The 2007 Los Angeles Film Festival opened Thursday, June 21 with Talk To Me, starring Don Cheadle as ex-convict turned iconic 60s radio personality Ralph Waldo “Petey” Greene. The festival closes Sunday, July 1 with Danny Boyle’s sci-fi film Sunshine starring Cillian Murphy. I decided I was in no hurry to see the opening and closing films and I have no interest in the premiere of Transformers so, instead of buying a pass, I went for individual tickets.
Rather than do a ton of research into the films that were playing, I chose to gamble. Using only the information provided on the festival website, I identified a bunch of potentially interesting films, mostly using subject matter as a criterion with an occasional nod to a familiar director or actor. Then I narrowed it down based on what I could reasonably schedule. Since I didn’t look for any outside opinion or pay any attention to what, if anything, was getting buzz, I probably took a big risk that I’ll end up with a bunch of duds. My hope however is that I’ll hit on something interesting that might not get a lot of attention or I might otherwise have overlooked. What’s a film festival for if not expanding your boundaries a little bit?
Anyway, festival movies have been occupying the bulk of my free time the last few days and work (you know, that thing I do for money) has been keeping me a little busier than normal. Consequently, I haven’t had as much time to write as I’d like. In the next day or two I’ll start posting some reactions to the movies I’ve been seeing at the festival plus get caught up on a few reviews of new releases I’m behind on.