Sad to say, it just doesn't work. "True Story" doesn't even seem to try very hard to make a true story on screen as thrilling as it must have been in life. So true it may be in terms of plot, but true it is not in terms of art.
What is daily life like for a group of high school teenagers drifting in and out of each other's lives as they experiment sexually, push boundaries, and engage in some downright dangerous behavior? "Palo Alto" offers its ideas for a cross section of privileged young men and women, searching and rebelling, desperate to find themselves.
The Sixth Annual QFest runs June 6th through 9th at Webster University. Its mission, as defined by Cinema St. Louis, is "to use the art of contemporary gay cinema to illustrate the diversity of the LGBTQ community and to explore the complexities of living an alternative lifestyle." The 10 features and nine shorts certainly meet that goal.
Based on a true story, "The Iceman" plunges deep into the actions and reactions (or lack thereof) of psychopath Richard Kuklinski, a hitman and murderer for over three decades, killing well over 100 men. Co-writer/director Ariel Vromen wastes no time on unnecessary details of the crimes or reasons for most of the murders depicted.
Danny Boyle, of Best-Film Oscar Slumdog Millionaire fame, knows how to infuse energy and dynamic propulsion into a story, even though this one would defy credulity were it not based on a real incident.