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Title:   Comin' at Ya!
Director:   Ferdinando Baldi
Year:   1981
Genre:   Spaghetti Western
Times Seen:   1
Last Seen:   09.24.11

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Notes History
Date Viewed Venue Note
09.24.11Alamo South LamarThis Screening is part of event: FantasticFest 2011
After the drama slog that was We Need to Talk About Kevin, Comin At Ya's goofy fun 3D hijinks was exactly what I needed. I'm not sure if I've seen any Tony Anthony movies other than Get Mean, but I remember that as not being great. That said, I was pretty excited to see this for the remastered 3D experience of the early 80s. My first Alamo experience was Friday the 13th 3 in 3D at the original 4th street location. I had a real blast that night and that movie's filled with cheap gags that I associated with 3D up to that point. I just wanted to feel that again, really.

So... ok the movie's not great. BUT. The 3D is some of the best I've ever seen. Really. They had stuff coming out so far that I had to refocus my eyes between the foreground and the background. And a few times (like when they dropped coins or corn or rocks or whatever onto the camera) I had a bit of a visceral reaction. Actually, during the scene where the indian throws spears and shoot flaming arrows, I reflexively flinched several times. It was crazy. It felt like it was shooting straight into my face. I haven't felt that with Avatar or any of the digital 3D stuff. Forget about the actual movie, the 3D was tons of fun.

The Q&A afterward was also pretty hilarious. The interplay between Tony Anthony (who came off speaking more as a producer or businessman than an actor) and 3d technician Tom Stern was great. Also, Anthony's jag on the secret of how TV works and how we can see a snowflake that falls in the east (answer: it's your brain. The Limbric system is like the Geiger County of your brain) was bizarre and made no sense. To add on top of it, Lars tried to ask a valid question of why this film had things coming out of the screen versus so many just increase the depth of field inside the screen and you could tell that they knew the answer but never ever explained it in an understandable way. It wasn't the most informative Q&A but really gave a window into their personality and was supremely entertaining.
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