Mar. 30th, 2017


Mar. 30th, 2017 06:16 pm
ateolf: (badd ddudde)
I went to an Indie Memphis screening last night. A movie called Cheerleader and it was really good. Mary Beth was going to go too, but she was still feeling overwhelmed from all the activity of our near week-long trip and didn't feel up to more activity. So I left the extra ticket for whoever showed up after me. It was a high school kinda movie, but very stylized's kinda hard to categorize. Mary Beth thought it was horror but it wasn't horror. There were funny moments but it wasn't a comedy. I'd also hesitate to call it a drama. There was a phone interview with the director afterwards (Ryan held up his phone to the mic) and he said one of his influences for this was Boogie Nights (and while I haven't seen that, from what little Paul Thomas Anderson I have seen, that makes sense). One question from an audience member was about how he was able as a guy to so accurately portray what it's like being a teenage girl: thoughts and emotions and what they have to go through -wise. Overhearing her after it was over, she didn't like his answer though, which was something along the lines of he tried to write from the basic universal emotions we all feel to come from somewhere genuine and filter it through the lens of a different character (in this case a teenage girl cheerleader). I think I remembered a couple Big Ears fragments. I really just wanted to comment on what, for lack of a better term, I call the whole "vibe" of the festival. It was just a really pleasant atmosphere. Everyone was nice and most of the musicians seemed very open about what a great experience it was for them on their side. I think part of it had to do with the way it was integrated in with the city. It really felt like a place (as opposed to some detached field in the middle of nowhere or whatever). Also everything was pretty well organized. And everyone was just nice and really felt like they wanted to be there and wanted to experience something new. Okay, another thing was being able to pick up some French Broad chocolate from that pharmacy place. Just started eating it. So delicious! I'll see if I can even remember anything else later.

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