The Terrys: Finding Love, Saving Grace and the Wooden Puppet-Boy

The Terrys: Finding Love, Saving Grace and the Wooden Puppet-Boy

The Terrys is a short film masterpiece from the comedy duo Tim and Eric, which premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and also debuted on TV as part of HBO’s Funny or Die Presents television showcase. The film starts out as a wicked spectacle of filth, crudity and perversion, creating indelible images that unfortunately, once viewed, cannot be unseen.

The Terrys are a degenerate couple, infamous as the especially nasty blight of the Dunnersville Trailer Park, who are a violent, drug-addled, sex-crazed, mutually abusive terror of unbridled love/hate. When they aren’t rutting like animals in a drug-induced stupor, they are threatening to kill one another. The two down-and-out losers conceive a child in a fit of drug-induced passion. At first they consider the child an abomination, but then they learn that this “special” child has a special purpose.

The Terrys: Finding Love, Saving Grace and the Wooden Puppet-Boy

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Andy and Zach: A Heartfelt Film about Friendship

Andy and Zach: A Heartfelt Film about Friendship

Andy and Zach is a deeply touching narrative short film directed by the young New York filmmaker Nick Paley, which was named an Official Selection for the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. In the film, two young men are faced with a fairly clear understanding that the ending of their time together as roommates is something that needs to happen. When Zach decides to move out, his roommate Andy awkwardly begins trying to set up a new life without his best friend.

Although each in his own way tries to mask painful feelings about the impending loss of their close friendship, in the face of their sometimes mutually contentious stances a real tenderness shines through, especially as the suave, socially competent Zach begins to worry about Andy, his socially misfit roommate.  In dealing with Andy’s dual feelings of abandonment and annoyance at the infantilizing worrying of Zach, as well as with Zach’s recognition of his need to move out, while still caring for Andy, the film beautifully and subtly depicts the ending of a particularly empathic kind of relationship.

Andy and Zach: A Heartfelt Film about Friendship

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