Friday, May 19, 2006

Whit Stillman

Courtesy of About Last Night, here's a link to a British article by director Whit Stillman about why it has been so long since his last
film. Stillman very efficiently describes the between-films netherworld that all but the biggest name directors must find themselves in.

If you haven't seen Stillman's debut "Metropolitan", check this out.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Just as I thought

After seeing "Art School Confidential" I don't feel like doing anything creative ever again. You can link to my review here. Daniel Clowes wrote the script and clearly has some bitterness about his experience in art school. Why did he have to share it with the rest of us? Discuss........

Friday, May 12, 2006

Missing the boat?

For some reason, it took me a while to see the movie "Ghost World" when it came out. Of course, it didn't immediately come to the indie-challenged Greenville SC. But I didn't even run out to pick up the DVD.

When a friend lent me her copy, I watched it and was surprised how little I liked the critically acclaimed film. I won't spend time on a scene-by-scene deconstruction, but the filmmakers' (writer Daniel Clowes and director Terry Zwigoff) view of human nature seemed very sour to me. I didn't even buy the inciting incident, when the two heroines (Thora Birch and Scarlett Johansson) decide not to go to college. Teens who don't fit in WANT to get out of their humdrum life and meet others like them Terry; they don't work concessiona at a multiplex.

I mention it because I'm reviewing the new Zwigoff/Clowes effort, "Art School Confidential." We finally have a place that is showing some of these "alternative" movies. I'll let you know next week.....