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Seeking a Friend for the End of the World
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Screenwriter/director Lorene Scafaria, director's mother Gail Scafaria, producer Joy Gorman, and actors Patton Oswalt and Adam Brody
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Reviewed by iwantmytvm on March 29th, 2020
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Perhaps not the best film to choose as a diversion right now, but the commentary is upbeat and breezy. For much of the track, Oswalt dominates, almost performing a routine, until he departs at around 50 minutes into the track. While not as entertaining, the second half of the commentary stays on point a bit more. They mostly talk about the cast, the production design and how they were trying to portray how everyday day regular people would react and behave with an imminent end of the world. They are especially complimentary of Mark Moses as the stoic and reassuring Peter Jenkins-esque news anchor. They speak about the source and score music more than I would have expected, and Brody is more of a collaborator than I thought, but he and Scafaria were dating at the time, and were in a band with the composer. In a discussion about chain restaurant adaptations of the Happy Birthday song, Oswalt also asserts that tv themes are often recorded with lyrics even if these are seldom heard as this allows residuals to be earned when the music is used by others in subsequent projects. The commentary flows well but they explain character motivations more often than revealing anything technical.
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