Thursday, June 28, 2012

Trailer Angst: Sebastian Stan in USA Network's Political Animals

I can't believe I have occasion to do another post on a trailer. Clearly in this internet age, my patience has whittled down to nothing because I can't NOT screen-cap something as angsty as the moments in this Political Animals three minute spot!


Sebastian Stan Sigourney Weaver and James Wolk as T.J. Elaine and Doug Hammond on Poltical Animals USA TJ Hammond Political Animals USA
So T.J. Hammond. I don't need to see this show to know that he's going to be all over this blog come mid-July. The trailer alone has like six angsty shots. He's the first openly gay first kid. He has a drug addiction which at some point caused on overdose. He's all beggy beggy to his perfect big brother with sad cry-face. Plus... he's incredibly hot. Just sayin.

Sebastian Stan as T.J. Hammond  USA Network Political Animals TJ Hammond Sebastian Stan TJ Hammond Political Animals Sebastian Stan
Not to mention the clearly rebellious nature, perhaps some self-doubt given the angrily staring into mirrors thing, and the amazing vulnerable face down there vvv. Good trailer, USA. I highly approve.

Sebastian Stan as T.J. Hammond on USA Network Political Animals TJ Hammond Sebastian Stan TJ Hammond Political Animals Sebastian Stan
I mean - and it's Sebastian Stan. As I've said roughly three billion times, he's really great at angsty. And sexy. And tortured. And sexy angsty. And angsty tortured. And tortured sexy.

Sebastian Stan as T.J. Hammond on USA Network Political Animals TJ Hammond Sebastian Stan TJ Hammond Political Animals Sebastian Stan
Clearly I'm out of ways to say I'm excited for this show and this character. The internet keeps asking about this 'Limited Series Event' thing. I have no doubt that should this show do all the amazing wonderful network revamping that USA is hoping it does, we'll see The Hammonds again. Never fear.

Sebastian Stan as T.J. Hammond on USA Network Political Animals TJ Hammond Sebastian Stan TJ Hammond Political Animals Sebastian Stan
Sigh. Sixteen days, people. I'm SO ready for more new television in my life.

Sebastian Stan as T.J. Hammond on USA Network Political Animals TJ Hammond Sebastian Stan TJ Hammond Political Animals Sebastian Stan
Sebastian Stan as T.J. Hammond on USA Network Political Animals TJ Hammond Sebastian Stan TJ Hammond Political Animals Sebastian Stan
(It also happens to be the same night Breaking Bad comes back. Jesse Pinkman!! WHAT?!)

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Not Really Angst Initiate: Jim Harper on HBO's The Newsroom

Oh, man. I pondered whether to write a post on The Newsroom - it's not technically angsty in any way (yet), but John Gallagher Jr. could have been playing a happily married kindergarten teacher living on a large inheritance while taking care of many adorable puppies and I'd still stick him on the angst report. Because he's awesome.

John Gallagher Jr. and Emily Mortimer as Jim Harper and Mackenzie MacHale on HBO The Newsroom Aaron Sorkin 
Pretty much all of Aaron Sokrin's shows have brilliant bromances - but so far - Newsroom isn't following that trend. The closest thing was Mackenzie and Jim. Which I guess is just a plain old friendship. No cutesy term to go along with it. But I felt more spark in their relationship than I did in the relationship between Mackenzie and Will.

John Gallagher Jr. Jim Harper on HBO The Newsroom Aaron Sorkin We Just Decided to Pilot The Newsroom
Jim was essentially perfect. Frankly, he reminded me a bit of Jim Halpert over in The Office land and it wasn't just the names and the offices. Jim Harper kind of felt like the drama-series version of that same guy. Which is delightful - I love that guy.

John Gallagher Jr. and Emily Mortimer as Jim Harper and Mackenzie MacHale on HBO The Newsroom Aaron Sorkin
He had a good first day. He basically won the pilot, talking to sources left and right being 100% correct about every. little. detail. All while being totally adorable and smart. I wonder if he gets sick of being called adorable. I'm sick of saying it. So I shan't say it again.

John Gallagher Jr. Jim Harper on HBO The Newsroom Aaron Sorkin We Just Decided to Pilot The Newsroom
Except that scene at the end between him and Maggie was SO ADORABLE.

John Gallagher Jr. Jim Harper on HBO The Newsroom Aaron Sorkin We Just Decided to Pilot The Newsroom Maggie
Yeah... I shouldn't say things.

