Elodie Bouchez

She Said She Said

Why Watch? Equally sharp and absurd, this short film from Stuart Blumberg features Marisa Tomei and Elodie Bouchez as a couple who are close to ending their marriage, David Wain as a high-fiving mediator, and a few ridiculous flashbacks. Each piece of their shared history that they fight over forces them to remember the full spectrum of their relationship while creating some very funny scenarios. Especially if you’re into Aubrey Plaza making “fox babies.” The dialogue is sly, and it’s often difficult to figure out whether a line is meant as an insult or flirtation, and the talent here delivers.  It’s also sleek with smart visuals and seductive — both while sharing the calm power of generosity and when sliding a loose dress slowly up the back of its star’s legs. This comedy is a long, slow pour of whiskey with a smooth finish. What Will It Cost? About 7 minutes. Skip Work. Watch More Short Films.

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New York has been colored in all sorts of cinematic lights. From the romance of its buildings, to the insanity of its free-flowing nightlife, to the comedy and wisdom of its inhabitants. Even the splendor of its drug-smuggling Hasadic Jewish citizens. But maybe there hasn’t been a movie about this side of Manhattan just yet. The Imperialists are Still Alive! paints a portrait of the cosmopolitan scene, the cultural blend, and a romance that seems to be struck with hilarious accusations of terrorism. It’s tough to make out what it’s all about, but what it is, looks funny and charming as hell.

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published: 11.21.2014
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published: 11.21.2014
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published: 11.19.2014
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published: 11.19.2014
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