20 February 2011
Movies: Some Folks Call it a Sling Blade
Some Folks Call it a Sling Blade http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0108181/
This 25-minute short film was the basis for the full-length feature Sling Blade. Written by and starring Billy Bob Thornton, it's pretty much the opening part of Sling Blade - before Karl is released from the mental hospital. J.T. Walsh (RIP) plays the same character he did in Sling Blade, and plays it darn well, but his refined performance in the feature is even better.
As a fan of Sling Blade the feature, I wanted to see how the short did in comparison. The short is a little darker and definitely has the legs to stand on its own. The feature takes that wonderful foundation, tightens it up and reworks it into an awesome movie. If you're more than a passing fan of Sling Blade it's worth checking out. Available via streaming or delivery from Netflix.
(original post 20 April 2010)