Because it's amusing and gives a quick look behind the scenes of film screening and reviewing, I'm sharing the gist of a cordial phone conversation I just had with Kimball's Peak Three owner Kimball Bayles.
Bayles called to playfully razz me (who acts as our film editor as part of my general "arts editor" title) for running a review of a film aimed at teenage boys directly across the page from a film-related essay bemoaning the predominance of movies aimed at teenage boys over thoughtful films for adult audiences.
Point made. Ha ha — I suck.
What really sucks more though is that Indy readers didn't get to see a print review of the film Miral , which opens on Friday at the theater.
Bayles says it is fantastic, and that controversy over the Jewish/Palestinian tension presented in the film (supposedly pro-Palestinian, even though director Julian Schnabel and distributor Harvey Weinstein are Jewish) has fueled great interest in the movie.
So here's the reveal as to why we didn't run a review:
The theater didn't find out that they were going to be able to receive a copy of the film until late this past Monday afternoon, which meant we didn't find out until Tuesday. By then, we'd already scheduled and designed our other review and essay that we were able to obtain on regular deadline for this week's paper.
When we did find out, we checked with our regular batch of contributing freelance film critics and cast a quick net, which came up empty of a full-length write-up on such short notice. With a little more notice, we likely could have reached out to a sister alternative newsweekly in a bigger city and perhaps slotted in a Miral review cleanly.
So, it boils down to a logistical matter of time and timing.
But the good news is that you can find nearly 70 reviews of this film right here.