Movie: The Crumbles
Night two of the DC APA Film Fest was just as enchanting as the first. But, this showcase was about comedy. Raucous girl comedy, to be specific. Both of the films on the program exhibited a delightfully sassy sense of humor on the part of the directors, and both were really fun.
The feature film for this screening was from director Akira Boch, and it’s a story about a girl band from Los Angeles—The Crumbles. Those artsy music types can be quite a handful at times, and that’s certainly the case with Elisa, the drunken, pixyish key-tar player and “lead personality” in the group. She’s a wild girl, and she’s been crashing with her more responsible best friend Darla after a bad breakup. Darla is the lead singer and guitarist for the band, and she’s the only one in their group of friends who seems to be bringing in any kind of reliable paycheck. Their drummer is Dante, the dreamy boy from next door. Darla has been making googly eyes at him for ages, but she hasn’t had the guts to make a move just yet. This is quite a clash of personalities, and of course that makes for a pretty crazy story and some really fun comedy.
I really loved the music in this film. The band plays the kind of upbeat indie rock that really makes you want to dance. It really fits the personalities of the two main characters and it’s perfect for this story. The music is the most important aspect of a film about a band, but surprisingly, it’s an element that sometimes gets overlooked. If the music is boring or stale, an audience isn’t going to care whether this particular group of kids is going to make it big. But, this film definitely delivers! The music is fresh and exciting, and made me really want to root for the struggling musicians in this story. In fact, I liked the music so much that I went to look it up after the screening. It looks like there’s a free download on the film’s website. Definitely check it out. This is one movie that you’re going to want to make sure and see whenever it becomes available in your area.
Movie: The Nice Girls Crew (Parts 1 & 2)
This set of short films from director Tanuj Chopra is also about a set of three best friends that don’t necessarily get along very well. They’ve started a book club, but it seems like that’s just a flimsy excuse for these girls to get together to terrorize each other on a fairly regular basis, because they never seem to get around to actually talking about their books. But, it doesn’t really matter because it’s not like their book selections are ever particularly appropriate. These short films have cattiness and passive-aggressive maneuvering at every turn. The stories and the acting are over the top, and it’s absolutely hilarious. I can’t wait to see more episodes!