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|09.21.12||Alamo South Lamar||This Screening is part of event: FantasticFest 2012|
Aaaaand now it's a week later, the whole festival is over, and I'm back at work writing these notes during downtime. Hey, it happens sometimes. I had actual work during the fest so I didn't have any morning time to write these. Consequently I've probably forgotten 90% of the details I would've written here... ahhh well. Maybe I'll have more of a mature insight into my feelings on these films rather than... the initial thoughts... that this whole journal is supposed to capture. shit.
Anyway, this is a mockumentary about a couple filmmakers who find a subject in this crazy conspiracy theory nutjob old man. In the course of interviewing him and fueled by his sudden disappearance (spoiler!), their curiosities are piqued to the point of picking up the fight and exploring the dark world of conspiracies themselves.
Several things here. I really liked the obvious research that went into the actual conspiracies portrayed here. I find that stuff is always best when there's kernels of truth sprinkled in to make your brain say "it's crazy but what if!?" and the filmmakers (real not in the movie) do a great job of presenting what's so fascinating about a ton of different things. Also, having sat through Alex Jones' infiltration of Bohemian Grove, the whole last sequence was impressively accurate.
I also really liked the ending and how it made use of the mockumentary format in a way I hadn't seen before. It makes you question the reliability of the narrator (although it also raises some questions about why certain footage would even be left in the movie if the agenda hinted at in the ending was really the case) which is a cool touch for a format that plenty of people hate these days.
All in all, I thought it was decent and as the fest went on I liked it more and more in my memory.