|Title:||Let the Bullets Fly|
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|09.22.11||Alamo South Lamar||This Screening is part of event: FantasticFest 2011|
For the seventh time, I'm going to Fantastic Fest.
So... fair warning. Once again I'm doing the festival while working the mornings, so I'm skipping most of the weekday midnights and will have to miss a few of the matinees due to trying to keep a 4-hour schedule at work. Not ideal, but it beats going broke. So therefore I'm writing these notes at work (shhh!). Therefore therefore, the length of these notes will be directly proportional to (a) the amount of work I have to do and (b) how many hours I have until having to leave for the theater again. Today, for instance, I'm in at 8:30 and out at 10:30 so these will probably be short. Or not; who knows!
So... I think I've pretty much honed my scheduling strategy to pick movies I think I'll like. I don't care if they're readily available on netflix streaming, I'll still probably never see them outside of the fest so I may as well enjoy myself now instead of sitting through some obscure crap and having homework assignments.
Case in point: this movie. I guess it's China's highest grossing film or whatever... All I knew is that it sounded more appealing than a comedy about a guy who keeps a kid locked in his basement (which I heard was good by the way; who knew!). It's a colorful mainstream action comedy slightly resembling Yojimbo (it's no Yojimbo) or Robin Hood (it's better than most versions of Robin Hood) where a good-natured bandit pretends to be a corrupt governor in order to oust a local mob boss in 1920s rural China. Chow Yun-fat plays the godfather character with equal parts humor and evil.
This movie... doesn't suck. For what I thought it would be, it delivered sufficiently. It certainly could have been a LOT worse and I enjoyed myself for the most part, which was the whole goal. I don't think it'll be in my top 5 or whatever, but I could certainly deal with seeing solid 7s all festival rather than have to sit through some 3s and get one or two 9s. Or maybe I wouldn't... interesting. Hopefully I'll still get the 9s but instead of the 3s I'll see 7s. I guess that's what everyone's trying to do. Interesting. Or not, ok next movie.