Saturday Shorts: ‘Not I’, directed by Neil Jordan

Not I

Today’s film is the 2000 short Not I. The film stars Julianne Moore, is based on a play by Samuel Beckett, and is directed by Neil Jordan. Jordan rose to prominence helming the 1994 Anne Rice adaptation Interview with the Vampire, going on to write and direct features such as Michael Collins and Breakfast on Pluto, before moving to television as the creator of The Borgias, on which he also wrote and directed. His latest film, Byzantium, on which he takes only directing duties, opens in limited release in American theatres this weekend.

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By Deepayan Sengupta

There was once a time when I thought Scarface was the best movie ever made, and Home Improvement was appointment television for me. While I still have a soft spot for both, those days of naivete are long behind me, as I’ve subsequently managed to broaden my horizons. Ambition is the most important part of a movie for me; if it tries to do something unique, tell a well-worn story in a different way, or take on large themes in a honest manner, I can forgive many flaws. If there’s one movie fact I’ve learnt after all these years, it’s that Employee of The Month is to Office Space what fast food is to fresh fruit.

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