Is this what it's like to realize that your life is mirroring that of the characters in "Reality Bites"? Indie director favorite Noah Baumbach (Margot at the Wedding, Kicking and Screaming, Squid and the Whale) rolls out the pre-screen footage and featurette for his new film "Greenberg". Starring Ben Stiller as Roger Greenberg, the story is centered around Greenberg, who housesits for his brother in L.A. As an unsuccessful musician who is trying to get past the low points, Greenberg is taking some time off to figure out his next steps in life when newcomer Greta Gerwig's character steps in. Gerwig plays Florence, an assistant to Greenberg's brother who begins checking in on the family dog while they are away, but ends up becoming endeared to Greenberg. Roger Greenberg seems to be a familiar personality in this day and age where careers and school form on an arc, versus a path, to follow straight from high or middle-school and for a lot of artistic and creative minds; end in a mid-thirty or forties slump. A bit lost in the world, Greenberg's attempts to fit in and fulfill his time equate to funny bits that we'll look forward to the result of in the full-length. The movie also stars an interesting supporting cast with Jennifer Jason Leigh as a former flame (seen in Baumbach's Margot, also) and a lovably punch-drunk Rhys Ifans as a friend to Greenberg.
For LCD Soundsystem fans, James Murphy was chosen as the composer for the film's soundtrack (a first for Murphy), and the results are cut to the featurette and trailers if you are hoping to get a sneak listen. Tracks by Galaxie 500, Duran Duran, Albert Hammond and The Sonics are also featured. LCD Soundsystem's latest album has been so far set for a mid-May release. Check for more tour dates in mid to late July for upcoming summer festivals like Pitchfork and Camp Bisco 9 to see LCD live. Here's a snippet of what Baumbach thought about while listening to the track "All My Friends", and using James as the main composer on the film:
“James Murphy’s observations of New York City and about getting older felt to me like another version of Greenberg,” Baumbach says, “and I listened to it a lot while I was writing. I made a mental note at the time to look into this band when I start thinking about the score for the movie.”
The release date for the film is March 26th, 2010.