The most basic instinct of man is to survive, to persevere and overcome obstacles to extend life. Many films explore this theme and it usually provides for some rather riveting storytelling. The new indie Irish export The Survivalist is one such film and it is a tale that, while told in a bleak and harsh manner, is a film definitely worth checking out. The performances are all quite good and the filmmaking style is of the utmost quality. Fans of taut premises and sobering scenarios should take in this special film because it is among the finest, not only of Irish cinema but recent indie cinema in general.
Breakups can be hard, there’s no doubt about that. They can leave a person feeling vulnerable and utterly alone. They can also provide for some very interesting cinema. The dissolution of a relationship can either be heartbreakingly sad or pretty darn hilarious. The new independent dramedy Tenured is a little bit of both, leaning more on the side of comedy and the results are really rather good. With a cast full of gifted comedic actors and a sharp script, this is a movie that everyone should see. Not only are the leading actors solid but so is the supporting cast, which consists of talented young 10-year-olds. All in all, Tenured is a winner.
Kevin Pollack is a man of many talents. He is a gifted actor, comedian and impressionist and most recently, he has added “documentary filmmaker” to that list of professions. His new film Misery Loves Comedy is an intriguing examination of comedians and the darkness that often accompanies the job. In the film, Pollack serves as an interviewer, asking probing questions with some of the entertainment industry’s leading jokesters. I recently caught up with Mr. Pollack and sat down with the talented funny man to find out more about the film and what it means to comedians this day an age. Here’s how the interview went: