Sunday, November 26, 2006

The Third Monday in October

Filmed during the fall semester of 2004, the film focuses on four middle schools during student council elections. Of course, we've all seen enough of these kinds of films to know what we're going to get with a setup like this. There will be the plucky inner city kids cleverly edited to show just how spoiled the rich kids in the movie are. On this front, the film doesn't waver much from Spellbound and Mad Hat Ballroom. But this one is worlds better than the latter and probably better than the former. Spellbound was great but the kids were limited to nerdy or weird kids that liked to spell just a little too much.

This film has a nice cross section of kids with a varying motivations for running for office. Some see it as a springboard to their future political career, some see it as a popularity contest, and some actually want to try to make change. The editing is great and I really had no clue who was going to win in each race. This is a very very good movie.

My only gripe with it is the original score is pretty bad and the soundtrack in general could use some work. Currently, the filmmakers are trying to get distribution for the film. If it is picked up, I definitely can see this being very popular.

Incidentally, one of the producers is the daughter of a really obnoxious celebrity. He was in attendance during the screening. Think obnoxious Yankees fan who shouldn't be allowed to host the Oscars anymore.

Directed by Vanessa Roth
2006
Tribeca Screening Room

2 comments:

youthlarge said...

I wouldn't go as far to say it's better than Spellbound, but it was very good. The cross-section of kids was interesting. I'm curious to know how they were selected.

weasel said...

"Incidentally, one of the producers is the daughter of a really obnoxious celebrity. He was in attendance during the screening. Think obnoxious Yankees fan who shouldn't be allowed to host the Oscars anymore."

Oh god- I hope he spared you an poorly written indroductory gag song full of shit puns.