Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Jason goes to Indiefest--Day 6

Solidly in the middle of the fest, 2 movies a night, every night. Let's get right to it.

First up, a cheesy, silly, wacky, corny and completely successful comedy (in that it kept me laughing out loud), ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE UNDEAD. Premise: Hamlet--the real Hamlet--was a vampire. So was Horatio, in fact he still is. But Hamlet drank from the Holy Grail, and that cured his soul but preserved his immortality. Now Horatio has written a play--Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Undead--based on his real life story. All to get Hamlet to come out of hiding for a final showdown, or at worst to feast on the audience and turn the cast to vampires (saves on production costs). Meanwhile the secret society of Rosucrucians and Goldenstones seek to grail to protect it. And there are cameos by Ralph Macchio and Jeremy Sisto. And there's a ton of puns, and just about every cheesy joke title possible for the different segments. Oh yeah, and an easily manipulated human director is required for the play, because...there are arbitrary rules. So Julian it is. And his ex-girlfriend (whom he still carries a torch for) is cast as Olivia. An it's funny. The end

And then a completely different kind of movie A+D. I was not really that excited to see this movie, because the trailer looked really bad--just a couple (Alice and Dan, A+D) screaming at each other in faux home video footage. And there is a lot of that, but what the trailer doesn't show is the earlier footage of Alice and Dan meeting, falling in love, having very explicit sex (no penetration on screen, but lots of nudity). Now I don't want to say that the explicit sexuality made it better...but showing all of the relationship--the good, bad, and psychotic--made it a full story. The home video style worked...kind of...unless you think about what kind of a couple would do that to each other, much less screen it in public (to take the reality premise far too meta). But I guess the movie pretty well establishes they're both fucking nuts.Their first date includes spitting wine on the floor, and it goes crazier from there. One fight involves her insisting he scrape her vaginal discharge out of her panties with his teeth. And after remembering that scene, I have nothing else to say.

Total Running Time: 168
My Total Minutes: 170,221

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