My must-see section of the festival is always Darkwave. This year, they’ve got Crispin Glover starring in The Wizard of Gore, my friend Ti West’s second feature Trigger Man (his third will be the upcoming Cabin Fever 2), and some Russian film about drowned ghosts. I’ll be there for all three.
I’m trying to get credentialed for the Transformers party. I know it’s about as contrary as you can get to the allegedly independent spirit of the festival, but big robots are gold. And then there’s the 50th anniversary showing of the monster movie 20 Million Miles to Earth. And two out of three of the galas are genre pics–the horror film Joshua and the sci-fi Sunshine.
Interesting sub-category this year called L.A. Destroys Itself. I’m no big fan of Escape From L.A., but Miracle Mile deserves a few new viewers.
And what are we to make of The Message, starring Anthony Quinn as the uncle of Mohammed? Mohammed remains strictly offscreen in accordance with Islamic law, but this is bound to be controversial no matter what. Director Moustapha Akkad was killed in a bombing, possibly connected to the task at
hand. Anyone reviewing the film may be asking for trouble, though I’m sure plenty of pundits will “review” it without seeing it.
On a lighter note–the documentary Jump!, about competitive jump-rope, is a lot of fun. And I look forward to Young@Heart, about seniors in nursing homes who perform punk-rock songs.
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