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Some Days Are Better Than Others [Blu-ray] (2010)

James Mercer , Carrie Brownstein , Matt McCormick  |  Unrated |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: James Mercer, Carrie Brownstein
  • Directors: Matt McCormick
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Closed-captioned, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Kino Lorber films
  • DVD Release Date: April 24, 2012
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006MHZE7Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #410,368 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Some Days Are Better Than Others is Matt McCormick's poetic, character-driven debut feature-length film starring Carrie Brownstein (Portlandia) and James Mercer (The Shins) that asks why the good times slip by so fast while the difficult times seem so sticky. The film explores ideas of abundance, emptiness, human connection and abandonment while observing an interweaving web of awkward characters who maintain hope by inventing their own forms of communication and self-fulfillment. It's a sad valentine to the forgotten discards of a throwaway society, and a story about knowing when to hold on, and when to let go.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dealing With Detritus April 23, 2012
This was actually a lot better than we expected. The interconnecting stories are cohesive...eventually...and the acting is good. Our 2010 Seattle International Film Festival screening audience was clearly invested in the outcome, but none of us were doing handstands over it.

Even though two of the main characters are (capably) played by lead singers from two well-known local bands: James Mercer, front man for The Shins; and Carrie Brownstein of Slater-Kinney, I think this film will have a problem finding an audience, as it isn't funny enough to be considered a comedy, the singing is incidental, and the drama is very understated.

This film centers around the detritus of life. One character is hired to help clear out the house of an elderly woman after she dies, another deals with abandoned dogs at the animal shelter, a third one works in a Salvation Army-type drop-off station. I very much appreciated the way the gal did her job of sorting clothes, books, toys, dishes, etc., etc., etc. And I admired the way she handled the situation when she discovered a burial urn that contained the ashes of a child.

None of these people are mean; each is trying to make his or her way through a marginal existence and still maintain a modicum of dignity. I like that...

This review was originally released May 2010, but finally showed up in a few theaters in April, 2011. In keeping with this glacial pace, according to, the DVD is just being released on 04-24-12!
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent movie. April 23, 2012
By M.Mc
This movie is a stark and beautiful portrait of human existence. Searching for the meaning in the connections we have with each other and the world around, this story reminds us that sometimes all we have in life is the story we leave behind. I highly recommend this movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZINGLY BEAUTIFUL FILM April 26, 2012
By jfri
This film is not only touching and funny but also contains some gorgeous shots of the northwest. I recommend to anyone who appreciates good filmmaking that is uncorrupted by the studio system. These characters are so memorable and sweet. You will laugh and cry.
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5.0 out of 5 stars my kind of picture April 3, 2014
I found this film to be entertaining and heartfelt. James mercer is fantastic. The story invents itself over and over again and shows a portrait of real life that I myself have felt from time to time.
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