Indie Gems: For Your Consideration
Actors are special.
Marilyn Hack (Catherine O'Hara) is a struggling actress that has a starring role in a small budget film called Home For Purim. When an anonymous comment online talks about her being Oscar worthy good, Marilyn, and the other stars of the film, Victor Allen Miller (Harry Shearer) and Callie Webb (Parker Posey) start to let it get to their heads. It's not just them either, the entire production is caught up in the awards season buzz before they even finish shooting.
The film works as a great satire on Hollywood, actors, and what probably happens behind the scenes during our beloved awards season. O'Hara, Shearer, and Posey are spectacular and both make us feel bad for their characters and cringe at them. The film's extensive supporting cast works on so many levels. It's almost kind of shocking to see the film tackle the behind the scenes aspects of film making. The suits coming in and totally disregarding the writers and changing not only the film's title, but so many other things.
Everyone who reads this blog knows I live for awards season. So many of us do, it's just fun to predict, see these great films, then get drunk and tweet about them on Oscar night. Although after doing that for so many years, watching the process this film went through regarding the nominations had me going "wait, wait wait!" a few times. "This film is being released in January? It already missed the Oscar cut off." "Why is no one talking about the Globes or SAGs?"
Memorable Quote: "I don't want anyone to know what I look like from the back." - Whitney Taylor Brown (Jennifer Coolidge)