Well, the Rome International Film Festival has come and gone and once again I seriously enjoyed it. I didn’t see as many as I normally try to do. It can be difficult. However, the quality of the films I saw were amazing. Here are some highlights.
Dance of the Dead – I was super-impressed with Dance of the Dead, filmed in Rome. It was hilarious, entertaining, and cleverly gross. The actors were great. I didn’t get bored once during the film, AND I was standing through the whole thing as we were a little late and all the seats were taken. The Sloppy Meat Eaters song in the soundtrack was perfect. Well done. This film could easily make the big screen nationally compared to some of the big budget crapI’ve seen coming out of Hollywood recently.
Roger Miller: Hearing Protection Required – This one was a minimal budget student film by RIFF originator and ex-Schroeder’s manager Barry Norman. I particularly enjoyed this one because I’m a music junkie. Roger Miller is an amazing musician and has had a truly inspiring music career through the post-punk influential Missions of Burma, to the psychotic beauty of Birdsongs of the Mesozoic, to the overwhelming talent of his solo-piano career, to the silent film accompaniment Alloy Orchestra. Great film. After it was over, I realized that Roger Miller himself was sitting two rows behind me during the screening. I had the opportunity to talk with this underground legend and seriously enjoyed it. He’s a super cool guy and a guru to many.
Phantom of the Opera with Alloy Orchestra – Truly remarkable. I’ve never seen anything like it in my life. That’s about all I can even say about that.
Skip Tracers - Perfect for a Saturday night. A group of us went to Harvest Moon and dined, then walked over to Heritage Hall for the 11 o’clock screening. Normally that’s a little to late for a movie for me on a Saturday night. I’d rather be getting rowdy. However, Skip Tracers was rowdy enough for the whole room and I think everyone really enjoyed it, and laughed an awful lot. Very funny and unruly. You can catch it at the Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival in Birmingham, AL at 6:30 on Sept. 27th.
Frankie 13 vs The World – I normally like docs the most but only saw a few this time around. Frankie 13 was a very funny film about an ex-boy genious and his failed attempt to become the next world champion of Rock, Paper, Scissors.
Weiner Takes All – Also a hilarious documentary about the ever growing sport of weiner dog racing. This one could have been about 20 minutes shorter but was very funny and informational, providing the history of the Dachshund.
So apparently, I was into the humor this year. Looking forward to next year. Maybe I’ll be a little more serious by then.