Friday, August 16, 2013

Netflix Instant: Movie & TV Picks - Alex Karpovsky Edition!

So this last weekend, I watched quite a few movies at home while I was packing, and I found a cool trio of movies all starring and sometimes directed or written by the same guy, Alex Karpovsky. Who IS Alex Karpovsky, you say? Most of the exposure everyone had to him was in director Lena Dunham's TINY FURNITURE as some hipster a-hole. Most recently, he has starred in the other Dunham project over on HBO, GIRLS, where he is a stand out character among the cast. Turns out, the dude is also a pretty good writer and director and I have three of his movies to recommend after the break:

This one is a bit of mine field so I recommend it with caution. The movie stars Karpvosky as a fictionalized version of himself after he is dumped by his girlfriend on the eve of a promotional tour for his new film. The movie then becomes a rather fun and awkward road trip movie with a friend and a one night stand following along the way. What really got me was one of the last scenes. There was some great writing there and it won me over. As I mentioned before this might not be for everyone but it was highly enjoyable

One bad thing about Karpovsky is that he has tendency of "playing himself" as the kids say. I'm still not sure what that means for most people, but to me, his range of characters and acting has a tendency of being rather limited even if he does well within those limits. This movie sees him playing a very creepy and obsessed version of the dudes he usually plays. After a one-night stand, he becomes obsessed with a co-worker and things take a turn for the worse. This is actually pretty similar, at least from what I hear, to Michael Cera's turn in MAGIC MAGIC as a creepy hipster dude.

I love movies about making movies and this one stars Karpovsky as Nick and Tarik Lowe as Daryll as a tag team of movie editors sent in to try to fix the latest project by a director who is not of the most cooperative nature. What I loved was the examination of the various relationships in the movie, both professionally, and personally and how they all in one way deteriorate through the editing of the movie. What's even more interesting, is the main duo's relationship and how it evolves when outside factors affect it. It kind of reminds me of Jonesy and I when we work on the site.

That's it for me this week folks. Hope y'all enjoy the picks this week Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments below.


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