Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Slim Pornstar.


With the IFP membership, the Independent Spirit Awards ballot and an intent to watch a film a day, I've seen voluntarily:

Head On
The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada
Grizzly Man
Last Days
Hustle and Flow
Happy Endings
Junebug
The Puffy Chair

This is not the order in which I saw them, but the order that I give them from best to worst. Head On and The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada are the cause for this entry. These films left me buzzing, wanting more, identifying with the story and the way it's told. These films are complex but simple and forward. One is directed by a great actor and written by a talented Mexican screenwriter, the other is written and directed by a not so famous actor, but a soon to be famous young director.

The first four films that are listed called my attention in various ways, but they all have one thing in common: Death.

Head On - the death of love, of a relationship, wanting to die for something or someone

The Three Burials...- death and loneliness, mourning and melancholia, the lost of self.

Grizzly Man - scary to see how someone could die for grizzly bears...and he did.

Last Days - This is a beautifully shot film about the imaginary last days of famous Grunge star Kurt Cobain.

The other four films...
can't spend my precious time writing about, although I did like the art of the weird painter in Junebug and the Puffy Chair I saw cause I met Jay Duplass and Katie (that are dating in real life) in a going away party they were hosting in 2004.


HEAD ON
There's so many things... I love that film plus the fact that the main actress was a porn star... great strategy, what a slim pornstar.

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