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Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Shotgun Stories

Q: What’s the movie about?

A: A good ol' southern feud erupts between two sets of half-brothers, when their mutual father dies, and the half of the family that was neglected publicly insults their dead dad at the funeral.

Q: Who’s in the movie?

A: Nobody you've heard of. Michael Shannon, Douglas Ligon, Barlow Jacobs, Michael Abbott Jr., Travis Smith, G. Alan Wilkins

Q: Is this movie worth the price of admission?

A: PhotobucketProceed with Caution. It's a fairly strong story for a classically-styled independent film, but in keeping with that classic independent style, it is very slow moving and it looks homemade.

Q: Will this movie make me laugh?

A: Not a lot, but it's kind of funny that the main brothers are first-named Kid, Boy, and Son-- clearly making it easier for their parents to sound angry at them.

Q: Will this movie make me cry?

A: Only if you get something in your eye.

Q: Will this movie be up for any awards?

A: So far it has won every festival nomination it's gotten, including the Austin Film Festival, the Newport International Film Festival, and the Seattle Film Festival. Currently, it's nominated for the John Cassavetes Award, which is the Independent Spirit Award given to the best film made for under $500,000.

Q: How is the Acting?

A: Really good for a bunch of unknowns. I think this will be a great showcase for Michael Shannon, who bravely down plays all of his emotions, and is also quite photogenic-- especially considering the low grade cinematography.

Q: How is the Directing?

A: Jeff Nichols seems to have channeled the directing style of his producer, David Gordon Green. If that means that his career will follow in his footsteps as well, then Mr. Nichols has a lot to look forward to.

Q: How is the story/script?

A: The ending is too simple, and lacks the element of surprise.

Q: Is there anything else worth mentioning about the movie?

A: It is still playing the festival circuit, and it doesn't have a release date in the United States yet, but I think it will (although it might end up on television). It came out in Greece last month, and it opens tomorrow in France.

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