Poe is Juan's favorite poet, and is often the writer he turns to for his "experiments". Using the camera we shot MYMHM on, Juan created this video by shooting still images of himself reading his favorite Poe poem.
I was a little late to the party, but I managed to finally get my butt in a seat to see The Dark Knight Rises in IMAX and free of any spoilers. That last part required a herculean effort on my part to pretty much avoid almost all media for several days including teasers and trailers. Even NPR tried to hamper my experience of seeing the film untainted, let alone the minefield that is the internet, but I beat them all, and knew almost nothing about the film walking into the theater.
Now the deed is done. I loved it. It was difficult keeping my expectations in check, but I think Nolan has delivered an epicly worthy third act to the Batman saga.
And now it’s time to scrap it and start fresh.
Welcome to a new era of urban legend. The internet has provided us a near inexhaustible source of strange old stories to draw inspiration from.
In 1997, in an issue of Backwoods Home Magazine the following ad ran in the classifieds:
"Wanted: Somebody to go back in time with me. This is not a joke. P.O. Box 322, Oakview, CA 93022 You'll get paid after we get back. Must bring your own weapons. Safety not guaranteed. I have only done this once before."
How funny. How Strange. What if we made a movie about the writer of this ad? What if the writer of this ad were serious?
Darius (Aubrey Plaza from Parks and Recreation) is a young woman interning at a magazine. In true indie film fashion, she's adorable, a tad awkward, and more than a little directionless. She's searching for something, but she doesn't yet know what it is she's looking for.
While pitching stories for the magazine, her boss Jeff (Jake M. Johnson from 'The New Girl') suggests a follow up to a recent classified ad asking for a time travel companion. Jeff drafts Darius and nerdy intern Arnau (Karan Soni) for a trip to investigate the classified ad's writer.
After staking out the P.O. Box listed, we're introduced to Kenneth (Mark Duplass). Ken is socially awkward, a tad adorable, a bit directionless, and is intensely looking for something, namely a companion to join him on his time travel adventures.
Everything about this film is charming.
There's a fun offbeat sensibility permeating the tone of this film. Plaza does a fantastic job of establishing Darius as a savvy, intelligent young woman though she doesn't seem to fit in her surroundings.
The film is never cuter than when Darius and Ken are on screen together. Even in IndieFilmLand, characters like these can often become caricatures, but SNG maintains a earnestness which keeps this premise grounded.
We're not asked to struggle with philosophical or temporal quandaries, instead we're along for a sweet character study, and for a "fish-es out of water" story it's surprisingly fresh. Derek Connolly has delivered an efficient screenplay which doesn't belabor its premise and bases its comedy in an accesable genuine-ness.
Director Colin Trevorrow laregely succeeds in harnessing this charming energy. One could get the sense that we're paying homage to Wes Anderson or Hal Ashby, and we get to loosely examine the human condition through very unique eyes.
Of course, we also have to mention the influence of the Duplass Brothers, Mark starring as Ken, and both Mark and Jay credited as Executive Producers. I've enjoyed this duo's work since stumbling on the flick 'Baghead', and they don't disappoint here either. Though it should be said this film is far more mumblecore than science fiction.
Those looking for a time travel film might be a touch disappointed, but aside from upsetting the science fiction aficionados, I think most audiences will be in for a treat. A damn charming treat.
Now if you'll excuse me.
I need to finish writing my romantic comedy screenplay about a quirky yet gorgeous young woman investigating the strange phenomenon of the Toynbee Tiles...