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SOME DAYS ARE BETTER THAN OTHERS
"A sad valentine to the forgotten discards of a throwaway society" -IndieWire
"[Filmmaker Matt McCormick's] confident direction, Gregg Schmidt's poetic cinematography, and Chris Jones' sensitive editing make these characters and events all part of a larger essay on loss, social responsibility and personal renewal that lingers in the mind like a good Haruki Murakami short story" -Filmmaker Magazine
"The slender, tender threads of plot involve aspirations, creativity, missed connections, and the tragic disposability of human life in an age when throwing things away -- even precious things -- is the norm" -OregonLive
"Endearing... a mood piece with a lonely heart" -Chicago Sun-Times
Jesse (James Mercer, the acting debut of The Shins' front man) traverses Portland, Oregon, working a series of minimum-wage temp jobs in order to pay off a loan so that he can finish school. Dog shelter staffer Katrina (former Sleater-Kinney guitarist Carrie Brownstein) films a video diary intended as a reality show audition tape. Camille (Renee Roman Nose) is employed sorting donations at what looks like the largest thrift store on the planet. If this trio of stranded characters seems to be competing for first prize in a Saddest Job in the World contest, that's because writer-director Matt McCormick insists on portraying the unavoidable reality of work, rebutting the popular image of Portland as a paradise for under-achieving hipsters. With its fleeting moments of poignance and everyday absurdities, Some Days Are Better Than Others is a gentle look at the melancholy of the mundane, as well as a lyrical look at things lost and found. Filmmaker Matt McCormick has said that his film was "about lonely people trying to create their own abstract forms of communication." (MoMA)
Directed by Matt McCormick, U.S.A., 2010, 93 mins.