Three Chances This Week for Film Fulfillment at the Starz Film Fest
The Donnybrook Film Festival Task Force jumped into the festival like we were geriatric Polar Bear Club members with something to prove instead of wading in like Virginia Woolf at the River Ouse. The weekend began in high fashion when we collectively decided to make some bad decisions at the first night of the Late Night Lounge. The rest of the weekend we caught some films, rubbed elbows with giants of independent film, and gawked at the radiant, albeit pint-sized, Rachael Leigh Cook.
The dust settled on the weekend and we realized we still have the majority of the festival still ahead of us. So, if your weekend couldn’t accommodate the 32nd Annual Starz Denver International Film Festival, don’t worry–you have eight more chances to find fulfillment in life.
Here’s list of a few film showing this week at the festival, which will only work as a fix for the DWA FFTF until the weekend.
Please, Please Me!
Emmanuel Mouret is a favorite of someone on the DIFF staff. Two of the last three festivals have featured a film from this Parisian comic auteur, and with good reason. Mouret is obsessed with finding all the humor involved with love, intercourse, and any awkward interaction with the opposite sex. Mouret loves to put beautiful girls in socially uncomfortable situations and let them reach their comic potential, which makes the girls even more attractive. The comparisons to Woody Allen are even more apt when Mouret stumbles and mutters through every scene with a specialized French neurosis, but still manages to somehow win the heart of a beautiful girl. So, see this movie if you’ve been looking for a new French girl to obsess about.
- Please, Please Me is playing on Wednesday, November 18, 6:30 PM @ Starz FilmCenter, Thursday, November 19, 4:00 PM @ Starz FilmCenter, and Friday, November 20, 7:00 PM @ Starz FilmCenter
Win or Lose: A Summer Camp Story
If the millions of dollars earned by the Disney synergy machine have taught society anything, it’s that the high drama associated with competitive sports is enough to keep and audience on the edge of their seats. It’s hard to tell if Louis Lapat is mocking or exploiting that idea in this documentary about the ultra-competitive last week of summer camp. The high drama of an over-achieving team and an overly committed coach are transitioned with raw animation of Lapat’s personal camp experience. The meat of the film is set establishing the underdog to root for, but in the biographical animation he establishes himself as the lovable loser who has accepted the role. This film is more of an examination of how cinema effects perception, or is it a sports movie complete with college fight songs? Whatever the thesis of the documentary is, it’s good to hang out in a Jewish summer camp, if even only for an hour.
- Win or Lose: A Summer Camp Story is playing on Thursday, November 19, 4:15 PM @ Starz FilmCenter, Thursday, November 19, 7:00 PM @ Starz FilmCenter, and Saturday, November 21, 12:00 PM @ Starz FilmCenter
FILM IST. A Girl & A Gun
Who hasn’t wondered if the contrived, calculating-at-best Megan Fox could seduce a 1920’s audience while being covered from the neck to the ankles? Gustav Deutsch put together an hour and a half meditation on the foundation of modern film sensuality and other vices. The film uses excerpts from nearly ancient films to look at the roots of all of the vices that Michael Bay loves so much. Per usual, experimental films are light on plot, character development, & resolution, but this film will raise questions that could even make you more appreciative of the cinematic efforts of Michael Bay’s next film, currently titled, “Hot Chicks Dance Under Waterfalls as They Blow Up Aliens.”
– FILM IST. A Girl & A Gun is playing on Wednesday, November 18, 9:15 @ Starz FilmCenter