I've been excited for this book to come out for at least a year. Mainly because Safety Not Guaranteed is in my top five of movies, and also because I continuously insist that everyone in my life see Baghead every October (it's not a Halloween movie, but it's perfect for that time of year). These brothers are so talented and really funny (when they were on The Mindy Project especially), so there's every reason in the world that this book should be great. And it was!
But the weird thing is, I can't list out my favourite parts for you, like I always do. There weren't specific lines or stories or paragraphs that I thought I needed to include here. Forgive me for sounding aloof, but it was moreso the vibe of the book that I really enjoyed. It was unlike anything I've read before in that it focussed on two things solely.
1. It's basically a how-to guide if you're an aspiring filmmaker and you're trying to learn more about that business, with advice for pretty much every situation you'd be in if you're trying to get started.
2. It explored the relationship and bond of their brotherhood. And I mean bond. These men have such a specific relationship that seems insanely intrinsic to their writing process and well, their living process. Is living process even a term? It isn't, but in their case that's the only way to describe it. These brothers are tight. The way they write and talk their closeness and the positive and negative effects of that are all complexly described in these chapters.
There was however one thing that I had to look up when they wrote about it - this apparently great scene from The Karate Kid II that comes out of nowhere in an otherwise terrible movie. They talk about how they watched this scene and everything changed, and they realized that one scene can absolutely change a movie and how they were both blown away by it. Anyway, after that description I obviously looked it up and whoa. Dead right. Here it is below.
All in all, really great book. If you're at all interested in making movies or if you're just fans of The Duplass Brothers in general, then you'll definitely get something out of reading this one.