By tully | "Boredom at Its Boredest" by Michael Tully August 26, 2008 at 3:37AM
Shame on me for never having watched Kentucker Audley's Team Picture until this weekend, but I'm almost glad I waited. No real reason why, except that it felt extra-refreshing to watch one of "those" movies removed from the context of "that" movement. A year removed from all that buzzing, I was able to simply watching the movie on its own terms. On those terms, I found it to be swimmingly successful. And not the Olympic-sized pool kind of swimmingly, either. I'm talking about the kiddie-pool-in-a-front-yard-on-a-hot-summer-day kind of swimmingly. Which, if you know me, is the kind of swimmingly I'd just about always rather. On its own humble terms, Team Picture captures that moment in time between college (or should-be college) and full-blown adulthood. That it does so without feeling self-absorbed, whiny, or annoying is what makes it feel like such a special little gem. There are a handful of exchanges that had me laughing out loud with uncomfortable recognition. Read David Lowery's review over at Hammer to Nail, in which he compares the film to other works in the Generation DIY movement, not out of laziness, but to thoughtfully express what bands these films together in more than just a superficial, technical way. Then see it for yourself, or if you've seen it already, see it again. I plan to do that myself in the very near future.