HBO’s Girls - What’s All The Fuss About?April 20, 2012


HBO

Demand Weekly provides new movie reviews of hot movies and shows on demand from the POV of watching from the comfort of your home. Today’s reviews: Girls (HBO), produced by Judd Apatow.


GIRLS
Young Women on the Verge of Life

By Jean Tait

 

Being in your twenties can be difficult. You’re supposed to be all grown up, but you are still making childish mistakes. You’ve made your first, tentative steps into the real worlds of employment and relationships, but it certainly doesn’t feel safe or comfortable. This is the world of “Girls.” And it’s a pretty realistic world as opposed to the usual TV world in which women can afford Manolo Blahniks, even on a cop’s salary.

 


Don’t get me wrong, these “Girls” are young women of privilege. They’ve gone to excellent schools and they’ve been supported by parents who, while not in the top 1%, are hardly poverty-stricken. Lena Dunham, the creator/writer/director/star of the show is annoyingly funny as her character’s parents (the always wonderful Becky Ann Baker and Peter Scolari) tell her that after two full years out of college, they are cutting her off financially. You will want to slap Hannah (Dunham) and cheer for her mother. Then when Hannah goes to a job interview that starts off really well, but you see the exact moment she blows it, you will want to rescue her, and slap the dope interviewing her.

Side rant: When will someone give Becky Ann Baker her own sitcom??? It was great to see her play a mom who is not as sappy as the mom she was stuck playing on “Smash,” but seriously, all you folks in tv land, she’s capable of shouldering something more than just a three-line mother role! End of rant.

 


Lena Dunham / GIRLS (HBO)

The extraordinarily talented Dunham has created a cast full of such richly realistic characters, full of contradictions and awkwardness. And finally: sex on screen that is embarrassing and real. No perfect moments of airbrushed loveliness and perfectly-timed climaxes, sans cellulite and that always extra elbow, just real people not knowing the right thing to say or the exact right place to put their hands, but yearning for connection. How refreshing is that?

There has been a lot of fuss that this show is only about white girls.

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VOD Spotlight: Justin KirkOctober 08, 2012


VOD Spotlight: Justin Kirk

Magnolia Pictures

Britt Bensen (@BrittODW) spoke to actor Justin Kirk ("Weeds,"  "Animal Practice") of NOBODY WALKS now on demand (before theaters).

 

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On Demand Weekly (ODW): Your character on “Modern Family” had one of greatest items of modern opulence I aspire to own in another life, the driveway spinner so you don’t have to back out.
Justin Kirk (JK):
You can see, it didn’t do well for me (his MF character). My car got crushed. Lucky he has a lot of disposable income. He can probably get that fixed.

ODW: What grand, yet unique materialistic item do you wish to have that you don’t own already?
JK:
I’m not a stuff person, but I do love my Chevy Volt. That is my prized possession. If I have nothing to do for the day, I like to get a big of coffee and drive around and not feel guilty for it.

ODW: You’ve had an eclectic career. Most probably recognize you from ANGELS IN AMERICA to “Weeds” and now “Animal Practice”. How do you choose your roles?
JK
: You just do them one at a time as they come. I wasn’t looking to do another TV show when “Weeds” was ending. But they called me and I thought it seemed totally unique and have the potential to be funny and weird and clever.

“Weeds” is very scared to me and I didn’t want to do another whatever cable half-hour. I wanted to do something different.

ODW: What is the biggest difference in making a series for a premium network like Showtime and a broadcast network like NBC, besides swearing and nudity?
JK:
I’m sure there are lots of them. Not much gets to me, cause I’m not in the writers’ room. My job is the same. It’s a totally different character, so that’s fun . I’m #1 on the call sheet, so I’m there more often. And we have a lot more animals. It’s one of the weirdest jobs I’ve been on, but it’s a great set and we’re having a lot of fun.

ODW: The Botwins got into a lot of trouble on “Weeds”. What was the most outrageous scene you did?
JK:
Good question. We did try to keep raising the stakes. I remember the scene where I had to drain my sister-in-law’s (Mary Louise Parker) breast of milk because she was in pain and turning to the guys at the camera and they were like ‘you know, we thought we had gone for it on this show, but this takes it to a whole new level.’
 
Justin Kirk, Rosemarie Dewitt  / NOBODY WALKS (Magnolia)

ODW: You’re a lead on a network series and yet still find time for smaller films. What attracts you to independent films like NOBODY WALKS?
JK:
I did this movie a couple of years ago. My schedule on “Weeds” was 3 months a year, so there was always time to do other things throughout the year.
 
NOBODY WALKS was a very HOT script.
I heard about if from friends.
Lena Dunham (NW writer) had done TINY FURNITURE.
 
I just loved it. It was a sharp script. I knew Rosemarie for years. That’s the person I was working with the most. So we had fun. Ry the director was a delight.
 
Ry Russo-Young / NOBODY WALKS (Magnolia)

ODW: You got an “And” credit for NOBODY WALKS. So you’re “And” worthy now. What does that mean and how does it differ from a “With” credit?
JK:
Got to be happy with an “And”. I remember when they made me a “With” on “Weeds. Usually “with” comes first. The penultimate cool guy vs. the cool guy. On “Weeds” there was a “With” Justin Kirk and an “And” Kevin Nealon. They’re both good. I’m happy with being first too.
Listen, we don’t have any money, but we have an “And”.

