Wednesday, March 24, 2010

"Bickford Shmeckler's Cool Ideas": an e-book, a comedy, a fantasy, and therapy

From Bill's Movie News and Reviews

Bickford Shmeckler’s Cool Ideas“(2006, Screen Media/Vulcan Pictures, dir. Scott Lew), a 79-minute “feature” comedy has a likeable young college student played by Patrick Fugit becoming an accidental author, with a journal-scrapbook that falls into the “wrong hands” in a frat house. Eventually it will attract the attention of “real” publishers in new York. He said he never intended anyone to read it, and reveals he was forced to write it as part of therapy after a “knock on the door” when they came and got him. (That sounded like my own experience at NIH in 1962. Then, he hauls out the words “cease and desist” and copyright infringement (but not the DMCA, since this is a handwritten hardcopy).

But he deals with some really big ideas in his scrapbook, about the cosmos, dark matter, entropy, unused dimensions. He comes across as someone with mild Asperger’s maybe; the scrapbook has that aspect of "do ask do tell". In the middle of the movie, there is an amusing encounter where an attractive frat brother (Reid Scott) outs himself as gay.

The official website is here and it has an e-book of the scrapbook. Maybe good for The Tablet.

Screen Media Pictures offers this Youtube trailer

Fugit was reasonably seductive in the bizarre film “Wristcutters: A Love Story” (Goran Dukic) about a soft young man’s journey through a dimension of dead-end purgatory after an attempted suicide.

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