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Paladin Acquires ‘A Short History of Decay’

Paladin Acquires 'A Short History of Decay'

Paladin Pictures has acquired “A Short History of Decay”, the directorial debut by author  journalist, and war correspondent Michael Maren (“The Road to Hell”). The film debuted last fall at the Hamptons International Film Festival.

The film follows Nathan Fisher (Bryan Greenberg of “Prime” and “One Tree Hill”), a thirtysomething Brooklyn hipster whose ambitious girlfriend (Emmanuelle Chriqui) leaves him after his writing career stalls.

Nathan soon gets a call from his brother in Florida that their father (Harris Yulin) has been hospitalized. Nathan arrives home to find his father recovering, if grouchy, and his mother (Linda Lavin) in a hazy state. While there, he meets his mother’s manicurist (Kathleen Rose Perkins), the polar opposite of his girlfriend, but perhaps what he needs to recover.

The acquisition was announced by the Paladin’s president, Mark Urman. The company  previously released Michel Gondry’s “The We and the I” and acquired last year’s Sundance Audience Award winner “Valley of Saints.” “A Short History of Decay” will see release Spring 2014.

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To be honest when I read the movie's one-line synopsis, I wasn't interested. There are so many of those kind of sad indie comedies made by jaded hipsters that just fall flat, but after hearing some positive reviews from friends I checked it out and was glad I did. This film had such a great mix of heart and laughs, it struck that perfect balance that countless films before it have tried to but almost never succeed it.

Also loved that they used "Do What You Like" by Oxford during the scene in the car with Alex on the way to lunch. There's way too many generic 'indie rock' songs in movies these days, but this tune is up to the standards of the old songwriters like Crosby, Young, Kristofferson, etc.

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