Enter AFI

Posted by · 9:49 am · November 2nd, 2009

AFI FestI haven’t had a chance to preview/write-up AFI Fest due to some a dizzying weekend and family obligations, but I should probably do that with the festivities entering a fourth day.

“Fantastic Mr. Fox” kicked things off last week and with the festival moving from the Arclight on Sunset to the historic Chinese Theatre on Hollywood, there is, I’d wager, a glitzier vibe to things this time around.  The galas are coming fast and furious, the most recent being a big spread for “Precious” last night.

Speaking of which, at an after party for the film at the Chateau Marmont, Oprah Winfrey was on hand to introduce singer Mary J. Blige, who performed original song contender “I Can See in Color” to a standing-room-only crowd.  It was the first time the tune had been performed publicly.

Tonight I’ll finally cross paths with “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus,” one of a slew of films I hope to catch up on at the fest. The only big reveal for me will be “Everybody’s Fine,” which screens tomorrow night and could instantly put Robert De Niro in the thick of the Oscar hunt (more on that in today’s Off the Carpet column).

On the whole, it looks to be a more relaxed experience for me, as is usually the case.  I already caught up with “Fish Tank” (which didn’t work for me), and I hope to get around to a number of films I already mentioned when the line-up was announced.

I’d like to catch the Christopher Plummer tribute tomorrow night if I can swing it, but I might have to miss the 50th anniversary screening of “North by Northwest” today.  There’s also another Viggo Mortensen tribute later in the week.  Lots of work seems to be going into securing him a lead actor berth.

Coverage as it comes…

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  • 1 11-02-2009 at 9:58 am

    Patrick said...

    A yank who loved Happy-Go-Lucky but didn’t care for Fish Tank is a yank with his head in the clouds! Second so much more authentic than the first…from a Londoner’s point of view anyway…

  • 2 11-02-2009 at 10:03 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Being authentic doesn’t mean it works dramatically. I found it a bit…confused. I didn’t dislike it and the performances are grand, but I couldn’t latch onto the narrative.

    And I never said I loved “Happy-Go-Lucky.” That was Guy.

  • 3 11-02-2009 at 3:13 pm

    Dana Kaminski said...

    Kris, that is seed for an interesting discussion, in my book: “being authentic doesn’t mean it works dramatically”. If we ever see each other, and do have 10 minutes free, would hear your thoughts further about that, over an ice tea or such. My treat.

  • 4 11-03-2009 at 9:11 am

    The Other James D. said...

    “Everybody’s Fine”–I finally saw the trailer, and it gives off a distinctly non-Oscar vibe from me. Looks like it could be charming and enjoyable, but typical uplifting Christmas fluff.