Posts Tagged ‘comedy


The Auteur (2008)

Starring: Melik Malkasian, John Breen, Katherine Flynn

Writer/Director: James Westby

If you have a short attention span (which I know I do), you’ll remember that awhile ago I reviewed the James Westby film Film Geek. While it had some flaws here and there, I loved it, especially the lead performance of Melik Malkasian, so when I found out his second film, The Auteur, was also available on Netflix, I jumped right on board. While I still like Film Geek a lot more (many of those reasons pertaining to my own geekdom of the entertainment business), The Auteur is still a clever comedy, and it left me with one big question: how is Melik Malkasian not more famous?

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Film Geek (2005)

Starring: Melik Malkasian, Tyler Gannon, Tara Walker

Writer/Director: James Westby

Company: First Run Features

WARNING: Spoilers for the end of the movie in the comments section.

When watching Film Geek, many thoughts occurred to me: a) it’s ironic that I’m watching a movie based around a video store clerk on the very service that is killing them and b) this movie is a lot better than what I was expecting. Film Geek stars Malkasian as Scott Pelk, a socially awkward film geek (guess where they got the title?) who works at a local Portland, Oregon video store. His abrasive personality, and lack of social grace, makes him a nuisance to the patrons who come to the store and his co-workers, who don’t care about what Jean Luc Goddard has done or the in’s and out’s of Aliens. When not at the store, he is at his small apartment covered in VHS tapes and movie posters, eating cereal and obsessively updating his personal film site, which still has 0 views.

Eventually, his boss has enough of his antics and fires Scott. Scott is heartbroken, and takes a job at a local auto parts warehouse, after failed attempts to get a job at the other Portland video stores. One day, Scott meets hipster Niko (Taylor Gannon), who is able to match him on film knowledge, but is initially turned off by his awkwardness. Scott decides to pursue her anyway with the same obsessiveness he approaches film, and eventually they strike a shaky friendship…which Scott wants to be more than that.

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Paper Heart (2009)

Starring: Charlyne Yi, Michael Cera, Jake M. Johnson

Writers: Charlyne Yi/Nicholas Jasenovec

Director: Nicholas Jasenovec

Rating: PG-13 for Some Language

Paper Heart is a movie that I missed when it came out last year due to the fact that I don’t live anywhere near an independent theater. I was initially skeptical to begin with anyway, being as I’m not the biggest Michael Cera fan in the world and Charlyne Yi annoyed the crap out of me in Knocked Up. However, its unique storytelling style and adorably cute story got me through my prejudices, and I ended up loving the crap out of Paper Heart.

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Bronson (2008)

Regardless of the fact they drink too much tea and we made them weep during the Revolutionary War, England has some really cool qualities to it, especially when it comes to films. They have their own style down there, and occasionally films such as Fish Tank or anything Guy Ritchie directs will come to the States and remind us of this. Bronson, the 2008 film starring Tom Hardy (Handsome Bob from RocknRolla), is another one of these English imports and although it got a small release in October of 2009, it wasn’t widely seen by the public…that is, till now (because I’m the public)!

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The Specials (2000)

The Specials, a 2000 straight to DVD comedy written by James Gunn (Slither) and directed by Craig Mazin (Superhero Movie), is a lot like the film Mystery Men which came out around the same time (and got a theatrical run). They are both about superhero teams that are not as high up on the food chain as say a Justice League or The Avengers. These teams have rosters of people with abilities that are considered lackluster. But unlike Mystery Men, The Specials is a low budget comedy about the life of a third-rate superhero team and what it lacks in effects and action, it makes up for in hilarity and creativity.

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