Discovering Duplass on Netflix

I'm a member of the Netflix Stream Team, so from time to time I'll be sharing what we, as a family, are watching and what we think of it. This month I want to tell you about my latest addiction - all things Duplass.

I'm kind of fussy about the type of TV and movies I like to watch. Generally speaking, I don't tend to be attracted by 'the next big thing' type of show and seem to favour more independent, quirky stuff. Mostly about humans and their messy lives. I believe the style I like is known as Mumblecore but Devo and I call it 'people-watching-telly' because it's usually very naturalistic even if the plot lines are sometimes a little off-kilter and it's like taking a peep into someone else's life.

When we find a TV show or a movie we like we have a tendency to look up the actors or directors involved to see what else they've been in or made and that's how we find more weird stuff to watch. IMDB also has a useful feature that makes 'if you like this, you might like...' suggestions. Sometimes it's spot-on.

One evening I watched Safety Not Guaranteed on Netflix because Aubrey Plaza (April from Parks and Recreation) was in it and I really like her. Her co-star in the movie was a guy I hadn't heard of before called Mark Duplass and I loved his character so much I had to look him up to see what else he'd been in... and now I'm totally obsessed...

Mark Duplass is an actor and he and his brother Jay are also filmmakers. They make exactly the kind of stuff I like to watch. 

Safety Not Guaranteed unfortunately seems to have disappeared from my Netflix, but if you can track it down it is well worth a watch. It's about three magazine writers that decide to answer a strange classified ad that reads: 
"Wanted: Somebody to go back in time with me. This is not a joke. P.O. Box 91 Ocean View, WA 99393. You'll get paid after we get back. Must bring your own weapons. Safety not guaranteed. I have only done this once before."
They discover that the ad was posted by an eccentric store clerk who wants to go back in time to prevent the accident that killed his girlfriend. The story is hilarious, strange and beautifully heartfelt and I really enjoyed it.

After I had watched Safety Not Guaranteed, and done my research, I discovered that there were another few movies available on Netflix that involved the Duplass brothers. The next one I watched was Jeff, Who Lives at Home, written and directed by Mark and Jay Duplass and starring Jason Segel, Ed Helms, Judy Greer and Susan Sarandon.

This is another great movie that really hit me in the feels. Jeff ,(Jason Segel) who lives at home, is obsessed with the movie Signs and looks to the universe to lead him to his destiny. His errand to buy wood glue leads him to cross paths in hilarious scenarios with his family members and ultimately to actually realising his destiny.

This is a really charming film with some fantastic performances and I've even watched it a second time because I loved it so much!

Next up on my Duplass to-do list is The One I Love, a 2014 American psychological thriller, directed by Charlie McDowell and starring Mark Duplass and Elisabeth Moss (from Mad Men!).

Struggling with their marriage a couple attend a counselling session and are offered a getaway at a luxury retreat to repair their relationship. While they are there some weird things happen in the guest house... 

The movie is a thriller in the sense that it makes you feel like something awful might happen at any moment and it definitely held my attention from beginning to end - but it's not scary at all. Which is good for me because I don't cope well with scary movies!

I really liked this movie and have been pestering Devo to watch it again with me because it's a difficult one to explain without sounding like a crazy person.

Just watch it and you'll know what I mean by that....

So far, those are my top-Duplass-picks but there are still more to be found on Netflix and I believe The Duplass Brothers signed a 4-movie deal with Netflix earlier this year so that means there must be more to come too, which I'm thrilled about!

Still left on the Netflix list, Mark Duplass can be found in a TV series called The League, which revolves around 6 friends and their fantasy football league and a movie called Darling Companion which stars Diane Keaton as a lonely wife who rescues a bedraggled dog and falls in love with it, only to have her self-absorbed husband lose it on her.

Suitable for this time of year is also a 'found-footage' horror movie written by and starring Patrick Brice and Mark Duplass called Creep. A videographer answers a craigslist ad for a one-day job in a remote area. His client allegedly wishes to make a video for his unborn son as he has a terminal illness. As the day progresses the videographer realises his client is not at all what he seems. 

I've read the plot synopsis and frankly, it sounds completely terrifying. As I stated above, I'm not entirely crazy about horror movies and the last 'found footage' horror I watched was The Blair Witch Project which gave me nightmares for a month. I'm not sure I'm brave enough to give this one a try... but Halloween hysteria and my obsession with all things Duplass might just entice me...

On a final note (finally!) I'm hoping Netflix pick up the HBO TV series Togetherness some time soon. It's another Duplass Brother's creation (surprise, surprise!) and I got to watch a few episodes of it on the plane from NYC earlier this year. It's a comedy following the lives of a couple in an imperfect marriage that end up having her sister and his best friend move in with them and follows all four as they try to pursue their individual passions. I adored what I saw and I'd love to see the rest of the series!

Are you a fan of the Duplass Brothers? Have you seen any of these movies? Or do you have any recommendations? I'd love to hear from you!

Disclosure: As a member of the Netflix Stream Team I received a Netflix subscription and an Apple TV box in return for posting Netflix updates and reviews. All opinions are my own, or those of my children and I am not being paid to give them. I already had a personal subscription before joining the Stream Team.

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