- Those poor employees at the St Anthony Theater. It goes without saying that most people get their britches in a bunch before they even consider thanking these people. Although screenings aren't always sold out, the theater is really busy. It is definitely managed chaos with the staff doing everything in their power to make things go smoothly.
- Alexandra was shown on video. That really sucks. It was good quality video, but the color scheme of the film is so specific, that I can't help but think I was missing some of the richness of the image. Seriously not okay. Especially since format is not noted anywhere. Just the fact that most are 35mm makes the fact that Alexandra was on video just that much more painful.
- Mahamat-Saleh Haroun will not be present for the Dry Season screening due to visa problems. Does everyone know how easy it is for Americans to get visas almost anywhere? Does everyone know how hard it is for everyone else to get a visa to the US? Totally stupid. Just to secure the fact that my bag and person will always be search, even though it is anyway: I hate US Immigration.
- Postman From Shangri-La was perhaps the biggest head scratcher so far. Where the hell did this film come from and why is it being screened? Because I had never heard of this film and I'm supposed to be something of an authority, at least at home, on Mainland film, I decided to go to this screening. Not only was it subpar in content, but it was screened from one of the worst quality DVDs I've seen, and I have seen some bad ones. To make things worse, you get to dramatic epicenter of the film at a pivotal scene and whoops! the DVD freezes!
- Box of Surprises? There is something kind of endearing about the fest trailer(s) so I can't condemn it like I would like to. But I'm definitely hoping there are more than just two versions.
- Awesome list: The Way I Spent the End of the World, You, The Living, Son of Rambow, Alexandra, And Along Came the Tourists.
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
One Day of Rest
I can not be everything to everybody, and I can't see nearly as many movies as I would like. After a shit day at work (such a shame I need an income), I decided I needed a good meal, a shower and an evening away from St Anthony Main. My report so far for the Festival: pretty good. Here are just a few of my thoughts on MSPIFF '08 so far: