Saturday, April 17, 2010
On-Demand: the Shane Meadows mock-doc LE DONK & SCOR-ZAY-ZEE
Shane Meadows (shown below) was the idea of shooting an off-the-cuff/on-the-quick mocku-mentary starring Paddy Considine (who had worked with Measdows earlier in Dead Man's Shoes -- the least by far of the films of this "mini-auteur"). Come on: It'll be quick 'n funny 'n easy to shoot 'n probably mostly improvised 'n cost next to nothing! TrustMovies would still rate "Shoes" as the least of Meadows' generally very good movies, with LE DONK & SCOR-ZAY-ZEE the runner-up.
Dean Palinczyk. Le Donk has also made his girl-friend pregnant and then tried to get her to abort. Wanting to keep the baby, she's meantime found a new boyfriend, but now her old one wants her back. Or maybe not. Does he really care, or might this just be a blow to his vulnerable ego? In any case, it's been awhile since we've confronted a character who barely possesses a redeeming trait -- at least for half of this thankfully short movie. Considine (shown below), who is (along with Rebecca Hall) the best thing about the recently-released Red Riding Trilogy, is kinda cute. But his brand of mussed-up/messed-up hunkiness goes only so far toward redeeming his character or entertaining us. (Toward the conclusion, Donk has a moment of revelation, which is approximately as convincing as everything else is the film.)
cade, and while this is not up to the Winterbottom level, it's still pretty impressive.) Running only 71 minutes plus end credits (during which Considine -- or is it Le Donk -- regales the crowd with his tale of having had sex with a hermaphrodite), the film is over around the time you'd expect it to get into gear.
If this sounds like your bottle of brew, Le Donk & Scor-Zay-Zee is available via IFC Festival Direct On-Demand. Click here for the how and where to get it.