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Summer in suburbia is what you make of it. For some, it’s a parent-controlled prison. For Joe Toy, it’s an opportunity for freedom.
In the trailer for The Kings of Summer (which premiered at Sundance as Toy’s House), we meet Joe (Nick Robinson), a not-completely-gawky teenage boy, delivering a shoddy-looking project to his teacher, who casually informs him that his final was due a week earlier and that school is in fact over for the year. Who is this kid who doesn’t realize it’s summer?
At home, Joe is at the disposal of his father, »
- Lindsey Bahr
Thirteen years ago, Louis C.K. was not a name everyone knew. And even fewer people knew Nick Offerman. This provided them an opportunity to star in extremely indie movies like 2000's Tuna. What's Tuna? A movie written by Adam DeCoster (who by day is a successful Foley artist) and directed by Bob Byington (director of Offerman-featuring movies like Harmony and Me and Somebody Up There Likes Me) about people talking in their cars while driving around Los Angeles. DeCoster put the full film up on YouTube earlier this week. Watch a bleached-blond, fresh-faced Offerman, youngish C.K., and a cast that also features Kevin Corrigan, David Krumholtz, Jon Glaser, and a 4-year-old Angus T. Jones. Just to reiterate, before you complain about the production values, the thing is super-extremely indie. »
- Jesse David Fox
There are some pretty sexy GIFs of Alison Brie floating around the internet (GIFs that I feel too dirty even to link to), so a super dapper Paul F. Tompkins gave Brie a chance to create some moments that could be made into unsexy GIFs. Tompkins had Brie do things like check for bugs in a used wig, ask a shrunken witch head for advice, and debate whether or not to purchase Selena on VHS.”I hope you’re ready for that to be turned into absolute filth,” Tompkins joked at the end. Brie laughed, ”I always forget not to open my mouth. »
- Sarah Caldwell
Somebody Up There Likes Me, 2012.
Written and Directed by Bob Byington.
A comedy about a man, his best friend, and the woman they both adore watching their lives fly by.
Bob Byington’s Somebody Up There Likes Me is the kind of quirky comedy drama that will eschew sense, warmth and reason for the sake of a gag. Think Wes Anderson, minus the very formal visuals. Serious investment in the characters or their plights is near-impossible, because Somebody Up There Likes Me so often is willing to sacrifice it all for a quick, oddball laugh; lead character Max taking flowers from a memorial and gifting them to his ex-wife, for example. And yet, somehow, the film manages to work on an emotional level.
- Flickering Myth
Evil Dead. This week, these two words are all that matter to horror fans, as the long-awaited reworking of the cult classic The Evil Dead hits theaters. (Actually, two other words matter just as much: Bruce Campbell. I'm not into horror flicks, but yeah, he is the coolest.)
For the rest of us, there is the homegrown comedy Somebody Up There Likes Me (pictured above). Fellow River City film fans, I beg, urge and implore you to see this terrific Austin movie. Sadly (and unsurprisingly), the Friday night show with director Bob Byington and star Nick Offerman in attendance is sold out. But worry not -- there are plenty of other screenings. You also might like the Slamdance 2012 awardwinning feature Welcome to Pine Hill, screening at 9 pm Monday at Stateside.
True cinephiles won't want to miss this week's Austin Film Society Essential Cinema Plus series, which presents four recent films »
- Don Clinchy
Newsflash: There was more to yesterday’s episode of Parks and Recreation than Ron getting sued and guest appearances by Annabeth Gish and J.K. Simmons. As USC doctoral candidate George Carstocea points out on his blog, the whole half-hour was one long homage to David Foster Wallace’s massive novel Infinite Jest — the number one book you pretend to have read in college.
Parks and Rec showrunner Michael Schur — a.k.a. the guy who occasionally plays Mose on The Office — is an admitted Dfw-phile. He wrote his undergraduate thesis on Wallace, directed a Decemberists video based on Wallace’s 1,079-page opus, »
- Hillary Busis
I've seen Somebody Up There Likes Me twice now -- once at SXSW 2012 with a lively local-heavy audience, once via screener with no one else but the cat -- and found the movie terribly funny both times. In fact, after I watched it the second time, I restarted the film so I could to see how the beginning tied into the end (it does, so pay attention) ... then had to stop myself from watching it a third time. The movie opens Friday at Violet Crown Cinema and I'm sorely tempted to go.
I liked it a lot, obviously. But I don't know whether you'd like it. Local filmmaker Bob Byington's universe is not for everyone.
