Friday, July 17, 2009
I know I am not the only one my age who literally feels like they grew up with Drew Barrymore. After all, I have been a fan since I saw E.T. at theaters in 1982 when I was nine years old, and I clearly recall the stickers of Drew I had on my elementary school folders. I'm still a huge fan of her work and have found her career one of modern American films most inspiring, so I am extremely excited she has decided to take a shot a directing.
This is the trailer to Whip It, Drew's first film as a director...a roller derby epic no less starring Ellen Page as a character delightfully named Bliss Cavendar. Drew herself co-stars as Smashley Simpson and the film also features Arrested Development's great Alia Shawkat, Marcia Gay Harden, Zoe Bell and several terrific SNL alumni. The film looks terrifically funny and fresh, and the image of Drew doing research by watching seventies works like Kansas City Bomber and Unholy Rollers gives me great joy. Whip It comes out in early October and I hope it is a big success for one of modern cinema's most loved and admired figures.