Bass Ackwards (2010)
Hard-working Los Angeles attorney Nick (Duplass) isn’t thrilled to learn that his older brother, Conrad (Phillips), is coming to town for a visit on typically short notice. After the obligatory
Gist: Nick Morgan is a successful lawyer who’s devoted to his wife and young son. His adopted brother Conrad is a wayward soul who shows up in Los Angeles unannounced. Although the brothers have never gotten along too well, Nick decides to show his brother around town. But as it turns out,
Director: J. Davis
Writer(s): J. Davis
Producer(s): Steve Bannatyne, Eric Blyler, J. Davis, J.M. Logan, Josh Polon, Alexandra Sandler
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
Cast: Jay Duplass, Linas Phillips, Leonora Pitts
Among the newbie additions to the extended family of collaborators and conspirators related to the Duplass Bros., J. Davis’ previous cred was as the Kevin – the Jay Duplass directed short docu project. Davis and Duplass re-team on a funny bone project that could easily target next year’s Sundance-sxsw festivals as it has the girth of a film that was helped out with kickstarter coin and without much else (see co-star Bass Ackwards‘ creator Linas Phillips speak from the heart). on paper, the sharply titled Manson Family Vacation is the sort of perfect trifecta indie comedy as it includes: a. modes of transportation, b. confused souls in unique backdrops and c. family bonding.
Gist: Written by Mark Heyman and Johnson, Wiig and Hader play estranged twins Maggie and Milo, who coincidentally cheat death on the same day, prompting them to reunite and confront how their lives went so wrong. For Maggie, that means re-examining her marriage to sweet “nature frat boy” Lance (Wilson
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Brothers Mark Duplass and Jay Duplass are responsible for movies like The Puffy Chair, and Baghead, and they're back at Sundance with their new film Cyrus. However, they're also here as producers on The Freebie (directed by Mark's wife Katie Aselton), on Bass Ackwards, and on Lovers of Hate, directed by their friend Brian Poyser. So they've virtually transformed themselves into a mini-major on their own, directing their own films and helping others get theirs made.
But it hasn't gone to their heads. Which is very lucky, because it means they're still fans of Cinematical. Once you get to superstar Scorsese-level, who has time for film blogs? We talked to Mark & Jay at Sundance, and you can watch the video interview after the jump. They talk about Jonah Hill (who is impressive in this movie, which has as much drama as
In the film, Phillips plays a version of himself, named Linus. He's an affable loser, living on an air mattress in his friends' study, finding pick-up work as a wedding videographer, and having an affair with Georgia (Davie-Blue), a married woman who can't quite requite the emotion he's invested in her. Unsurprisingly, this unsteady existence eventually comes tumbling down around him -- his friends ask him to move out, Georgia passively ends their relationship, and Linus takes refuge working for a free room at a local llama farm. He idles
Writers: Linas Phillips, Davie-Blue, Jim Fletcher
Director: Linas Phillips
Cast: Linas Phillips, Alex Karpovsky, Davie-Blue, Jim Fletcher
Studio: Furnace Films
Linas (Phillips) is kind of an odd duck. Well, more like…he’s the type of guy everyone kind of hates, but you can’t really put your finger on just why the ill-feelings towards him are so across the board. I know people like that in real life and you probably do too. If you don’t, chances are you are that person…but I digress.
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Among the reviews, The Hollywood Reporter said this is "the kind of introspective road film plenty of aspiring auteurs would probably like to make but few can pull off," and that's not cheap praise. In fact, it seems to be the consensus for writer-director-star Linas Phillips' feature debut. It is also, apparently, a bit meandering, not really keeping the pedal to the metal in terms of story advancement. And that's fine if you know it going in.
It might also help to know going in that Phillips' previous film was the documentary Walking to Werner, in which he did just that, walking
Back home after covering the second half of Sundance 2010, there are a few films that I haven’t addressed until now because, well, they required more consideration (and, regarding Oddsac, serious decompression).
Bass Ackwards: The feature debut from Linas Phillips, who created a small indie stir several years ago with the documentary Walking to Werner, has received attention because a) it was executive produced by Mark Duplass (one of four Duplass-y projects at the festival) and b) it was one of several films made available for rent on YouTube in conjunction with Sundance 2010. In terms of indie-film distribution, bypassing the studio system is all the rage. Even Hollywood seems enamored by newer services like video-on-demand and companies such as New American Vision, which connects niche films with their audiences.
Fans of the Duplass Bros. work and other filmmakers in the so-called mumblecore genre (Andrew Bujalski,
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