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March 9, 2005

Speaking of not winning an audience award...from all the DVDs we sent out, we've received two advance reviews in return - one very positive, and one very negative. Which is fine, except that the negative one is more skillfully written and, coming out two days before the premiere, will probably be far more disuasive to audience members than the positive one will be persuasive. It's good to be put a little bit on edge, though, because I'm sure there will be plenty more of the same in the months ahead (and I'm reserving my right, by the way, to not link to any reviews until at least this time next week).

Interestingly, the negative review suggests that Hirokazu Koreeda's After Life was an influence on the film; in fact, it was, (mainly in the way its lack of overt context fortified our feelings that we needed none ourselves), but rather than discuss that, I'd just like to mention that Yen and I went to see Koreeda's Nobody Knows last night and it was brilliant - a far better film than After Life, actually, and definitely something to lift from when we begin our next projects.

I'm kidding about that last part, I think.

Posted by David Lowery at March 9, 2005 4:36 PM


I tracked down the two reviews. You're right: the negative one is both (a) the better written and (b) the more persuasive of the two. The positive one is almost too positive; it doesn't really read like it was written by someone with a very high capacity for critical thought. But don't worry yet. Enjoy the ride instead.

Damn, I wish I was there, David.

[I got your money and extremely rant-like letter yesterday, by the way. The DVD'll be on its way within the week!]

Posted by: Matt at March 9, 2005 10:49 PM

Yeah, I knew there would be certain people who would track them down as soon as I mentioned them! Not to mention everyone I know in Austin, who've probably already read it. Ah, if only the people of note who have liked the film thus far were able to write about it...

But I'm definitely planning on enjoying the ride as much as I can. I suppose it'll be all downhill (hopefully in an at least slightly uphill way) after tomorrow night.

And I'm glad that envelope didn't get lost in transit.

Posted by: Ghostboy at March 10, 2005 2:32 AM

Send me a Deadroom screener. I'll write you up.

Posted by: Matt at March 10, 2005 6:00 AM

Don't worry too much. Just because the negative one is well written and persuasive doesn't really change anything. I mean, Karl Rove can write an intelligent persuasive essay too. Yet, he's still an idiot.

Posted by: jmj at March 10, 2005 10:57 AM

"Send me a Deadroom screener. I'll write you up."

I've been thinking about that, actually...

Posted by: Ghostboy at March 10, 2005 8:04 PM