Five Favorite Films with Mark Duplass

The star of Your Sister's Sister and Safety Not Guaranteed on his five favorite sibling movies.

One of the breakout stars of the "mumblecore" movement that evolved during the mid-2000s, Mark Duplass has gone from writing, directing and starring in no-budget independent films to successfully adapting his brand of comedy-drama for a (relatively more) mainstream audience. Duplass and his brother/collaborator Jay scored indie hits with 2010's Cyrus and this year's Jeff, Who Lives At Home, while as an actor he's currently starring as a self-styled time traveler in the critical fave Safety Not Guaranteed.

This week, Duplass looks to continue his fertile run with Your Sister's Sister, Humpday director Lynne Shelton's well-reviewed comedy which finds him caught in a love triangle with two sisters -- played by Emily Blunt and Rosemary DeWitt. To mark the movie's opening, Duplass shared his Five Favorite "sibling" Films with us -- which is both fitting and revealing, considering his working dynamic with his brother and how much of their stuff revolves around the strains of family.


You Can Count On Me (Kenneth Lonergan, 2000; 97% Tomatometer)

"Terry, I f--ked my boss." That line defines this relationship. She's supposed to be the "together" one. Maybe she's not. This movie was a huge influence on me. The inherent sadness and comedy of two siblings forced together to get their crappy lives on track. So good.




Say Anything... (Cameron Crowe, 1989; 98% Tomatometer)

Here you have John and Joan Cusack playing on-screen siblings. It's a smaller relationship in the film, but the authenticity of their dynamic always stuck with me. Watch this one again just to see these two at their best.




What's Eating Gilbert Grape (Lasse Hallström, 1993; 89% Tomatometer)

The way that Gilbert loves Arnie in this film is so sweet and sad to me. The guilt, the exhaustion, even the jealousy. It's a fantastic relationship and two of our best actors are in their prime here.




Punch-Drunk Love (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2002; 79% Tomatometer)

Adam Sandler and his gaggle of bitter, hateful, horrible sisters provide some of the most uncomfortable on-screen comedy in cinematic history. In one scene with his sisters, P.T. Anderson justifies all of his main character's odd behavior for the entire film.




Adaptation (Spike Jonze, 2002; 91% Tomatometer)

These are my favorites. Donald and Charlie Kaufman. Both played by Nicholas Cage to perfection. I could go for days on this one. But the journey from Donald's insufferable buffoonery to where they end up is like nothing I've ever seen. Funny, sad, beautiful stuff.




Your Sister's Sister is in theaters this week.

Comments

Thomas E.

Thomas Eli

Well thanks Mark! So nice of you to share. Oh and that thing at Sundance, that night on the north side for a couple hours? Not to worry, no white walker future meltdowns.

Jun 12 - 11:19 AM

LestattheVamp

Lestat TheVampire

SOMEBODY'S got sibling issues..

Jun 12 - 12:08 PM

Ryan Kissam

Ryan Kissam

hahaha! i noticed that as well

Jun 12 - 12:33 PM

Smokie G.

Smokie Gonzalez

It's a sibling related list..... Hello...

Jun 12 - 12:55 PM

Darby Green

Darby Green

SOMEBODY"S got a reading comprehension problem. The article is titled "five favorite sibling movies".

Jun 21 - 02:42 PM

Ryan Kissam

Ryan Kissam

hahaha! i noticed that as well

Jun 12 - 12:33 PM

Smokie G.

Smokie Gonzalez

It's a sibling related list..... Hello...

Jun 12 - 12:55 PM

Epic Barney Funk

Barney Funk

Nice little selection of movies here. The best on the list would probably be Whats Eating Gilbert Grape. Just saying.

Jun 12 - 12:49 PM

Smokie G.

Smokie Gonzalez

It's a sibling related list..... Hello...

Jun 12 - 12:55 PM

Nathan S.

Nathan Sellers

'You can count on me' and 'punch drunk love' are great. And this is a fun list of films.

Jun 12 - 01:04 PM

nate2709

Nate 2709

Definitely the two best titles on the list.

Jun 12 - 02:51 PM

JC Martel

JC Martel

Adaptation is great.

Jun 12 - 01:11 PM

Tonio G.

Tonio Gonzalez

what's mumblecore?

