Stephen Tobolowsky's Birthday Party Reviews
There is no conventional story here by any means, this is basically a simple documentary about a day in Stephen's life on his birthday. He spends the 90 minute run time of the film delivering a number of very interesting stories, while preparing for the birthday party at his home, where he will continue to narrate stories for his guests. A couple of cameras and some editing are really the only elements involved, as Stephen simply speaks openly about things that have occurred in his life.
Currently, Stephen now has a weekly podcast (co-hosted by the slashfilmcast's own David Chen), which I listen to, where he continues to share stories about his life. It is a testament to how well he can deliver a story that keeps me wanting to be entertained by what he has to say, whether it be through a voice on my iPod or simply watching a non-flashy film where he sits/stands and talks everything out.
Whether or not everyone else can see the entertainment value from this is up to each individual, but its nice enough for me to listen this man share his interesting stories.
The stagey birthday party
A word in edgewise?
You will recognize Tobolowski, he is in tons of movies, most notably for me on Sneakers, Memento, and Groundhog Day. I think some would hate this, but if you enjoy a good story you will undoubtedly like it. I will also admit, and it is probably nerdy of me and donā??t tell anyone, but I listen to his Podcast where he tells stories and it is an awesome podcast, my favorite besides PTI and Around the Horn.
Tobolowsky is an articulate, insightful, and very funny man. He owns the room and your attention when he's speaking.
This flick might be a little hard to find, but it's 100% worth your time. If you're looking for a taste of what to expect, check out his new weekly podcast with /filmcast host David Chen, The Tobolowsky Files. It's all very good stuff.
Also, wtf is Amy Adams doing in the background?