Film Geek

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Film Geek Review


Every film critic sees a guy like Scotty Pelk every time he goes to a screening: He's over-eager, talks about nothing but film, and rarely seems to blink. He's a complete movie nerd, and if you give him an opening he'll talk your ear off about Eisenstein until you want to hang yourself.

And if we don't see Scotty hanging around, we pray to God that people don't think we are the geeks.

I suspect Film Geek will hold far more enjoyment for those of us in the business, but it's still a worthwhile comedy. Based in part on director James Westby's own life, Scotty (Melik Malkasian) works (naturally) as a clerk in a video store, runs a web page with zero hits, and can't get a date to save his life. Scotty's world crumbles when he's fired (and he's so freakin' creepy it's hard to blame his bosses), and he finds it impossible to get a new job, eventually finding work at an auto parts warehouse where he continues to try to talk to everyone around him about movies.

As Scotty, Malkasian provides a scary blend of charm and stalker that make him hard to turn away from when he's in full geek mode. Still, Westby's attempt at giving Scotty a love interest doesn't really work, and I could have used without the frequent full-on butt shots as Scotty is seen masturbating into the sink from behind. It's meant to play for laughs, but it comes across as just grotesque.

The ending is another bizarre moment, as Scotty's website is "discovered" by the local press and he becomes an internet sensation. I'm not sure how else you could have ended Film Geek, but it plays out as a painfully unrealistic finale when the rest of the movie has been almost cruel in its depiction of loser reality.

Regardless, there's enough magic here to merit a viewing or two. I'm also curious if Westby, who's now made four low-budget movies starring Malkasian, might have something a little more grandiose in his repertoire. We'll see.



Film Geek

Facts and Figures

Run time: 78 mins

In Theaters: Friday 28th January 2005

Distributed by: First Run Features

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 3 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 64%
Fresh: 14 Rotten: 8

IMDB: 6.2 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director: James Westby

Producer: Byrd McDonald, James Westby

Starring: Melik Malkasian as Scotty Pelk, Ritah Parrish as 'Days of Heaven' Customer, as Mr. Johnson, Dennis Adkins as 'Letterboxed' Customer, Tara Walker as Kaitlin, Taylor Nida as Taylor, Tyler Gannon as Niko, Leslie Taylor as Temp Agency Counselor

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