Here's my (and Lorika's) first installment of reviews from the Minneapolis–St. Paul International Film Festival. Attending the opening night and party really makes me feel like this is a real film festival. More films, more pazazz, more filmmakers present, more expensive - all around I give huge props to MN Film Arts for giving Minnesota film lovers a big sloppy wet kiss.

Childstar [Canada]: An entertaining jab at Hollywood with a great cast. Lost a bit of steam at the very end but overall I'm won over by director/star Don McKellar's charm and wit.

The Great Communist Bank Robbery [Romania]: An interesting and educational story revealing the dark side of life in Socialist Romania. But, I fell asleep.

McDull, Prince de la Bun [Hong Kong]: Utterly creative, playful, confusing, and surreal. Switch off comprehension and enjoy the wild, wiggy weirdness of a bun-headed pig and a pizza-headed turtle.

Melinda & Melinda: Well... all the early-eve M-SPIFF films sounded depressing so we opted for the new Woody Allen film. Lorika and I have had many cozy evenings watching Woody Allen films. I think Celebrity was the last Allen film I enjoyed, but Melinda & Melinda is a satisying return to form. I liked the comedy vs. tragedy structure, and aside from a bit of stiff dialogue I liked everything about this film. It's not great, but it's very good and deals with Allen's familiar relationship/life/death themes in his trademark style.

April 3, 2005 at 01:53 AM in Film, M-SPIFF | Permalink


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You missed "Kung Fu Hustle"! (Stephen Chow who also made "Shaolin Soccer"). A top-notch, rip-roaring, action-filled, and hilarious parody of a movie - from China. This one will be officially released in the U.S. later this month so hopefully it will make it's way back to the regular theaters in town ...

Posted by: roger at Apr 3, 2005 8:10:59 PM

hey rog,
yep -- it's coming to landmark theaters so i'll definitely see it.

Posted by: Lorika at Apr 3, 2005 8:52:47 PM