In this warm, witty and wise comedy, 30-something Mikey comes to New York on a business trip and stays in his parents’ downtown loft. When his consulting job is finished, instead of returning home to his wife and newborn, Mikey finds an excuse to stay on. And on. –Visit Films
Azazel Jacobs, son of avant-garde filmmaker Ken Jacobs, was born in 1972 and raised in New York’s lower Manhattan, where he was surrounded by important and innovative artists. He went to undergraduate school at the film department of SUNY Purchase and graduated in 1995. His thesis film, “Kirk and Kerry,” won Best Short film at the Slamdance Film Festival in 1997 and recently became part of the permanent collection at the Donnell NY Public Library. In 1999 he moved to Los Angeles to study in the directing program at The American Film Institute. While getting his Masters he made the experimental video “Nobody Needs To Know,” which had its world premiere at the Rotterdam Film Festival in 2003.
Two years later he premiered “The GoodTimesKid,” at the AFI Film Festival in Los Angeles. The film was co-written with Gerardo Naranjo (director of “Drama/Mex” and the upcoming “Voy A Explotar”) who also starred alongside Azazel’s longtime girlfriend Sara Diaz. The super
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Jacobs captures something rare in this quite amazing feature namely that impulse to put life on hold and hide out momentarily in the past. Mike finds he just can't fly back to California after visiting his parents in NYC and resume his life as father, husband and employee. He finds the remnants of his youth preserved in his parent's home and falls into lethargy and deninal of responsibility.
Jacob conjures a fantastic working metaphor when Mike calls his wife for the first time: she can hardly hear his voice on the other side of the phone as their child cries. She is hardly able to give him time, nor does she see he is robbing her of the time she deserves. Ironically, this is what he craves from his own parents, as his own crying baby becomes a metaphor for his under-deverlopment in his wife's life.
Karl Lagerfeld once said in his Twitter ''someone who wants to live like in their past, must have problems with their recent life''. Oddly could be applied on this quirky and delicious effort where we can peek into Azazel Jacobs' soul about his parents and their loft, and his childhood room and memories. Great movie shows characters getting stronger after showing us their stupidity, while bad movie showing us their whines and suffering. This is a great one.
Azazel Jacobs has an acute eye for houses that, without ever crumbling the low-key naturalism of his narratives, can mutate from mere settings