Nothing to do with Ben Folds Five

I walked into the theater late the other weekend, and so I only caught the second half of the trailer for Brick. Yet I find myself intrigued—very intrigued. To sum it up with the logline that all the kids seem to be using, it’s a non-parodical film noir shot against the backdrop of high school. For some reason, the posters remind me of Kiss Kiss Bang Bang—a movie I thoroughly enjoyed—but tongue decidedly not in cheek. Add to that the fact that I didn’t recognize the lead as Joseph Gordon-Levitt (of numerologically-named 3rd Rock from the Sun and 10 Things I Hate About You fame) until the end of the trailer (an impressive feat in and of itself), and I wind up very curious indeed. Perhaps a little bit too curious.


A little research on the film showed that it not only features Lost castaway Emilie de Ravin and lovely Everwood alum Nora Zehetner, but the original man himself, Richard Roundtree. Let me repeat that for you in the cheap seats:

Richard. Roundtree.


All this from a director whose only previous writer/director credit is the 1996 multiple-exclamation-point-endowed Evil Demon Golfball from Hell!!!, a title that given all day and full admin privileges on IMDb, I still wouldn’t be able to invent. Anyway, if you’re interested, each of these posters (in what must pass for a coup in the world of electronic publicity, distributed to five major movie websites) features a different character from the film. But I’m a nice guy, so I’ll help you out here and link them all in one place. Because I look out for you, sweetheart.

Brendan – “Thick as what all.”
Tug – “He shined a gat as he blew the burg.”
The Pin – “All the jake sprang from him.”
The Brain – “The foil with the inside track.”
Laura – “Hard luck in a red kimono.”