Credit to Vonder Haar for the subject’s play on Why So Serious. If today was notable for anything, it was probably that moment during the final minutes of the press screening of Morgan Spurlock’s “Where in the World is Osama bin Laden?” when text messages hit journalists throughout the screening informing all of us of Heath Ledger’s demise. I personally had 6 text messages letting me know all about it, though others in attendance got more (I think Erik Childress got 9?). To this Ledger news, I can only say that it is sad, as sad as it is when anyone dies but I couldn’t get quite as choked up about it as I saw other people get. Why? Don’t know the guy, he’s not family… just because he’s a celebrity, doesn’t mean his death was more important than any other death the world over.
Focusing back on the festival, today I saw the new Peralta doc about the Bloods and Crips, “Made in America,” saw the Spurlock doc and saw the Pahlniuk (sp?) adaptation “Choke.” Out of those three, the Spurlock doc was by far the best, definitely the most entertaining. Morgan continues his knack for amazing openings, as the first ten minutes of WitWiObL is some of the most-fun film I’ve seen in a while. “Choke”? It was a fine adaptation, probably the best that could be done of that book, but it was visually flat and nothing too amazing to write home about. Sam Rockwell and the rest of the cast did a fine job but… eh. I liked it, but middle-ground appreciation.
Tomorrow I get to check out “Adventures of Power” and “Hell Ride,” and get to interview the respective filmmakers and casts. Really looking forward to both films. Air drumming and motorcycles!?! I’m there…
Posted on January 23, 2008 in Blogs by Mark Bell
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