John Gallagher Jr. Jim Harper on HBO The Newsroom Aaron Sorkin We Just Decided to Pilot The Newsroom Maggie
I'm looking forward to more of this show and I'm definitely looking forward to more JGalls. It could get angsty - you never know. Lots of Sorkin characters have addictions and dead brothers and horrible fathers. Maybe Jim will get one of those things. At the very least, hopefully he'll get some Jim/Pam type  stuff. Rock on, Newsroom. See you Sunday.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

True Blood: The Mis-Education of Jason Stackhouse

Oh, Jason. Jason Jason Jason. Poor little darlin.

Ryan Kwanten as Jason Stackhouse on True Blood S05E03 Whatever I Am You Made Me teacher Jason Stackhouse teacher Jason and Jessica True Blood
So True Blood dropped a whole heap of Jason knowledge on us this week, and frankly, it was kind of sad.  It started with Jason out visiting his local neighborhood grocer when an old teacher wanders down his isle. It doesn't take too long to realize that these two have a sordid past. The teacher, ever so cleverly named Mrs. Stealer, is rightfully shame ridden and embarassed. But not poor Jason. He's thrilled to see her.

Ryan Kwanten as Jason Stackhouse on True Blood S05E03 Whatever I Am You Made Me teacher Jason Stackhouse teacher Jason and Jessica True Blood
He finds himself back at her place where she makes an awkward apology about the whole statutory rape thing. The thing is - I can't quite figure out the age differential here. In realty, the actress that played Mrs. Stealer is only two years older than Ryan Kwanten. Do we know how old Jason is supposed to be? I mean, if you figure he's around 30, this whole business went down when he was about fifteen. I doubt he was much older than that because surely seventeen year old football star Jason wouldn't be looking to teachers to show him the ropes. Whatever. It's not really important. The bottom line is that Jason was taken advantage of.

Ryan Kwanten as Jason Stackhouse on True Blood S05E03 Whatever I Am You Made Me teacher Jason Stackhouse teacher Jason and Jessica True Blood
Except he doesn't see it that way. He fully believes that sex is the only thing he's good at. And at this point, he's grateful to have been shown that by someone at a young age.

Ryan Kwanten as Jason Stackhouse on True Blood S05E03 Whatever I Am You Made Me teacher Jason Stackhouse teacher Jason and Jessica True Blood
Afterwards, however, things change. Maybe he starts thinking about what Hoyt said about a part of him being missing. And maybe he's wondering just when that part disappeared. Somehow, he comes to the realization that he is what she made him. And it was all an unfair mistake.

Ryan Kwanten shirtless as Jason Stackhouse on True Blood S05E03 Whatever I Am You Made Me Jason teacher
He leaves, sad and more confused than usual. (But still super hot...)

Ryan Kwanten shirtless ias Jason Stackhouse on True Blood S05E03 Whatever I Am You Made Me Jason teacher
Later that night, Jessica shows up ready to get it on after smelling a sexy British fellow with sixteen sisters (?) Jason is still frazzled. I loved this scene. This very well may be my favorite scene so far of season five. As Jason puts it with uncharacteristic eloquence, there's a hole inside of him that sex isn't able to fill up anymore. And he doesn't know what to do or how to talk about it.

Ryan Kwanten Deborah Ann Woll Jason Stackhouse True Blood Whatever I Am You Made Me Jason Stackhouse and Jessica Hamby Jason and his teacher
Jessica's attempts at understanding don't help much because he's hardwired to just go in for the screw. But that's not what he wants right now and he can't help it. Awww.

Ryan Kwanten Deborah Ann Woll Jason Stackhouse True Blood Whatever I Am You Made Me Jason Stackhouse and Jessica Hamby Jason and his teacher
I love that Jessica refuses to leave. She insists on being his friend and listening to his problems sans sex.  It sounds suspiciously like the beginnings of an actual relationship. I officially ship them. Hoyt who, amiright?

Ryan Kwanten Deborah Ann Woll Jason Stackhouse True Blood Whatever I Am You Made Me Jason Stackhouse and Jessica Hamby Jason and his teacher
It's such a nice change to see Jason be troubled and serious. Contrary to lots of the other internet writings I've read - this isn't the first time he's gotten real. It usually happens about once a year and usually in relation to Sookie. But I totally dig this early-season self reflection. It's a interesting spin to give him an angsty backstory that he never saw as angsty until now.

