Watch Bryan Cranston's Impenetrable 13-Minute Short Film
I have a high tolerance for bad movies. I’ve seen every live-action movie that Adam Sandler has ever made. I’ve seen half of Tyler Perry’s films. I’ve seen more Seltzer and Friedberg spoofs than I care to count. I watched Movie 43. I’ve seen Birdemic. I sat through Harrison Ford’s Paranoia, for God’s sake. They should hand out medals to anyone that makes it through that entire film.
And yet despite all of this, I couldn’t finish a 13-minute Bryan Cranston short film. I tried! But I kept nodding off, losing focus, rewinding to try and pick up the thematic thread, but it’s impenetrable. The short film, “Writer’s Block,” was directed and written by Brandon Polanco, a production assistant on another Cranston film, Cold Comes the Night. Cranston filmed in during breaks on the film, after telling the PAs on that film that he would accept scripts from all of them, and star in the one he liked best.
“Writer’s Block” won. It’s black-and-white and strange. It’s also incoherent, although to be fair, I’m sure that was the intent, and I often have difficulties with films like these (I blacked out 10 minutes into Upstream Color). “Writer’s Block” may actually be decent, and if you’re into evocative art films, maybe it will speak to you.
It didn’t do a damn thing for me, however, except make me sleepy.