Blog 40 days of dating
Upon signing with the Death Star, blog co-creator Timothy Goodman made repeat assurances to me in that he and co-creator Walsh would not just be selling out simply for the sake of the entertainment business coming knocking, yet here we are in a little over a month.
After a whirlwind tour of television and movie studios, the notoriously on-again off-again best friends decided the feature route was the best way to go, despite a seminal lready existing (miss you Josh Hartnett! The deal was "chased down" by Warners Brother VP Sarah Schechter who will hopefully develop this project with all the contrived angst it mined over the course of the blog rollout.
It involved the two friends dating each other over 40 days, and chronicling the results with essays and filmed vignettes.
There are points where they both come across as really quite un-likeable, I’m not sure if it’s because they are, or because that’s what just what being in an overly angsty relationship played out on the internet does to you. If she’s being grumpy, she can’t just be grumpy, she’s got ‘bad energy.’ And if he’s being an arsehole, it’s not because sometimes he’s just a bit of an arsehole, it’s because of all his latent abandonment and daddy issues.
They had to see each other every single day, they aren’t allowed to see or hook up with anyone else, they had to go on a proper date at least three times a week, they had to go and see the aforementioned couple’s therapist once a week, and they had to go on one weekend away together during the 40 days.
Finally, they had to fill in a questionnaire at the end of every day and document their relationship.
As I said at the beginning, it certainly raises some interesting questions – it just doesn’t answer any of them.
The very nature of the project is so hyper personal, and Walsh and Goodman are so self-obsessed that it’s very difficult to see beyond them and their own neuroses.