Ryan Kwanten Deborah Ann Woll Jason Stackhouse True Blood Whatever I Am You Made Me Jason Stackhouse and Jessica Hamby Jason and his teacher
Like I keep saying, Ryan Kwanten really is fantastic. And he's been acting his face of.  Jason tears are adorable. I hope they keep on with this storyline. God knows I'm already totally over word-vomit Italian chick. I swear, she never shuts up. She had like three speeches last week. Maybe they think having her deliver her speeches nude makes them interesting. But if so, they're sorely mistaken about their demographics. Whatever. I want more Jason!

Monday, June 25, 2012

Angst Initiate: Nathan Young on Misfits

I've posted about Misfits once before and I mentioned then that THE best character, Nathan, wasn't necessarily an angsty. Don't get me wrong - I love him. I really do think he's one of the best television characters of all time. But he's cocky, he's funny, he's charismatic, and he's always on. There aren't many moments in which he displays anything but bravado.

However. I love him. So I'm posting about him anyway.

Robert Sheehan as Nathan Young on Misfits Episode One Nathan on Misfits Robert Sheehan
In the first episode of Misfits, Nathan is kicked out his mom's house. This is actually pretty angsty. In fact, his familial relationships are where 100% of his angst (such as it is) comes from. He essentially ends up homeless because no one will take him in. (I'll take you in, Nathan! I don't care how crass you are!)

Robert Sheehan as Nathan Young on Misfits Episode One Nathan on Misfits Robert Sheehan
He ends up sleeping in the community center where the ASBO kids work.

Robert Sheehan as Nathan Young on Misfits Episode One Nathan on Misfits Robert Sheehan
As the gang is getting to know one another, Nathan is essentially a bully - especially where Simon is concerned. When I get around to chatting about Simon, Nathan will actually be one of the sources of Simon's early angst. But I'm not talking about Simon now... so back to Nathan.

Robert Sheehan as Nathan Young on Misfits Episode One Nathan on Misfits Robert Sheehan
Except... I'm basically out of things to say. Can I just repeat over and over that Robert Sheehan is fan-freaking-tastic and him leaving the series was one of the saddest tv-related things ever?

Robert Sheehan as Nathan Young on Misfits Episode One Nathan on Misfits Robert Sheehan
vvv This is the face he makes when Simon touches Alicia and says he wants to piss on her tits. Ahh, I love this Nathan reaction. His reactions are great. Angsty? Not so much. Brilliant? Totally. I'm laughing just looking at this picture. Because -- they just found a dead body! And Simon is talking about ... nevermind. If you haven't seen it - go watch it!! If you've seen it, share a digital chuckle with me now.

Robert Sheehan as Nathan Young on Misfits Episode One Nathan on Misfits Robert Sheehan
And I like these screen caps vvv because they look angsty, right? It's just a quick moment, but it's clear that Nathan really is unhappy about this whole living-in-the-community-center situation. I mean, his mom did choose her boyfriend over her son. That sucks and IS angsty even if Nathan is the most flippant guy ever.

Robert Sheehan as Nathan Young on Misfits Episode One Nathan on Misfits Robert Sheehan
Robert Sheehan as Nathan Young on Misfits Episode One Nathan on Misfits Robert Sheehan
Anyway. I tried. I wrung every bit of Nathan-angst out of the first episode of Misfits I possibly could. As much as I'd like to write 250 posts on Nathan, I think three or four will probably cover it. But for now, welcome to The Angst Report, Nathan Young, oh ye of little angst. 

Friday, June 22, 2012

John Gallagher Jr: King of Theater Angst Moves to HBO's The Newsroom

I'm diverging a bit today to talk about one of my favorite things: the THEATER. You know - that place where the angsty boys are actually live, living actual boys performing RIGHT in front of you. I love that. I write this post with the full expectation that only a small subset of angst lovers will have any clue what I'm taking about. But trust me - theater angst is some of the BEST angst.  

Two of the most angst ridden shows of recent years are Spring Awakening and American Idiot, both deliciously lead by uber talented Tony winner John Gallagher Jr. It's not much of a shocker that these two shows had a lot of crossover audience-wise. 

