The Nest

The Nest Short Film

Why Watch? Typically we think of David Cronenberg‘s movies as grotesquely challenging our relationship to our own bodies. Mention his name, and the expectations are chest vaginas and goopy ears falling off their owners — regardless of his clearly displayed versatility and drama mastery. That’s a major reason why I love his new short film The Nest. Without any makeup fx or visceral transformations, he manages a discomfiting atmosphere that uses suggestion and unknowns to poison our imaginations. With disarming minimalism, the movie focuses on a young woman who wants to get her left breast removed because insects are living in it. So, yeah, that’s a Cronenbergian synopsis right there. It’s constructed as an unflinching POV shot of the young woman, resting entirely on and proving wholly the powerful presence of Evelyne Brochu (who some will recognize from Orphan Black). Simply put, this is a dull film without her intensity and calm insanity (similar to another of Cronenberg’s modern shorts). She sells a delusion to the point that we’re left questioning whether her garage-set surgical consult is actually the right course of action for a human wasp’s nest. Or maybe the doctor (voiced coolly by Cronenberg) is a mad opportunist taking advantage of mental illness. Or maybe a dozen other things. We’re left pondering a lot of possibilities, but it seems clear that no matter the reality, what’s going to happen next will be terrible.

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Tina Fey and Amy Poehler in Baby Mama

It’s a line delivered straight out of your lady dreams, and it’s blissfully true. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, Saturday Night Live alums, former Weekend Update co-anchors, two-time Golden Globes co-hosts, occasional movie co-stars and your best friends in your mind probably are teaming up again for something new. According to Deadline, they are taking their twosome to the next level by portraying sisters (it’s the natural progression in the friendship level) in The Nest, a feature from SNL writer and all-around funny person Paula Pell. The Nest focuses on the two 30-something siblings as they take a weekend to visit their parents, only to find out that their childhood home is being sold. They take the opportunity to have one last crazy weekend together there, bonding and feuding the way that only sisters do. Eventually, of course, they’ll wind up coming to their senses when the weekend is over and do some growing up together too — with no childhood home to come back to, it’s time to be real life adults.

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discs sushi girl

Welcome back to This Week In Discs! As always, if you see something you like, click on the image to buy it. Sushi Girl Fish has just been released from jail, and four ex-friends are extremely happy to see him. He served six years for a robbery they all took part in, and now they want to know what happened to the diamonds they stole. The five men sit down for dinner, sushi served off the body of a naked woman, but soon the evening evolves into a torture session as Fish continues to play dumb about the whereabouts of the gems. Director Kern Saxton‘s film is essentially a single-location thriller that succeeds due to some sharp writing, fun performances and grisly practical effects. The titular character (Cortney Palm) is also pretty damn nice. The cast is a who’s who of B-movie actors including Mark Hamill and Tony Todd with cameo appearances by Michael Biehn, Danny Trejo, Jeff Fahey and Sonny Chiba. It may lack the depth of something like The Usual Suspects, but it still finds thrills, laughs and twists in its tight and fun little story. [Extras: Documentary, alternate scenes, outtakes, fake commercials, music video, interviews, video diaries, image gallery, commentaries] Also available on DVD.

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Tina Fey

Now that Tina Fey’s successful NBC comedy 30 Rock has wrapped up its final season, it makes sense that her attention would turn more fully to getting into film. And now that Jason Moore’s Pitch Perfect has made legions of film fans believe that a movie about a capella competitions could be good and that God is real, it would make sense that he would be looking for a huge star to work with so that he can make an even bigger comedy. Hey, you got your Tina Fey in my Jason Moore! No, you got your Jason Moore in my Tina Fey! The big news here is that Moore is in negotiations to direct The Nest, which has been looked at as a starring vehicle for Fey for a while now. Coming from a script by Paula Pell (SNL, 30 Rock), The Nest is a story about two thirty-something sisters who, upset that their parents have put their childhood home up for sale, decide to spend one last weekend together in the house, fussin’ and fightin’ and doing all of the things that sisters in their thirties do. Given Moore’s success directing actresses to laughs with Pitch Perfect and Fey’s ability to pretty much just be funny all the time no matter what’s going on, this has to be seen as something of a dream pairing.

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published: 12.19.2014
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