Thursday, September 28, 2006

Austin, Day 8

Thursday. Final day of the festival. Myself, Sean, Devin and Scott went down to a diner for some breakfast/lunch/stuff, where I had an omelette, and the guys had the biggest French toast you could possibly imagine. I didn't take a photo, so you'll just have to imagine it. Jay was having an attack of conscience, and had decided to watch the rest of the movies on his jury sheet so that he could judge them. We left him to it, and went on our adventures. First stop was Tim's house, where Scott's judging panel met up to decide on the winners in their category. Devin needed to drop Lucky McKee at the airport, and we needed to get a lift off him after, so we saved him some time and tagged along as he dropped Lucky off. We got to chat to Lucky and his dad for a while, and they're really cool guys. He's really down to earth, a movie geek like us, and was great fun to talk to. It was a pleasure to meet him, and hopefully we can stay in touch.

The ultra cool thing I mentioned yesterday didn't happen - we were hoping to visit the Grindhouse set, but they were doing driving scenes and there was no actual set, just a moving thing going round the city, so we missed out. It's cool, because it was a bonus on top of everything else, and there was plenty of other stuff to enjoy.

We got back to the cinema in plenty of time for The Fountain, which is a beautiful, magical movie. I was captivated the whole time, although I had no idea what the final 10 minutes meant, so I'll have to watch it again or buy the Cliff's Notes or something. Darren Aronofsky was there and did a hilarious Q+A where he was very self deprecating and charming. You always get odd questions at these things, and this was no exception: "So, uh, the repetition of certain symbols in your movies - like in Pi where he keeps saying the assumptions thing and taking the pills - is that intentional?" To which Aronofsky replied: "Are you asking me if I've noticed that I repeat certain things in my own movies? No, I haven't noticed, no idea what you're talking about..." - which got a huge laugh.

After that it was the final movie of the festival, and my second must-see after Bug - Edmond, starring William H. Macy, written by David Mamet, directed by Stuart Gordon. It's like Falling Down without the hilarious feelgood message. It's incredible, I don't think I've ever seen a more vicious, storming performance than the one Macy unleashes in this movie, it's a real kick in the face for 90 minutes. Fantastic stuff.

Onwards to the end of fest party, in a nearby bar, where the winners of the judging panel were announced (Severance wasn't in competition, only films without US distribution were) and much beer was drunk. We rolled back to Tim's house, drank more beer, and played a really cool horror trivia game that was made by one of the festival programmers, Kier-La. It's basically Trivial Pursuit with obscure horror questions, and was bloody hard too, but great fun. After many hugs and goodbyes, we all went our separate ways, me and Jay heading back to the cabin to get 3 hours sleep before our ride to the airport...

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