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|From season 2. Ben Mark Holzberg /
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|From season 3. Ben Mark Holzberg/
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|If cake eaters are those who have the good things in life, then Dwight ("Beagle") Kimbrough (Aaron Stanford) has eaten very little cake in his twenty-some years. He has chosen family duty over personal dreams, caring for his mother through years of illness when his father, nicknamed "Easy" (Bruce Dern), abandoned that responsibility. Beagle has done what he knows he ought to have done, but he has given up a lot and harbors suppressed anger, especially against those who have made other, more selfish, choices. Beagle is not clever or quick, but he is kind, with a natural inclination to take care of needy people and animals. His pleasures are small and gently eccentric: feeding stray dogs with scraps from his father's butcher shop, dipping tobacco, painting fanciful versions of road-sign icons—"no left turn," "winding road," etc. Beagle's circumscribed life is jolted when his mother dies. His older brother Guy (Jayce Bartok), who left town precipitously three years ago to travel as a rock musician, returns, missing the funeral but vaguely intent on making amends. His father's longstanding adultry is revealed. And when he meets Georgia (Kristen Stewart), an appealing and needy 15-year old stricken with a degenerative neurological condition, Beagle finds his laudable impulses drawing him into the company of those cake eaters whose actions others might consider neither sensible nor acceptable.Viewing: Extras:
"...where Aja's version really leaps beyond Craven's both atmospherically and on the violence scale is in the second hour, which has Doug discovering his inner Rambo as he hunts down the mutants to their hideout in an old government testing 'village'.... Stanford, a long ways from his 'Tadpole' debut, seems to relish Doug's transformation from peacenik to red-eyed revenger...." —Robert Koehler, Variety
|Neal Downs (Aaron Stanford) is caught between his dream that's not happening and his everyday life that is. He's a musician. His dream is to create unique take-no-prisoners rock music, but most of his time is spent working at Flakes, a funky one-of-a-kind breakfast cereal bar in New Orleans' French Quarter. His girlfriend, Miss Pussy Katz (Zooey Deschanel) wants him to free more time for his music, but Neal knows that the time he does spend at his sound studio has so far produced nothing with the authenticity and originality he so prizes.
|In fact, he's finding more of those qualities at Flakes, where he enjoys practicing the perhaps simpler skills of serving an array of flakey customers and discussing the esoterica of breakfast cereal with the aficionados who hang about the place. He could remain content to drift along in life's middle lane waiting for his musical groove to kick in, but Miss P will not let him follow that route. She loves him too much to let his dream wither. After all, it's part of her dream too. Then, even his work at Flakes is threatened when blatantly corporate competition, calling itself "The New Original Flakes," moves in across the street. Neal can no longer drift. If he does, he could loose the woman he loves, the job he's fond of, and a dream that has always told him who he is.Viewing:
" One of the more spot-on cinematic attempts to convey the flavor of New Orleans as a place that embraces eccentricity as a way of life, Flakes is a tasty indie comedy that's all the more palatable for offering an affectionate glimpse at a pre-Katrina Big Easy. ...Whether they're squabbling or sweet-talking or pontificating, Stanford and Deschanel play well together. Perhaps more important, they also keep their characters from coming off as impossibly presumptuous or self-righteous." —Joe Leydon, Variety
|Above all, John "Rugged" Rudgate wants to be seen as awesome, a figure of fear and respect. This is an impossible dream for a scrawny 28-year-old never-has-been working a minimum wage job at the clam shack in a small northern New England mill town. Nevertheless he has convinced himself that, if he plays his cards right, he could become known as the most serious badass in Rutland, New Hampshire. Yes, what Rugged presents as big-time scores, others experience as small-time scams. Yes, Rugged's confrontations with tough guys invariably end in his humiliation, and yes, his tales of payback are pure fiction. Yes, his rent is overdue, his van is falling apart, his score with the ladies is zero. Still, with a positive attitude and an entrepreneurial spirit well shielded from reality, Rugged pursues his vision. When he decides for once to attempt actual revenge for a public humiliation, a chain of events ensues in which the world Rugged has created conspires with some unfortunate and violent realities to achieve, for a brief glorious moment, Rugged's dream.Viewing: Extras:
"A slacker psycho thriller that will keep audiences off balance 'til the bitter end, "Runaway" manages to use the questions it raises -- via narrative inconsistencies and character quirks -- to pack more powder into its explosive payoff. Pic will find favor not just at fests but with younger auds in general, especially those craving a bit of the off-beat. Teenaged moviegoers in particular may relate to the alienated, James Deanish persona of Michael Adler, played with convincing, fractured charm by Aaron Stanford. " —John Anderson, Variety
|Miles Richardson (Aaron Stanford) is collateral damage in this cautionary tale about the perils of psychiatric treatment. The focus is Jane Mathis, M.D. (Vinessa Shaw), a psychiatrist specializing in post-trauma therapy. She herself is undergoing therapy after having been attacked and injured by one of her patients. The therapy appears to be working, though she still has flashbacks to, and nightmares about, the attack. She has resumed her practice, albeit just with patients who have rather boring troubles. She has met a man she is comfortable with, Miles, a police officer who himself has undergone years of therapy after a failed marriage. Then Jane, in a fit of overconfidence, takes on a new patient, Alex (Kevin Rahm)) with much more challenging problems. After that, Jane's life spirals out of control. Neither her psychiatrist's efforts at intervention nor Miles' unwavering support, including a proposal of marriage, are able to break her fascination with her new patient or banish the demons that have invaded her life.Viewing: Extras: