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Movie Review: Humpday

Posted in acting, Making Movies, Movie reviews, screenwriting with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on November 24, 2009 by Tom McIntire

I approached the content of Seattle writer/director Lynn Shelton‘s Humpday with some trepidation – in America pretty much the worst thing you can say (or even imply) about a straight man is that he may have some sexual interest in another man. You can see this in evidence in everything from homophobic stand-up comedy to sports trash-talking to films about straight men posing as gays to gain some special right or privilege (or the girl). What I did not want to see was yet another gay-bashing disguised as comedy. I was delighted to find the subject treated in an honest, sensitive and thoughtful manner in the knowing and funny film Humpday.

Dealing with issues of identity and choices beyond sex and sexuality, Humpday chronicles the reunion of college buddies Ben and Andrew. One has taken a more conventional path including marriage, a house and talk of having children. The other has followed the path of the Beat generation artists and poets, traveling around the world with no particular goal in mind but the trip itself. Their assumptions about one another are challenged as are their doubts about themselves and the choices they have made.

Shelton’s script is beautifully crafted and realized. Knowing a bit about the film from reviews and word-of-mouth, I wondered through the first half hour or so how she was going to pull this off. Natural, believable characters unfold as their relationships bend and twist and evolve, revealing surprising truths about love and friendship and sex. Strong performances from the cast, including Shelton’s own luminous supporting role as free-spirited Monica, demonstrate the director’s skillful,  subtle touch. Alycia Delmore‘s turn as Anna, the patient wife struggling to understand her husband and herself and what it means to be married, brings a focus and clarity that is clever and satisfying. Mark Duplass and Joshua Leonard ultimately carry  the day though, delivering what feels like a single seamless performance in their critical scenes together. Their chemistry is just right, as is this enjoyable AND intelligent film.

Humpday is available on Netflix.

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Actresses and Actors – You Need a Web Presence

Posted in acting, Making Movies, Movie reviews, Theatre Reviews with tags , , , , , , , on February 28, 2009 by Tom McIntire

I was writing a review of The Mistakes Madeline Made and was scrambling around looking for links to the actors in case people wanted more info about the talented cast members. Most had something but a few had nothing that came up in Google other than some old reviews. This is a problem if you are in a business where getting your image and information about your work out there is crucial.

Here’s an example of a site for Mary Bliss Mather, who kicks creative butt on a regular basis. While I’m not crazy about the design (Mary Bliss – let’s talk) it gets the message out:
http://www.geocities.com/maryblissmather/

You don’t need to even spend money on a site if you use  Facebook, Biznik.com or LinkedIn. DON’T use your personal facebook account. You’ve got your regular facebook profile to find dates, share photos of you passed out on the sidewalk, whine about having to donate plasma so you can make rent this month (like we all don’t do that) or tell us all what you had for breakfast. Create a new page (use the pages feature in facebook rather than creating a new profile) and keep it current.

If you blog on a regular basis, and link to it from your other sites and pages, you can significantly improve the search results for your pages when someone is searching for your name or your company name. Regular means at least once a week. You don’t have to write a huge essay, just keep people posted with your thoughts on acting, fun things happening around town, shows you like, etc. It’s a way of connecting with people you might not otherwise interact with – what networking is all about for a performer. You can set up a free blog on wordpress.com.

So the next time you wow me with a performance, I want to see your smiling face and resume up on the Web – got it?

Discount Available on Our DVD Titles

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on February 10, 2009 by Tom McIntire

We currently have two DVDs available on createspace.com. Enter this 15% discount code when you check out: J84B5NPP

two julias: A young woman looking for love online gets entangled in a counter-terrorism specialist’s kinky sex game. His mind should really be on his work.
http://www.createspace.com/Store/ShowEStore.jsp?id=250395

Uncomfortably Personal: sportscaster Belle Rosen’s job is on the line with an in-depth profile of eating champion Nikki Angel
http://www.createspace.com/Store/ShowEStore.jsp?id=252787