A few of you are already aware of this and while centering a post around it will no doubt come across like shameless braggadocio, well, I swear that's not my intention. (Uh, not completely.) The Norwegian film "Turn Me On, Dammit!" which was my #4 Film Of 2011 and which also earned Cinema Romantico's prestigious annual I'll-Buy-You-A-Stella-Artois Award, presented annually to my favorite screenplay of the year which the Academy annually fails to nominate which annually leads to me offering to buy the writer a Stella Artois as reward, is set for an (excessively) limited release in the States beginning at the end of this month and they recently released a trailer into American theaters which so just happened to bear a raving quote from yours truly.
I cannot tell a lie. It was pretty cool. Not just to see my name and to see the name of my man Castor's Anomalous Material which has provided me with such an awesome opportunity and platform, but because my name was being associated with a teensy foreign indie flick that I absolutely adore. Look, I can't not help but worry that people across the country who are fortunate enough to catch this trailer will see my name and think, "Wait, Nick Prigge? That sounds totally made up. Is this another one of those fake names they put with fake review quotes?" And I can't not help but worry that even if they do buy my existence they will merely dismiss me as a so-called quote whore. More subtle, thoughtful and genuine than just about any teen sex comedy that I've come across? Seriously, guy? Stop with the hype. Thus, I feel the need to clarify and/or reinforce.
I wrote those words. I meant them. I still mean them. I meant every damn word of that review and I'll mean every word of it until the day I die or until the day Tom Hanks offers me $150 million to make my five hour Benedict Arnold biopic so long as I retract all those words.
We whine about the sorry state of podunk Hollywood but there are so many wonderful movies out there, and "Turn Me On, Dammit!" is one of them. Movies like this are why I'm so passionate about them in the first place and why I devote so much of my life to them. And that's why it's such a thrill to know that I have actually become a public ally of this righteous piece of cinema.
As stated, the film will be moving into a few art house theaters at the end of this month (March 30 at The Angelika, New Yorkers!!!) and on into April in a few select cities. So keep your eyes open. If you want to give your hard earned money to just one movie then I implore you not to give it to the Movie of the Week and to give it to "Turn Me On, Dammit!"instead. Thank you for your time.