The Comedy (2012)
Director: Rick Alverson
Stars: Tim Heidecker, Eric Wareheim, Jeffrey Jensen, Kate Lyn Sheil
Don't be fooled by the presence of adult swim's Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim in Rick Alverson's latest—the only joke is the title. The Comedy is an purposefully uncomfortable movie about Swanson, an aging hipster (Heidecker) who's father is dying. Because pops is wealthy, Swanson has no pursuits other than fucking about with his friends in Brooklyn.
Some critics decried the movie as self-indulgent and not funny, but that's missing the point. This is, in fact, a scathing looks at New York's hipster culture. It's about self-loathing and numbness, about a guy who doesn't know how to relate to others. A shot of the New York skyline as glimpsed from Williamsburg while William Basinski's 9/11 dirge "The Disintegration Loops" plays is one of the most haunting images in recent American cinema.