With the opening night over and day 2 under my belt I embarked on a much quieter day at the fest for my third outing. Day 3 kicked off with a slew of family-oriented movies and then ended with a bang, with more adult-themed films like Stag and Dead Man’s Burden.
The highlight for most was probably the anniversary showing of E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, but I’m going to have to side with Stag as the most enjoyable film of day 3 and probably one of the funniest films playing during the entire fest.
Scrubs‘ Donald Faison leads a mostly no-name cast of wise-cracking buddies that set out for a night of drinking and mischief. Stag isn’t groundbreaking for the comedy genre or anything worthy of extreme high praise, but it’s a lot better than one might initially think. Most of the laughs come from the supporting cast, with Faison sort of acting as the glue for the story.
I was pleasantly surprised with how well-acted the film was, especially since I’ve never heard of it or most of its stars. Dialogue is mostly harmless fun, with a few jokes leaving a lasting impression. Stag is exactly the kind of film that works really well at a film festival, because it’s something that you can go into with no expectations and walk out with a smile on your face. It’s not the funniest film of the year, but it has a decent amount of jokes that register, with some of the more forgettable ones never leaving a bad impression for too long.
Sadly I was only able to attend E.T. and Stag, which meant I had to miss out on the awesome-looking indie western Dead Man’s Burden. There’s just something about the trailer that had me hooked, but timing wasn’t on my side for this particular screening.
Here’s a list of stuff running on day 4 and 5 of the fest, which I won’t be able to attend:
Monday, October 15th
Finding Home (7:00pm)
Getting Lost in My Own Art (9:15pm)
He-Man & Me (9:15pm)
Kyle Needs Love (9:15pm)
Me & Cindy (9:15pm)
Stuper Powers: Rise of the Chipmunk King (9:15pm)
Three Weeks (9:15pm)
Werewolf in a Girls Sorority (9:15pm)
Tuesday, October 16th
The Sessions (6:30pm)
The Rhymesayers European Tour (9:00pm)
The next movie I’ll be attending is Nobody Walks, which stars John Krasinski and Olivia Thirlby.
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To find out more about Stag make sure to check out the IMDb page.
Also, because I still feel bad about not being able to attend Dead Man’s Burden I figured I’d do my best to help spread the word about the film. Visit the site here and follow the film on Twitter via @DMBMovie or on Facebook.
Here’s a trailer for the film below: