Ahoy there! Now I write to you fine readers from the glorious land of Bermuda.
Last night, the festival kicked off with Paul Weitz’ American Dreamz, which attempted to be a witty satire but was more of a stupid slapstick film. Disappointing to say the least. After the film, I headed back to festival headquarters with fellow journalist Jack Pattilo (of Ain’t it Cool News fame) and we partied like rockstars. Many locals have told me that if there is one thing I try here in Bermuda, make it a Dark and Stormy, which is some sort of alcoholic beverage, so I did. And 5 drinks later, it was 12:30am, and I sadly missed the midnight screening of Ghost of Mae Nak, a film by Mark Duffield, but since Mark is here, I plan on tracking him down to see if I can get a screener.
Today, I finally got a chance to see Park Chan Wook’s Sympathy for Lady Vengeance. It more than made up for both his contribution to Three… Extremes and for the screening of Dreamz last night. Park is quickly becoming my favorite living director, so I hope he keeps up the good work.
When I arrived, a fellow named Stu picked me up from the airport and gave me a tour of the island. Bermuda is about 25 miles long, and the speed limits don’t exceed 30mph, but it’s very beautiful nonetheless. All over the island, hundreds of people get around by driving scooters. I was actually thinking about renting one at one point but after seeing how they drive, I think I am going to pass. When there is a traffic jam (with cars that is), most of these little motorists just drive right by them, ignoring the traffic. Every time you open a car door, you have to be on the look out for these brave motorist because you might accidentally clip one. It’s crazy.
I am now off to grab a bite to eat. Tonight I will be screening Lumet’s new film (which I am more than excited about) Find me Guilty and an indie called Festival. Look out for some reviews this coming week and keep your eye out for more blogging action.