The Double – Radio Film Review

Jesse Eisenberg (left) has some issues with Jesse Eisenberg (right) in THE DOUBLE.
Jesse Eisenberg (left) has some issues with Jesse Eisenberg (right) in THE DOUBLE.

Okay, put away THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2. That film has already caused so much pain (mostly from brain-strain as one struggles to figure out how such a major project could go so wrong), that it doesn’t really deserve any more consideration. Let’s focus instead on something more worthy of attention: a dystopic, Kafkaesque comedy called THE DOUBLE, based on a novella by Dostoevsky and starring Jesse Eisenberg as a mousy little bureaucrat who finds his life upended when his job hires a charismatic and morally-challenged new employee who looks exactly like him. The film is directed by Richard Ayoade — known for his involvement with THE IT CROWD and GARTH MARENGHI’S DARKPLACE — and he uses his facility with unhinged humor to good effect in this sardonic glimpse into one man’s crisis of identity. Click on the player to hear the show.

THE WATCH: CFQ Spotlight Podcast 3:30

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Watch Out! The neighborhood watch team gets its hands on alien weaponry
Also: INVASION OF THE STAR CREATURES and RAY HARRYHAUSEN’S FANTASY SCRAPBOOK.

Once again, the Cinefantastique Spotlight Podcast takes a look at what’s new in the world of horror, fantasy, and science fiction films. This week, with regular host Dan Persons on hiatus, Lawrence French and Steve Biodrowski target THE WATCH, the new comedy starring Ben Stiller as a man who starts a neighborhood watch that uncovers an alien invasion. Co-stars Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill, and Richard Ayoade mug mercilessly amid the frat-boy antics, but if that’s the sort of thing you love, then you will love this.
Also on the menu: Steve offers a 50th-anniversary look back at INVASION OF THE STAR CREATURES (1962), an inept alien invasion comedy misfire that makes THE WATCH look positively Kubrickian in comparision; and Lawrence thumbs through Ray Harryhausen’s Fantasy Scrapbook.