Film blog for 2013

My name is Simon Ørberg, and this is my film blog.
I have made something called a Shamelist which is a list of 50 films that I'm embarrassed of never having seen. My goal on this blog is to review all 50 films on that list (as well as any other film I might watch) before the end of the year.
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Film: Jeff, Who Lives at Home
Directors: Jay and Mark Duplass
Must-See Classic? No
Rating: 5/5
Review: When I heard the album This Is Happening by LCD Soundsystem for the first time, I immediately started wondering why I hadn’t heard something like this before. It was everything I never knew I’d been looking for in music. Jeff, Who Lives at Home just did the same for me in film. This is the kind of film that I wish to write or direct one day. It’s not really a feel-good film but it makes you feel at home somehow. If it were a person it’d be one of those lovable people who you just want to hug. Not out of pity but because they make you feel good. In fact, it’d be just like Jason Segal, which is very fortunate considering he’s the main character. His warmth and kindness embodies this film completely.

There are so many good things I can say about Jeff, Who Lives at Home. I’ve already mentioned that Jason Segal was spot-on for his role but the rest of the cast also pulls off stellar performances. They improvise some of the funniest and most convincing arguments I’ve ever seen on screen. The improvisation goes along well with the very distinctive handheld camerawork that kind of reminded me of how Arrested Development was filmed (I’m thinking in particular of the quick zoom cinematography that I’ve become a big fan of).  

At several moments in the film I caught myself thinking “just imagine what this would have looked like if it wasn’t an independent production”. There is no way a Hollywood executive would have allowed the final dramatic scene on the bridge to be played out without slow motion effects, expensive underwater scenes and a grand original score accompanying the whole ordeal. Jeff, Who Lives at Home never takes itself seriously enough to do something like that. It stays grounded and remains so unfathomably and obviously human. The Duplass brothers just reminded me why I’m passionate about film.

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