By Don Simpson | October 25, 2010
Well, other than not being able to brave the outside world early enough to attend the “Hair of the Dog” brunch (hosted by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore — the screenwriters of The Hangover), my Sunday was not as painful as expected. I was slightly dazed and confused when I arrived at the Convention Center for the screening of The Spirit Molecule, but I did not feel too guilty about my mental state after watching this insightful documentary about dimethyltryptamine (DMT). I had a few problems with the editing and structure, but otherwise I think The Spirit Molecule is a mind-blowing experience. Let’s just say that I left the theater totally wanting to try some dimethyltryptamine…
…But instead, I went to the Miss Nobody screening. Miss Nobody is a very strange film. It borrows heavily from Amelie in terms of visual style, but the tone is completely different. In a nutshell, Sarah Jane’s (Leslie Bibb) rises up the corporate ladder by lying and killing. I get that Tim Cox had no intentions of Miss Nobody representing reality, but the Sarah Jane character was way too unbelievable for me. To top things off, I take Miss Nobody to be a horribly offensive movie — you will have to wait for my review to read why — but I am sure that others will tell me that I am just reading way too much into it.
Nonetheless, it was time to mosey on over to the Paramount for the screening I have been waiting for ever since it was announced as an AFF selection — Kelly Reichardt’s Meek’s Cutoff. Reichardt (Old Joy, Wendy & Lucy) is one of my favorite directors working today and Meek’s Cutoff further solidifies that claim. So far it looks like Reichardt’s film is going to be my favorite film of the 2010 Austin Film Festival — it is also the review that I look forward to writing the most. Still trying to catch up on sleep from several late nights in a row, I opted to head home…further contemplating Meek’s Cutoff every second since leaving the Paramount.