After a few days of being back from Edinburgh what is my hot new film? Well, its not big, its not clever, but it is funky. Its Art School Confidential. Its the new film from writer Daniel Clowes and director Terry Zwigoff - who brought you Ghost World.
Its clever, but not too clever. And very much a tease on the arty bollocks within us all. It reminded me of an early Woody Allen film. The plot is playing second fiddle here - this is really about characters and acting. And I enjoyed the ride. The cast is awesome. I was probably lured in by Sophia Myles (above) but then this is a film with John Malkovich, Anjelica Huston and Jim Broadbent. As well as a guy I didn't really know but who stole the whole film - Joel Moore - keep an eye out for him. I will say no more on this film except to recommend it to you.
In fact, it was actors that stood out in all the films we saw. Not just the fact that (as always) they would make a big difference to the final quality. But instead the small pool of them. We saw Ethan Suplee in 3 films! I wonder if actors are becoming much more a 'flavour of the month'. OR if the same idea of getting 'a name' attached is now invading indy pics more than ever. Its a shame if that is true.
Also worthy of note film wise is Case de Areia (House of Sand) from Brazil. Its a film with few words and big landscapes, in a David Lean style.