Thursday, August 30, 2012


Geezer Goes To The Movies:  It turns out that Mike Birbiglia is a comedian. Who knew? Certainly not Abq Jew - he is just way too old to notice. But the geezer's daughter Alex the BU Student knew.

Not only that. Alex knew that Mike Birbiglia wrote, directed, and stars in Sleepwalk With Me, a "sincere and hilarious" film based on his off-Broadway show and bestselling book.

Ah, yes - sleepwalking. That reminds me of what Lena Rose's parents are going through. We went through the same thing with Alex the BU Student, and most certainly with Dov Yellin the Film Editor. Payback!

But where were we? Oh yes. Alex was able to use her iPhone to find out where Sleepwalk With Me was playing in NYC (at the IFC Center, of course), purchase tickets (for the family), figure out which subways to take, and even calculate which way to walk from the subway platform to the ideal subway exit.

In fact, Alex was using her iPhone to determine the best route from the exit to the theater when Abq Jew told her to look over her shoulder - at the marquee!

All this would mean little to Abq Jew's readers were it not for the facts that a) the NYC showing we attended turned out to be the film's premiere; b) Mike Birbiglia and producer Ira Glass were there for a round of Q&A afterwards; c) Ira Glass wrote an article entitled Ira Glass on Rescuing a Pit Bull Dog with a Ridiculous Diet in this week's Newsweek; and c) the film will soon arrive in Albuquerque.

Sleepwalk With Me
Guild Cinema
Friday Sep 21 to Thursday Sep 27
4:00 pm, 6:00 pm, 8:00 pm

Winner of a 2012 Audience Award at Sundance, comedian Mike Birbiglia wrote, directed and stars in this sincere and hilarious film, based on his off-Broadway show and bestselling book.

It's also the first movie co-written by Ira Glass and co-produced by "This American Life."  The  story: when an aspiring stand-up fails to express his true feelings about his girlfriend and his stalled career, his anxiety comes out in increasingly funny and dangerous sleepwalking incidents.

Sleepwalk With Me features Lauren Ambrose ("Six Feet Under”), Carol Kane ("Taxi"), James Rebhorn ("Meet the Parents"), Cristin Milioti (star of Broadway's "Once"), plus comedians Marc Maron, Kristen Schaal, Wyatt Cenac, Jesse Klein, Henry Phillips and David Wain.

Amazingly - for an old guy - Abq Jew thoroughly enjoyed the film, and was even able to wish a hearty mazeltov! to Mike Birbiglia and Ira Glass as the three of us emerged from the men's room after the showing.

Here's the trailer - go see the film!

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