JOBLO.COM/AITH DOES SITGES 2006!
WOW! My "journalistic" foray at the Sitges Film Festival last year (which takes place in Spain, near Barcelona) was a blast in itself but nothing could've prepared me for the fun and the amount of work I would have to put in this year.
You see, I got really freaking ambitious on this round. First I was attending the Festival as member of the New Vision Jury (with kool dudes Carlos Martin Ferrera and Frédéric Temps) meaning I had to watch 10 films in all to perform my duties. Sadly for me 70 percent of them didn't crank my dial (We awarded EDMOND as the winner of our section with a special mention to The Living and the Dead... for those who care).
Sitges is on baby!
I was also there as Press for the site, hence watching AND reviewing 11 films (mostly pretty good ones too). Finally, I was there to present our little film DEADEN in its world premiere. It was part of a double bill with All the Boys Love Mandy Lane and as reported earlier on the site, the screening went well. I was a happy camper in toe-tag land.
Topple on top of that the party heavy nature of Sitges (do these people ever sleep) & the making of many new friends and I was burning the candle from both ends. I even had "to cut down on booze" 3 days in just to be able to keep doing what I had to do. Me lower by drinking intake??? NUTS! NUTS I TELL YA!
Introducing DEADEN to the Sitges crowd with great man Mike Hostench (Sitges Assistant Director) translating for me! What a trip that was!
With that said, Sitges is my favorite Festival for varied reasons. As per last year the film selection was top-notch, the people that run and attend the festival are mucho hospitable and the setting (ocean front, old school Spanish type town) couldn't be more endearing and awe inspiring. Yup, I simply LOVE SITGES!
My only bummer is that I missed out on THE FOUNTAIN and UNKNOWN, two films I was dying to see but what can you do. Okay, enough chit chat ladies! Here are the films that I checked out and their respective reviews:
Through the following weeks
more Sitges review will
pop up on the site. You can expect reviews for:
The Abandoned - The Thirst - Subject 2 - Isolation and MOH Imprint
SITGES FILMS THAT WERE ALREADY ON THE SITE
THE ARROW'S SITGES PICTURE GALLERY
Horror movies, horror movies, horror movies!
Mike "PR KING" Hostench, me and KNB genius Greg Nicotero.
Ian Somerhalder at Sitges for Pulse.
Ian and I debating Pulse...drunk.
Me and one of my fav directors Richard Stanley (Hardware - Dust Devil)
Brian Yuzna must have read my Rothweiler review!
The Abandoned director Nacho Cedra and me!
Groovy Alex Olie (aka Pussy Lover), kool ass Catalonian Oh Dae Su (director), me and sweetie Laura De Pedro (actress).
Mick Garris is all horror!
Mark Atlman (CFQ - Free Enterprise) and me boozing it up!
Me and director Jeremy Kasden (Attic Expedition - The Thirst)...drunk.
The lovely Sara (far right) leader of our Sitges row!
Argento expert Alan Jones and I!
The man, the myth, the Verhoeven...Paul that is! GREAT MAN!
Paul partying it up!
Mike Hostench, Mitch Davis (Fantasia Film Festival) and me!
Me and lovely Jury rep Alicia!
Me and the BROKEN boys: Simon Boyes & Adam Mason
The Host director Jun Ho-Bong!
Tuomas, me, Collin and Mark! Fine company!
Me and journalist and all around cutie, Tiara
Yeah hanging at Sitges is a tough job but somebody's gotta do it!
THANKS TO ALL FOR THE GREAT TIMES!
Special thanks to the amazing Mike Hostench, Mike's family (Sara and Laura... YOU ROCK!), Angel and all of my new friends for making me feel so welcome. Hope to see ya all next year!