Sat 23 Feb 2008
Today was more of a mixed bag. Three movies I did see:
Nobody: This is the first film – of any length, not just first feature – by the writer/director/producer, Shawn Linden, who is here in Durham for the festival and does a Q&A with each showing, and it is fan-fucking-tastic. Dark, creeping suspense and genuine horror mixed with a sort of sci-fi feel, set in the 1950′s in Winnipeg. Gods, what a fantastic film. It’s playing at 6pm tomorrow (Sunday) and well worth seeing. Just a superb film, made all the more remarkable by being a first film.
Brain Dead: I walked out after twenty minutes. This was unbelievably terrible. It’s not even the so-bad-it’s-good sort of bad, it’s simply a huge waste of time and effort. This is precisely what I was talking about in my comment on my own post below, a comedy-horror in which every joke is made at someone else’s expense and has absolutely zero to redeem it. It’s not just that the humor is so cynical, though; the jokes are lame, the writing awful, the delivery terrible. Its target audience is clearly thirteen-year-old boys but, you know what? There are better movies – better lame-ass, tits-galore comedy-horror movies – aimed at thirteen-year-old boys. A waste of $5 and twenty minutes of my life. The obvious laugh lines landed like a ton of bricks and the audience around me was dead silent.
Highlander: We’ve all seen it a million times but I’ve never seen it on the big screen. Word around the festival is that there can be only one… print; or at least that there is only one print and the Carolina is lucky enough to have it for one weekend. The crowd was into it and it still retains its charm, what with Sean Connery gnawing the scenery down to matchsticks and Lambert doing that “Scottish” accent of his. There are a couple of really abrupt jumps in this print, as it’s had to be spliced over the years here and there, but those were a part of the experience we were all having together of seeing this old classic. Still, the feature film? Really? Nobody would have been my pick in a heartbeat.
Sadly, there are no more showings of “They’re Coming To Get You, Barbra,” the shorts collection featuring Gay Zombie and Zombie Love. I don’t know why the Nevermore folks think everyone would rather watch Highlander again than be exposed to once-in-a-lifetime films like those, but they’re the ones who know their audience, not me. That I got any chance to see them at all was fantastic – and the Carolina did an even better job, if anything, of welcoming the NEVERMORE crowd with open arms. Still, given my druthers, I would have watched the comedic shorts again – paid to watch them again – rather than Highlander.