Saturday, February 9, 2008
THE TEN is a film that was as Sundance with WAITRESS. I met one of the production executives earlier this year for coffee when he was visiting Los Angeles, and pitched ODD BRODSKY to him. When I told him that OB had some animation in it, along with a big musical number (which it no longer has), he said it sounded really similar to THE TEN, so I knew I had to see it. It's ten short films spoofing the ten commandments, and tied together by stage monologues in between, performed by actor/producer Paul Rudd (who hung out with us at the WAITRESS breakfast (see above photo of him sporting a beard, with Matt). The first 1/2 of the film was hysterical! Winona Ryder was incredible (For Commandment #7: Thou Shalt Not Steel, she's in love with a puppet!) She is really funny! I had no idea! But about half way through something happened. This really disgusting animated sequence came out of nowhere. Then, the next short film featured a naked-guy themed musical number, which could have been funny, but wasn't. And it only got worse. The gigantic finale was a staged "rock band" number on a stage, which included all of the actors from each the short films, singing and having fun. It just didn't work for me at all. It's so strange to have liked the first half SO MUCH and completely dislike the second half.