Isn’t It Delicious

securedownloadAs 2014 winds down, how appropriate that “Isn’t It Delicious,” one of the best independently produced films that I have seen this year, will have its long awaited debut at the Quad Cinema. For those interested in story telling that is insightful, real and funny, this is a movie not to be missed.

“Isn’t It Delicious” arrives at the Quad already a multiple film festival winner. It won the Best Feature Film award at the Rainer Independent Film Festival, Best Comedy at the 2013 Manhattan Film Festival, Best Actor (Kathleen Chalfant) at the San Antonio Film Festival and second place for Best Feature at the Topelo Film Festival. It has also been an Official Selection at many more film festivals.

Director Michael Patrick Kelly, known for his accomplished work as a documentary filmmaker (“Operation Lysistrata” – 2006) demonstrates his versatility by bringing off a narrative feature which he also co-wrote (with Kathleen Kiley) co-edited (with David Pisani) and co-produced.

“Isn’t It Delicious” boasts a stellar cast headed by Kathleen Chalfant (TONY nominee for “Angels in America”), as Joan Weldon, the dysfunctional matriarch of a family that is, well, dysfunctional. Chalfant seems to be having a devilishly grand time in her role, snapping the filters off of cigarettes prior to smoking them, popping pills and binging on tiny sample bottles of alcohol. At the same time, however, Chalfant’s performance has been modulated to bring character nuances which gain audience sympathy for this self-destructive, yet multi-layered character. After all, if we do not like the main character, the story is not going to work.

Chalfant is joined by Keir Dullea (“2001: a Space Odyssey” – 1968), as her long suffering husband, Bill. Chalfant and Dullea make a very convincing couple whose 50-year marriage has been long and hard but, at the same time, still has a great deal of love. In other words, theirs is a real marriage with many gradations.

“Isn’t It Delicious” deals with primal issues about life and death, satisfaction and expectations. The story does not sugar coat these issues, choosing instead to present them in ways that are refreshingly frank while, at the same time, injecting humor where ever possible.

The “Isn’t It Delicious” cast includes Malachy McCourt as a befuddled minister, and TONY award winning Alice Ripley (currently starring in the Irish Repertory Theatre’s production of “A Christmas Memory”).  The “Isn’t It Delicious” cast also includes Robert Lupone, Mia Dillon, Alexandra Mingione and Nick Stevenson. In addition, the cast also includes Suzanne Hayes who doubles as one of the film’s producers.

“Isn’t It Delicious” is a realistic, sad and comical portrait of a family that puts the “fun” back into “dysfunctional.”

Each 7:15 pm screening of “Isn’t It Delicious” will be followed by a Q & A session with people both in front of, and behind, the camera. The Quad is located at 34 West 13th Street.

Isn’t It Delicious, Director Michael Patrick Kelly 2014,

Paramount Vantage, 104 minutes

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About unpaidfilmcritic

Up until 2009 Seth Shire spent nearly two decades in the New York film industry as a post production supervisor of feature films. Highlights include working on the films of Martin Scorsese, James Toback and Spike Lee. Since leaving the film industry Seth has expanded into new and varied areas where he has found a great deal of satisfaction. Seth currently teaches in the Sociology Department of CUNY Queens College. His courses include "Mass Media and Popular Culture," "Introduction to Sociology," and "Sociology of Cinema" where he is a very popular teacher. Seth is also the film critic for "Town & Village," a Manhattan weekly newspaper, a position he has held for the past six years. Seth gives back to his community through volunteer teaching at Manhattan's "The Caring Community," a center for senior citizens, where he teaches a very popular course on documentaries called "The Golden Age of the Documentary. In the fall of 2010 Seth taught "Critical Reading and Writing" at Parsons School of Design. He has also taught "Cinema Studies" at the New York Film Academy. Seth lives in Stuyvesant Town, in Manhattan.

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