Seen Any Good Movies Lately?
May 2012 | by Robert Mellette
Pile into your seats ladies, gentleman and otherwise. Relax and enjoy the ride as Dances With Films takes us on a week-long road trip.
Like any good rolling party, our DISORIENTATION begins with booze & boobs in a late-night comedy, with standout performances by Eric Toms and Todd Gaebe. What? You prefer this trip be an escape from the zombie apocalypse? DETENTION OF THE DEAD is The Breakfast Club with zombies, that also conveys the symbology of teenage stereotypical clicks being represented by the mindless undead that they are.
Someone shut-up the geeky film critic and hit the gas!
Wait! Geeky film critics have fun, too. Like, why hasn't a neo-noir, retro-detective movie not mentioned June Gloom before FUZZ TRACK CITY? Tarantino, you're slipping. Let Steve Hicks drive for a while. He'll get us from NoHo to Warner Bros, where we can drop in on THE LONGER DAY OF HAPPINESS. From there, Tyler Brooks and Shane Stevens will give us the inside scoop on Hollywood. Then it's off to the Windy City. Tim Miller and John Mossman can take the wheel, and slip us INTO THE WAKE of a rural thriller with that Chicago beat. From there, Jesse Wolfe takes us into the EYE OF THE HURRICANE, where we help pick up the pieces of Mother Nature's external and internal devastation.
Hey, who is in charge of the radio? We need some music on this party train. Pop in THE GHASTLY LOVE OF JOHNNY X and let's go retro – even to the point of a 35mm print!
No road trip is complete without those mellow moments, cuddling up in the back seat and waking up to a cop tapping on the window. Much the way Jace McLean does in 3 DAYS OF NORMAL, a heartwarming romance to give our party that "aw, isn't that sweet" karma. While we're all warm and fuzzy, head down to GIBSONBURG. Words can't do a film justice, but you might say, " it's like Hoosiers, but with Baseball," but does that capture the essence of subtly of the ...
Yeah, that pretty much nails it, but who doesn't love a worst-to-maybe-first sports movie – especially one that's true.
Off we go to Germany! Michael McManus in BLISSESTRAßE, will leave you speechless. The beauty of Meredith Holcomb's performance of Paul Donovan's simple monologue about what is good in Christianity in the face of so much of what has become bad, will stay with you like your favorite memories of real road trips.
Of course, some people think that a film festival vacation should be about the introspective character studies. These people should not go to see SHOWBOYS. More boobs and beer here my friends – but you know, collectable boobs – though, I'm never sure if that refers to a part of the female anatomy or the guys who worship them.
But come on, people! There is more to life than boobs and beer. Let's get this show rolling into the deep forests of our inner souls. FRAY is the Coming Home for this generation of veterans of foreign wars. No stereotypes. No cheap plot stapled onto a model pretending to be a war vet. Just a great performance by Bryan Kaplan in Geoff Ryan's story. This film has heart, and it will break yours – only to put it back together stronger than it was before.