|09.19.13||Alamo Lakeline||This Screening is part of event: FantasticFest 2013|
Another Fantastic Fest! I can't believe this is the 9th one... Seems not so long ago that I rolled up on South Lamar to watch Zathura and Hostel and Strings and the extended Sin City cut. I made several really good friends that year sitting in the non-existant lines and watching post-apocalyptic awesomeness like Miracle Mile and Last Wave.
Cut forward to a brand new theater covered in promo materials, red carpets with press (some actual!) and the opening night film spilling into three theaters to fit everyone. Pretty crazy stuff.
So this is my first visit to Lakeline. I feel like it's in no way an indicative experience but for the sake of record I'll summarize my feelings on it: tables are weird, not a lot of seats but decent auditorium size, smallish lobby, menu isn't as bad as I'd heard but they're definitely following trend now rather than sticking to their own stuff and everything's pretty crazy expensive, parking is confusing and somewhat nightmarish.
Machete Kills: Didn't like it. They played a trailer for the third one as the beginning of the movie. Kind of like spoiling your own movie, not that there's anything anyone would care about spoilin. I envision the writer in a room divining his craft:
writer: (writer writes a line) What do you think?
writer's roomate: I don't feel like vomitting yet, better re-write.
writer: (forms machete's line in third person) how about now?
writer's roomate: (vomits) nailed it.
Lots of fake heads and cheap visual effects and Rodriguez's pg-13 brand of sex appeal. I bet it was fun to make, which I guess is great for them.
Rodriguez reminds me of a guy i knew in college. His enthusiasm far outreached his talent. On one hand I have to respect that he keeps making movies and involves local crew and all of that, but on the other hand I sure wish his movies were better.