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Now Playing at Filmbar: Some Days Are Better Than Others

In their respective work in the music industry, Carrie Brownstein and James Mercer have touched on many of the themes found in Matt McCormick’s first feature-length film, Some Days Are Better Than Others.

The film, which premiered at SXSW in 2010 and is now playing at Filmbar in Phoenix, asks the question – Why are good times fleeting and trying times lingering?

Brownstein, who is well known for her involvement in the defunct Sleater-Kinney, plays the role of Katrina, a 20-something video diarist who works at an animal shelter but dreams of becoming a reality TV star. Mercer, member of Broken Bells and The Shins, acts as Eli, a man in his mid 30s whose job description teeters between doing temp work for minimum wage and slacking.

Both artists have acted in Brownstein’s sketch comedy show Portlandia, but their music careers may have strengthened their acting performance in the film as well. The ladies of Sleater-Kinney once sang, “Why do good things never wanna stay? Some things you lose, some things you give away.” While the gents of The Shins said, “I’m looking in on the good life, I might be doomed never to find.” Musings that seem to align with McCormick’s creative thought process.

The film’s website reads:

“Some Days are Better Than Others is about the nuances of communication, the desperation of heartbreak, and the struggle to maintain hope through the passing of time. 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.”

The characters, cinematography and soundtrack, by Matt Cooper (Eluvium), illuminate the struggles between abundance and emptiness, and human connection and abandonment.

We’re giving one lucky reader two tickets to see Some Days Are Better Than Others (or any other film) at Filmbar.

Here’s how to enter: “Like” us on Facebook and comment on this post with your name and email address. Comments must be submitted by Wednesday, Aug. 17, at noon (MST). Winner will be chosen using a random number generator and notified by email on Wednesday, Aug. 17. The giveaway is open to Phoenix residents only.

Some Days Are Better Than Others showtimes at Filmbar:

Wednesday, Aug. 17 – 6 P.M.
Saturday, Aug. 20 – 2 P.M.

Also playing at Filmbar:

Le Quattro Volte (The Four Times)

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