Edie Falco Is In Your BackyardAugust 03, 2011


Edie Falco Is In Your Backyard

Screen Media

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: 3 BACKYARDS (Screen Media).

 

3 BACKYARDS - On Demand
By Amy Slotnick

 

Two-time winner of Sundance’s directing award, Eric Mendelsohn follows up his first feature film JUDY BERLIN, with the poetic drama, 3 BACKYARDS.

3 BACKYARDS follows three interwoven stories, all set during one autumn day in a quaint Long Island town. A businessman, a housewife and a child are the main characters all of whom appear at first as very familiar archetypes.

 



Observing them as they go on brief but emotional journeys, we witness each find something unexpected. Their stories are connected by the theme that unseen, and sometimes secret, happenings can be found in one’s metaphoric backyard.

 

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Michael Cera’s CRYSTAL FAIRY - Now On DemandJuly 21, 2013


Michael Cera’s CRYSTAL FAIRY - Now On Demand

IFC Films

 

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: CRYSTAL FAIRY (IFC Films).

 

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CRYSTAL FAIRY

 By Sky McCarthy

 

Full disclosure. I adore Michael Cera. I am very partial to his past performances as the adorably awkward teen in movies like JUNO and NICK AND NORA’S INFINITE PLAYLIST (not to mention the always loveable George Michael Bluth on ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT). He has been criticized in recent years for failing to break this mold – and few tries have resulted in any type of major success. With CRYSTAL FAIRY, Cera plays an entirely different role, a drug-obsessed, narcissistic ex-pat. And, surprisingly, he is every bit as endearing as the roles for which is he most commonly known.

Jamie (Cera) lives a semi-nomadic life in Chile. But unlike the usual party hopping ex-pat, Jamie takes everything about his life very seriously. He is meticulous about the quality of cocaine he snorts and frequently judgmental of other party goers that are “too out there.” One night he meets Crystal Fairy (Gaby Hoffman), a free-spirited hippie who believes in the healing powers of stones and pebbles. Despite finding her very strange, Jamie, in his elevated state, invites her on a road trip with three of his friends - Chilean brothers Champa, Lel and Pilo.

This trip, of course, has no ordinary purpose. The boys plan to locate a cactus known as San Pedro, that can be ingested for its mythical hallucinogenic properties. During the trip, Jamie continues to demonstrate his anal-retentiveness. But Cera’s display of agitation is more akin to a young, high-strung I-Banker struggling to close a deal than a coked-out American trying desperately to find himself. Crystal Fairy complements all of this agitated behavior with a natural serenity, but she never criticizes those around her. Hoffman plays Crystal with a unique charm, uncharacteristic of most know-it-all practitioners of new-age rituals. The brothers begin to find her amusing and even defend some of her practices- further annoying and infuriating Jamie. Once the plant is located, the small crew heads to the beach. It then becomes apparent that this film will not really have a plot. But that is entirely ok. 

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