Adaptation is definitely one of my favourite movies ever. There's barely one movie per year that is this good and fresh.

I've seen Gilbert Grape for the first time a week ago and it's also a very decent movie. It was funny to see DiCaprio as a retard, and Depp without the ton of makeup or extravagant outfits that he usually wears.

Jun 12 - 01:18 PM

Dave J

Dave J

Di Caprio in "What's Eating Gilbert..." is one of his best performances of all time and more convincing than say Sean Penn of "I Am Sam" and Juliette Lewis of "The Other Sister"!

Jun 12 - 01:51 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Mumblecore - pseudo-realisitic indie genre featuring disaffected, aimless college grads.

Jun 12 - 03:37 PM

Reza T.

Reza Trikurnia

mumblecore genre like funny ha ha, Nights and Weekends, and quiet city....

Jun 13 - 11:33 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Did you find Nights and Weekends "ha ha" funny? I found it uncomfortably anxious, with an unnecessarially jaded ending. And I love Greta Gerwig, but, it's just hard for me to relate, I guess. It's young adults intellectualizing their way out of being affectionate to each other.

Jun 13 - 03:00 PM

hamsterfactor

Estefania Rivera

I think he/she's talking about the movie "Funny Ha Ha", which is also mumblecore.

Jun 14 - 11:55 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Duly corrected. That one's a little earlier. I'll have to look into it.

Jun 14 - 12:01 PM

Dave J

Dave J

Di Caprio in "What's Eating Gilbert..." is one of his best performances of all time and more convincing than say Sean Penn of "I Am Sam" and Juliette Lewis of "The Other Sister"!

Jun 12 - 01:51 PM

nate2709

Nate 2709

Definitely the two best titles on the list.

Jun 12 - 02:51 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Duplass is such a sappy putz. :) Look at him. These are all very good movies, of course, especially "Adaptation" and "Punch Drunk Love" (with Philip Seymour Hoffman's most awesome role). At least Duplass isn't comparing himself to Cassavetes anymore. "Evolved" isn't exactly a word I would associate with mumblecore. Maybe "dour", "lethargic", "spoiled". I love Greta though. Weird world.

Jun 12 - 03:35 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Mumblecore - pseudo-realisitic indie genre featuring disaffected, aimless college grads.

Jun 12 - 03:37 PM

Adrian B.

Adrian Ballam

Why is Adaptation's rating 85%, yet on the Tomatometer, it is 91%? Stupid RT doesn't get anything right.

Jun 12 - 03:37 PM

Dana Cavanaugh

Dana Cavanaugh

Anyone who puts ANY Adam Sandler move on their "favorites" list obviously doesn't know what a great movie is. Adam Sandler has long been a carbuncle on the fanny of cinema and one that I have hoped in vain would disappear once all the Kool-Aid had been consumed. Alas, it has not come to pass. Americans and there taste in movies hits a new low with each passing year. But, I do have to agree with the inclusion of "What's Eating Gilbert Grape". It's a fine film. Leonardo DiCaprio's performance in "What's Eating Gilbert Grape" showed us what a promising, brilliant actor he could be. Unfortunately, he has never repeated that greatness.

Jun 12 - 10:31 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Punch Drunk Love is a Paul Thomas Anderson film. Sandler just stars in it. There is a very broad difference.

Jun 12 - 10:54 PM

Chris Vibert

Chris Vibert

seriously...wow a lil closed minded! pt anderson = one of the best

Jun 13 - 11:19 AM

hamsterfactor

Estefania Rivera

Have you even SEEN Punch-Drunk Love? Jesus.

Jun 14 - 11:54 AM

Billy Skelly

Billy Skelly

have you not seen Funny People??? one of the only movies I can watch over and over again... hilarious movie with some real problems attached to it... love it, absolutely

Jun 17 - 12:36 AM

ChanceySinclair

Dwayne Lachance

You can't listen to anyone who doesn't know how to use there and their properly.

Jul 3 - 09:57 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Punch Drunk Love is a Paul Thomas Anderson film. Sandler just stars in it. There is a very broad difference.

Jun 12 - 10:54 PM

Ron McDon

Ron McDon

Any list with Punch-Drunk Love on it gets a thumbs up from me!

Jun 13 - 12:10 AM

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