I've seen some incredible movies this week at sxsw - a number of them world premieres. I only hope that they're successful enough to get to your town - otherwise get them on DVD!
'Bush's Brain', directed by Michael Paradies Shoob and Joseph Mealey, is a documentary that follows the career of Karl Rove, the "brains" behind George W. Bush, his advisor and electoral strategist. Rove is a frightening character - he reminds me a lot of Iago in Othello, except that he does a lot more of the dirty work himself.
'Blackballed: the Bobby Dukes Story' won the 'audience award' at the sxsw. Directed by Brant Serson, 'Blackballed' was one of the funniest films I've seen - a lot of the hilarity came from the fact that most of the action wasn't scripted and the actors actually developed their own characters and bios. The story follows Bobby Dukes, the former Hudson Valley Paintball Champ, who returned to his home town after a ban of 1- years to reclaim his title.
If watching 'Super Size Me' doesn't get you onto a healthy track, nothing will. This is an excellent documentary tracking the changes to a normal person's body when they eat Macdonalds for 30 days straight. Actor, producer and director, Morgan Spurlock, is funny and brave in this critical look at why Americans are so fat, and how responsible the food industry is for this epidemic. The movie website notes that it's coming out in May - I'd love to see how Macdonalds deal with this blow.
Another world premiere, 'This Land is Your Land', directed by Lori Cheatle and Daisy Wright is another must-see. Moving on from Naomi Klein's 'No Logo', the documentary looks at 'the impact of corporations on American society, culture, and democracy, told mainly from the point of view of ordinary citizens.'
'Slasher' is a modern-day version of 'Death of a Salesman'. Directed by John Landis, 'This slice-of-Americana documentary follows the man considered by many to be the world's greastest living used car salesman; chronicling his life in the business as he travels from town to town, creating "slasher" sales to unload vehicles other car sales staff are unable to sell.' We were left feeling pretty sad after watching this - the man is obviously an alcoholic with a co-dependent wife - it seems as though it's only a matter of time before disaster will strike the family. Great movie - wonderful soundtrack - definitely worth seeing.
Well, that was fun - I got to be a film reviewer for a week :)