We can make fun of Ridley Scott for Robin Hood and/or A Good Year -- and his brother Tony for, well, take your pick – but we owe these two a debt of gratitude for executive-producing the year’s most charming film so far, one that gives the heretofore mumble-
core Duplass brothers their first crack at going mainstream. And? Whoosh – they’re there in one fell swoop. CYRUS, the new R-rated rom-com that comes by its rating simply by being real and funny in an adult manner, is a treasure that makes plain how talented are Mark (below, right) and Jay Duplass (below, left). Up to now, writing and or directing and/or sometimes acting (often in the mumblecore of others) -- low-unto-no-budget movies like The Puffy Chair, Hannah Takes the Stairs, Baghead, Humpday -- these two have proven themselves worth watching, if not jumping up and down about. Start jumping.
Cirque du Freak: the Vampire’s Assistant, which proves, as does Cyrus, that this guy can play the hero and romantic lead with the best of them). Tomei matches him moment for moment. She simply grows more gorgeous and supple, mature and desirable as she ages, and here, in the role of a mother and a lover, she excels. Hill could not be better cast, and as he (with the help of his writers/directors) allows his role to grow and deepen, he keeps surprising us. Keener and Matt Walsh have lesser roles but fill them to the brim.
den little jolt when the camera seems to "zoom in" slightly in a way that calls needless attention to itself. In only one out of maybe half-a-dozen uses does it seem legitimate. But this is quibbling.
stand that, regarding relationships, once we find one that has pos-
sibilities -- as the one in this film definitely does -- we can counter the dark via the use of, primarily, whatever intelligence and ration-
ality are at our disposal. And we have to keep on trying. Attempts – one after another – are vital, just as they are, once the relation-
ship matures. I don’t want to oversell Cyrus (what--I already have?), so I’ll just say that this movie makes me more interested than I have been so far to see whatever the Duplasses do next.
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