Joe Swanberg has gone from prolific director of divisive mumblecore indies to director of more widely-seen and loved indie features, like Drinking Buddies — although Swanberg has been making films for over a decade, Drinking Buddies was his mainstream breakout. Or as mainstream as indies can get, anyway. As you can see in the trailer for his latest, his appeal is only growing.
Writer and director Joe Swanberg reunites with his 'Drinking Buddies' star Anna Kendrick for 'Happy Christmas,' an intimate indie dramedy in which Kendrick stars as a willfully regressive 27 year-old who moves in with her older brother and his wife, only to throw their world into (minor) upheaval. A charming counterpoint to popular man-child narratives, Swanberg's latest asks not for sympathy for its main character, but merely identification and a little empathy.
Director (and actor) Todd Louiso follows up 'Love Liza' and 'The Marc Pease Experience' with 'Hello I Must Be Going,' based on a script from first-time scribe Sarah Koskoff. The film follows Amy, a woman going through a divorce who is forced to move back in with her parents in suburban Connecticut, when she meets -- and falls for -- a much younger man. While the film comes close, but never quite manages, to punch you in the gut, Melanie Lynskey's portrayal of Amy is absolutely resonant.
'Two and a Half Men' fans know Melanie Lynskey as the wacky and sweetly diabolical Rose, who may or may not have been responsible for the untimely demise of Charlie Harper. But in the Sundance hit film 'Hello I Must Be Going,' the actress takes on a far different role -- that of a rather reluctant cougar.