It’s Been a Long Time

since I last posted something, but I am getting too busy at work, and now that the weather is getting nicer I tend to spend more time outdoors. Anyway, I know it’s been quite a long time since the IFF Boston, but these are the movies I got to see during the festival:

“500 Days of Summer” was a cute and funny romantic comedy, with a good soundtrack and, thank goodness, lacked the cheesy happy end that usually plagues this kind of movies. When it’s out in wide release, you should check it out.

“In the Loop” was a hilarious parody-satire on the british-american foreign relations just before the Iraq war. To be honest sometimes I had the feeling that it was a documentary: I could really see “officials” doing stupid things like those in the movie for real, and the Bush administration has managed to rest us assured that they were that incompetent. Yes, everything’s for the show, there’s no context, there’s no substance, we know what we are allowed to know, until we find out anyway; and then they’re in trouble, ha! If you’re fan of the acerbic-british humour that’s your movie!

We Live in Public” is Ondi Timoner’s (she of the DIG! fame) new documentary about the internet pioneer Josh Harris and how the internet’s evolution has impacted people. Harris is coming out as a rather strange person: he sets up cameras everywhere in his house (bedrooms and bathrooms included), and everyhting is being broadcasted real time on line. And yes, he welcomes your comments, questions and suggestions. He also built a NYC bunker where people lived there 24/7 and were being video’d 24/7. They were fed there, and before joining they had to sign a release form of sorts, basically agreeing with being recorded all the time, and never leaving. It is a rather fascinating story. What I got out of it is that in the era of constant connectivity, people are even more alienated from another. I mean, if you are glued on your computer’s monitor or phone all the time, watching and consuming, when do you reallly have to time to physically interact with other people and be creative? Is living life on-line for real? Virtual connectivity does not cancel out the physical disconnection.

“Food, Inc.” was a documentary about, yes, food, and the very unhealthy stuff that’s in all processed foods that we eat. A documentary was the reason I stopped eating meat and farmed fish, and I pretty much knew all the ugly stuff that was shown, including the evil Monsanto and their part in the corn mess we’re in, but there was a new piece of information for me: there is a company that produces a certain substance for hamburger filler, that’s basically bleached meat free of e-coli bacteria. Yes, you heard me, b l e a c h e d.

“The Higher Force” was an oddball icelandic comedy, about some losers thugs, and it was funny at moments, but it dragged on and on and on. The best part was the poker faced main character David, and a german thug we the most random lines.

Yes, overall the festival was fun, it is cool to see so many indie movies and so many people in Davis Sq. I attended a discussion with four documentary filmmakers, I managed to go to an after party, too, yes, filmmakers can be fun when fueled with free vodka.