Wild Canaries Reviews

  • Aug 07, 2018

    Entertaining but pretty lazy in its execution of mystery plot intricacies. The chemistry between all the relatable characters keeps the film afloat for the most part until it tries to tie up its absurd mystery in a bland 2 minute window near the end. Still, it's worth a watch. It's very rare to see mysteries this casual which I kind of admired.

    Entertaining but pretty lazy in its execution of mystery plot intricacies. The chemistry between all the relatable characters keeps the film afloat for the most part until it tries to tie up its absurd mystery in a bland 2 minute window near the end. Still, it's worth a watch. It's very rare to see mysteries this casual which I kind of admired.

  • Jul 12, 2016

    Takal's character is so incredibly annoying I wanted to tell her to shut up. Other than that, confusing ending and 'okay' story.

    Takal's character is so incredibly annoying I wanted to tell her to shut up. Other than that, confusing ending and 'okay' story.

  • Sep 04, 2015

    muy buena! me encantó

    muy buena! me encantó

  • Jul 28, 2015

    absolute despicable trash. Lawrence Michael Levine is a thief who couldn't even have the decency to steal another artist's work and then actually make a good (or even decent) movie with it. what a fuckhead

    absolute despicable trash. Lawrence Michael Levine is a thief who couldn't even have the decency to steal another artist's work and then actually make a good (or even decent) movie with it. what a fuckhead

  • Jesse O Super Reviewer
    Jul 21, 2015

    Unsure of what to make about this film. It's obvious that there's a lot of enthusiasm behind this project and it's clearly a labor of love from all of those involved. It's a tribute to old-school screwball murder mysteries, but I just don't think that the film really comes together in an entertaining fashion until much later in the film. It really gets going once both Noah and Barri join forces in their 'investigation' to figure out who's behind the conspiracy going on here. Prior to that, both Noah and Barri spend almost every scene together arguing and yelling at each other about something or another. Whether it be their economical situation, their lack of support for the other, their wedding, potential extramarital affairs, the fact that Barri is pursuing a murder investigation without any proof of one, etc, etc. It gets to a point where this couple is really just insufferable to listen to and parts of me wouldn't have minded if I shut off the movie. It's not that every film character should be likable, but you have to at least understand their motivations in acting they way they do, even if they're acting irrationally or annoying, as these two frequently do. And in some parts, I do see why they behave a certain way, but I still found them insufferable for, at least, 65% of the film. And I get the reasoning behind it, Noah and Barri's relationship needed a spark, and this murder investigation gave it to them, it just comes too late into the film to truly make an impact. This is one of those films that some will simply dismiss as a hipster-indie comedy and I don't think that's fair. While I didn't think it was good, it was really close to it by the end actually, I don't think there's any real 'pretentiousness' in the film itself, I think that people are letting the vibe of the film, or its trailer, take importance over the content of the film itself. You can't pass judgment based on your perception of the film without having seen it. I do think that as the film nears the end, everything starts coming together really nicely. They're really into the murder mystery and they're feeding you bits and pieces of information to keep you intrigued. The comedy also really clicked right around the same time. The best bits are just as the film is ending. It's not like there aren't any funny moments prior to that, it's just that they come with more frequency as the film reaches its climax. The writing is acceptable, at least as far as dialogue goes, the narrative itself doesn't really work until, as mentioned, it nears the climax. The acting is quite good, easily the best part of the film. I was really close to thinking this movie was good. It just didn't get there, unfortunately enough. This is a love it or hate it film. I think it's well-made, though it lacks some plot coherence that would've really taken it over the edge in the long run. Still, this is about as good as an average film can be.

