If a film says something about human nature that’s widely recognized as true, that film will find an audience. Richard Linklater‘s Bernie, a dark small-town comedy that is tight and clean and well-sculpted, is such a film. It says that feelings and likability rule, that Americans trust beliefs more than facts, and that we’re governed less by laws than emotions. Bernie is based a true story. My review will be up sometime tomorrow.

Bernie star Jack Black, director-writer Richard Linklater at Wednesday night’s after-party at Wood and Vine, on Hollywood Blvd. just east of Vine. Black said I look like Jimmy Page. “Naah, Chris Walken,” I said. “Page has the white hair and all.”

Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke, Linklater at Wood and Vine.