Thursday, June 17, 2010

Is MONSTERS this year's DISTRICT 9'? A fanboy guide to the LA Film Festival (LA Times)

The Los Angeles Film Festival strives to be both urban and urbane with its move downtown and its far-ranging program of foreign films and serious documentary fare, but take a closer look and you'll notice this is an event that covets the Comic-Con crowd as well. If you need proof, take note of the fact that people who dress up as Darth Vader or Yoda get free popcorn -- and that's not even a joke.

The festival ... closes with a Nokia Theatre screening of DESPICABLE ME, the animated superhero farce starring Steve Carrell, and on Wednesday the festival hosts the West Coast premiere of THE PEOPLE VS. GEORGE LUCAS a documentary that delves into the complicated legacy of the STAR WARS films. ...

There's also a batch of sci-fi and horror movies by new filmmakers, among them MONSTERS, an aliens-on-the-loose tale by British writer-director Gareth Edwards that the festival's associate director of programming, Doug Jones, call's "this year's DISTRICT 9." ...

That all adds up to a festival that is just as beholden to Flash Gordon as it is to Fellini. To understand the fanboy heart that's beating inside this festival's cinematic body of work, we ran through the schedule with Jones, a fanboy of the first order -- he is, after all, someone who camped out to get prime seats for the 1997 re-release of STAR WARS.
For those of you who simply give your BSG and STAR TREK costumes a trial run before Comic-Con, looks like LAFF will have a very good selection of your kind of fare. (And yes, I did just rock the BSG abbreviation.)
Read the full, extensive (in a good way) post here.

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