FILM FEST OUGHT-FIVE: I keep meaning to review what I saw at the Maryland Film Festival last weekend, but it seems less and less likely that I'll find the time to write a real report. Here's a quick summary:The best movie: It has to be Craig Lucas' adaptation of his play The Dying Gaul. A thriller of sorts, set in the West L.A. of 1995, it feels in the beginning like a retread of The Player but then departs in a rather different direction. Aside from a few murky plot points, it's an excellent picture: the story is taut, the characters are complex, and it doesn't resolve itself with an easy, unambiguous moral. See it at a festival if you can -- it's going into general release later this year, but I'm told the studio will probably change the ending in a way that could blunt its impact.Honorable mention goes to Todd Solondz's Palindromes, which among other things is the first movie I've seen since Citizen Ruth -- maybe the only movie out there besides Citizen Ruth -- that deals with abortion without any of the usual cant.The worst movie: Some of the films were uneven, but the only real stinker was Sugar, an ably photographed but otherwise uninteresting horror flick. It tries to be a Polanski-style claustrophobic experience; instead it's just formless and tedious.The strangest movie: Nikc Miller's short Robot-ussin, a dada-fueled tale of a robot and his canned meat. Highly recommended.Further, more extensive commentary may or may not be pending.
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