If I didn't have to write about Riverfest and go home and check on my dogs this afternoon, here's the film fest schedule I'd follow:Noon
the documentary on an all-woman combat unit in Iraq that we've hyped on our cover, screens at the Clinton School. I haven't seen it, but David Koon raves about it
. Plus, they'll be a panel discussion following the screening with the director and Mena native Shannon Morgan, who's featured in the doc.3 p.m
.: "Lord God Bird"
Check our "Can't Miss List:"
The fruitless search for the Ivory Billed Woodpecker made compelling.
Also worth considering
: Another Can't-Miss, "Silhouette City"
(4 p.m., Riverdale 10), a doc on the rise of religious militarism. I'm gonna wait until Sunday to see it and catch the awesome-looking Apocalyptic Christian Nationalism panel that follows. "Jerabek" (4:30 p.m.),
another intriguing doc about a family dealing with loss from the Iraq War.Avoid
: Maybe Philip Martin's right and Wes Bentley's new movie "The Ungodly"
(6:30 p.m., Riverdale) is reminiscent of "Man Bites Dog," or maybe Phil's just hoping Bentley will star in his long-gestating screenplay. I only made it through the first ten minutes of the screener, and they were perhaps the worst 10 minutes of any movie I've ever seen. Bentley, once again saucer-eyed and with a video camera, plays a documentarian out to capture the human side of a serial killer. Yikes!
I'm leaning towards catching another one of our Can't Miss films
, the doc "Mr Conservative: Goldwater on Goldwater" (Clinton School)
particularly because CC Goldwater, the film's producer and Barry Goldwater's granddaughter, will be on hand.Also worth considering
: I can personally vouch for another Can't-Miss
(7 p.m., Riverdale 10), a compelling doc about life in Crawford, Texas, during the rise and fall of Bush. And I'm really intrigued by
Arkansas producer David Allen's new horror flick, "Death Valley"
(6:30 p.m., Riverdale 10),
former soccer hooligan Vinnie Jones' turn as a reporter, who comes in contact with Charles Dickens' ghost in "The Riddle"
(6:30 p.m., Riverdale 10) and "Crawl, Walk Run"
(6:30 p.m., Riverdale), a documentary on disabled Iraq vets on an outdoor trip in Colorado.
: Yeah, it has Seann William Scott and John C. Reilly and an "Office Space"-type premise, but "The Promotion"(8:30 p.m., Riverdale 10)
has gotten terrible early reviews.9 p.m.: "Blood Car"
(Riverdale 10) is B-movie schlock at its finest (see the Can't Miss List
). I might even see it again. Or I might catch another slice of B-movie greatness at Charles Pierce's "The Town That Dreaded Sundown"
(9:15, Riverdale 10). See Derek Jenkins' story
on Pierce for background. Something to consider: "Blood Car" screens again on Sat. night, but the Pierce film only shows once.