Somebody Up There Likes Me is a comedy, but not in a broad sense -- its humor is very specific. I don't mean that it's full of obscure pop-culture references, either, because the movie »
- Jette Kernion
Of course you do! You may not even have a mustache, but why would you pass up the opportunity to win a mustache comb made from the Offerman Woodshop? The Parks and Recreation star is making the offer ( … man) in conjunction with this weekend's release of his comedy, Somebody Up There Likes Me: In addition to Offerman-hosted Q&A sessions today and tomorrow at Bam Cinematek, fans can enter a "Combing Attractions" contest where they vote on their favorite Offerman mustache in the hopes of winning that comb. Retail value is $75, but the chance to possess it is priceless. Watch the video below, enter the contest, and then reread our history of Offerman's marvelous marriage to Megan Mullally, because why not? »
- Kyle Buchanan
Nick Offerman has become famous to millions of Parks & Recreation fans as the imperious and eternally cranky Ron Swanson, which is why you might be surprised by the version of him you see in Somebody Up There Likes Me. As you can see in the exclusive clip above, Offerman plays a guy who works at a restaurant, and has been doing so for a long, long time-- way too long, in fact. Fresh off the dissolution of his marriage to a woman (Jess Weixler) who is also his buddy's (Keith Poulson) ex-wife, he's clearly looking for a new start-- and as we all know, the only safe investment in this world is in pizza and ice cream. An indie comedy currently available on VOD, Somebody Up There Likes Me is also playing at Brooklyn's Bam Cinematek throughout the weekend, with live Q&As from Offerman himself on Friday and Saturday »
At a time when celebrity marriages are crumbling at a speed that makes us question our core assumptions that star love is the greatest kind of love, we can always make ourselves feel better by looking at the union of Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally. They've been very together for the last thirteen years, working and spending time together, sharing one e-mail address, and exuding a palpable sense that they really enjoy each other's company and silliness. So with the couple co-starring in the comedy Somebody Up There Likes Me, which opens in theaters today and is available on VOD, we thought it the perfect opportunity to look at the history of Earth's greatest love.1985 Megan Mullally moves to Los Angeles after years in the Chicago theater scene. 1997 Nick Offerman moves to Los Angeles after years in the Chicago theater scene. Nick's reason for moving: "I had a girlfriend at »
- Jesse David Fox
At first blush, Bob Byington's Somebody Up There Likes Me goes down like early Wes Anderson: tableaux that pass for scenes, a delicate pointillism in the soundtrack, and a shot at redemption among characters suffering from the unbearable rudderlessness of twee. The plot is fairly Andersonian, too, following the tragically impassive Max (Keith Poulson) as he lapses from one picturesque and well-scored marriage to another over the course of 25 years. The only fixture in Max's life is Sal (Nick Offerman, of Parks & Recreation immortality), a bearded would-be sage who serves alongside Max as a waiter at a steak house. Intermittent animations that recall Richard Linklater's Waking Life demarcate the five-year increments by which Byington works his time-lapse magic. A mag »
Title: Somebody Up There Likes Me Director: Bob Byington Starring: Keith Poulson, Nick Offerman, Jess Weixler, Kevin Corrigan, Kate Lyn Sheil, Stephanie Hunt, Marshall Bell, Jonathan Togo, Megan Mullally A delightfully deadpan relationship comedy that plays like a cross between something from Quentin Dupieux and Jared and Jerusha Hess, “Somebody Up There Likes Me” is an imaginative paean to world-weary nonchalance. Directed by Bob Byington, this subversive little treat flirts with absurdism but never tips over into hipster posturing in chronicling a bunch of domestic ennui and professional unhappiness that its characters pretty much seem to all shruggingly accept. After listless waiter Max Youngman (Keith Poulson, looking like a cousin [ Read More ]
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Note: Tribeca Film has just added an additional week-long run of the film in Los Angeles beginning on March 22 at the Sundance Sunset Cinema (8000 Sunset Blvd). Nick Offerman can add “theater usher” to his official resume. The heavily-mustached “Parks and Recreation” star literally held the door for me as I stepped into a screening of his latest film - writer/director Bob Byington’s indie comedy “Somebody Up There Likes Me” - at the Silent Movie Theater on L.A.’s Fairfax Avenue yesterday evening. Dressed casually in a beanie, jeans and cowboy boots, Offerman was on hand for a post-screening Q&A with special »
- Chris Eggertsen
As if specifically putting that theory to the test, the promo for Offerman's latest film, "Somebody Up There Likes Me," first presented by our fraternal twins at Cinemablend, is bizarre on a level that makes a David Lynch movie seem like the gag reel of Adam Sandler's "Grown Ups" by comparison.
