Thursday, April 1, 2010
BREAKING UPWARDS arrives from DIY-ers Daryl Wein & Zoe Lister-Jones
TrustMovies is glad he viewed BREAKING UPWARDS -- the new do-it-yourself movie from fledgling filmmakers and on-again/off-again couple Daryl Wein & Zoe Lister-Jones -- before he read the full-page article by Larry Rohter in this past Sunday's Art & Leisure section of The New York Times. In it is detailed how the movie came to be at the relatively rock-bottom cost (for a film shot in NYC) of only $15,000. Much of the information Rohter provides is very interesting, especially for would-be filmmakers.
Woody Allen (his themes may be present but little of his wit or style), is finally rather dreary. Breaking Upwards -- which details what happens when a young couple, played by the filmmakers (shown above, with Lister-Jones at left), decides to take some time off from each other -- has a relatively starry cast for DIY: Julie White (below), Andrea Martin, Peter Friedman, LaChanze, Pablo Schreiber, Olivia Thirlby and Ebon Moss-Bachrach.
Peter Duchan (not the piano-player; that's Duchin). Then Ms Lister-Jones was brought in to add the proper feminine touch because of its original skew toward the male prerogative. Oddly, it still skews heavily male, given how Ms Lister-Jones' character (whom we shall assume she both wrote and acts) has the bad habit of shooting herself in the foot with alarming regularity. She whines continually, especially about her short stature (and then proceeds to wear only clothes -- such as very short skirts & dresses -- that call undue attention to this). She, as does Wein, plays the on-again/off-again card to distraction, and while I commend her for giving us a "warts-and-all" characterization, I just wish she were not quite so charmless.
polyamory, anyone?), they don't bring much of interest to their subjects, as did (even without the hardcore scenes) John Cameron Mitchell in his movie Shortbus.
IFC Films, opens Friday, April 2, at the IFC Center; on April 9th in Los Angeles at the Laemmle Sunset 5; and on April 16 in San Francisco at Landmark Theatres' Lumiere. It is concurrently available from IFC On-Demand via many TV-reception providers. Check here for how to determine if yours has it.