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  ‘Two Mikes Don’t Make a Wright’ (NR)
And the third -- Steven Wright's "The Appointments of Dennis Jennings" -- is no worse than passable.
This movie, which won the Oscar in 1989 for Best Live Action Short, is not Wright's stand-up act (though some of the material from his stage work does sneak in); it is more an attempt to reproduce the world as seen through the distorting lens of his own brand of surrealism.
Still, "The Appointments of Dennis Jennings" is nothing more than an appetizer followed by more appetizers.
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 The Harvard Crimson :: News :: Short Films With Teeth
Of the three shorts by contemporary filmmakers Steven Wright, Michael Moore, and Mike Leigh, Wright's hilarious and characteristically minimalist masterpiece, "The Appointments of Dennis Jennings," is the most gripping, especially for a viewer unexperienced in Two Mikes's unique brand of comedy.
The angst-ridden "Appointments" combines the neurotic charm of a Woody Allen movie with the structured morbidity of an Edgar Allan Poe story.
The film traces the story of Dennis Jennings (Wright), a Manhattan neurotic who, surrounded by people seemingly determined to feed his paranoia, eventually murders his analyst.
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 Guardian | Even Steven
The Appointments of Dennis Jennings, the short film which he co-wrote and starred in, has also won him an Oscar.
Although he says that none of his jokes is ever retired, Wright seems reluctant to risk repeating himself, or to do anything so gross as capitalise on success.
The Appointments of Dennis Jennings was made in 1988, but his second short, One Soldier, which he also directed, was only made last year.
www.guardian.co.uk /print/0,3858,3981510-103675,00.html   (884 words)

 Steven Wright - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In 1992, Wright had a recurring role on the television sitcom Mad About You.
He later won an Academy Award for his short film, The Appointments of Dennis Jennings.
He has also served as the voice of the radio DJ in the film Reservoir Dogs.
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 Robert Mickelson Weds Miss Mazur - New York Times
The bride, 34 years old, is a graduate of the Institute of Film and Television of the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University.
She was the producer of ''The Appointments of Dennis Jennings,'' which received an Academy Award in 1988.
Her father is an assistant vice president of engineering at the Microban Companies, a wireless cable television transmission organization in New York.
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 The Austin Chronicle Screens: Soldier of Fortune: Steven Wright and the Big Questions of Life
Johnny Carson was so impressed with him that he invited Wright back to the show one week later -- thereby officially ordaining Wright as a comic genius.
In 1989, Wright ventured into the world of film when he wrote and starred in "The Appointments of Dennis Jennings," a 30-minute film produced by HBO.
Austin Chronicle: "Dennis Jennings" was a pretty rip-roaringly funny film.
austinchronicle.com /issues/dispatch/2000-03-10/screens_feature6.html   (1505 words)

 The Austin Chronicle Film Listings
Any TV watcher with access to PBS and A&E may have already seen these three short films, but that's still no excuse to miss them in their big screen formats where they tend to gain a bit more solidity in addition to the support of audience laughter.
The Appointments of Dennis Jennings is comedian Steven Wright's 1989 Oscar-winning film about a harried young fellow who, despite the dubious psychiatric assistance of Rowan Atkinson (The Tall Guy, Mr.
Bean) and the limp ministrations of his girlfriend (Laurie Metcalf of Roseanne fame), seems unable to reconcile his existence in the world.
www.austinchronicle.com /gbase/Calendar/Film?Film=oid:139026   (701 words)

 LAIFF: Shorts Parade in LA, Super 8 Testimonials to Hi-Tech Music Videos
The big moments of the festival were, not surprisingly, fueled by celebrity involvement.
Steven Wright's second foray into directing, "One Soldier" (his first; "The Appointments of Dennis Jennings" won him an Oscar) was a fl and white period piece with a healthy dose of its director's deadpan existentialism.
Canadian star Sarah Polley's first directorial effort "Don't Think Twice" had the good fortune of screening before the sold out showing of "Beat." Written and produced as well as directed by the Canadian actress, the film is a wonderfully disturbing and beautiful orchestrated debut.
www.indiewire.com /onthescene/fes_00LAIFF_000420_shorts.html   (968 words)

 Steven Wright | The A.V. Club
The comedian has recorded one album (the Grammy-nominated 1985 live recording I Have A Pony), and has appeared in or provided voiceovers for a wide assortment of films (including Reservoir Dogs, Natural Born Killers, and Desperately Seeking Susan), usually as a character all but indistinguishable from himself.
My short film, The Appointments Of Dennis Jennings, was directed by Dean Parisot, and that was a lot of fun, because we had the same sensibility.
We were trying to make it as good as we could, but we were like kids building a treehouse—we were just, "Why don't we try this?" While we were setting it up, there was a lot of joking around.
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 Steven Wright rediscovers the East Coast - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
He was Bob in "Babe: Pig in the City." Bob was a monkey.
He even won an Oscar, for "The Appointments of Dennis Jennings," a 1988 short.
He went home to New Hampshire: back to stand-up, scratching his head, pacing as he tries to piece together the mysteries of dryer lint and the light inside the refrigerator.
www.pittsburghlive.com /x/pittsburghtrib/s_120313.html   (649 words)

