My six hundred favorite films (1940-2014); 618-653 are not ordered yet.
The Skeleton Twins
Estranged twins Maggie and Milo coincidentally cheat death on the same day, prompting them to reunite and confront the reasons their lives went so wrong. As the twins' reunion reinvigorates them, they realize the key to fixing their lives may just lie in repairing their relationship.
An immediate addition to my top ten favorite films of the year, possibly my top five. Whoever Craig Johnson is, he sure as hell knows how to create a perfect blend of comedy and drama, and I'm already eagerly anticipating his next film.
These are what I would describe as breakout performances for Kristin Wiig and Bill Hader, because it demonstrates that they can apply their comedic styles to realistic, dramatic roles.
One of the things that I enjoyed most about The Skeleton Twins was how the tone of the film was equally as bipolar as the characters; it fluctuates between upbeat and tragic moments with the same instability as its protagonists.
Nonetheless, Maggie and Milo hardly seemed like characters…
I wasn't sure exactly what about this film was drawing me into seeing it in the theaters, especially on opening day (at least in my area). I hadn't seen any previews, just read a simple synopsis and knew about the general cast involved. But now I realize that, whether the reasoning have been some subconscious knowing or just the way things work out, that this film is exactly what I needed to see at this particular time in my life. Much of it hit closer to home than expected and it managed to bring about that odd occurrence when it suddenly seems like something gets in both of my eyes.. on more than one occasion, I might add.
I don't think enough films explore the bonds between siblings. So often it's romantic or parent-child relationships. I'm not a twin, but I have a little brother close in age to me and we both struggle with mental illness. Growing up, we had a pretty typical sibling rivalry, and there were times when I told anyone who would listen how much I hated him. Something my mom and my 8th grade teacher said has resonated with me all this time - they predicted that as adults, we would be very close. No one would understand us like we understand each other, and we'd depend on each other for emotional support. We would be "all each other had." Now that we're…
ONLY LOSERS LEFT ALIVE, or THE OTHER WILSON.
Obscene financial traction for a movie featuring "SNL's" Stefon and Gilly as two seriously bummed out, suicidal siblings is, okay, too much to ask. But it's weird how few people seem to be discussing "The Skeleton Twins" in a positive light, at least from what I've seen. It has its fair share of verbal feuds which would make "August: Osage County" blue instead of red in the face...well, not necessarily. Um. I think I had more notable complaints when I was sitting in the theater than I do thinking back on it now. *tugs collar*
This is an actor's movie, though perhaps less so than I was anticipating. All…
Man, this film was a lot darker than I expected. Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader are astounding in their roles and their chemistry in some of the more heartfelt and funnier moments are fantastic.
I was a bit worried about the Skeleton Twins. I really liked the actors in it, and was curious to seem them in more dramatic roles, but the trailer made me think the movie would be really cliche. Maybe it was really cliche but the really great performances from all the actors and the incredibly solid script covered that up for the most part.
I love Bill Hader. He is by far one of my favorite SNL cast members. I loved him even more when I found out he is a huge movie buff. Here's a video of him looking at Criterion movies. His excitement looking at all the movies is contagious. That video actually introduced me to House, what…
Such a wonderful film. The chemistry between Hader and Wiig is joyous. My SoF review: scribehardonfilm.wordpress.com/2014/09/29/the-skeleton-twins-review-cleaning-out-the-closet/
Intimate little film about sibling connections, past confrontations, and deep-rooted insecurities. What makes this film truly sizzle are the performances. We already miss the ex-SNL talents off-screen; to see their chemistry rekindle is rewarding in and of itself.
I really liked this movie. Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig's relationship in the movie was both hilarious and very moving. A few scenes seemed a bit awkward and unneeded, but all around... I loved it.
REVIEW / RATING EMBARGOED
I wish I had a twin...and emotional problems.
It's very Sundance-y (to put it briefly) and has some of the eye-rolling on the nose symbolism that indie dramedies are known for, but it has heart where it counts. And both Wiig and Hader completely knock it out of the park with their performances. It's honestly the pair that elevate the movie, not the other way around.
I'm getting really tired of movies with mental illness playing such a large role that seemingly get wrapped up into a neat ending with the prospect of hope at the end. This movie has all the cliches of characters with depression that I really, really hate.
I thought the plot was a little lacking in parts, but god damnit Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig won me over big time with their performances.
It's good. Not anywhere near great, really, but it's most certainly good.
What truly went above and beyond were the performances from Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig. They possess a natural chemistry that produces all kinds of raw emotion and interplay, and it translates well onto the silver screen.
What Twins suffers from is an uneven balance of comedy and drama. I don't really believe it was the direction from Craig Johnson, because he obviously knows how to direct actors.
The story and the screenplay don't go very well together.
The subject material (depression, suicide, emotional issues, adultery) is heavy, but it still remains to be somewhat lighthearted.
It tries not to overwhelm you, when really, in my opinion...
- Beasts of the Southern Wild
- Lilya 4-Ever
- Life Is Beautiful
- Dancer in the Dark
- Christiane F.
- The Raid 2
- Guardians of the Galaxy
- X-Men: Days of Future Past
- We Are the Best!
All the 2014 US releases I've seen ranked from best to worst.
- Blue Is the Warmest Color
- Come and See
- Andrei Rublev
Based on Steve Grzesiak's awesome list idea.
Only including first time viewings and narrative-fiction films.
Only including feature length films.…