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While we wait for various summer movie series to begin, Austin still has lots of interesting alternative film choices this week. And of course the summer blockbusters have begun and you already have your choice of the new movie with the Star Trek gang or the movie that released last week (and therefore is practically ancient) with the man in the iron suit.
Tickets are still available through the Austin Film Society website for Sunday's triple-feature of Before Sunrise, Before Sunset and the sneak peek of Before Midnight, with director Richard Linklater in attendance after the first movie.
On Tuesday, Violet Crown Cinema presents Holiday Road, a comedy in which 13 filmmakers each devote a short film to a different American holiday. Ut alum Todd Berger tackled January and October, and Austin's own Kelly Williams was a producer for this anthology.
If you're interested in young filmmakers, Afs presents the 2013 Film »
- Debbie Cerda
Maintaining the perfect public image, particularly with long-term friends who believe you have the perfect life, is an important goal many people set to maintain. Often times it takes a life altering, catastrophe event that forces people to publicly face the inevitable and admit their mistakes and shortcomings. Struggling to cope with such an sudden and unexpected change is the emotional conflict in the new comedy ‘It’s a Disaster.’ The characters in writer-director Todd Berger’s film are shocked to learn of the sudden impending nuclear Apocalypse that’s initiated during one of their routine gatherings. Facing their inevitable deaths is the main thing that truly makes them question their past actions [ Read More ]
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- Karen Benardello
A quirky comedy of manners about the last party you would ever want to attend. A great debut effort by Todd Berger (writer and director), this is one of the quirkiest comedies you will see. Four couples get together for a potluck Sunday Brunch to renew the ties that have made then friends. Sort of. Actually, the four couples would seem to have more in common with a dysfunctional family than with peers and school chums. The men seem only marginally attached to their wives and lovers and have little in common with each other. The women are in the same boat. The film starts out like Luis Buñuel.s .The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie,. with the ceremony of the »
- Ron Wilkinson
People have widely different ideas of how they would handle the end of the world. Some would utilize it as an opportunity to reflect amongst their love ones, while others would let their freak flag fly in a party of reckless abandon. Facing the reality of worldwide destruction is a common theme found in film. Some, like Armageddon, use universal disaster as a showcase for the capabilities of human bravery. Others, like 2012’s Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, use it as a philosophical dissection into the fatality of life. Todd Berger’s latest film It’s a Disaster takes an entirely different approach.
- Dan Clark
The dark and acerbic new comedy called It's a Disaster may seem like a strange film to be reviewing at a horror site, but after watching the film and deciding it felt like a bizarre mixture of The Last Supper (1996) and Right at Your Door (2007), we felt it was more than suitable for FEARnet readers. The specter of death does hover over this odd comedy of apocalyptic manners, which means it qualifies as horror "enough," but also... I just really liked It's a Disaster and the boss said, "Sure, review it but play up the 'end of the world' angle a bit."
Yes, that's right. It's a Disaster is an acidic farce about a Sunday brunch that's promptly interrupted by news of a nearby nuclear attack -- which means that a socially-awkward get-together is about to become the last meal this collection of four couples will ever eat. I leave »
- Scott Weinberg
It’s a Disaster
Directed & Written by Todd Berger
If that dead end Mayan calendar taught the world nothing else during the past few years, it did help us all to cozy up to the concept of complete annihilation. The subject became as familiar a part of our well-balanced small talk as the venerable (and very much related) institution of complaining about the weather. And familiarity, to paraphrase the sages, breeds satire. Todd Berger’s new comedy takes its cue from that cultural moment, serving up two of the most glaring symbols of the blasé existentialism of today’s comfortable classes – smirking indifference to the end times and the inevitably brittle weekend couples’ brunch – on a skewer.
There is no denying that the eight people we meet during the course of these proceedings (along with the pair of much-resented bruncheoners who never show up on time) are blatant archetypes. »
- David Fiore
An Incredible Mess: Todd Berger’s Apocalypse a Hilarious Gas
The end of days have never looked like a better time to spend with friends than they do in director Todd Berger’s latest film, a gleeful exploration of morbidity, It’s a Disaster. Obviously made on a scanty budget, this one setting comedic extravaganza seems all the better for its tight containment, featuring an exciting concept, a hellaciously dynamite screenplay, and a group of talented actors all obviously having a good time—you’ll wish, as they do, that an end weren’t in sight.