Graced with more celebrities per capita than your everyday disaster relief telethon, the promo starts with Offerman's "Parks & Recreation" co-star Adam Scott confronting Offerman in his wood shop about not showing up to the P&R set for work that day.
Things get decidedly Nsfw from there.
- Nick Blake
If you’re a fan of NBC sitcoms, then you’ll definitely want to watch the promo for Nick Offerman’s movie Somebody Up There Likes Me, which features Community’s Alison Brie, Parks & Recreation’s Adam Scott and Amy Poehler, and Offerman’s Parks & Rec ex-wife/real-world still-wife Megan Mullally. And they’re all doing terrible, weird, wild things. What things you ask? Let’s just say it involves a folksy ode to marijuana, lady parts, and maybe John Cassavetes. Why not? Also, they turn Nick Offerman into a bong. Watch the video below (then take a shower).
- Darren Franich
Nick Offerman returned to Reddit on Wednesday, dispensing to his flock many life lessons, woodworking tips, fond recollections and an instant classic viral video. The Parks and Recreation star, who is equal parts sturdy, wise and deadpan, signed on for an Ama (ask me anything) session to promote his new indie film, Somebody Up There Likes Me. In the Bob Byington-directed comedy, Offerman co-stars as the older pal of a waiter named Keith Poulson, who travels through life's ups and downs in an idiosyncratic and detached manner. Offerman, who plays a meat-lover once again in this role,
- Jordan Zakarin
Who is the real Nick Offerman? You know him as mustachioed TV icon Ron Swanson from NBC's "Parks and Recreation," but how do you separate the man from the legend — or, more importantly, the man from the mustache?
Easy: You don't.
Meeting Offerman to talk about his new movie, "Somebody Up There Likes Me," a dark comedy about a self-centered narcissist (Keith Poulson) and his only friend (Offerman), he was everything we hoped he'd be, with facial hair in full bloom and the deadpan delivery that's made "Parks and Rec" devotees of us all.
We discussed the many mysteries of "Somebody Up There" and the secret to working (and not working) with his wife, Megan Mullally. We waxed rhapsodic about childhood pets. But when we touched on his deep-seated fear of tofu, we were really getting somewhere.
The movie is delightful and peculiar.
There's a lot of symbolism going on: The main character, »
- Brooke Tarnoff
By Joel Hanek
Much like Clark Kent and Superman, there's not much of a difference between Nick Offerman and his internet demi-god alter-ego Ron Swanson — in fact, the "Parks and Rec" star owns and operates his very own successful woodworking shop.
With the 2013 MTV Movie Awards only a month away, we'd be remiss if we didn't get the expert consultation on the signature Golden Popcorn trophy from the mustachioed dead-pan craftsman. Offerman, who swung by the MTV Studios promoting his new indie flick "Somebody Up There Likes Me", had some first impressions:
"It feels like my jeans are growing uncomfortably tight — woah, that is turgid."
An excellent euphemism and vocabulary word all rolled into one. Upon further examination, Offerman analyzed the make-up of the Movie Awards trophy. "It doesn't really have a scent. It's made of a metal and probably some sort of plastic composite that looks like porcelin... I »
- MTV Movies Team
At first glance, Somebody Up There Likes Me might be mistaken for a debut film from a recent graduate of the Wes Anderson School of Offbeat Filmmaking, but the pedigree of its director is concurrent with that of Anderson. The film, which premiered at last year’s SXSW, is director Bob Byington’s fifth writing/directing effort. His first was 1996’s Shameless, which, ironically enough, is the same year Anderson came along with his debut feature, Bottle Rocket. »
The Bradford International Film Festival is typically an underground-friendly fest. This year appears to be no exception with two very special experimental film retrospectives, as well as a few modern underground-type flicks.
The 19th annual Biff will roll on April 11-21 at several locations around Bradford and Leeds in England, including the National Media Museum, Hebden Bridge Picture House, Hyde Park Picture House and other venues.
Biff is hosting a tribute to Stan Brakhage this year by screening the prolific filmmaker’s magnum opus, Dog Star Man, as well as a selection of his short films, from 1963′s legendary Mothlight to 1994′s Black Ice. There’s also going to be an epic-sized tribute/retrospective of experimental films from Austria, a country with a proud avant-garde filmmaking tradition that’s typically overlooked.
From Austria, Biff is, of course, screening two works from one of the experimental film world’s biggest masters, »
- Mike Everleth
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