Tuesday, 31 March 2009

American mass-produced Indie cinema

I fell into the temptation of watching this film, which is another of those mass-produced "Indie" films that pretends to be "alternative" but which is so overdone in its "differentness" that it become yet another popish teen film. It was however, very enjoyable to watch, and the soundtrack had some really surprising tunes I very much enjoyed. 

It stars Michael Cera and Kat Dennings, and the story is reminiscent of the 2007 film Juno: This guy Nick (Michael Cera) has broken up with his rather mean-spirited girlfriend Tris. One night he goes off to give a gig with his band The Jerkoffs [sic], where he then encounters her for the first time since their break-up. To make things worse this other girl Norah (Kat Dennings) is humiliated by Tris and tries to escape by asking Nick to be his girlfriend for 5-minutes. The night then devolves into a rather complicated journey across Brooklyn in the pursuit of love, Tris's lost friend Caroline, and the reputed but elusive band Fluffy.

Side-character include the remaining gay band members Thom and Dev who are rather amusing. 

The soundtrack is a compilation of Indie pop easy-listen tracks. Highlights include the bands The Real Tuesday Weld (song Last Words), The Shout Out Louds (song Very Loud) and Band of Horses (song Our Swords). 

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