April 23, 2012

Movie Monday: Drones

You know who is super cool? Amber Benson. She was part of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, one of the best shows to ever grace television. She writes books. (I enjoy the Calliope Reaper-Jones series, do you?) She also directs. Drones, available for streaming on Amazon, is an office-place comedy she co-directed with Adam Busch (another Buffy alum). Cult television fans will also be pleased by the presence of Samm Levine and Dave (Gruber) Allen, both from Freaks & Geeks.

The story is simple: Brian Dilks (Jonathon M. Woodward) is a "humble bumblebee" at work, just wanting to his job without any fanfare. When he discovers his best friend Clark (Samm Levine) is an alien, he decides to go outside of his comfort boundaries. He pushes his office flirtation with Amy (Angela Bettis) to the next level by asking her out. Unfortunately, their relationship could have seriously bad consequences for Earth.

Drones is hilarious. It's a small movie, never leaving the confines of OmniLink. But OmniLink has enough weirdos to keep you guessing, when anyone could be an alien in disguise. I enjoyed that everyone liked Cooperman, who did his work calmly, mediated office conflicts, and was an all-around nice guy. It's nice to see someone get stuff done by being a good guy.

Mostly, I just wanted to let you know Drones exists, considering there isn't a DVD/Blu-ray release or anything. (It doesn't even have a TV Tropes page and it's right up most tropers' alleys.) But if you have Netflix Instant or Showtime or whatever, you should see it. Drones is a great independent comedy.

ETA: I forgot to mention the soundtrack! Below I'm embedding Dan Bern's "Strongly Worded Memo," Drones' opening theme.

Strongly Worded Memo


  1. Wow! Thanks for the "Strongly Worded Memo" earworm--I've got it on my Spotify playlist, now. Love that brand of office humor.

  2. It is an earworm, isn't it? Be careful you don't listen to it too much or you'll never get it out of your head!


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