Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Best Saturday Evening Discussion
Saturday evening I went to a screening of the soon-to-be-released film adaptation of David Foster Wallace's short story collection "Brief Interviews With Hideous Men" directed by John Krasinski. The screening, if you didn't figure it out from the above posted photo, was followed by a Q&A with Mr. Krasinski.
The movie itself wasn't all that good, but hearing Mr. Krasinski talk about it, I at least admired what appeared to be a very sincere effort to do well. Now, maybe the room was full of DFW fans, maybe it wasn't, I'm not going to jump to any conclusions BUT when I got to the show and was walking to my place at the end of the line outside of the theater, I quite literally passed about 15 feet of females before I passed my first fellow male and, if at least some of these young ladies came to see if John were as charming as his coaxial alter-ego, they got what they were hoping for. Krasinski came off as quite humble and enthusiastic and treated the room like a gathering of friends, making asides here and there hinting that we were his buddies, privy to private thoughts on the state of the film industry or his future on Broadway. It was a pretty interesting and open chat and I think it lasted 15 or 20 minutes, which seemed rather generous. Again, can't say that I really recommend the film, but if you have a chance to talk with Jim, why not?