 Steven Wright
That's a secondhand twilight-zone journey, since one must see or hear the deadpan Wright deliver these observances in person, with his unique monotone cadence punctuated by precisely timed awkward pauses.
Wright has transcended his standup career (highlighted by his '85 Grammy-nominated LP I Have A Pony) by winning a 1999 best live-action short Oscar for The Appointments of Dennis Jennings, which he co-wrote and starred in.
When I mentioned, during a recent phone conversation, that my dad was a big fan, Wright didn't miss a beat, replying that I haven't seen him in months, followed by a robust, unrestrained fit of infectious laughter.
www.citypaper.net /articles/2003-10-23/mixpicks2.shtml   (303 words)

 Dean Parisot Biography :: Hollywood.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-30)
He followed up quite auspiciously with "The Appointments of Dennis Jennings", a featurette starring comedian Steven Wright that earned the pair the 1988 Academy Award for Best Short Subject (Live Action).
Parisot also took home a CableACE Award for Best Directing after it aired on HBO in 1989 under the title "Steven Wright in the Appointments of Dennis Jennings".
1989 HBO aired "Steven Wright in The Appointments of Dennis Jennings"
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 Boston comics light up the night at Montreal festival - The Boston Globe
Steven Wright's "The Appointments of Dennis Jennings" won the Oscar for best short film in 1989, but chances are you haven't seen it.
Wright now offers "Appointments," his surreal Civil War short "One Soldier," and his HBO stand-up special on DVD on his website, stevenwright.com.
Wright, Leary, and Joe Rogan represent Boston on a new stand-up comedy compilation, "Hey, That's Funny: Comedy's Greatest Hits." CDs like this tend to focus on a single era or type of comedy, but this one runs the gamut, covering Monty Python, Bill Hicks, Richard Pryor, Ray Romano, and Triumph the Insult Comic Dog.
www.boston.com /ae/theater_arts/articles/2004/08/01/boston_comics_light_up_the_night_at_montreal_festival?mode=PF   (877 words)

 Electric City - Wright Night   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-30)
Oh, the answers still come back at a rugged pace, but the quality is always there - all the way down to the finale, where Wright dramatically paused before offering the ultimate end to a Steven Wright interview.
On top of his numerous HBO specials, TV gigs, and movies, he won an Oscar for his short film, The Appointments of Dennis Jennings.
But he's perhaps most famous for his role as K-Billy, the creepy radio DJ in Reservoir Dogs...
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 The Daily Targum - The Wright Stuff
In addition to helping him use his imagination, the film career Wright has created has earned him large amounts of praise.
In 1989 he won the Oscar for Best Short-Action Live Film for The Appointments Of Dennis Jennings, a film noted for its sophisticated sense of humor.
In the film, Wright plays Dennis Jennings, a troubled man whose life is ruined by his psychiatrist played by Rowan Atkinson (Mr.
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 Christian Science Monitor
The whole program is only 79 minutes long, but it packs a wallop out of proportion to its size.
"The Appointments of Dennis Jennings," directed by Dean Parisot, stars Steven Wright as a young man who constantly attends psychotherapy sessions to assuage his anxieties.
This turns out to be a poor idea, since his anxieties are entirely justified -- including the nagging sense that his psychiatrist is carrying on with his girlfriend behind his back and telling uproarious stories about him in the neighborhood bar.
www.michaelmoore.com /dogeatdogfilms/films/pomcsm.html   (933 words)

 Fox offers dry laughs - norwichbulletin.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-30)
Steven Wright won an Oscar for his short film, "The Appointments of Dennis Jennings."
He received a Grammy nomination for his debut album, "I Have a Pony" and he had his own HBO special.
Wright is even an Oscar winner for his 1989 short film "The Appointments of Dennis Jennings."
www.norwichbulletin.com /news/stories/20050526/go/2144719.html   (268 words)

 Steven Wright Biography :: Hollywood.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-30)
A comedian noted for his deadpan delivery, Steven Wright has built up a following, and while he has not followed many of his contemporaries into sitcom or big screen stardom, he did win an Academy Award for the short "The Appointments of Dennis Jennings" (1988).
He co-produced, co-wrote and co-starred in the film, playing a man who goes to a psychotherapist and meets with unexpected results.
1988 Produced the Academy Award-winning short film "The Appointment of Dennis Jennings"; also wrote and co-starred with Rowan Atkinson and Laurie Metcalf
www.hollywood.com /celebs/fulldetail/id/191116   (506 words)