Four couples are about to converge for a semi-regular couples brunch at the home of Pete and Emma (Blaise Miller and Erinn Hayes). While nearly all of them have been friends for years, the Debbie Downer of the bunch, Tracy (Julia Stiles) is bringing her recent boyfriend, Glenn (David Cross), to meet her friends for the first time. »
- Nicholas Bell
A unique new multi-color band trailer for the upcoming black comedy ‘It’s A Disaster‘ has been released on Hulu. The trailer, which is technically labeled as red band and is intended for mature audiences, was cut by the film’s writer and director, Todd Berger. The trailer plays on the traditional types of film marketing, mixing the movie’s mature themes with humor. The quirky ensemble comedy follows four couples who meet for Sunday brunch, only to discover they’re stuck in a house together as the world may be about to end. ‘It’s A Disaster’ stars Julia Stiles, David Cross and America Ferrera. Independent film distributor Oscilloscope Laboratories is set to release [ Read More ]
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- Karen Benardello
Director: Todd Berger Title: It’s A Disaster Starring: Julia Stiles, America Ferrera, David Cross (TV’s ‘Arrested Development’), Rachel Boston (‘The Pill’), Blaise Miller (‘The Scencesters’), Erinn Hayes (TV’s ‘Children’s Hospital’), Jeff Grace (‘Super Zeroes’) and Kevin Brennan (‘The Lake House’) Maintaining the perfect public image, particularly with long-term friends who believe you have the perfect life, is an important goal many people set to maintain. Often times it takes a life altering, catastrophe event that forces people to publicly face the inevitable and admit their mistakes and shortcomings. Struggling to cope with such an sudden and unexpected change is the emotional conflict in the new comedy ‘It’s A Disaster.’ The [ Read More ]
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- Karen Benardello
A critical digest of the week’s latest U.S. theatrical releases. Where applicable, links to longer reviews have been provided.
Distributor: Warner Bros.
The Jackie Robinson who titled his 1972 autobiography “I Never Had It Made” — and meant it — is scarcely present in “42,” a relentlessly formulaic biopic that succeeds at transforming one of the most compelling sports narratives of the 20th century into a home run of hagiography. Thick with canned inspirationalism and heroic platitudes, but only occasionally pushing past the iconic to grapple with the real human drama of Robinson’s life, this personal passion project for Legendary Pictures chairman-ceo Thomas Tull should enjoy a decent first inning with audiences, but won’t surpass Robinson’s famed jersey number in box office millions.
— Scott Foundas
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- Variety Staff
Real time, one-setting films are a tricky feat to pull off, stumping even the most accomplished directors (have you seen “Carnage”?), but director Todd Berger does it with panache in his sophomore feature, a clever take on the apocalypse film, “It’s A Disaster.” Assembling a cast of eight actors in one house for a film that’s part relationship dramedy and part end-of-the-world movie, Berger keeps the setting fresh and the pace moving in a story that takes a humorous look at the problems, both epic and trivial, that threaten to ruin lives. Based on the rapturous response from the Los Angeles Film Festival audience we saw it with last summer, Berger and co. have succeeded in spades [ed. this is reprint of that festival review]. Tracy (Julia Stiles) and Glenn (David Cross) are on their third date, at a couples brunch with her friends, when not one but two disasters strike the party. One, their hosts »
- Katie Walsh
We last saw Julia Stiles in David O. Russell's sleeper hit "Silver Linings Playbook," although most of us remember her from her teen movies days when she starred in "10 Things I Hate About You" and "Save the Last Dance." Her latest offering, the hilarious end-of-days black comedy "It's a Disaster," has moved her into the indie film realm and affords her one of her best parts yet. In the ensemble comedy, written and directed by Todd Berger ("The Scenesters"), Stiles stars as the lone single gal in her group of friends, who shows up for couples brunch with a new date (a hilarious David Cross). The gathering takes a turn for the absurd when the group learns that outside the world's been subject to a widespread attack. All signals point to the end of the world. Stiles sat down with Indiewire's Managing Editor, Nigel M. Smith, for an Apple »
- Cristina A. Gonzalez
Julia Stiles has proven she can handle pretty much any genre. She ruled the teen rom-com scene with "10 Things I Hate About You" and "Save the Last Dance." She took action as Matt Damon's co-star in the fast-paced "Bourne" series. She was perfect as the horrified mother of one creepy kid named Damien in "The Omen." But now Stiles is taking on one genre she wasn't even aware existed: apocalypse comedies.
In her latest film, "It's a Disaster" directed by Todd Berger, available now in VOD and in theaters April 12, four couples meeting for Sunday brunch find themselves stranded together when they receive news that the world is ending. Stiles plays Tracy, a doctor who's introducing her new boyfriend Glen (David Cross) to her three best friends and their significant others. While her biggest initial fear is whether her friends will approve of her new beau, she soon realizes »
- Olivia Gall
For folks searching for a knee-slapping comedy about a group of unlikely friends who find strength in each other during the oncoming apocalypse, you will not find it in It's a Disaster. For those searching for a slow-paced, mildly amusing comedy where almost nothing of interest happens, Todd Berger's It's a Disaster is right up your alley.
