This is one of those weekends that makes New York City an even more magically wonderful place to be. Unfortunately, I no longer live there, so instead of going to the movies I'm forced to settle for watching college basketball all weekend (and you all know how much I hate watching college basketball). But seriously folks, for those of you who are in NYC, I order you to go see these three films if you haven't already. I'm not kidding around!
L'ENFANT -- I have to be completely honest, after THE SON and KEANE, this film didn't shatter my life. Which is a testament to the Dardenne Brothers' seemingly effortless ability to deliver masterful portraits of human moral conflict. That said, I am dying to see this again and was moved to near tears by the film's unexpectedly moving resolution, so while my initial statement might have sounded underwhelming, it should actually be taken as an ultra-compliment.
DUCK SEASON -- This exhilaratingly fresh day-in-the-life comedy from Mexico opened last weekend, but I was too caught up in SXSW action to give it a mention. I saw this at last year's New Directors/New Films press screening, and it blew me away. I had no idea what I was getting into, and it turned out to be one of my favorite trips into a theatre all year. I was worried that it wasn't going to find a theatrical home, but the wise folks at Warner Independent picked it up for distribution. I can't say enough good things about this film. It's like Jim Jarmusch meets RAISING VICTOR VARGAS. Go see it and I guarantee you that you will have a brighter rest of the day.
LONESOME JIM -- Steve Buscemi's film might just be the funniest and most honest movie about depression that I've ever seen. This can be largely attributed to James C. Strouse's brilliant script, which manages to ride the line between humor and sorrow. Strouse's favorite book is also my favorite book--REVOLUTIONARY ROAD by Richard Yates--which might explain why I responded to the film so strongly. Whatever the case, LONESOME JIM is a low-budget gem that deserves the acclaim and box office accolodes that GARDEN STATE received. I doubt that will happen, but such is life.