Now complete: The Dissolve's 2014 Movies To See Checklist
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 or fifteen favorite films of the year. 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 because they…
Everything about "The Skeleton Twins" is solid. Nothing really stood out to me, everything just felt pretty decent - including the pacing, acting, some of the writing, chemistry, and the cinematography. Except for the inconsistent tone and a loose structure. It does have a pretty good emotional core to it that was filled with potential but absolutely did not pull any emotional strings for me and majority of them fell flat. The comedic moments were hit or miss, and on a few occasions I found myself chuckling at the movie, but a lot of the humorous lines fell flat like the dramatic moments.
Why I watched this movie? The Skeleton Twins is getting excellent reviews....and I had read that Bill Hader's performance might get some award recognition.
What is this one about? Having both coincidentally cheated death on the same day, estranged twins (Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig) reunite with the possibility of mending their relationship.
My thoughts on this one? Looking at my Letterboxd tags...I was shocked that this was the 8th Hader movie that I have watched in 2014. When did he start appearing in so many movies?
The Skeleton Twins is a much darker movie than I was expecting. Movie deals with death, suicide attempts, adultery and failure....all the things you need for a nice light movie. There are four…
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.
This is sold as a comedy of sorts about depressed siblings, a brother and sister deeply unhappy with their lives who rediscover a bond through their troubles. And the film is exactly that although it massively lets itself down by taking the easy route out again and again, wasting two excellent performances from actors who show a genuine kinship with each other.
Milo (Bill Hader) and Maggie (Kirsten Wiig) haven't spoken to each other in a decade despite their close childhood. We join both in the unhappiest of circumstances on the verge of suicide with Milo's slashed wrists taking it that stage further. A call from the hospital to Maggie tells her that her brother is recovering from the incident…
Water. Is it a giver of life or a bringer of death? It's all a matter of perspective. The thoughts and feelings of the individual can fluctuate rapidly under the most minuscule shifts in circumstance. The path you once thought improbable takes on new meaning. The twins at the center of the picture are surrounded by death and despair. They both long for a sense of fulfillment, any fleeting injection of vitality that can make their existence tolerable. And they find it in the likeliest of places: each other. Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader are these twins. It doesn't have to be stated that they are, because it's as clear as day. The striking performances they give are remarkably poignant…
I went into this without knowing anything about it & really enjoyed it. Honest, funny & moving.
Pleasantly surprising performances from both. Lots of heart and a great score. I definitely felt it.
If you told me a procedural storytelling program analyzed 700 mainstream indie movies and spat out this script, I'd buy it. It's got some appealing moral ambiguity but mostly it's just got The Most Predictable Story Beats In Movie History.
Mostly hated Bill Hader's character. On the one hand, it's always nice to see a movie unafraid to portray gay characters as total fucking assholes. On the other, if you feel the need to have your gay character mention that he's gay every 4 minutes, there's probably a problem somewhere. If only Wiig and Hader's chemistry were given a better place to breathe. C
FINALLY A GREAT MOVIE!!! The 2014 Dramedy THE SKELETON TWINS is one of the most surprising movie I have seen all year! I thought it was just going to be good, but it is even better than that! The way the emotion is handled is really what makes this movie something because when say this movie is seriously relying on emotions I freaking mean it! But it is handled perfectly. The acting really does help drive the emotion really well, and is also really good acting. The Directing is great as well. I think the best thing the director does is handle different changes in tone. The writing is some of the best of the year! The drama in this…
One of the best film of the year 2014. A simple yet complex story of a brother and a sister whose lives are messed up and yet feels so beautiful. This film teaches how to find beauty in all your messiness.
One of the better dark comedies I've seen in awhile. Wiig and Hader play there roles to perfection, having a realistic relationship of a broken brother and sister. Luke Wilson deserves credit for playing a nice guy who we can relate to the main characters making fun of, but don't consider him a rube. Just an all around solid solid movie that I enjoyed because the topic usually interests me.
The first word that came to my mind after watching The Skeleton Twins was unexpected. It stars Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig. Most of us will associate those names with their gigs as former SNL cast members. Anytime I see a poster, trailer or a dvd cover for a film starring former SNL cast members, I immediately expect a stupid comedy. In fact without googling it or checking IMDb, I'm fairly certain this two particular former casts members have been in a stupid comedy together before. This is where it gets unexpected. This film while it has some comedic elements, is not a stupid comedy at all. The humor is actually pretty dark, and it's far more melodramatic than you'd…
Typisch stukje indiedrama zoals je ze verwacht vanuit Sundance, waarbij het verhaal is ondergeschikt aan de personages en losse situaties. Wiig en Hader zijn sterk in de hoofdrollen, maar ergens vond ik Luke Wilson nog interessanter als "gewone" kinkel.
- Stranger by the Lake
- The Lego Movie
- The Grand Budapest Hotel
- Beasts of the Southern Wild
- Lilya 4-Ever
- Life Is Beautiful
- Dancer in the Dark
My five hundred favorite films (1940-2014)
- Under the Skin
- The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Her
- The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him
I still have yet to see a bunch of 2014 films, from the Grand Budapest Hotel to Winter Sleep, Guardians…