actor trying to depart from what they are famous for. And having recently seen Larson in the hilarious 21 Jump Street, I’m also eager to see her career take off. Check out the trailer below via Apple. »
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Thanks to his work on both Six Feet Under and Dexter, Michael C. Hall has sadly never been much of a movie guy. While he's been a big name for over a decade now, he's only actually been in three movies, those titles being Paycheck, Gamer and Peep World. Fortunately, that number is soon to grow. The Trouble With Bliss, which premiered last year at the Newport Beach International Film Festival, is finally scheduled to arrive in theaters and with the news comes the first trailer. Adapted and directed by Michael Knowles, the film is based on the novel East Fifth Bliss by Douglas Light Watch the trailer below and head over to Apple to see it in HD. In addition to the trailer, Apple has also posted the first poster, which you can see right here: The story follows Morris Bliss (Hall), a man stuck in arrested development. While »
Variance Films has debuted a new trailer and poster for Michael Knowles‘ upcoming indy film The Trouble with Bliss, starring Michael C. Hall, Chris Messina, Brie Larson, Brad William Henke, Sarah Shahi, Peter Fonda, Lucy Liu. Morris Bliss (Hall) is a 35-year-old man-child who still lives at home but when he finds himself falling into a [...]
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- Allan Ford
I guess that’s that. After a title change battle, if this first theatrical poster is to be believed, Lockout (briefly known as Escape From M.S. One) is indeed Lockout. The Luc Besson-produced Taken/Escape From New York hybrid in space is seeing a release this spring and MTV has an orange-filled new poster. Starring Guy Pearce and Maggie Grace it certainly seems to be embracing its cheese factor, but it at least looks to be a good time judging from the trailer.
We’ve also got the first poster for a film I had previously little knowledge about, the indie The Trouble with Bliss. Directed by Michael Knowles, the film stars Dexter himself, Michael C. Hall, as a man who embarks on relationship with a teenage daughter (Brie Larson) of a former classmate as well a neighbor (Lucy Liu). The poster below via Collider is pretty lame in its plain nature, »
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Today, we're premiering the poster for Michael Knowles' upcoming film The Trouble with Bliss. The movie stars Michael C. Hall as Morris Bliss, a guy who begins breaking out his inert lifestyle by juggling relationships with the sexually precocious 18-year-old daughter (Brie Larson) of a former classmate and his very forward neighbor (Lucy Liu). It's an interesting poster in that you look at Hall and realize that his character probably isn't going to kill anyone. Hit the jump to check out the poster. The film also stars Chris Messina, Brad William Henke, Sarah Shahi, and Peter Fonda. The Trouble with Bliss hits VOD and theaters in New York City on March 23rd. The film opens in Los Angeles on March 30th. The Trouble With Bliss Distribution Company: Variance Films Release Date: March 23, 2012 (NYC/VOD) / March 30, 2012 (La) Directed by: Michael Knowles Produced by: John Ramos and John Will Written »
- Matt Goldberg
14 items from 2012
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