ODW: Can you explain who your character Billy is in NOBODY WALKS to fans of “Weeds” and “Animal Practice”?
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Todd Louiso’s HELLO I MUST BE GOING, starring Christopher Abbott from GirlsJanuary 20, 2013


Todd Louiso’s HELLO I MUST BE GOING, starring Christopher Abbott from Girls

Oscilloscope Labs

On Demand Weekly provides new movie reviews of movies on demand from the POV of watching from the comfort of your home. Today’s review: HELLO I MUST BE GOING (Oscilloscope Labs).

 

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HELLO I MUST BE GOING
By Amy Slotnick

 

Sundance selection HELLO I MUST BE GOING (Directed by Todd Louiso) stars Melanie Lynskey as Amy, a thirty-something depressed woman who has retreated to her parents home in the wake of a recent divorce. After several months of not leaving the house and wearing sweatpants her parents (Blythe Danner and John Rubenstein) are urging her to shape up. While her dad is understanding and compassionate, Mom (Blythe Danner) is critical and derisive.

 



At her father’s urging, Amy pulls it together to attend a dinner with his client, a wealthy businessman who brings along his wife and 19-year-old son, Jeremy (played by Christopher Abbott, familiar from HBO series, GIRLS). Amy can barely make small talk with this group, but for some reason Jeremy feels an urgent chemistry and he seduces her once they are left alone. Amy knows she cannot fall in love with a 19-year-old, but she does enjoy their secret affair. He gives her a reason to leave the house, but her melancholy persists until she confronts her ex-husband (Dan Futterman) to let him know she has moved on.

 



Christopher Abbot is handsome and sexy as the young lover, and because of this, he keeps the film from falling into Lynskey’s despair. While Lynskey’s character is persistently gloomy, it is nice to see her in a leading role after many supporting parts in UP IN THE AIR, THE INFORMANT, and PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER. 

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Alex Karpovsky Brings Different Styles To RED FLAG And RUBBERNECKFebruary 18, 2013


Alex Karpovsky Brings Different Styles To RED FLAG And RUBBERNECK

Tibeca Film

On Demand Weekly provides new movie reviews of hot movies on demand and from the POV of watching from the comfort of your home. Today’s review: RED FLAG And RUBBERNECK (Tribeca Film).


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RED FLAG And RUBBERNECK

By Nick DeNinno

 

After acquiring Red Flag and Rubberneck from writer/director/actor Alex Karpovsky (“Girls”), Tribeca Film is presenting the features on VOD and available nationwide on February 19, 2013.

 

Karpovsky, a star of the smash HBO series Girls, has appeared in films such as Tiny Furniture, Sleepwalk With Me, and Beeswax. In early 2013, he will be seen in the Coen Brothers’ new feature, Inside Llewyn Davis, as well as in Supporting Characters (a January 2013 Tribeca Film release). His prior films as writer-director include Woodpecker and The Hole Story.

 Rubberneck had its world premiere at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival and has enjoyed a robust showing at festivals internationally thereafter. Red Flag world-premiered at the 2012 Los Angeles Film Festival, went on to win multiple awards at other festivals, and was recently nominated for Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You at the 2012 Gotham Independent Film Awards.

A slow-burn character study-turned-psychosexual thriller, Rubberneck, co-written by Karpovsky and Garth Donovan, is a chillingly believable story of workplace romance gone wrong. Months after a weekend fling, Boston research scientist Paul (Karpovsky) continues to lust after his beautiful coworker Danielle (Jamie Ray Newman), nurturing his fantasies with the occasional polite exchange at work. But once she starts dating another scientist at their lab, his infatuation quickly turns into obsession – and he finds himself unable to control his desires.

 



With Rubberneck, Karpovsky surprises by bringing a completely different style to a completely different genre from his prior comedy features.

 

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Top 5 Reasons to Watch SRSLYJanuary 07, 2014


Top 5 Reasons to Watch SRSLY

SRSLY

SRSLY is Alexandra Fiber and Danielle Gibson, two NYU and UCB trained ladies making short, snappy videos loosely based on their semi-glam lives in New York. Available on Vimeo

 

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Top 5 Reasons to Watch SRSLY

 

1. To be inspired: Alexandra and Danielle didn’t just wait around for acting jobs, instead they created their own with SRSLY. and became successful role models for anyone with a dream.


2. Because of its female focus: The show was created as a response to the lack of female perspective in popular films and television shows. It’s a refreshing look at young women that doesn’t stereotype or preach.

 

Alexander Fiber, Danielle Gibson (SRSLY)


3. Because you can probably relate: SRSLY. takes us through everyday scenarios and lets us laugh at situations that are usually frustrating, like having to share our precious French fries.


4. To discover up and coming talent: SRSLY. was also created as a platform for local (NYC) performers and filmmakers to showcase themselves, discover rising stars while supporting their community.

 

 

Alexander Fiber, Danielle Gibson (SRSLY)


5. Because it’s SRSLY funny: Alexandra and Danielle are so natural in their roles and their reactions so realistic that even if you can’t relate to the situations you will still find the characters hilarious. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sabrina Luppi

 



Sabrina Luppi is a new contributing writer to On Demand Weekly. She is currently a film and marketing student at San Francisco State University, and recently completed a content programming internship at Intel. Sabrina is an aspiring actress, writer and filmmaker and her favorite genre is horror. Follow her on Twitter @sabzy_

 

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