“BOY” after the show Q&A and Crazy Horses Gang Meeting _|>_|>_|>
BOY is hilarious AND sensitive, with some tense and sad moments, but overall marvelously sweet, smart, and gentle. Just go see this well rounded movie and see it again, well, EVERYTHING by Taika. And, go not just because we need to support filmmakers of color, especially Maori, Indigenous, Pacific Islander, but simply because Taika is genuinely an awesome storyteller, actor, artist and in kind of gentle, self depecrating (maybe sometimes smirky funny) way. I don’t know, maybe he curls up in the corner of his bedroom and bangs his head on he wall every night. Yea, I don’t really care, whatever it takes to keep him doing what he’s doing. (Hey, of course, I care!)
I am not going to pretend to be a reviewer, or an artsy fart (well, fart maybe). I probably only saw six movies on big screens last year, most were probably kids movies. But, I totally dig Taika’s work from “Two Cars, One Night,” “Eagle vs. Shark,” “Flight of the Conchords” episodes he directed (as well as the ones he didn’t), even the recent NBC Superbowl Commercial (anyone who knows me knows that I did not see it live), and especially his TedTalk. It was actually when I accidentally happened upon his TedTalk (not knowing who he was) that I realized I LIKE him (and that I’d already been enjoying his work without knowing it!).
In an effort to not take up too much of his space (and because I really get weird in those artsy fart situations), I really only shook his hand, mumbled a few things, and took pics of friends with him. He is Laugh Out Loud funny and seems to have a genuine humility even when confronted with awe and googly goo from fans ;-) Maybe it’s a Maori or Kiwi thing? Is NZ using Maori charm to dominate the world?
Anyways, I look forward to MORE, MORE, MORE. Did Taika say something about vampires with Jemaine? YES! (Yes, I do need to get out more ;-)