THE BOATSMEN


New Film this Winter
December 9, 2008, 4:02 am
Filed under: My short films

Just wanted to give an update on some short film businness. This winter during my break I plan on shooting a short, character study film involving a teen couple and a rough spot in their relationship that ends it.  I have all the basic points and I have a crew interested.  I just need some solid actors, two really.  I will post some more on this and any other projects soon, right now my main focus is school I guess, my parents have been hounding me constantly. 

If any body has any fun things they want to see in the film that would be cool, it’s still in the writing stage.  Of course if you show any interest just let me know.  Thanks.

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Ang Lee’s Whacked Suburban 70’s in The Ice Storm
December 6, 2008, 5:18 pm
Filed under: 2008 Reviews | Tags: ,

(Christina and Elijah)

            Ice Storm is Ang Lee’s second English film following Sense and Sensibility.  The film stars Kevin Kline, Joan Allen, Christina Ricci, Elijah Wood, Tobey Maguire, and Sigourney Weaver.  Ang wanted to direct a film that documented a confusing transition in American history; the early 1970’s focusing mainly on the parents and how their new behavior affects their children.  Kevin Kline is married to Joan Allen and they have two children, 14 year old sexually confused Christina Ricci, and brainiac Tobey Maguire.  Kevin is having an affair with Sigourney who has two younger boys, one of them is Elijah Wood who is sort of dating Christina Ricci.

            All over the film is sprinkled with light and effective humor, this plays off of a very gloomy and foreboding feeling that continues throughout the film.  The film is wonderfully directed and the whole key party scene was incredible.  It’s always great to see a director who can make so many wonderful and different films.

4 out of 5 (with half points)



A Suprising and Satisfying Romance is the strength in The Go-Getter.
December 6, 2008, 3:21 am
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The film I watched tonight after not being able to sit through the screwed up DVD of Danny McBride’s the Foot Fist Way was Martin Hynes’ The Go Getter starring Lou Taylor Pucci and Zooey Deschanel along with appearances from Jena Malone and Maura Tierney and music from M Ward.  I had put off seeing the film just because I had heard so many negative things about the film, but I was really in the mood for a road movie.  Though this film is of course flawed, any apparent weaknesses are forgotten whenever Lou and Zooey share an intimate moment together.  Even when the film takes some predictable and frustrating turns it is quickly fixed by getting up and continuing where it was going in the first place, a real “go getter.”

The story follows a troubled 19 year old who’s mother passed away 8 1/2 months ago.  He is finishing up school but he is overcome with unease and a healthy amount of angst, so he decides to steal a car and find his Hispanic half brother.  Luckily for him the stolen car belongs to Zooey’s character, an apparently wise and quirky character that of course comes with any great Deschanel character with a few little extra bits here and there.  The two begin talking on the phone regularly and develop an odd but wonderful relationship.  Along the way Lou finds people left in the wake of his deviant “lone rider-esque” brother.  He smokes some pot, does some ecstasy, almost loses his virginity, all of those kinds of things.  The movies style changes with the scenary and the cinematography is wonderful throughout.

I really enjoyed this film and could watch Lou and Zooey together all day.  The strongest thing to look for in the movie is their relationship, that’s what keeps the story going and that was what kept my nerve going (I hate to see wonderful and obviously solid relationships fucked up on screen, one reason I don’t watch too many straight up comedies).  I might expand on those parentheses later because I don’t want to be pinned down by that statement.  SO go rent the Go Getter it was really cool and really sweet.  Who doesn’t love a good road movie?

4 out of 5 stars (including half stars)