Movie gem of the week: The Living Wake (2007)

The Living Wake(2007) directed by Sol Tryon & written by Mike O’Connel/Peter Kline is a delightful and somewhat disturbing trip to the absurd in a similar vein to Withnail & I, Napolean Dynamite & Wes Anderson’s ‘Rushmore’. 

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Movie gem of the week: Gentlemen Broncos

Gentlemen Broncos(2009) is a quirky, off-beat comedy from Writer/Director Jared Hess(Napoleon Dynamite, Nacho Libre) about a teenage aspiring science fiction writer; who’s novel ‘Yeast Lords’ catches the attention of his writing idol and the various quirky ‘characters’ he meets along the way.

Interspersed are surreal(and just plain bizarre) fantasy sequences based on ‘Yeast Lords’; reminiscent of Heavy Metal(1981).


Jemaine Clement(Flight of the Conchords, Men In Black 3, Rio) has a brilliant turn as the jaded and eccentric ‘best-selling’ writer; which parodies the genre perfectly.

I also enjoyed Jennifer Coolidge(American Pie, 2 Broke Girls) as the wacky single mother who owns a dated clothing store.


If you enjoyed the zane wackiness of Napoleon Dynamite then it’s safe to say you will enjoy this flick; if not it may be something of an acquired taste, but worth a try!