on May 9, 2008 - 5:54 AM PDT
|I'd only covered Tribeca once before (back in '03 and I wasn't all that dazzled by the films, although I did see Sheridan's IN AMERICA there), and industry colleagues often scoff at the NYC fest, but speaking only for myself and the year 2008 ... I saw a bunch of good flicks. Didn't do much socializing (but I did see a fun press screening of the awesome IRON MAN), but that's the price I pay for movie nerdliness.
Anyway here's the horror flicks I saw:
The Wild Man of the Navidad
Let the Right One In
Not bad for a regular (non-genre, I mean) festival! I reviewed most of the movies over at Cinematical, but I can tell you now that RIGHT ONE IN is one of the best imports I've seen in years. Really excellent stuff. The others ranged from pretty solid (Breed, Objective, Cottage) to the so-so but interesting (Wild Man, Room) and uhhhh... a few I pretty much didn't like.
The non-horror flicks I took in were also rather strong:
57,000 Kilometers Between Us -- Dour French flick about an extended family communicating through video screens.
The Auteur -- A broad mockumentary about a porno director. Funny stuff. An improvement over the director's FILM GEEK, in my opinion.
Eden -- A sober but very solid Irish drama about the (possible) dissolution of a ten-year marriage.
Elite Squad -- An intense Brazilian cop thriller about corruption and nobility, but the flick is marred by one hellaciously irritating voice-over narration track.
Three Kingdoms -- I was supposed to review it, but I snoozed through most of it. Take that admission for what it's worth.
Terra -- A corny but pretty little animated adventure movie.
Gunnin' for That #1 Spot -- Beastie Boy Adam Yauch directs a doco about eight of the country's best high school basketball players.
Seven Days Sunday -- Downbeat German drama (based on actual events) about two bored teenagers who decide to kill someone -- for no good reason.
Baghdad High -- Four Iraqi kids are given video cameras, and here's the charming and insightful -- but not all that deep -- result.
Confessionsofa Ex-Doofus-ItchyFooted Mutha -- A weird and colorful semi-biography from cult cinema legend Melvin Van Peebles. Might work better if it were a little shorter, but I enjoyed much of it.
Bitter and Twisted -- An icy but not unengaging Australian drama about the strange ways in which one untimely death (three years prior) leads to some unexpected ripple effects.
Good to see you all. IRON MAN rocks.