Wow. I'd been told by many people that "Saw" was a shining example of 'so bad it's good' cinema, but I still hadn't found the time to experience it for myself. Well, I did just that the other night, and I have to say that I've been giddy for days. It's a masterpiece! It would be hard to find a more outlandish, reckless performance than the one given by Cary Elwes. Was this guy being serious? It hit me about halfway through, as I tried to come to terms with the freakishly over-the-top performances, that I was watching a live-action version of a Scooby-Doo cartoon. I can't believe that an English-speaking human actually wrote the script. I desperately wanted to watch the audio commentary, but I was too tired. But when all this madness of making my own no-budget movie dies down, I will do just that.
That said, I can't recall the last time I've had as much fun watching a movie, so don't think I'm warning you against it. I'm ordering you to rent it!
As if that weren't enough, I learned the very next day that they're making a SEQUEL to it. My hopes were quickly deflated when I realized that Cary Elwes isn't on board. How can this be? Sorry, makers of "Saw 2," but you won't be receiving my ten dollars without at least a cameo by Senor Elwes.
Enough mocking of low/no-budget movies. In a year, I'll be lucky if people are mocking mine. Seven more days and this fucker is in the can. We're assembling a rough cut and I think it's going to be something else. I have a hunch we're going to get "Gummo" comparisons, which I really don't want (no offense, Harmony)--I was hoping more for "Scarecrow" or "California Split"--but, again, a comparison means that somebody watched it. That will be victory enough for me.
It's nice to set the bar high.
Dreaming about tomorrow is as dumb as remembering yesterday.