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Tribeca 2009: Larry David, blaxploitation, and an 'Y Tu Mama Tambien' reunion

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Larrydavid_l1EW.com has two reporters covering the Tribeca Film Festival in New York. We thought it’d be fun to get the two of them together together to discuss what they’ve seen.

MISSY SCHWARTZ: Hi there, Adam Markovitz. Since we’ve been covering different stuff here at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival, I figured we could chat about it via PopWatch. Exciting, right? This year’s fest is all about quality over quantity: fewer films, but supposedly of a higher caliber. I like the smaller pool to choose from, though I’m bummed that I couldn’t go to opening night last week. But you did! You bravely hit the red carpet and then stuck around to catch Woody Allen’s Whatever Works. How’d that work out for ya?

ADAM MARKOVITZ: Well, I had a good time — but I’m not sure I can say the same for Larry David, who stars in the movie. He was a good sport, but I honestly don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone look so miserable fielding questions from reporters on a red carpet. Good thing there were plenty of other celebs there to share some of the spotlight: Woody Allen, Tribeca Film Festival co-founder Robert DeNiro, Uma Thurman, and Debra Messing, to name a few. I’ll leave the reviewing to Owen Gleiberman and Lisa Schwarzbaum, but I will say the movie got some pretty big laughs — especially when Patricia Clarkson showed up as a bible-thumping belle. She was a crowd favorite. Have you seen any other buzz-worthy performances so far?

MISSY: I’ve seen a whole bunch of movies. I started things off with Rudo y Cursi, otherwise known as the reunion of Y Tu Mamá También’s Diego Luna and Gael García Bernal. Very cute. Not nearly as raunchy as Y Tu Mamá. (Duh.) Both guys are in town and braved about a zillion blinding flashbulbs at the official after-party last night. I had a friendly chat with the very sweet Mr. Luna, who’s sporting a shaggy, long-haired look these days. What else? I saw Moon, in which Sam Rockwell plays an astronaut stuck in space. I wasn’t sure what to expect from this one, since I’m not a huge fan of so-called “space movies,” but Rockwell is such a terrific actor that I was thoroughly engrossed from start to finish. Let’s see… Friday night, I caught the blaxploitation spoof Black Dynamite, written by and starring martial arts master-cum-actor Michael Jai White (Why Did I Get Married?). I’m quite sure my pal Jason Averett — who took a break from producing the latest episodes of Idolatry to accompany me downtown —  will agree when I say it was a hilariously dyn-o-mite way to kick off the weekend. It’s one of those movies that you have to see with an audience. And boy did this crowd love it. Kung fu! Conspiracy! Shrinking man-parts! Oh, how we laughed. Finally, Saturday night was back-to-back screenings of Cheryl Hines’ directorial debut, Serious Moonlight, and the Johnny Knoxville-produced doc The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia. Yikes, I’m blabbing. What else have you seen? 

ADAM: I haven’t made it to as many screenings as you have, but I did catch the world premiere of Stay Cool, the new back-to-high-school movie from the Polish brothers (The Astronaut Farmer). Mark Polish was the lead, but the supporting cast — Sean Astin and Josh Holloway as goofy buds, Hilary Duff as a teen queen — definitely stole the show. And best of all was Winona Ryder, who skipped the premiere but was still the movie’s MVP for bringing loads of charisma to her role as a high-school dream girl who’s all grown up. And speaking of premieres, I’m off to see the debut of the Matthew Broderick drama Wonderful World. I’ll let you know how it goes!

MISSY: Yes, please do. In the meantime, I’ll look forward to tomorrow’s premiere of Steven Soderbergh’s The Girlfriend Experience and Wednesday’s unveiling of the Eric Bana man-meets-car documentary, Love the Beast. Oh, and Adam: be sure to squeeze in a screening of the British-American political mockumentary In the Loop. Good times. PopWatchers, we’ll be back with more Tribeca-ing later this week.

addCredit(“Larry David attends the premiere of Lost Son: Amy Sussman/Getty Images”)