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(Can't see a thread for this, so I assume it just slipped beneath the radar...)

The second film from Richard Ayoade - director of Submarine - is apparently an 'updating' of the Dostoevsky novel:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xWhikLYeSQ0

 

It looks... odd. Hard to tell without any dialogue, but I'm not sure how this will utilise Eisenberg's particular strengths. Or Wasikowska's, for that matter. 

 

Rats. I can't seem to show the trailer properly. Any tips?

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Usually, the trailer will embed automatically if you just paste the URL. I'd guess yours didn't work because it's set up as a link.

 

 

Anyway, Wallace Shawn is in this, too. And the co-writer is Avi Korine (Harmony's brother).

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Nice. I just can't remember what tool to use... Please remind me.

 

You don't need to use one at all. Just paste the URL and the board does the rest.

 

And if simply pasting doesn't work (and it has failed me on occasion), hit the Twitter icon located in your response tools, and a BB Code box will appear.  Hit the arrow next to the Twitter option, and more options appear.  Choose "Media", and paste your link in the "Media URL" box.  I've never had a problem when posting something from YouTube when using that feature (unless it's an https link, which doesn't seem to allow the image to be posted on other sites).

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The key thing to remember when posting a YouTube clip is to make sure the URL begins with "http:", not "https:". For some reason the board embeds the "http:" clips but not the "https:" clips.

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"Sympathy must precede belligerence. First I must understand the other, as it were, from the inside; then I can critique it from the outside. So many people skip right to the latter." -- Steven D. Greydanus
Now blogging at Patheos.com. I can also still be found at Facebook, Twitter and Flickr. See also my film journal.

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The latest trailer (hopefully it embeds). 

 

 

 

My anticipation grows with each subsequent trailer. It showcases some pretty good dialogue and a blend of comedy and descent into surreal psychological horror that seems to fit the source material (I haven't read The Double, but Dostoevsky can have a subtle eye for comedy in Notes From The Underground and Crime and Punishment).

 

And I very much enjoyed the short clips we see of Wallace Shawn as Eisenberg's boss.

 

 

 

Shawn:"How long have you been here son? Just started, eh?

 

Eisenberg: "Yes sir, 7 years ago."

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Full disclosure: I am a fan of Ayoade in is IT, Buzzcocks, and Submarine modes. Which is all the Ayoade modes I know. Except The Watch and Boosh, in which he is also good.

 

There is much to commend about The Double, as it is a Kafka short story (even referencing Soderberg's kafka), a kind of Gilliam/Jeunet dystopia, a Camus rabbit trail, and a few grad-schoolie things thrown in for good measure. It is also well performed for the most part.

 

But where Submarine felt more accomplished and polished, The Double feels unfinished. There are still a lot of rough edges, such as the use of Japanese pop tunes and random background details that all feel forced. I think Ayoade tried to pull off a stunt here that doesn't quite pan out unfortunately. 

 

But... well worth watching. 

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Full disclosure: I am a fan of Ayoade in is IT, Buzzcocks, and Submarine modes. Which is all the Ayoade modes I know.

 

You should familiarize yourself with Garth Marenghi's Dark Place. He directed, co-wrote, and co-starred.

 

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The divide between the alpha male/beta male isn't an intriguing enough theme to support a film of this type (at least when it's as broadly drawn as it is here), but The Double builds a much more satisfying narrative out of its conflict than Enemy does (even if the film never has the shock or surprise of Enemy's best moments). The Double is never less than lovely to look at, and Ayoade has paid enough attention to Welles' The Trial to successfully evoke its sense of paranoia here. Jesse Eisenberg is a good analogue for Anthony Perkins.

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