Got into Austin at 3 p.m. Thursday and went straight to pick up my press
badge. You can tell that Fantastic Fest isn't your average film
festival because they required everyone to pose with a "shaky face." You
achieve that by letting your face go really loose and limp, and whip
your head back and forth fast. It hurts; now I understand the whole
shaken baby syndrome thing.
Worse than that is that it's hot here. Back-sweaty hot.
Since my first screening wasn't until 9 p.m. ("The Human Centipede II:
Full Sequence"), I killed a lot of time at the neighboring Highball
bowling lounge, where Fantastic Fest is holding its Arcade, showcasing
some really wild indie games (example: "Jesus vs. Dinosaurs"). Most of
the games are housed in classic arcade stand-ups, but one was projected
on the wall.
Around happy hour, the Fandago mascots crashed the place. I didnt know
they had mascots. One looks like a Chinese dragon; the other, a paper
sack. I don't know, but they gave me some free koozies.
Speaking of free, the Highball happy hour party was sponsored by
PlayStation 3, so I got a free T-shirt for some game called "StarHawk."
Although I know nothing about the game, I like the shirt — mainly
because it's not black. The other two free shirts I got upon check-in
were black. It's a terrible color on me. But no, you can't have them.
Finally, while waiting for "Centipede," I got to test Mitsubishi's new
3-D TV, via scenes from the '80s schlock Western, "Comin' at Ya!" The
movie looks fun; as for the TV, save your money. —Rod