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Captain Crunch gives us a rundown on the New York Independent Film Festival... some great titles here!

Hey folks, Harry here... While Moriarty is off posting the filth of that Neill Cumpston, I figured I'd bring ya culture and cool from the New York Independent Film Festival complements of Captain Crunch. After all these years you'd think he'd be an admiral, but I guess his ship hasn't the best record. Anyway, here's 6 interesting titles to keep your eyes open for...

A Look At The NEW YORK INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL!

Hi Harry, Mori, Father Geek and Gang,

This report is about 2 weeks late, but I recently had the chance to check out a bunch of films at the New York Film Festival. I saw about 15 films, some were great some were so so. Just so this doesn't come off like a never ending review, here's about six films that I thought were really good (most of these were audience favorites as well) I will keep these brief and spoiler free, hopefully you all may see one or more of these at your local festivals.

DROP DEAD ROSES-

This is one warped and twisted tale about revenge, breakups, and the price of friendship. I saw a familiar face in BRIAN O'HALLORAN, who I've only seen in Kevin Smith films, but in this I think O'halloran is brilliant, he's come a long long way, everyone needs to see this film. Word was he's even more twisted in a movie called VULGAR which I was told I'll have to rent.

BLUE ME

Yes, I too, thought this was about oral sex. No such luck. However a very interesting tale about a guy who's obsessed with the color blue. He sees a girl who's obviously obsessed with the color red. He struggles against other color obsessed fellows to win her over, not a word of dialogue is spoken, but there's great comedy and a wild dance number! This was also a great film, and one that will stick with you for a while after you've seen it!

THE MISSING

A very well done film noir, about a sleazy gumshoe detective who may or may have not discovered an alien abduction. This has some really nice twists and turns, there was a dvds floating around, this is definitely one for my collection! If I can only get a hold of it.

TWENTY BUCK$

A great film, about a guy who just can't catch a break when it comes to love. He finally meets a lovely lady who may be "the one" and she writes her number on the back of a twenty. He then spends the twenty. He then spends the rest of the movie chasing down the twenty, getting into all kinds of adventures, hoping that if he finds the twenty, he'll find "the one". A laugh out loud type of movie. Director Chris D'Elia was on hand to answer any questions and handed out fake twenties.

THE WRONG FORTUNE COOKIE

This was a really funny film, which I as, well as a few of my friends can identify with. This makes us pretty pathetic, the film is about a guy who says all the wrong things to the girl of his dreams. His roommate tells him to stop being a dork and to start being honest. So he takes his advice, eats a fortune cookie, and reads his fortune. He takes the fortune way too literally, and gets himself pumped up to confront the girl of his dreams once and for all. This leads to possibly to one of the most awkward moments that I may have ever seen in a movie, but does end with a pretty upbeat funny conclusion. The director Tim Carr was also there to answer questions and hang out with the crowd.

FRED'S SUBURBAN NIGHTMARE

This film was the one I was still laughing about a couple hours after I saw it, it starts with a truly bizarre naked subtitled dream sequence, and just when I started to think "what the f*** is this?" It turned around very quickly and redeemed itself with a truly hilarious and very twisted ending!

So Harry all in all it was a great weekend for little known films, the audience seemed to enjoy these as did I. Quite frankly in a world where "Just Married" and "Bringing Down the House" make enormous sums of cash, I was just relieved to see that there are still some interesting and original films being made!

smoke 'em if you've got 'em if you don't got 'em then you've hit rock bottom,

CAPTAIN CRUNCH

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  • May 1, 2003, 8:34 a.m. CST

    First

    by Filmflipper20

    Fuck you up your stupid asses!

  • May 1, 2003, 8:55 a.m. CST

    Twenty Bucks.

    by Margot Tenenbaum

    If he were to find that particular bill, it would be certainly be serendipitous.

  • May 1, 2003, 12:24 p.m. CST

    Anybody have more info? & Margot Tanenbaum

    by Jaka

    Margo - Great user ID. Just fell asleep to The Royal Tanenbaums last night. Must have seen that damn film 25 times already. Hasn't Twenty Buck$ been floating around for a bit already? Does anybody have any info about any of these films being distributed, west coast film fests or DVD releases? I'll look into it myself, but I figure someone out there must know something.

  • May 1, 2003, 3:25 p.m. CST

    trust me, you DO NOT want to see "Vulgar"

    by beamish13

    I, too, was entranced by the prospect of seeing a birthday party clown getting raped "Deliverance"-style. But the film is downright amateurish and horribly unfunny.

  • May 1, 2003, 3:27 p.m. CST

    "Blue Me"....hmmm

    by beamish13

    sounds like T.C. Boyle's short story "The Black and White Sisters".

  • May 1, 2003, 3:30 p.m. CST

    Harry, why don't you post more on the Nuart in L.A.?

    by beamish13

    The three male leads in "Fear of a Black Hat" are coming in May!

  • May 1, 2003, 8:06 p.m. CST

    theres a difference....

    by imageburn13

    the talkbacks that get intensity in 10 cities are focused on movies that are duh duh duh, hollywod megabusters.This is talkback for the NY indy film fest,, featuring films that require patience and commitment. Plus viewers that keep an avid ear to the proverbial "under" ground and a dash of -uber-geekism. Plus its not released all over the country at the same minute...PLUS, people gotta make an effort to get to tha screening (of which there are precious few,) through the streets of NYC. not easy.

  • May 2, 2003, 10:16 a.m. CST

    THE WRONG FORTUNE COOKIE

    by KILLAVANILLA

    I saw this movie, it is a pretty funny movie, I could also very much identify with the lead character, which isn't saying much. I'm a loser. Especially around the ladies. This film was made especially for us guys that could never say what we feel, and when we do, it resembles a train wreck. Good for you Tim Carr, for making a movie with a character the majority of us can identify with. BLUE ME looks funny too, I'll keep an eye out for that one.

  • May 4, 2003, 4:01 p.m. CST

    I always read these indie postings, dammit

    by God Of Forkery

    That's a large part of why I come to this site . . .I know that movies like "X2" and "Matrix Whatever" will be "totally awesome" and "make you want to have a circle jerk on a copy of the script while your mom watches" (or whatever the fuck that review was about). I need to find out about the tiny movies. Stuff that MAY be playing only on either coast right now, but will eventually make it's way this way, and when one of Milwaukee's historic Landmark Theaters gets 'em, you know I'll be there. I enjoy movies that make me react in ways other than "totally awesome." "Blue Me" sounds kinda neat . . .but wasn't "Twenty Bucks" a movie already? I could have sworn I've seen it in Family Video's 2-4-1 section.