Azazel Jacobs’ previous film, The Lovers, establishes its overarching and consistent tone from the time the opening studio logo appears. A self-consciously melodramatic piece of score cues the audience to recognize Jacobs’ perspective. He humorously heightens the stakes for an otherwise mundane story of aging lovers and their affairs.
His follow-up feature, an adaptation of Patrick DeWitt’s novel French Exit, contains no less vibrant an expression of Jacobs’ directorial stamp. Yet there’s something slipperier and tougher to pin down here, largely because the droll wit never seems to coalesce around a clear point of view. The result is a satire of New York’s upper crust that feels like it pulls punches, if only because it seems to have no clear direction as to where – and how – Jacobs wants them to land.
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Posted on Wednesday, January 4th, 2017 by Angie Han
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: a longtime couple finds that the spark has gone out of their marriage, and begin seeking satisfaction in outside affairs. One thing leads to another, the new relationships grow more serious, and it looks like the marriage is about to be over for good. So far, so familiar, right?
But then Azazel Jacobs‘ The Lovers throws a curveball. In this film, the couple, played by Tracy Letts and Debra Winger, unexpectedly find that their extramarital activities have rekindled the passion within the marriage. It’s not long before the spouses find themselves cheating on the people that they were cheating on each other with (played by Aidan Gillen and Melora Waters. Watch The Lovers trailer below. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 by Angie Han
A new trailer has been released for Azazel Jacobs‘ Terri, an indie coming-of-age film that premiered at Sundance earlier this year. On that information alone, you could probably make a pretty good guess as to what the film’s about: a high school outsider who learns to accept himself, thanks in part to the guidance of an offbeat mentor/authority figure. What sets Terri apart (somewhat) is an intriguing cast, which includes John C. Reilly and The Office‘s Creed Bratton. Jacob Wysocki, seen most recently on the beloved-but-cancelled series Huge, plays the titular teenage misfit. Watch the trailer after the jump.
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When John C. Reilly is in a movie, it’s a given that his character is going to be likable. That’s the quality Reilly brings to each role he plays, he’s always the kind of guy you’d want to hang out with. Unless, of course, he’s your high school vice principal. In Terri, directed by Azazel Jacobs and written by Patrick deWitt, Reilly plays a vice principal who develops an unlikely friendship with the title character, played by Jacob Wysocki, who is regularly teased and ridiculed. Terri will have its world premiere in competition at the Sundance Film Festival next month and now you can see a few photos from the film after the jump. Read More »