I was sent Mark Lewis's newest film with Mark contacting me via email asking if I would be interested in seeing it, I was and so he sent me "Wild Girl Waltz". I watched it and enjoyed it a ton so did my two kids as well. So when I found out he had an earlier film titled "Baystate Blues" I asked him if he would like a review of it as well.
Here is a question that Mark asks on his site for Baystate Blues:
"What do you think of when you hear the term 'small town America'? Chances are
if you're on the Conservative Right, you think of a Norman Rockwell utopia. If you're
on the Liberal Left you think of a haven for the brain dead redneck NASCAR fans.
As with most things the truth lies somewhere between the two extremes.
This is a story of the truth."
This is a great little sleeper film and I really enjoy Mark Lewis's style of moviemaking and feel with enough help we the reviewer can get him some deserved attention, his cast as well.
While this is something that belongs in a Film Festival like Sundance or at an awards show like Independent Spirit Awards for original screenplay and directing. For me this film works best when there are just two characters are on screen and there is such attention to detail within the characters and the actors are really great in their roles.
This is some of the best filmmaking I have seen from an up and coming director/writer and am excited to see what he does next, my son Jack noticed right away that the same house was in both the films and so I asked Mark if it is his house and it is indeed.
This is some of the more honest and open films I have seen in recent memory the setting in which everything happens is in the house and we are taken into their world strong written characters that are well developed and their words fly simular to that of a David Mamet play.
I sure wish him the best in his future and all the casts in his films as well.This is some rare and day-in-the-life style of filmmaking.
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