John Gallagher Jr. as Johnny in Green Day American Idiot
Why am I doing this post now? Because John Gallagher Jr. is a big part of the buzzy new HBO show The Newsroom, created by Aaron Sorkin (a.k.a. television writing God.) The Newsroom is basically a perfect storm of awesome - and before JGalls goes off and gets famo - I want to celebrate his angsty stage ways.

John Gallagher Jr. as Johnny and Tony Vincent as St. Jimmy in Green Day American Idiot
In American Idiot, he plays Johnny, a do-nothing burnout type living in suburbia who decides to move to the big city. When he gets there, he meets a girl, gets addicted to drugs, goes a little nuts, and exhibits oodles of angst.

John Gallagher Jr. as Johnny and Rebecca Naomi Jones as Whatsername in Green Day American Idiot
Not only is there angst everywhere, but there is also much guitar playing. It's cliche for a reason - girls love a boy with a guitar.

John Gallagher Jr. as Johnny in Green Day American Idiot
It's a great show. And Johnny isn't the only angsty character - although he tends to be played by the hottest actor. (I invite all you Esper people to make your case.) One of my personal favorite scenes is the one in which Johnny has a drug induced paranoia attack and flips out at his girl. Ya'll know the Green Day song Know Your Enemy? Yeah - it's that one.

John Gallagher Jr. as Johnny and Rebecca Naomi Jones as Whatsername in Green Day American Idiot
And then his gal sings 21 Guns while rubbing his back as he lies there unconscious. She tries to help him out, but he's not yet ready to amend his wasted ways. He basically tells her and her awesome pink boots to go screw. Saddness.

John Gallagher Jr. as Johnny and Rebecca Naomi Jones as Whatsername in Green Day American Idiot
Then he realizes what a loser he is and he returns home, leaving the city, the girl, and the drugs behind.

John Gallagher Jr. as Johnny in Green Day American Idiot
John Gallagher Jr. as Johnny in Green Day American Idiot
The tour is currently in San Francisco - if you're anywhere close I suggest you check it out. And there'll be a U.K. and Ireland production in the autumn. Info here.

And now a moment for Spring Awakening.  First of all - it works better in motion then in screen caps. So I present the 'official' Bitch of Living music video:


I'm going to go all spoiler on you now - but Spring Awakening featured the suicide of poor unloved Moritz. Night after night, his dad told him he was a disgrace and Mortiz ate a bullet. There were several awesome Mortizes (JGalls was first) but in the U.K. Mortiz was none other than Iwan Rheon - angsty Simon from Misfits (which I'm going to get back to next week btw). Clearly, there's just one angsty actor pool from which all the best roles are cast.

I hope there's some angst ahead for Jim Harper on The Newsroom because I'd love to talk forever and ever about John Gallagher Jr. Only time will tell. I mean - at least once, he'll look like this:

John Gallagher Jr. as Jim Harper in The Newsroom on HBO
Promising, no?

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Big Screen Angst: Emile Hirsch as Tim Travis on Imaginary Heroes

Do you ever see a movie and think, "Man, I wish I wrote that!" I imagine Dan Harris saw Ordinary People and thought that very thought. So he sat down and wrote Imaginary Heroes. I don't think he was trying to hide the similarities; the title itself seems to indicate that these movies are in conversation with one another. But Imaginary Heroes and Ordinary People are two trains starting at the same station and then heading in completely opposite directions.

Emile Hirsch as Tim Travis in Imaginary Heroes Emile Hirsch as Tim Travis in Imaginary Heroes 
What is this metaphorical train station of which I speak? It is the train station of dead idolized older brothers in white suburban families. (Are we all picturing a train station full of dead white boys now? Good. I knew I could work this around to WEIRD in a matter of moments...)

Emile Hirsch and Sigourney Weaver as Tim and Sandy Travis in Imaginary Heroes 
Imaginary Heroes is lead by Emile Hirsch as Tim Travis. This kid Tim cannot catch a break. I swear, there are few characters who get as emotionally pounded as Tim gets throughout the course of this film.  What better way to start the suffering than with Tim finding the dead body of his older brother.

