25 February 2008

the Murials and my lack of a ballot

Last year, I was more than happy to contribute to Paul Clark's inaugural Murial Awards. I'd, as usual, seen most of the necessary films (not all, mind you, because that'd be damned near impossible, but enough). But this year, when I started to fill out my ballot, I came to the realization that I hadn't seen nearly enough films. I've been kind of busy with my own film, it seems. So Paul, in his kindness, let me skip the voting part and just add my own category of 10 films worth seeing that aren't eligible (mostly because they're shorts). Also, I added some comments on some of the "important" film. Note my blurb on last night's big winner:

"I loved Javier Bardem in Before Night Falls. I haven't seen this, but the trailer looks good and my girlfriend liked it a lot."

See? How could I vote in good conscience?

You can read my entire sidebar here. Or, here's the 10 films worth seeing:

(in no particular order)

1. "Avec la Moustache" (Demitri Andrikopolous)
2. "Confusions of an Unmarried Couple" (The Butler Brothers)
3. "A Catalog of Anticipations" (David Lowery)
4. "I Love You, I'm Sorry, and I'll Never Do It Again" (Keith Snyder)
5. "Maine Story" (Nina Chernik)
6. "Cabbie" (Donlee Brussel)
7. "Partially True Tales of High Adventure!" (Murphy Gilson)
8. "Adam Taylor's Dracula" (Adam Taylor)
9. "Crooked Features" (Mike Peter Reed)
10. "Frownland" (Ronald Bronstein)

You'd have to ask Paul, but I see no reason why these films can't call themselves "Murial Award Winners".