I remember how I felt when I saw David Gordon Green’s All The Real Girls in theaters. At that point in my life, I was quite young, and I’d watch anything at the only arthouse theater in my town. Movies would pop up there, screen for a week, and vanish forever. I remember very little of the film itself, but there are remnants of the visuals left in my synapses; the warm organic closeness, and I recall my reactions. I know I was captivated, but I knew nothing massive was happening. I felt I should be bored, but I wasn’t.
I’m illiterate. That’s right. Even this article was translated from doo-doo smears I left on paper for our co-editior, Madeleine. This is most likely why I didn’t know who Paul Verhoeven was. Why I haven’t seen Robocop, or Basic Instinct (let’s also pretend that illiteracy prevents the viewing of certain situationally convenient movies), or most of his other films. I may have seen Total Recall, but that idea is based off a vague memory of Schwarzenegger’s head exploding on mars. Was that in that movie? Whatever. I digress.
Not knowing who he was, I was attracted to Tricked because of its concept – crowdsourcing. I liked the idea of a community made, democratically collaborative film, and thought I’d give it a shot. And it did not disappoint.
Monsters can be lots of fun, especially an army of monsters being created by Dr. Victor Frankenstein during World War II. However, monsters without any context can be painfully boring, and that’s just what Frankenstein’s Army is… a tedious film that would have been better as a 15-minute short.
I didn’t get to too many films at the Tribeca Film Festival this year, but of the handful I did see, Resolution was my favorite. Resolution is a horror film of a slightly more psychological nature, focusing on the relationship between two old friends, Michael (Peter Cilella) and Chris (Vinny Curran), who are reunited when a strange video appears in Michael’s email of Chris on a drug binge in the woods. Michael treks out to find Chris, committed to a plan of holding Chris hostage in the cabin in which he’s been living, and forcing him to detox. Yet, as always, things are not exactly as they seem.
The guys at the heart of the project are two funny, articulate, super awesome, and rather handsome fellows: Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead. They were kind enough to take a break from their very busy festival schedule to hang out with me and chat about their film.
Read the interview under the cut, and stop by again later for the link to my full review of the film at Horror Yearbook.
The Tribeca Film Festival starts this week in New York City, which I’m sure you’ve already noticed if you live here, by way of the programs that were inserted into every free newspaper being thrust in front of you as you stepped out of the subway last week. Even if you didn’t take one, you saw them on the ground. Personally, I took two. One for reading, and one for marking up in a complex system of pictographs indicating which films to see, when, where, and how.
The line-up is pretty alright this year, although I find myself missing the midnight selections. Tribeca has a pretty distinct lack of horror and science fiction. No worries, flipping through my guide, I was perfectly capable of getting totally psyched about plenty of films. Tickets went on sale today, and I have, so far, bought 5. I intend to see many more films than just these, but I figured I’d share my first few picks with you.
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