    Unsure of what to make about this film. It's obvious that there's a lot of enthusiasm behind this project and it's clearly a labor of love from all of those involved. It's a tribute to old-school screwball murder mysteries, but I just don't think that the film really comes together in an entertaining fashion until much later in the film. It really gets going once both Noah and Barri join forces in their 'investigation' to figure out who's behind the conspiracy going on here. Prior to that, both Noah and Barri spend almost every scene together arguing and yelling at each other about something or another. Whether it be their economical situation, their lack of support for the other, their wedding, potential extramarital affairs, the fact that Barri is pursuing a murder investigation without any proof of one, etc, etc. It gets to a point where this couple is really just insufferable to listen to and parts of me wouldn't have minded if I shut off the movie. It's not that every film character should be likable, but you have to at least understand their motivations in acting they way they do, even if they're acting irrationally or annoying, as these two frequently do. And in some parts, I do see why they behave a certain way, but I still found them insufferable for, at least, 65% of the film. And I get the reasoning behind it, Noah and Barri's relationship needed a spark, and this murder investigation gave it to them, it just comes too late into the film to truly make an impact. This is one of those films that some will simply dismiss as a hipster-indie comedy and I don't think that's fair. While I didn't think it was good, it was really close to it by the end actually, I don't think there's any real 'pretentiousness' in the film itself, I think that people are letting the vibe of the film, or its trailer, take importance over the content of the film itself. You can't pass judgment based on your perception of the film without having seen it. I do think that as the film nears the end, everything starts coming together really nicely. They're really into the murder mystery and they're feeding you bits and pieces of information to keep you intrigued. The comedy also really clicked right around the same time. The best bits are just as the film is ending. It's not like there aren't any funny moments prior to that, it's just that they come with more frequency as the film reaches its climax. The writing is acceptable, at least as far as dialogue goes, the narrative itself doesn't really work until, as mentioned, it nears the climax. The acting is quite good, easily the best part of the film. I was really close to thinking this movie was good. It just didn't get there, unfortunately enough. This is a love it or hate it film. I think it's well-made, though it lacks some plot coherence that would've really taken it over the edge in the long run. Still, this is about as good as an average film can be.

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    Alec B Super Reviewer
    Jul 18, 2015

    Levine's putting his own spin on one of Woody Allen's murder mystery comedies, substituting high strung Brooklyn hipsters for the neurotic Manhattan intellectuals of those films. It's rather amusing, even if some of the plot is undercooked.

    Levine's putting his own spin on one of Woody Allen's murder mystery comedies, substituting high strung Brooklyn hipsters for the neurotic Manhattan intellectuals of those films. It's rather amusing, even if some of the plot is undercooked.

  • Jul 13, 2015

    Quirky, funny, and engaging, if #wildcanaries will have a downfall it will be in its weak structure. Thanks to the performances and the fun script, I was engaged throughout.

    Quirky, funny, and engaging, if #wildcanaries will have a downfall it will be in its weak structure. Thanks to the performances and the fun script, I was engaged throughout.

  • May 26, 2015

    Clearly Levine and Takal have put a great deal of energy into this attempt at old school screwball comedy, but the budget is just too low and the aesthetic these artists have helped to create is a misfit to this sort of movie. Lawrence Michael Levine either fails or is unable to connect his style and his cast to the genre. In a an interesting way the concept of "screwball" comedy is actually beneath their talents. This type of thing has been done so many times --- it requires a great deal of charisma and amped up witty rapport from another era.

    Clearly Levine and Takal have put a great deal of energy into this attempt at old school screwball comedy, but the budget is just too low and the aesthetic these artists have helped to create is a misfit to this sort of movie. Lawrence Michael Levine either fails or is unable to connect his style and his cast to the genre. In a an interesting way the concept of "screwball" comedy is actually beneath their talents. This type of thing has been done so many times --- it requires a great deal of charisma and amped up witty rapport from another era.

  • Apr 04, 2015

    A delightful, little black comedy that harkens back to Woody Allen comedies of the 70's. The characters are unique and hilarious, all filling a murder mystery that actually contains some twists and turns amongst the humor.

    A delightful, little black comedy that harkens back to Woody Allen comedies of the 70's. The characters are unique and hilarious, all filling a murder mystery that actually contains some twists and turns amongst the humor.

  • Mar 06, 2015

    Delightful. Sophia Takal is wonderful.

    Delightful. Sophia Takal is wonderful.