Hi Reddit! I’m Rachel Myers, the director behind the new documentary short, “Wendy’s Shabbat,” which will be making its NY premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on Saturday April 21st. I’m here to answer all of your questions about the documentary and the art of directing and filmmaking.
“Wendy’s Shabbat” tells the story of Roberta Mahler, 88, who seeks community after losing her husband of 60 years. She finds it with a group of local Jewish senior citizens who celebrate the Sabbath at their local Wendy’s. Every Friday, just before dusk, these senior retirees congregate at the fast food restaurant to usher in the Sabbath (Shabbat) with blessings and candles over burgers and fries. This is a story of rediscovering the joys of community and connection in older age, and in the longing for ritual, however unorthodox it may appear. VIEW THE TRAILER HERE.
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After an international border dispute arises between U.S. and Canada, five wacky state troopers set up a new highway patrol station in the disputed area of Canada.
written by Broken Lizard
Rotten Tomatoes: 33%
After Credits Scene? Yes
I recently watched Boogie Nights and Before the Devil Knows You're Dead and I just can't get over what a terrific actor the man was.
He gives such detail in his smaller roles like in Twister, Boogie Nights, and The Talented Mr. Ripley (a personal favorite). He is equally skilled in his lead roles, having a towering presence in movies like Doubt, The Master, and Synecdoche, New York.
It's such a shame we didn't get to see what he would do later in his life. But damn he left behind one hell of a career and some of the best performances of the last 20 years. One of the all time great without a doubt.
In Bruges, McDonagh's first film is a pretty straight forward tale about 2 hitmen hiding out in Bruges after a job goes bad. The film's answer for a lot of it's conflict is centered around violence. Ray feels lost in life, so he becomes a hit man. Harry seeks to kill Ray as a solution to a hit gone wrong. Ray punches both the Canadian and Chloe's boyfriend as a reaction to their conflict with each other. The film uses violence as a means of comedy, and a means to end conflict.
Fast forward to McDonagh's second film, Seven Psychopaths, and the character of Marty is struggling with his screenplay, centered around the titular Psychopaths. In this film, the psychopaths are in a similar boat with Ray from In Bruges. They all have issues, that are solved with violence. The Quaker wants his revenge on his daughter's murderer, the monk wants revenge for his dead family, and Zachariah wants to kill serial killers as a punishment. But the film follows Marty's perception of this violence change, and is reflected in his desire to make the final act of his screenplay about putting the guns down and talking it out. Here we can see a change in the way that McDonagh considers violence in film.
Now with Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing Missouri, McDonagh firmly proclaims that violence and anger isn't a means to an end, but a coping mechanism. We see this with Mildred and Dixon, and how they're rage fueled, violent escapades do nothing but hurt those around them. The philosophy behind this film turns the ideas presented in In Bruges completely around and instead reflects on what violence truly solves in the wake of conflict.
Maybe I'm reading too much into it, but I really like the parallels between the films and it's an interesting to see the philosophy evolve over the years.
Specifically the culture that I personally associate with Chris Hardwick. The oversaturation of analysis and hype for every movie/game/tv show (especially trailers). The "everything nerdy is automatically awesome and if you don't agree you're wrong" view. The deification of certain cultural icons. The whole "this killed my childhood" line and the unwillingness to accept things that don't align with your headcanon. The lack of meaningful debate on the merits (or lack thereof) of certain pieces of media. It's extremely offputting and is going to make nerd culture an increasingly insular echo chamber that can only end up imploding on itself at some point.I really dislike the way people treat writers, directors, and just artists in general. They treat them like machines that are just supposed to pump out whatever they want and to hell with their own personal vision or creative desires. It's fine to dislike something an artist does but to fly off the handle and call for their head on a lance is very rude and entitled.
I think a lot of people don't appreciate how personal and important art can be for a lot of people. While that doesn't mean you have to like and constantly applaud an artist for everything they do, I think people should try to be a little bit more considerate. Constructive criticism is great, absolutely tearing into someone and attacking them for not making something the way you wanted is not.
I know I'm a bit late to the party but I just got done watching Mulholland Drive, I've watched a good amount of Twin Peaks, and I've yet to see Eraserhead and everyone I encounter usually gives me one of those three as their answer but one never pops up more than the others. Which one of his works do you think is the best and why? (You are obviously not limited to one of the three mentioned you could even tell me one of his short films)
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