 Dean Parisot   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-30)
When Parisot made his feature-film directorial debut with 1998's Home Fries, starring Drew Barrymore and Luke Wilson, he already had an Oscar at home.
Indeed, he shared an Academy Award with his friend, comedian Steven Wright, for their 1988 short The Appointments of Dennis Jennings, which won Best Live Action Short in 1989.
He re-teamed with Home Fries producer Mark Johnson for 1999's sci-fi spoof/Homage Galaxy Quest, in which the cast of a Star Trek-like TV series is abducted by aliens and forced to fight an intergalactic war.
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Frank Prinzi is an award-winning director of photography with numerous features and television shows to his credit, including the independent films 200 Cigarettes, with Ben Affleck, Courtney Love and Paul Rudd and Chinese Coffee with Al Pacino.
Some of his other cinematography credits are: The Real Blonde; No Looking Back; She's The One; The Grave; Living in Oblivion; Night of the Living Dead; The Prince of Pennsylvania; and Oscar-winner, The Appointments of Dennis Jennings.
Prinzi has also shot such television movies as Witness to the Mob; Stolen Women, Tad; Ask Me Again; and the television series True Blue and Northern Exposure, for which he was nominated twice and won an Emmy.
www.ccny.cuny.edu /mca/mfa/cityvisions/cityvisions2000/judgeprinzi.html   (154 words)

 Film Production Notes
Dean Parisot (Director) won an Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film and a Best Direction ACE Award for "The Appointments of Dennis Jennings," starring Steven Wright.
Vince Gilligan (Screenwriter) currently serves as co-executive producer of Fox's critically acclaimed drama series, "The X-Files," and recently signed an exclusive, multi-year deal to develop and produce drama series with Twentieth Century Fox Television.
Gilligan's other feature credit is "Wilder Napalm," starring Debra Winger and Dennis Quaid; two of his other original screenplays ("Convenience" and "2-Face") are set to be produced by Mark Johnson, with production slated for this year.
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 The Bulldog - 5/12/99 - 16mm   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-30)
The formula had worked for filmmakers such as Dean Parisot and Mark Christopher.
Each won acclaim and awards for their short films, The Appointments of Dennis Jennings and Alkali, Iowa, and went on to make Home Fries and 54 -- their respective feature film debuts.
His next step was to join a small, thinly threaded medley of ASU students pumping energy and thousands of dollars into their celluloid dreams.
studentmedia.vpsa.asu.edu /webarchives/bulldog/990512/film.html   (407 words)

 Steven Wright   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-30)
Jarmusch went on to create two other shorts in the same vein and eventually decided to incorporate them into a feature length film by the same title, which was released in 2004.
Wright was awarded an Oscar in 1989 for Best Live Action Short Film for The Appointments of Dennis Jennings, which he co-wrote with Michael Armstrong and starred in as the title role.
From 1992 to 1994, Wright played Warren Harharman on the hit sitcom Mad About You, starring Helen Hunt and Paul Reiser.
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 The Orleans Hotel and Casino   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-30)
He took part in the Young Comedians Special with Robin Williams, Richard Belzer, Harry Anderson and Howie Mandel.
In 1989, Steven was awarded an Academy Award for writing and starring in the short film, The Appointments of Dennis Jennings.
Steven's talents graced the big screen in the 1986 blockbuster Desperately Seeking Susan, and the Columbia Pictures' film Stau & Bars, starring Daniel Day Lewis and Harry Dean Stanton.
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 BEAN: Film Crew
Bean" has co-starred in the Oscar nominated "Four Weddings and a Funeral" as well as "Never Say Never Again" with Sean Connnery, "The Tall Guy" with Jeff Goldblum and "The Witches".
He also starred in Steven Wright's Academy Award-winning short, "The Appointments of Dennis Jennings".
Atkinson created the silent character for the comedy series "Mr.
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 book Steven Wright - booking source for corporate events, meetings, conventions, conferences, private parties - steven ...
He quickly followed this with several video showcases on HBO including his own special, "ON LOCATION: STEVEN WRIGHT," he took part in the "YOUNG COMEDIAN'S SPECIAL," with Robin Williams, Richard Belzer, Harry Anderson and Howie Mandel.
In 1989, Steven Wright was awarded an ACADEMY AWARD for writing and starring in the short film, THE APPOINTMENTS OF DENNIS JENNINGS.
It seems obvious that comedians are the people to watch in the entertainment industry as they cross over to all mediums with success.
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He has been described variously as: dry, sardonic, deadpan, stoic, and today's hottest act.
He won a Grammy in 1986 for I Have A Pony, and Oscar in 1989 for The Appointments of Dennis Jennings.
He claims, "My whole act is just a funny pack of lies." To me, though, he has an uncanny knack for stating the obvious in a self-effacing but hilarious way, usually as a short, succinct one-liner.
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 Rowan Atkinson   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-30)
In 1983, he began working with The Tall Guy screenwriter Richard Curtis on Black Adder for BBC Television.
Atkinson played a British consul opposite Sean Connery in the James Bond film "Never Say Never Again," and in 1989 co-starred with Steven Wright in the Academy Award-winning short film "The Appointments of Dennis Jennings."
In March 2001 Rowan and his family had been flying from Mombasa to Nairobi in Kenya, in a twin-propeller Cessna 202 aircraft when the pilot suddenly lost consciousness, at 16000 feet.
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