Andrew Ducker (andrewducker) wrote,
Andrew Ducker

Last Few Days at the festival

Tao: Martial Art of the Drum was great - 5 male and 4 female drummers go wild on a variety of Japanese drums and a pair of flutes.  Very skilfull, incredibly fit, and rather cute in places.  Well worth a look if you can get to it.

Bill Bailey's band "Beergut 100" were bookended by a few snippets of his comedy music, straight from his stageshow.  But in the middle they were a rather good punk covers band, playing a selection of punk and ska favourites, with the occasional silliness thrown in (including "Tomorrow" from Annie), and cameos from various friends of the band from around the festival - including Rob Newman on ukelele.  Should you like mainstream punk stuff, and have a sense of humour, recommended.

Mirrormask - Neil Gaiman (writer) and Dave McKean (director and artistic genius) produce a modern version of Labyrinth (although it's even close to Coraline, as surliminal pointed out).  It's gorgeous, but the plot and themes are both incoherent to say the least - even compared to Labyrinth.  Very much worth a watch, with brain turned off.  Personally I liked his short films more - I'm looking forward to their forthcoming DVD release.

Thumbsucker - winner of Andy's "best film of the festival so far" award.  The director (there afterwards with Tilda Swinton and Lou Taylor Pucci (the star)) said that people kept comparing it to Garden State and Donnie Darko (this after someone in the audience compared it to Donnie Darko).  It certainly has Donne Darko's 'nobody understands me' teen feel, but it was more like Garden State in it's reality.  Most of all, however, it was its own film - intelligent, funny and sad pretty much all the time.  It's the kind of films actors want to be in, which explains why Tilda Swinton, Vincent D'Onofrio, Vince Vaughn and Benjamin Bratt were all in it.  This is the kind of movie I love.
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