497) Ex Drummer (2007) Dir: Koen Mortier Date Released (DVD): April 20, 2010 Date Seen: December 14, 2011 Rating: 2.5/5
When this film first came onto my radar a couple years ago, it had both the Twitch boys and the Film Comment Selects crew's support. Sold, done deal, gimme gimme. Finally caught up with it after it got an official 2011 theatrical release. And boy, is this thing putrid. There are sparks of punk style, Tom Tykwer anarchy by way of Danny Boyle ala Trainspotting and Shallow Grave here and there. But it's in service of an utterly ugly and stupid plot. I couldn't make heads or tails of it after a certain point. Granted, I was sick with an ear-ache. But still: what the hell did I just watch? That's not a compliment: this is incoherent, obnoxious and eventually tiresome. Still, fairly beguiling...but no, not in a good way. No.