Emile Hirsch as Tim Travis in Imaginary Heroes Emile Hirsch as Tim Travis in Imaginary Heroes
Tim's brother, Matt, was the golden boy of the family. Their father had pinned all his hopes and dreams on him. Matt was the hard worker. Matt was special one. Matt was going to be somebody. Tim is an afterthought and he knows it. At Matt's funeral, some inappropriate bystander starts prattling on about how great Tim will be when he hits high school. Daddy Travis (Ben) tells inappropriate bystander that Tim is currently a senior and lightening doesn't strike twice. AND he has no qualms about saying it right in front of Tim. Cold. Sorry, Tim. You're not lighting. Or... the thing that has been struck by lightening? I don't know...it's a complicated metaphor. I'm more comfortable with train stations.

Emile Hirsch as Tim Travis in Imaginary Heroes Emile Hirsch as Tim Travis in Imaginary Heroes
Then Tim's sister wants to know what finding the body was like. Great! Yeah! That's just what he wants to talk about.

Emile Hirsch as Tim Travis in Imaginary Heroes Emile Hirsch as Tim Travis in Imaginary Heroes
At dinner, Daddy Dearest  is making them set a place for Matt every night. It's creepy. And when Tim wants more chicken, daddy says no. Even when Tim is the living one and Matt is the dead one, Tim still comes second. Ben then declares that Matt was the ONLY thing that mattered in the family. So Tim's lack of mattering is well established by the movie's fifteen minute mark.

Emile Hirsch as Tim Travis in Imaginary Heroes Emile Hirsch as Tim Travis in Imaginary Heroes
While Tim's dad is one of his largest sources of angst, the heart in the film comes from his relationship with his mom. Of all the characters in the film, she seems the most youthful. She's straight forward, ballsy, and clearly a product of the 70s. They have some great conversations about emotions and feelings that somehow don't seem forced or contrived.

Emile Hirsch and Sigourney Weaver as Tim and Sandy Travis in Imaginary Heroes 
The other big source of Tim's angst is wtf goes down with this guy vvv His BFF and next-door neighbor, Kyle. OMG. I love angst. But hold on. I'm not there yet.

Emile Hirsch and Ryan Donowho as Tim Travis and Kyle Dwyer in Imaginary Heroes 
Tim has a girlfriend too. Where everyone else is completely insensitive, she's a little too sensitive. Believe me, girlfriend girl, I get it. It'd be difficult not to constantly do the "I'm here if you need to talk" thing when your boyfriend's perfect brother just killed himself. But she really drops the ball during the "What do you think of euthanasia?" conversation that he initiates. She doest get that Tim is working his way around to talking about his brother.

Emile Hirsch as Tim Travis in Imaginary Heroes Emile Hirsch as Tim Travis in Imaginary Heroes
So he suggests sex as a way to get out of the awkward non-converstaion they're having. At which point she realizes he's covered in bruises. And she's all wtf? And he's all, "I don't want to talk about it!" and storms off.

Emile Hirsch as Tim Travis in Imaginary Heroes Emile Hirsch as Tim Travis in Imaginary Heroes
Then a girl at school kills herself. And Tim takes it pretty hard. Especially because her "friend" reads some Pearl Jam song lyrics and assumes they're an original work by dead girl.

Emile Hirsch as Tim Travis in Imaginary Heroes Emile Hirsch as Tim Travis in Imaginary Heroes
Emile Hirsch as Tim Travis in Imaginary Heroes Emile Hirsch as Tim Travis in Imaginary Heroes
Then we work our way around to the Christmas Party. Or what I like to call Angsty Moment #423. Ben demands that Tim play the piano. Tim doesn't want to. Ben is all "Show them you're good at something!" And Tim just stands there like a wounded puppy. ANGST. On the drive home, Ben says he wants all his money back that he spent on Tim's piano lessons. What a d-bag.

Emile Hirsch as Tim Travis in Imaginary Heroes Emile Hirsch as Tim Travis in Imaginary Heroes
Now the doozy. Tim and Kyle attend a raucous New Years Eve party. They drop some E and moments later find themselves making out at midnight. That's all well and good...for now.

Emile Hirsch and Ryan Donowho as Tim Travis and Kyle Dwyer in Imaginary Heroes brothers incest make out
Angst-wise - the next morning Kyle's like, 'I'm not gay. Maybe you are. But I'm not.' So great. Another way in which Tim feels alone.

Ryan Donowho as Kyle Dwyer in Imaginary Heroes half-brothers make out incest Imaginary Heroes brothers
The next day, his mom asks if he's ever considered killing himself. It leads to him admitting that he feels like he doesn't fit in to the family. No shit. Ben seems to want nothing more than for Tim to just disappear. He doesn't try to hide it. Tim's mom loves him - but she seems to be the only one.

