Back at my favorite underground movie clubhouse, for a martini, a couple of beers, and some Kafka.
First up, Richard E. Grant stars as Franz Kafka in the short FRANZ KAFKA'S IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE. He's got writer's block, knowing he wants Gregor Samsa to wake up as...something...a kangaroo, maybe? But he can't concentrate with these constant interruptions. Hilarious.
And then we saw the feature-length KAFKA, by Steven Soderbergh and starring Jeremy Irons (and Alec Guinness, and Theresa Russell, and Joel Grey, and Ian Holm, and Jeroen Krabbe...I had forgotten what a great ensemble cast it had.) Kafka is a clerk at a medical insurance firm, and he dabbles in a little writing. But when a friend is murdered he gets caught up in the intrigue of a local resistance/terrorist group, responsible for bombings all over town. So things get weirder and weirder in what can only be described as a Kafkaesque nightmare. Soderbergh doing Kafka somehow is a lot like the bastard son of Terry Gilliam and the Coen Brothers. So of course I loved it.
Total Running Time: 121 minutes
My Total Minutes: 267,961