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Film Festival

posted Apr 16, 2013, 12:53 PM by Amy Lum   [ updated Apr 16, 2013, 9:22 PM ]
I spent all weekend in a movie theater instead of making things to show off, so I guess this next post is going to be a movie update! This past weekend the local movie theater had its annual Secret Movie Marathon, a constant parade of movies beginning at midnight and going until noon the next day. 10.1 films were shown, but some were played in a separate theater, so by the end of the night you would only see six. All films shown have not yet premiered in the area, and all that is given before each is a short synopsis, and by that you had to choose whether to stay in the main theater or split off and see the secondary film. This year I think was particularly gory, with Sightseers, something of a British version of last year's God Bless America, and a movie called 100 Bloody Acres which, as the announcer pointed out, "gives a new meaning to organic farming". Here are some of the highlights:

Mud: A coming of age film where a boy struggles to make sense of the world. I don't have much to say about this movie except that everyone should see it. It's full of murder, romance, hit-men, and a bad ass sniper out of retirement.
It's a Disaster: A couples' brunch is interrupted by terrorism, leaving the participants (played by an all-star comedy cast of stars such as David Cross) locked in the house as infidelity and other drama is revealed.
The Thieves: A Korean version of Ocean's Eleven, but so much better. That's all there is to it. Asian stunts galore!
Upstream Color: By far my favorite of the selection, but apparently it is hard to follow, especially sleep deprived. It is very abstract, and it needs to be, as very much of the movie takes place in psychic connections.

Back to work!