Tuesday, January 23rd – Movie Makers

Posted January 25, 2007 in
The first movie we saw today was Anthony Hopkins' directorial debut for Sundance entitled Slipstream. Slipstream is the story of a writer whose dedication to finishing a script has him runned so ragged that the script starts to become a part of waking reality. The narrative is told through a series of snap shots, analeptic and proleptic memories of the characters he has made and his own flashes of insight.

What makes this movie interesting (or pure wankery) is the fact that the camera technique of flashing back, repeating scenes with slight variation and the story-within-a-story metanarrative makes nods to movies and directors such as Memento, Last Year at Marienbad and Alain Renais. While Mr. Hopkins may think he is making a crazy, innovative and interesting movie it ends up becoming overburdened with its own devices. There is only so many times you can keep on jumping around with the story until it just becomes too much to keep up with. There are times in the film where you get lost in trying to hold all the plot devices together. Finally, by halfway through the movie, you figure out what is going on and interest wanes as the pieces try to tie themselves together for an anti-climatic ending. Nice try, but better luck next time.

The last movie we saw before heading off to the X-Dance closing night party was Slamdance's Path of Most Resistance and the opening short, the Visitors. The Visitors was a failed meditation on how far someone is willing to help another person. While the movies story is great idea, have some girl take in some strangers to help them out and try to untangle who they are and what they are doing, it suffers in execution. The main reason for this are two fold: 1) we don't understand why we should care for the main character or what her motivation is for having someone she only knows for a day staying in her apartment (this is hindered along by the fact that in order to understand number one, you need to know that Berliners have a hard time asking for help) and 2) there is a clunky side story of a boyfriend that only helps to distract from the main story. To the directors credit, her film was supposed to be a full length so that may account for why it seemed a little underdeveloped if confused.

The Path of Most Resistance is a charming story of high-class cat burgler who gets caught by the person's daughter who he is supposed to rob. While he is being held hostage by the daughter, she helps him realize what is important in his life and makes him examine the reason for his thieving ways. Rather than the materialistic world of danger through greed, he realizes that the girl is the most "precious and priceless" thing in the house. We both wanted to throw up. This movie was great because in a short amount of time (45 minutes to be exact) the characters developed at a steady pace, the story moved briskly without being rushed and it was technically great movie.

The last destination of the night was X-Dance's closing night party at Harry O's. It took forever to get in (the place was packed to the gills and it seemed to be the hottest spot of the night) and to tell you the truth, it wasn't all that much worth it. Don't get me wrong, X-Dance threw an amazing party but there is a certain threshold when it comes to a packed party where it goes from being a great party to being over-crowded. Mike from Red Bull made an appearance and so did Adam Dyet. To X-Dance's credit yet again, the entertainment for the night was great! They had dancers that hang from ropes attached to the ceiling, Talib Kweli and great music. Unfortunately, the drinks were Ten Dollars. We had one drink each and got the hell out of there. It's not easy to drive down the canyon with one passenger headlight, just so you know.

-Erik Saunders and Lance Lopez