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January 22, 2011 \pm\31 12:17 pm

L to R: Noah Cicero, Chelsea Martin, Tao Lin, Shane Jones, Chris Killen

Interested in the additional dimensions, people stretching out arms to see what can be got in hands. Creative is creative right? All right, Mr. DeMille, I’m ready for my close-up.

  • The Human War (a book by that Noah Cicero cat I keep on about) is already a film showing at a film festival.
  • Maybe Light Boxes is next, though maybe no thanks to Spike Jonze.
  • I’ve known a group of great British guys to be filming hilarity for a long time. This is Chris Killen and Socrates Adams-Florou in Great Friends:
  • Also, just giggled and was touched all through this beautiful novel called Submarine by Joe Dunthorne, and come to know there’s a film of it shining at Sundance.
  • I mentioned before how > Kill Author is now publishing films, too, sort of.
  • The ubiquitous Tao Lin films himself, new bride and their mates, mumbling and gurning for MDMA films.
  • And now, Metazen with Riley Michael Parker adapting Chelsea Martin for the screen:
  1. January 22, 2011 \pm\31 1:07 pm 1:07 pm

    I like Chelsea Martin’s book, but the film is a little too mumblecore for me. It’s well-shot, but it doesn’t have another element to it to make the mumble people sympathetic or even interesting. Kind of like how Todd Solondz’s first film didn’t work, but then Welcome to the Dollhouse did.

    • January 22, 2011 \pm\31 6:55 pm 6:55 pm

      kind of i can’t believe i haven’t seen todd solondz’s first. i think i thought that dollhouse was the first, so well done professor. i’ve seen (and loved) the four or five subsequent ones.

      but don’t you find the main chick in that metazen trailer sympathetic? does she not she embody universal teenage angst?

  2. January 23, 2011 \am\31 1:32 am 1:32 am

    It’s a pretty good short film, that’s for sure. As these things go, it’s a really good short film. Would and should totally make it in festivals and so on. My reservations are the style of it, the tone, the relentlessness of it. But you can get away with that in a short as opposed to a full-length. I guess that’s why I thought of Solondz–he had a lot of awesome shorts, then the first feature that didn’t do so well at all, then Welcome to the Dollhouse.

    • January 23, 2011 \pm\31 2:47 pm 2:47 pm

      you’re so right about the relentlessness of it and how that’s easier to stomach in small doses. i do wonder where all of this will lead. i, for one, am very camera-shy.

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