My Entire High School Sinking into the Sea
Saturday, Sep 18 at 2:30 pm
Location la: Bartos Screening Room
Dir. Dash Shaw. 2017, 77 mins. DCP. With Jason Schwartzman, Reggie Watts, Maya Rudolph, Lena Dunham, Susan Sarandon. Dash Shaw’s high-school-comedy-cum-disaster-movie brings together an all-star cast with a daring dreamlike mixed-media style created in collaboration with lead animator Jane Samborski. Muckraking student journalists Dash (Schwartzman) and Assaf (Watts), and their editor Verti (Rudolph) are preparing for their sophomore year at Tides High School when catastrophe strikes. Cascading mayhem (sharks eating students, a cafeteria survivors brawl, and a flaming school bus) can barely knock the well-established school hierarchy—seniors still rule—but with help from Lunch Lady Lorraine (Sarandon) and a bossy gymnast (Dunham), the friends attempt an escape. Original and hilarious, My Entire High School Sinking into the Sea offers pure visual pleasure, with gorgeously free-form watercolor blobs, painterly textures, and photorealistic abstractions held together with rich line drawings—and a touch of Charles M. Schulz.