Waking up at 8:30 in the morning on Friday was rough. After having multiple days of staying up late and waking up early I was finally completely exhausted. I struggled to get out of bed and stumble to the MARC’s theater. But somehow I arrived on time to see my final movie People, Places, Things. It was a cute little film staring Jemaine Clement. Since I arrived on time I was able to throw in a quick nap in my seat before the movie started. Thank goodness I did because I was able to awake enough for the movie. I enjoyed People, Places, Things for how different it was from all the rest of the films I had seen. It was a lot less dark and raunchy then the movies I had seen before. It was more of just a feel good movie. I thought it was a great change of pace. I would love to watch the movie again when I am not fighting back sleep to see how much more I like it. After the movie I went home and took a three hour nap knowing that I still had a long day ahead of me. I was lucky enough for Zane to ask me to join him at the award ceremony and party since he was able to obtain extra tickets from his moms childhood friend David. I knew that this event was somewhat exclusive and felt very lucky to be able to attend. But I didn’t realize how special it was until we first got there and the people taking tickets were surprised that we had them. They questioned where we got them and what we were doing there. After they were done questioning they just exclaimed that we were some “lucky ducks”. Once we got in I just tried to enjoy myself and not be intimidated by the people who surrounded me (except Edgar Wright my favorite director who I was very Intimated by). Overall it was an amazing experience, I was able to meet some great, creative, and kind people. I have already began talks of returning next year.
One film that I really enjoyed was Cronies, it is about three friends living in Saint Louis and the difficult past they have with each other. This movie was in the next category and I can really tell why. It seemed fresh, relevant to today, and different in a great way. Writer and director Michael J. Larnell did a wonderful job creating this movie, he seems poised to be the next big thing. This film became even more impressive to me after the Q&A. I learned that this film was only shot in ten days, It was also Michael J. Larnell’s senior thesis film at NYU. He showed his teacher Spike Lee the first ten minutes of his film and Spike liked it so much that he decided he wanted to help produce it. Michael really wanted this film to feel authentic to Saint Louis so he only hired first time actors that were residents of Saint Louis. They all did a great job especially Zurich Buckner in what was one of my favorite performances I have seen so far playing Jack. This film also had a killer soundtrack, they only used local Saint Louis artist to add to the authenticity and it sounded great. This film has clearly been influenced by Spike Lee, and is sure to be the next big thing.
Another film I really enjoyed was TIG. TIG is a documentary that follows the life of comedian Tig Notaro shortly after she went through one of the darkest times of her life. Being a fan of Tig I was already very familiar with her story, but even with my familiarity it was still powerful, and emotional to watch her discuss her dark times and live out the repercussions of her past. As a fan of comedy one of the things that I really enjoyed was how it not only tracked her story, but it tracked her jokes. It showed one of her jokes when it was just an idea she was sharing with her friends, then using that idea on stage and it not working, then tightening the idea up trying to improve it making it work a little bit better, then finally at her last show having the joke complete and the crowd loving it. It helped track her story of getting back in to comedy as well as how much work goes into just one joke.
I need sleep! In the last few days I have barely had a chance to get any. Staying up late to wait-list midnight movies, and waking up early to wait-list the morning movies has already taken it’s toll on me. Now it definitely doesn’t help that when I do try and sleep my bed partner (Zane) apparently loves to try and cuddle. His arm’s flailing hitting me in the face while I try and sleep is keeping me to only two or three hours a night. It seems like I may have to relocate to the couch in the near future.
Trying to wait-list all these movies has taught me a valuable lesson about patience. When you end up in the back of the wait-list line that does not mean their is no hope. Don’t try and leave the line early to see a different movie because when you do that you end up missing your opportunity to sit next to Jason Segel. Then the only thing you get is stuck in another wait-list line that ends up not allowing you into the movie. The D Train is apparently a very sought after movie to see as I have wait-listed for it twice and gotten 9th, and 15th and not gotten in both times. But even though I’m disappointed I didn’t Get to see the The D Train the fact that I was able to see one of my most sought after films The Overnight more than made up for it. I don’t want to give anything away about The Overnight all I will say is it’s hilarious and everyone should try and see it. It’s better than The Bronze and I loved The Bronze.