Last night I watched Baghead - a film I've been meaning to watch for a while now. It is a film (or should I say video?) in the Mumblecore style of film making - which it's directors, Jay and Mark Duplass, helped define. Mumblecore is essentially very down and dirty, cheap film making. It is done on the fly with natural lighting and minimal production value. While I appreciate this type of film making at times, it rarely leads to the type of movies that I am particularly excited about.
Given that, I was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked Baghead. It is one of those times that the style of film making and the story really match up well. It has a meta quality to it, which I tend to really like but more importantly it captures very genuine moments, emotions and characters - something that is rather rare these days. The story is simple and even predictable, but in a somehow satisfying way. It helps to add to the feeling of reality and breaking free of "cinema" and it's conventions.
Maybe it's just because it's tailered to someone like me. It's about four friends who are trying to make it in Hollywood. After seeing a horrible film at a film festival, they decide that they can make something better than the rubbish they just watched. They go to one of their uncle's cabins with a little video camera to try and make just such a movie. You can see where the meta comes into play. If that sounds interesting to you at all, I say check it out. Even if you don't like it, at an hour and twenty minutes, you won't be wasting too much time, right? It's a better bet than Transformers 3, anyway.