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WHAT'S UP! Katz's latest bores, mumbles and bumbles SCOTT MARKS / FILM REVIEW


“Cold Weather” Written, Directed and Edited by: Aaron Katz from a story by Katz, Brendan McFadden and Ben Stambler Starring: Cris Lankenau, Trieste Kelly Dunn, Raúl Castillo and Robyn Rikoon Rating: 2.5


Mumblecore grows up (to


a certain aesthetic degree) in “Cold Weather, “Aaron Katz’s latest contribution to the film movement/pseudo genre the Portland trailblazer helped to co-found. The term “mum- blecore”—coined by sound editor Eric Masunaga—refers to a group of low budget, indepen- dently produced features filmed on location with digital video cameras and under natural light from a script largely improvised by a cast of non-professional ac- tors. It’s a stretch, but imagine, if you will, the lifestyle and phi- losophy put forth in Richard Lin- klater’s “Slacker” filmed under material circumstances similar to those the Italian neorealist’s encountered at the end of World War II. (Slackerealism?) Until now, mumblecore’s


core subject has been rela- tionship dramadies, but Katz decides to channel literary master Sir Arthur Conan Doyle as a source of inspiration. Not only does “Cold Weather” have a story to tell, the success of his earlier films afforded Katz a heretofore-cost prohibitive and/ or deemed unnecessary tripod. The excessive close-ups remain, but without the palsy-cam cin- ematography one can actually get a clear picture of what the


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performance to benefit the Scripps Cancer Center, U.S.S. Midway, 910 North Harbor Dr., cjazz.com, $50 general admission, $100 VIP.


MAR. 12


Burlingame walking tour: 9:30 a.m., a guided walking tour of North Park’s historic district meet- ing at 32nd and Kalmia Streets, 294-8990, info@northparkhistory. org, northparkhistory.org, $5. St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sixth Ave. and Laurel St., 268-9111, stpatsparade.com, free. “Saturday Science Club for Girls: Mysterious Meteorol- ogy:” 12 to 2 p.m., girls in grades 5 through 8 can learn weather basics and film their own weather fore- cast at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, 1875 El Prado, rhfleet.org, pre-registration required at 238- 1233, ext. 806, $12. San Diego Indie Fest 7: noon to 11 p.m., a 2-day event at the NTC Promenade at Liberty


Station in Point Loma, 2640 Histor- ic Decatur Rd., sandiegoindiefest. com, $25 general admission, $22 for students, military and seniors; kids 12 and under are free. Ray at Night Art Walk: 6 to 9:30 p.m., Ray St. between University Ave. and North Park Way, rayatnightartwalk.com, free. “Shades of Red” closing recep- tion: 6 to 10 p.m. during Ray at Night, San Diego Art Department, 3830 Ray St., 299-4ART, free. 10th annual “OH! Zone” fund- raiser: 6 p.m. to midnight, benefit-


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Doug may put down “Star Trek” conventions, but his limited grasp of a so-called idol makes him a perfect candidate to don pointy ears.


Trieste Kelly Dunn and Cris Lankenau play sibling sleuths in Aaron Katz’s “Cold Weather.” (Photo courtesy of IFC Films) actors look like.


The closest Doug (Cris Lan- kenau) has come to his dream of being a super sleuth along the lines of Sherlock Homes was a job in forensic science. Doug is a Doyle loyalist—none of this revisionist Hollywood, Basil Rathbone nonsense for him. The authentic fictional sleuth did smoke a pipe to help the cogita- tive process, but it wasn’t “a ridiculous stupid enormous one” nor did he wear “that stupid hat” or spout screenwriter‘s taglines


such as, “elementary, my dear Watson.” Currently between gigs, Doug moves in with his sister Gale (Trieste Kelly Dunn) and enters his Cubist period working at an ice factory. Doug loans fellow iceman Carlos (Raúl Castillo) a collec- tion of short stories and while both men exhibit enthusiasm over Doyle’s work, their follow- up discussion leads to noth- ing more than an exchange of unsubstantiated opinions (“My favorite story was the one with


the snake”) and hyperbole (“Holmes is the man!). Snobbish


When Doug’s ex-girlfriend Rachel (Robyn Rikoon) turns up missing, he pulls together a band of junior bloodhounds to assist in his exercise in deduc- tive reasoning. It takes almost forty minutes for the mystery to kick in and what we learn about these characters prior to that isn’t of much dramatic interest. Nor is the unraveling of the “case” and the logical explanations behind it. What clicks is the use of the termi- nally overcast city as a back- drop and the genuine character rapport, particularly the bond- ing moments between brother and sister. There are more gripping suspense dramas and finely etched character studies to be found, but you’d be hard pressed to come up with a better example of mumblecore. “Cold Weather” is currently playing exclusively at Reading Cinemas Gaslamp 15.u


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