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|09.27.06||Alamo South Lamar||This Screening is part of event: FantasticFest 2006|
Sitting through Firefly really hurt me for Roman I think. This was also shot on digital and had pretty deliberate pacing and characters that don't immediately scream out for empathy... so I really think my quota for that type of stuff was full for the day after Firefly, leaving me in no mood for this. Still, I felt I had to see it though... Lucky was nice enough to talk to me back at South By when I still had a documentary idea going and I am still a pretty big fan of both May and Angela Bettis' tiny, tiny cute little self so I was definitely curious about this and hoping for the best.
The idea was that this would be a companion piece to May... not like a sequel or anything like that but more like a cousin, this time with Lucky playing the lead and Angela directing. So while the idea is cool it also sets itself up I think because even though they both did decent jobs, comparing the films is a bit unfair. It's clear that Lucky's a better director than actor and vicey versey with Angela... and that's not just because both May and The Woods looks gorgeous on lush film and this one is all on an XL-1 with available light. Again though, I think that's unfair because May and Roman are, in some respects, completely different kinds of movies.
Still, I have to say I didn't really like this. Really the only kick I got out of it was seeing Kristen Bell play not one but two quirky hot chicks attracted to introverts... that does my heart some good. I may very well have to rent Veronica Mars now, although I have a feeling she's much more sexually assertive in this.
Oh, also... Crab Man from My Name is Earl shows up briefly as a police detective. He looks about as far from a real police detective as I can think of... so that was funny.
I sort of got the general feel that this was a movie all these guys would work on while they were otherwise unemployed... so if they didn't have anything going on for any given weekend, they'd shoot some stuff for Roman and eventually it got done... That's not necessarily a bad thing... it really comes through that it's a group of friends working on this project and I think it's cool how they all stick together and help each other out with their different projects and stuff... but it does have some home movie feel as well.
Oh well, Maybe it was just me, and I hate to say this because I like Lucky and Angela is cute and can fit in my pocket, but this one didn't do much for me.