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|09.28.15||Alamo South Lamar||This Screening is part of event: FantasticFest 2015|
This was a by-the-number disaster movie from Finland (or Denmark. I really am sorry that all three of the Scandanavian countries are more or less interchangeable for me). People at the fest gave it some shit, called it Dante's Peak, but you know... I think that other countries are entitled to make popcorn movies too.
Although this did follow the Hollywood disaster formula pretty closely, it was interesting for me to see it in a Scandinavian setting. The mountains and Fjords and peaks are beautiful. And every disaster movie has that great scene where the shit hits the fan, so this film is no exception.
Honestly, for day 5 this came as a welcome breath of mainstream accessibility.
For the midnight slot I went to the Fantastic Feud and watched a bunch of movie nerds act tough on stage while simultaneously failing to name any fucking Christopher Lee movies at all. That aside, it was pretty fun. Tim League was relatively calm, really the whole show went pretty smoothly... I'm not sure if I liked that or not. I did like Scott Weinberg's open hostility toward Max and his sentence construction. The crowd seemed rowdier than the contestants though and, sorry ladies, but for most of the game every point on the women's team came from some dude in the audience.
I guess I understand wanting to change up the teams, keep them current and somehow relevant to this year's fest (it was cool that Karyn Kusama was willing to get up there and test her knowledge), but honestly with folks like Matt Kiernan and Zack Carlson in the audience I found the knowledge base on both teams kind of lacking. I think only one or two questions were answered individually? I mean I didn't really know any of the answers either, but some years the feud was an impressive showcase of movie geekery. This year it seemed like an excuse for the audience to get drunk.
At one point someone threw ice chips at James Shapiro and he started drunkenly winging them back. In the fray, some guy with an expensive camera got hit in the head and he got PISSED. He stared down the dudes in the back until they saw him then proceeded to agg out, saying unique stuff like "what!?" and "fuck off!" The drunk guy in the back was all like "everyone here is having fun but you." Sigh.