Critics’ picks, November 1–14, 2012
Three comedies, of sorts, arrive on VOD.
1. The Color Wheel
Dir. Alex Ross Perry. 2011. N/R. 83mins. Perry, Carlen Altman, Bob Byington.
There’s more than meets the eye in Perry’s micro-budget indie—a scrappy road comedy that morphs into something truly transgressive. Available on VUDU Tue 13.
2. The Queen of Versailles
Dir. Lauren Greenfield. 2012. PG. 100mins. Documentary.
Time-share mogul David Siegel recently threatened to lay off employees if Obama wins the election. We can’t decide if that makes it easier or harder to enjoy this documentary, which shows what happens when the 2008 financial crisis begins and Siegel’s bubble of luxury bursts. Available widely on demand Tue 13.
3. The Comedy
Dir. Rick Alverson. 2012. N/R. 90mins. Tim Heidecker, Liza Kate, Kate Lyn Sheil, Eric Wareheim, James Murphy.
Is it a dead-serious DIY drama or a bone-dry mumblecore spoof? Either way, Alverson’s unclassifiable Sundance export represents an evolution in the anti-comedy stylings of its star, Adult Swim Dadaist Heidecker. Available widely on demand.