Sunday, April 27, 2008

IFFB: scenes from day 4

Post-screening Q&A with director Rob Moss.

An eye-opening investigation into the process, reasons, and apparent results, intentional and unintentional, of government secrecy and classification and how they are used to wield and keep power and control.

Post-screening Q&A with director Lance Hammer.

A pretty, super-sad, somber film. Any random 2 minutes of this movie would make me feel lonely. I got into the theater after the film had started and the room was packed. I ended up standing up at the back of the room for the duration of the screening. Reminded me in mood and atmosphere of a previous year's IFFB offering, IN BETWEEN DAYS.

Can you spot the talented and beautiful actress...?

Okay... here's a hint...

Director Chris Eigeman and star Famke Janssen take questions after TURN THE RIVER. Drawing another comparison to past IFFB flicks, for me, resonated with HALF NELSON. Kailee is a career card and pool shark attempting to build a stake big enough to enable her to start a new life with her son Gully. One problem, her ex-husband (and his family) have legal custody of the boy, prohibiting her from seeing him, much less raising him. Famke delivers a magnificent performance as the flawed, loving, tough-as-nails hustler and mother.

Hafta remember to look up the band/musicians who scored the film as I really dug the unexpected but very fitting music. I think the director called them a subset of the band, The Nationals. In response to a question resembling, "What did the ending mean?" he said that the finish was ambiguous, but intended as added, or extra, "meat on the bone." I won't go into the details of that, but will say that the idea of it is *JUST* the kind of thing I love and often want to see in movies that don't think of or use it.

Yeah, okay. That last note is not gonna make sense to anyone but me. =)

Something to remember: The woman sitting behind me presented a very sharp analysis of the character and story and owned up to always wanting to see a story where the woman "gets away with something."


Caught the midnight show. A ton of seedy HK underbelly fun, delivered by the triple threat directorial combo of Tsui Hark, Ringo Lam, and Johnnie To. An unlikely heist, three down-on-their-luck average guys, one bad bad cop, some wacky turns and connections, absurd coincidence, and just a hint of the supernatural. Altogether make for a damn entertaining ride. =)

Keep on keepin on~

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