The film has a fairly simple premise: eight characters with no chemistry gather for a monthly couples brunch and slowly realize that the world outside their bacon- scented house is coming to an end.
It's a Disaster has one set, and almost no external characters outside the main eight, making it so that the weight of the movie rests on the dialog between characters. But the dialog falls flat even with a cast led by David Cross, despite his uncanny ability to turn truly awful lines into comedy gold.
Maybe if the »
- Rachel Finley
In David Cross's new movie It’s a Disaster (available on demand and in limited release Friday), four couples are having a Sunday brunch when they learn that the end of the world is near. Vulture spoke to Cross about the project, the persuasive powers of his co-star America Ferrara, and the return of Arrested Development.The last time I interviewed you, you had a new book out, you were in love, and you seemed to be in a really good place. Now you’ve made a movie equating couple's brunch with the end of the world.I don’t know if it quite equates brunch with the end of the world. I wouldn’t say that. But the movie approaches people who have brunch in L.A. with a certain mocking tone.Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa. Where you getting L.A. from? Todd Berger [the writer/director] is part of the the Vacationeers, »
- Steve Marsh
I hesitate to write anything more than a vague review because this is the type of film that is best seen without knowing anything about it. It begins with Tracy (Julia Stiles), and Glenn (David Cross) arriving at Emma and Pete Mandrake's (Erinn Hayes and Blaise Miller, respectively) house for a couples' brunch. Tracy and Glenn have only recently started seeing each other, which is immediately apparent. However, the three other couples have been friends for a long time. This sets up a fantastic dynamic for both comedy and insightful character study. And, that's all I'm going to tell you about the story. This is a dramatic dark comedy. As mentioned in the interview I did with Todd Berger and David Cross (which you...
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Julia Stiles is in the middle of a pretty successful April. The New York-born actress has a new film, "It's a Disaster," arriving in limited release on April 12; the Oscar-winning "Silver Linings Playbook," in which Stiles played a supporting role, is out on Blu-ray on April 30; and her favorite baseball team, the New York Mets, has started the 2013 baseball season with an above .500 record.
"I like to reserve my judgement and excitement and don't even watch baseball until later in the season," Stiles, an avid Mets fan, told The Huffington Post during a recent interview. "I know that sounds like me not being a true fan, but I've had so many years of getting really excited about Jenrry Mejia or the other new prospects at the beginning of the season, and then, by September, you can wind up disappointed with the Mets."
At least Mets fans can tell themselves there's »
- Christopher Rosen
Perhaps the first great indie apocalypse potluck comedy, Todd Berger's It's a Disaster aces many of the fundamentals bobbled by too many of the films with which it shares DNA. Like dopey ol' Cloverfield, this opens with get-to-know-the-cast party scenes, in this case a sharply observed and performed couples' brunch, with a smart script and a thirty-ish ensemble so adept at taxonomizing these longtime friends' secret resentments, ritualized peculiarities, and variable degrees of adulthood that audiences will not find themselves impatient for the end times to hit. One guy (Jeff Grace) dashes about the house searching out the best wireless connection so that he can monitor an online comic-book auction; a woman (the funny Rachel Boston) shame-brags that she and her randy lov »
This is an edited reprint of our interview from the 2012 Los Angeles Film Festival. "It's a Disaster" opens on in New York and La on April 12th. It's currently available on VOD.Julia Stiles has had a long and varied career since her breakout role opposite Heath Ledger in "10 Things I Hate About You," the '90s high school adaptation of Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew." Since then she's been a Jason Bourne accomplice, danced with death on TV's "Dexter," delivered David Mamet dialogue on stage, and currently has a spate of new high profile film roles coming up. We caught up with the New Yorker on the phone on the eve of the world premiere of her latest flick, "It's a Disaster." "It's a Disaster" is the creative project of comedy troupe The Vacationeers (director Todd Berger and cast members/producers Kevin M. Brennan, Jeff Grace and Blaise Miller, »
- Katie Walsh
Playing like a comedic response to Chris Gorak's 2006 indie disaster fave Right At Your Door, director Todd Berger's It's A Disaster drops a regular brunch date between friends into the end of the world. With a talented cast including David Cross, Julia Stiles and America Ferrera this one is available on VOD right now with a limited theatrical run due to start on April 12. And we've got an exclusive clip to entice your attendance ... Eight friends meet for their monthly "couples brunch." But what starts as an impromptu therapy session / airing of domestic grievances takes a sudden, catastrophic turn when the city falls victim to a mysterious attack. Trapped in the house and unsure of their fates, these seemingly normal people...
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