The Martha M. Masters character on House (played by Amber Tamblyn) got me interested. What else, I wondered, had she done? I ran to my Netflix account to see what I could stream.
Turns out I could stream four of her films. So I had myself a Tamblyn mini-festival.
Started with SPIRAL, a 2007 flick about a serial killer painter (named Mason played by Joel Moore) with Tamblyn as a victim. The painter has an inhaler (asthma), and aside from her character’s inexplicable stupidity in not either going to the cops or just leaving town, Tamblyn does a good job with this role.
Then there was BLACKOUT with Aidan Gillen (who was Stuart Jones in Queer as Folk), one of those movies about three people stuck in an elevator in a (relatively) abandoned building. You’ve seen one of these you’ve seen all of these. Tamblyn is interesting and this time her character has an inhaler.
I followed these two rather depressing experiences with SPRING BREAKDOWN. This has Amy Poehler, Parker
Posey, and a pretty good performance by Sophie Monk as a character named Mason Masters (!), and another strong effort from Jane Lynch as “Senator ‘Kay Bee’ Hartmann” who I am pretty sure is a thinly disguised version of Kay Bailey Hutchinson. It’s a spring break movie with a twist of feminist good intentions. It still ends up being a spring break movie. Tamblyn gets to kiss a girl.
I am now sort of watching the fourth film, BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT, which is a remake of the 1956 Fritz Lang classic with Dana Andrews and Joan Fontaine. I’m not really thrilled about finishing it because I am assuming the same stuff will happen in this version, and it is doubtful that it will be better executed.
The two films she has done this year appear likely to be excellent. 127 HOURS (the one where the guy cuts off his arm), and MAIN STREET (based on a Horton Foote play) figure to be great. (Main Street might be greater.) I will see them when they get to DVD. It’s something to look forward to.