‘That Awkward Moment’ is ‘Sex and the City’ for Guys ; ‘Tim’s Vermeer’ Much More Than Watching Paint Dry

that awkward moment



Movie Info

Zac Efron, Miles Teller and Michael B. Jordan star in the R-rated comedy, THAT AWKWARD MOMENT, about three best friends who find themselves where we’ve all been- at that confusing “moment” in every dating relationship when you have to decide “So…where is this going?” (c) FilmDistrict

R, 1 hr. 34 min.

Comedy, Romance

Directed By: Tom Gormican

Reviewed by Adam Markovitz www.ew.com

EW’s GRADEC+ Details

Ever watched Sex and the City and thought, “Wouldn’t this be better if they were guys?”

Probably not.

But That Awkward Moment, a new bromantic comedy, gives us a glimpse at what that would be like — and the result is a decidedly mixed (though well-dressed) bag.

The plot centers on three hot-blooded twentysomethings: Studly book cover designer Jason (Zac Efron), his snarky pal Daniel (Miles Teller), and their doctor buddy Mikey (Michael B. Jordan).

When Mikey’s marriage sours, the friends make a pact to steer clear of relationships despite the throngs of lovely-and-willing young ladies threatening to snag their hearts. Romantic entanglements follow, but the story is just an excuse for a bit of anthropological espionage: a supposed peek at the secret life of the urban American heterosexual male.

But on that level, That Awkward Moment underperforms. The movie’s ideas about relationships would’ve felt middle-of-the-road in the ’80s, and its big epiphany moments (Guys can fall in love, too!) are shallow enough to make you long for the comparatively profound rom-com oeuvre of Kate Hudson.

Luckily, the three lead actors are plenty charismatic — so much so that you wish they weren’t stuck in such a conventional, unambitious movie. But sit tight through the end credits and you’ll be treated to a few off-the-cuff outtakes of the guys doing things much funnier than anything in the film itself.


tims vermeer


Movie Info

Tim Jenison, a Texas based inventor, (Video Toaster, LightWave, TriCaster) attempts to solve one of the greatest mysteries in all art: How did 17th century Dutch master Johannes Vermeer (“Girl with a Pearl Earring”) manage to paint so photo-realistically – 150 years before the invention of photography? The epic research project Jenison embarks on to test his theory is as extraordinary as what he discovers. Spanning a decade, Jenison’s adventure takes him to Delft, Holland, where Vermeer painted his masterpieces on a pilgrimage to the North coast of Yorkshire to meet artist David Hockney and eventually to Buckingham Palace, to see the Queen’s Vermeer.   PG-13, 1 hr. 20 min.

Documentary, Drama, Special Interest

Directed By: Teller

Rolling Stone: star rating 5 3.5

Community: star rating 5 3.5 0

By Peter Travers www.rollingstone.com

While George Clooney and his Monuments Men search for art stolen by the Nazis in World War II, inventor Tim Jenison uses this potently provocative documentary to accuse 17th-century Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer of cheating.

Say what?

You heard me.

Jenison, the founder of New Tek and an innovator in computer graphics, theorizes that Vermeer used optical aids of the period, including camera obscura and even a simple mirror, to achieve the photo-realistic look of his paintings.

Jenison marshalls experts in the field, notably artist David Hockney and author-mathematician Philip Steadman to bolster his argument.

More crucially, Jenison sets out to demonstrate his hypothesis by reproducing the scene of Vermeer’s “The Music Lesson” in his studio warehouse in San Antonio, Texas, using only the materials available at in the 1600s to actually trace it on canvass.

You may go in expecting the excitement level of watching paint dry. What you get instead is a stimulating detective story that holds you in thrall. Jenison spent five years on his experiment, sharing his struggles and successes with the comedy-and-magic team of Penn and Teller, enlisting Teller to direct and Penn to narrate and help us connect the dots.

Art purists can relax since Jenison, a video wiz with little talent for painting, never really challenges Vermeer’s genius for conception and composition. Technology is the thing at issue here. And you don’t have to be a science geek to realize that art and technology may have been BFFs for much longer than we think.

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