Benched

The 2009 movie Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench was shot on black and white film with a hand-held camera. It's dark. It's gritty. It's raw and heart-wrenching, buoyed only by the prominently featured brassy jazz music. It's musical mumblecore, and it's not apologizing for the oxymoron. You see how there's no color? That's because nobody's here to mess around. But the characters Guy and Madeline might be here to mess around just a little bit. The jazz musician and his fan take up a romance that ends when he leaves her for someone not named Madeline (who, presumably, possesses separate characteristics from our introverted, oft-brooding heroine.) The film follows the pair's winding paths as they find their way back to each other. So it's like Homeward Bound, except as a mad-lib. Check it out at 7 p.m. Friday through Sunday at the Texas Theatre, 231 W. Jefferson Blvd. A tap dancing group will give a performance to introduce the movie at Friday's showing. Tickets are $8. Visit thetexastheatre.com.
Fri., Dec. 3, 7 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 4, 7 p.m.; Sun., Dec. 5, 7 p.m., 2010
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Brooke Nottingham

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