Emile Hirsch as Tim Travis in Imaginary Heroes Emile Hirsch as Tim Travis in Imaginary Heroes
At school, Tim has his head bashed into a mirror. Because why wouldn't he get beaten up at school too?

Emile Hirsch as Tim Travis in Imaginary Heroes Emile Hirsch as Tim Travis in Imaginary Heroes
Kyle beats up the guy that did it. Aww. They still love each other.

Emile Hirsch and Ryan Donowho as Tim Travis and Kyle Dwyer in Imaginary Heroes brothers incest make out
Later, Michelle Williams - the unnecessary sister - cries. I like this moment because my only child self likes seeing brothers and sisters be there for each other.

Emile Hirsch and Michelle Williams as Tim and Penny Travis in Imaginary Heroes

Believe it or not, I'm not trying to recap the WHOLE damn movie.  But every Emile Hirsch scene is angsty...


Emile Hirsch as Tim Travis in Imaginary Heroes Emile Hirsch as Tim Travis in Imaginary Heroes
Okay. THEN. Tim finds out Ben's not actually his dad. Kyle's dad is Tim's dad. Remember how he made out and then presumably slept with Kyle? Remember that? Yeah. They're half-brothers. INCEST. ANGST. BOOM!!

Emile Hirsch and Sigourney Weaver as Tim and Sandy Travis in Imaginary Heroes 
And then the best, angstiest scene in the movie. Now that Tim knows the truth, it all makes sense. Ben hates him because he's not his dad. Tim is a constant reminder that Ben was cheated on. And Ben's biological son - the one that looked like him and was good at everything - he's dead. And Tim's not. Obviously, Ben shouldn't take his unhappiness out on Tim. And Tim, rightfully, is pissed that all these years, he wasn't imagining that he didn't fit in. Ben and Matt really were treating him like an outsider, only he didn't know why.  Tim gets drunk and finally confronts Ben about his lack of dad skills.

Emile Hirsch and Jeff Daniels as Tim and Ben Travis in Imaginary Heroes Tim hugs Dad at end
At first you don't know where this is going. Tim tells his dad to screw off, he hates him, he doesn't want to know him. Ben approaches Tim, possibly to kick the crap out him. But he doesn't. He yanks him in to the most one sided hug of all time and tells him he doesn't care who Tim's biological father is, he's his father and he loves him.

Emile Hirsch and Jeff Daniels as Tim and Ben Travis in Imaginary Heroes Tim hugs Dad at end
So what if Ben's arc was a tinsy bit forced? Tim needed to be accepted and Ben needed to connect with him. Awwww.

Emile Hirsch and Jeff Daniels as Tim and Ben Travis in Imaginary Heroes Tim hugs Dad at end
Graduation day comes and now that Tim's all hunky-dory with the parents, he returns to piano and plays a little tune while reminiscing about the night his brother died. 

Emile Hirsch as Tim Travis in Imaginary Heroes Emile Hirsch as Tim Travis in Imaginary Heroes
Aaaannnnddd the angst keeps coming. Turns out, Matt used to pound the crap out of Tim.  Hence bruises. The night Matt killed himself, he pretty much said to Tim, should I do it? And Tim basically said yep. Catch you on the flip side.

Emile Hirsch as Tim Travis in Imaginary Heroes Emile Hirsch as Tim Travis in Imaginary Heroes
So Tim has guilt angst too.

Emile Hirsch and Kip Pardue as Tim and Matt Travis in Imaginary Heroes Emile Hirsch Tim Travis Imaginary Heroes
But then pianos are played, catharsis is reached, and Tim and Kyle acknowledge in NO way that they've hooked up.

Emile Hirsch as Tim Travis in Imaginary Heroes Emile Hirsch as Tim Travis in Imaginary Heroes
The end. I didn't even talk about the car crash or the time he spent in the hospital or the bit where he gets punched in the face. Imaginary Heroes is one of those movies where you sort of just take it for what it is. The angst is through the roof and I love me some Emile Hirsh. But there are quite a few underdeveloped story-lines and a character here or there who arcs without much motivation. It's not the BEST movie ever, but Tim is tortured and sad and it always gets me when Jeff Daniels does the force-hug at the end. Conclusion? There should be more forced hugs in things.