Artvoice: Buffalo's #1 Newsweekly
Home Blogs Web Features Calendar Listings Artvoice TV Real Estate Classifieds Contact

Monster Mash

The goal of Project Greenlight, produced by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, was inspired: Run a contest for aspiring filmmakers, allow the winner to direct a feature film and document the production process in a weekly reality TV show. The films resulting from the first two seasons—Stolen Summer and The Battle of Shaker Heights—were neither commercial successes nor indie darlings. For their third venture, Damon and Affleck, joined by horror maestro Wes Craven, opted to produce a commercial monster movie, Feast.

The Indiscreet Charm of the Petit-Bourgeoisie

We haven’t confronted romantic and identity problems like the ones besetting the four main characters in Trust the Man at least since Woody Allen decamped for London and a late-career concentration on films about upper-echelon Brits unburdened with identity crises. (And he’d given up mining New York-Jewish angst even before that.)

Wedded Bliss

Put Mike Leigh, the creator of such singular British dramas as Naked and Vera Drake, to work on a Christopher Guest film and the result would probably resemble this outrageous but ultimately good-natured British comedy about the extremes people can go to for the wedding of their dreams. Like Guest (Best in Show, Waiting for Guffman), filmmaker Debbie Isitt assembled a cast of British comedians skilled in improvisation. But she goes him one better by adapting Leigh’s famed method of leading his cast through workshops and then sending them out into the real world to face situations as their characters might.

Back to issue index