13th Annual EU Film Festival: A Film with Me in It and Bluebeard
By Rob Christopher in Arts & Entertainment on Mar 5, 2010 8:00PM
A Film with Me in It
Poor Mark. Not only is he a starving actor who can't seem to get cast in anything, but he lives with his paraplegic brother and a nagging girlfriend in a flat that's falling apart. Literally. One fateful day a series of ever more absurd accidents inside the crumbling flat start killing off people right and left. Mark's best friend Pierce, a frequently besotted gambler who fancies himself a screenwriter, only escalates things with his hilariously inept attempts to manage the situation. This Irish comedy is slight but tightly wound, and features two wonderful performances. Mark Doherty comes off as a sadsack Michael Richards as the luckless actor, and Dylan Moran's Pierce is a perfect loveable loser who has some of the movie's best lines ("Don't go vegetarian on me now!") Pierce keeps comparing his unwritten screenplay to Fargo; while this doesn't measure up to that classic, if you're a fan of the Coen Brothers' dark gallows humor then A Film with Me in It is worth checking out. Funny cameos by Neil Jordan and Jonathan Rhys Meyers are nice bonuses.