My six hundred favorite films (1940-2014); 615-652 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.
In 2013, suicide became the leading cause of death among middle-aged Americans. No subsequent film has reflected that extraordinary statistic as eloquently as The Skeleton Twins, a dramedy that somehow manages to be entirely about suicide while refusing to treat it as anything especially exceptional at the same time. In two of their best performances, Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader play Maggie and Milo, a pair of twins who reunite for the first time in ten years after attempting suicide on the same day. Bunking down in their home town in upstate New York, they proceed to deal with their demons – Maggie’s fiancee Lance (Luke Wilson), Milo’s high school teacher and first lover Rich (Ty Burrell) – in what…
Dramatic cliches and shitty indie rock music cues step all over a couple of very fine lead performances.
In one of The Skeleton Twins’ best scenes, Milo (Bill Hader) convinces his (until recently) estranged twin sister Maggie (Kirsten Wiig) to join him in a delightfully silly lip synch to Starship. ‘And if this world runs out of lovers, we’ll still have each other, nothing’s gonna stop us now.’ Yet, despite them being good company for most of the film’s running time, I was never convinced of the newfound resolve of this gruesome twosome. It felt too much like pretend.
From a hospital bed at the beginning of the film, Milo is reunited with Maggie for the first time in 10 years, having just survived a suicide attempt. Offered a place to recuperate at Maggie and her husband Lance’s…
While it was dark and funny I felt it could have gone a lot darker and a lot funnier.
The performances by Bill Hader, Kirsten Wiig and even Luke Wilson was in equal parts heartbreaking and a pleasure to watch. They thrived in this comedy-drama and I really wish they make more films like this.
Wiig + Hader 4ever
This doesn't necessarily do anything I haven't seen before – clinically depressed siblings reconnect after ten years – but man does it do it well. This is largely down to the brilliant work of Kristin Wiig and Bill Hader who both deliver amazingly nuanced performances that balance on the razor's edge between heartbreaking and hilarious. And it's important to mention the laughs because all the buzz about this one has been, "SNL vets get serious!" Well, yes, there's that angle, but I laughed at The Skeleton Twins as much as any other comedy this year, and more than some (A Million Ways to Die in the West or Tammy, anyone?).
Don't be scared away by those who try to paint…
This film was set in (and partially filmed in) my hometown so I had to see it. Enjoyed it but if left me feeling anxious. The cast -- all eight of them -- were fantastic and I'm really glad I saw it.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
While Hader and Wiig deliver key performances, all the comedic wonder in this film comes from Luke Wilson. Sadly, what could have been a fully realized look at late twenties angst only manages to get lost in its own desire to prove that it is an artistic piece.
Hader deserves the accolades he's been receiving for this. All and all, the plot is not the steam powering this ship, it's the interaction between the main three characters. Owen Wilson is perfect and a surprisingly funny foil to the dark duo of Wiig and Hader.
It delivered what I expected, a nice blend of macabre, dry humor with some eternally broken characters. My fave!
- Beasts of the Southern Wild
- Lilya 4-Ever
- Life Is Beautiful
- Dancer in the Dark
- Christiane F.
- The Shining
- Lost in Translation
- Boogie Nights
- Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion
- There Will Be Blood
These are my all time favorite films, pretty much ranked in order. There are some that are pretty much tied…
- 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.…