Independent Film Fest Boston Preview: PING PONG PLAYA, CRAWFORD, TIMECRIMES

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As a follow-up to our first look preview of the 2008 Independent Film Festival of Boston – one of the premier small-film fests in the U.S. — Allison and I will report regularly on the fest’s slate, which begins Wednesday, April 23. We’ll call ‘em as we see ‘em (bad joke intended). If you’re elsewhere in the world, keep your eyes peeled for these features. And if you’re in New England, come have fun.

Jimmy Tsai in Ping Pong PlayaPING PONG PLAYAComedy
Director Jessica Yu gets all goofy with this broad comedy about a Chinese guy who’d rather be Shaquille O’Neal than Yao Ming. Christopher Wang (please, call him “C-Dub”) acts street, talks street, and only has game when he’s playing a bunch of little kids. When Chris’s parents need him to turn his attentions from b-ball to ping-pong, this dude’s got problems. Starring Jimmy Tsai, who co-wrote the film. Big, silly laughs younger kids will love — in fact, festival organizers call it their most family-friendly entry ever.

The town of Crawford, Texas has been played like a poker hand ever since George W. Bush’s people thought it would be a great place for a candidate to be from. Filmmaker David Modigliani follows Crawford’s ups and downs, from the Bush family comin’ on in to the dust settling years later. In between is the quintessential story of a small American town… just one that was thrust into the spotlight against their will. Sad, suprising, enlightening. Made an appropriate world premiere at SXSW in Texas. Highly recommended.

Scene from Time CrimesTIMECRIMESThriller
Dios Mio! We highlighted this freaky Spanish feature from Nacho Vigalondo in our Sundance coverage, a tight little tale that turns the time-travel movie on its ear. The action wraps around a few hours and a few hundred yards, and is so utterly back-and-forth confusing it just about laughs at the genre. If every time-travel movie has holes in it, why not drive a truck through them? This creepy head-scratcher is frantic, yet incredibly well-composed. Every moment is a piece to a puzzle that will never be solved so, please, keep your brain substance-free for this one.

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  1. Dasher1212, 9 years ago Reply

    Can’t wait to check out the new movie Ping Pong Playa. It’s about a guy who wants to be a basketball star, but ends up teaching his mother’s ping pong classes after she gets into an accident. Jimmy Tsai looks hilarious as C-Dub! Ping Pong Playa is now in theaters. You can find an exclusive featurette for it

  2. Norm Schrager, 9 years ago Reply

    - Dasher1212 –

    Well, we’ve seen the film and, while humorous and good for kids, it’s not as energetic as your obvious excitement.

    Straight dope: Next time you’d like to promote on our site, feel free to throw me an email: If you have good stuff, you don’t have to be relegated to the comments section. Not that we don’t love the comments section.

    -Norm Schrager (Meet In the Lobby)

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