Jesse Eisenberg

Identity Thief: The Double

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Jesse Eisenberg walks down a sparsely lit corridor next to himself in an extended tracking shot. He walks next to himself. He peers over to check how alike the man next to him is. But he hates that man. And he hates himself. The irony. In Richard Ayoade’s adaptation of Dostoyevsky’s novella The Double, Eisenberg shows how painful self-loathing can be and how it can drive someone insane. Labyrinthine and Freudian, it grabs you by the neck and doesn’t let go.

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2012 in Film: #54 – Rio

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2012 in Film: #54

Rio (2011) | Directed by Carlos Saldanha

Grade: B

Thoughts: Adorable and cute animated film that is, in all honesty, kinda fluffy. What’s nice about this film is that, while it does have some environmental subtext (save the birds!), it isn’t shoved down your throat like, say, Wall-E (sorry, I still love you though). Charming cast. If Eisenberg does this well playing a neurotic, frantic character, I hope he does just as well in Woody Allen’s new film. Hathaway is great. But is obnoxious, as are the human characters. Not sure why there are so many Angry Bird derived characters though.