Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Cigarette Girl

I had heard a bit of local buzz about indie Memphis film Cigarette Girl and wanted to see it. I couldn't find anybody free to go when I was, so I went by myself this afternoon. It's playing for one week at Studio on the Square. Cigarette Girl is a 2009 science fiction film directed by Mike McCarthy. D'Army Baily is in this. There's a Facebook page.

The trailer does not do it justice:

A short interview with the director:

Variety says, "noir pastiche "Cigarette Girl" is a hot low-budget mess, but fun" and "Pic could smoke out slots at edgier fests." The Daily Docket is a fan. The Commercial Appeal says it's "the first feature film in almost a decade from Mike McCarthy, Memphis' most tireless, distinctive and committed filmmaker." Go Memphis says, ""Cigarette Girl" seems poised to be the director's most disciplined and accessible project to date." The Memphis Flyer opens with a Jean-Luc Godard quote and says, "Cigarette Girl is a different kind of film for Mississippi native McCarthy, a comic book artist turned filmmaker who built a worldwide underground reputation in the '90s as a purveyor of '50s- and '60s-style "exploitation cinema"...". The Brooks Museum review says,
McCarthy has been making underground films since the early 90’s, but says, “After years of being underground or independent or whatever you call it, I think it’s important that more people see this film than any of my other movies.”

6/27/2010: Quiet Earth has a review. They didn't like it.

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