Saturday, April 26, 2008

It Takes A Village Nathaniel... get me blogging again, but seriously, how could I share a hotel room for a whole weekend with His High Holy Hyper-Productiveness and not get my act together? It's so late now that I don't have time to say much about the movies we've been seeing at the 2008 Indianapolis Film Festival, where we are both serving as jurors—he in the World Cinema bracket, and I in the American Spectrum competition for homegrown independent dramas. Suffice it to say that none of the first four features I've seen has quite blown my socks off, but they all have significant virtues, particularly the committed performance by Famke Janssen in Turn the River and some juicy pop arcana in the documentary Spine Tingler! The William Castle Story. But more on those soon—and, later on, a little more on the features and the short films that I'm overseeing as part of my jury duties (with Sean Penn as my spiritual if not my practical leader). I'm not at liberty to say anything about these before awards are announced next weekend, but I'll allow myself these: you're missing a lot of good work if you live in the Hoosier State and you aren't catching these movies. Indiana may never again produce anything quite as great as recent birthday girl Dr. S, but this film festival would be a splendid achievement in any "small" city (and at 850,000, not that small), and the all-volunteer staff and supervisors have done a beautiful, generous job of hosting and coordinating. Come out and represent, Indiana!

Nick's Flick Picks watchers will also want to know that, with the fifth month of the year about to roll around, I finally have a Movies of 2008 page up and running, with pages and the usual screening log, though no reviews yet. I don't know where Ryan Phillippe came up with that sterling Stop-Loss performance or what so many other critics saw in the Oscar-nominated Beaufort (that 4 Months omission is officially a travesty), or quite what to say yet about the maddening half-successes of Teeth and Paranoid Park, but I'll (try to) get there. And yes, I still plan to finish that Best of 2007 countdown.

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Blogger Sam Brooks said...

Yay! It's great to see you back and blogging. Can't wait for all of that stuff.

(And it's nice to see Famke Janssen pull in a performance that I've always thought to be in her. C'mon; to do Xenia Onatopp and Jean Gray requires massive range, yo.)

4:48 AM, April 26, 2008  
Blogger keep showing up said...

I think I sense a modest Nick moment. Rewind to sentence: "where we're both serving as jurors." Isn't a juror like a judge, at an international film festival no less? Isn't that a huge career notch? Have you served previously as a festival juror before? If not, then I'm rallying this Village plus Nathaniel to insist that you give yourself major props! Ma-jah. Huge!

3:43 PM, May 31, 2008  

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