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Friday, May 5th, 2006

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11:07p
Now THIS is what I like to hear
http://www.mcnblogs.com/reeler/archives/2006/05/screening_gotham_farewell_tribeca_edition.html#comments:

"Carrying its considerable Sundance momentum and goodwill over to Tribeca, Patrick Creadon's crossword-cult documentary Wordplay screens twice this weekend.... I just plain adore this movie and could not recommend it highly enough; it is one of the few great movies screening at this year's festival."
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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rachel-pine/across-and-down-wordplay_b_20324.html:

"There's much more to say about Wordplay, but I don't want to ruin it for anyone. If I were in charge, I'd give it the Best Documentary Oscar next year."
11:45p
Tuesday in Tribeca
I'm a few days behind, and liable to forget the tiny details (oh no!) if I don't get moving.

The plan for Tuesday was "Brother's Shadow" followed by "Street Thief," both at 34th St. However, on Wednesday, "Brother's Shadow" would be in the same 68th St. theater (and exact room) as both "Wordplay" and "The Groomsmen" so I switched that to Wednesday, and substituted "Comeback Season" on Tuesday.

That was a mistake. When I got to the theater, there was a line in the refreshment area that was actually for the movie. Even though it was the first showing in that theater that day, we had to wait. Some women in back of me were annoyed, and found out that they were short on ticket-takers. A festival staffed by volunteers may not always run smoothly.

Eventually we were let in to a large theater that didn't get very full. For the first time, we were told there would be no Q&A. The movie was generic contrived marital comedy, with Ray Liotta kicked out of the house by wife Glenne Headly after confessing adultery at dinner with his newly engaged daughter and her fiance. He conveniently stays with their injured football player neighbor, who happens to have jilted his other daughter on prom night. Zany situations ensue. Well, not that zany. 4/5 (5 bad)

Looking for something a little earlier than "Street Thief," I went instead to "The Treatment." The introducing Tribeca programmer claimed it was unusually good, and it was better than the other fiction I'd seen. In the New York-set romantic comedy, prep school teacher Chris Eigeman falls for rich widow Famke Janssen and has frequent therapy sessions with shrink Ian Holm that seem like parodies of psychiatry. I'm not real big on analysis, but the treatment sessions didn't bog down. There were subplots about his aging father, his students, and her trying to hide her widowhood from an adoption agency. The director and writer did the Q&A. Not bad: 2/5.

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