Standing Up, Falling Down: A Familiar Story

A stand-up comedian moves home after four years of struggling to find success in Los Angeles in the recently released Standing Up, Falling Down. The story told in this film is one that is all too familiar.  While stand-up opportunities are all over New York City, the biggest opportunities are almost always in Los Angeles.  Take it from this improviser who weirdly became a film critic (I haven’t given up on comedy for what it’s…

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Blue Iguana: Solid Acting Doesn’t Save Comedy

Blue Iguana mixes up the genres while offering an 80s vibe in both visuals and soundtrack.  Unfortunately, it isn’t enough. Eddie (Sam Rockwell) and Paul (Ben Schwartz) spend their days working at a New York diner because a condition of their parole is that they maintain employment.    The two are polar opposites but they are able to mesh well because of their personalities.  In spite of it all, they are perfectly okay with working…

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SXSW 2018: Outside In (Dir. Lynn Shelton)

Featuring strong acting performances, Outside In is a character study exploring the struggles of a man upon his release from jail. With films like Your Sister’s Sister, director Lynn Shelton has set a reputation of being at her best when her films combine comedy and drama.  Outside In plays more to the dramatic side than comedy.  This isn’t to say it’s a bad film because it most assuredly is not but it’s a film that…

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