First off, I am thrilled to report that DANCE PARTY USA exceeded my admittedly high expectations, and I am already itching to see it again. David Lowery was right about the extended 20-minute scene between Gus (Cole Pensinger) and Jessica (Anna Kavan), which is absolutely stunning and could very well end up becoming one of my favorite scenes ever. Congratulations, guys! I am disappointed to report that last night's attendance was rather lackluster. What are you people doing? Support truly independent cinema and go see this movie!
I also caught a press screening yesterday morning for Emilio Estevez's BOBBY, which is very well intentioned and sincere, but a tad too over-the-top for my tastes. It felt like the score was swinging for the Oscar fence at almost every single moment. But the biggest problem for me was the endless parade of familiar faces, which never allowed me to suspend my disbelief. Especially when contrasted with the actual footage of RFK. I know we like movie stars and melodrama, but in this case, Emilio should have done a straight documentary if he really wanted to be taken seriously (or perhaps not used so much RFK). That said, this was clearly a labor of love, and for that I applaud Mr. Estevez. Vern, on the other hand, doesn't seem to think that's good enough. Ouch.