In the past, the CineVegas Film Festival has spanned nine days, starting on a Thursday night and running through the following Saturday. This year, though, the fest has been compressed -- streamlined, really -- so that it started Wednesday and will run through Monday. The number of films has decreased only slightly, meaning we're essentially getting the same amount of content in six days rather than nine.

It's hard to overstate how much this decision, which was partly due to economic concerns, has improved things. Screenings start earlier in the day and run later into the night. Where you used to have only two movie options in a particular time slot, now there are three, which means less downtime if you've already seen (or really don't want to see) something. The overall energy is higher. There's more hustle, not to mention bustle.

I've noticed a lot more Sundance-style promotions, too. There's a zombie film on the docket, called The Revenant, and several beautiful, scantily clad women have been all over the place handing out fliers to remind people about it. And when I say scantily clad, I mean they're in tiny little tops and tiny little shorts, both parts very tight-fitting. They are practically nude. In Vegas, no one notices. This is how people dress to go to church.
categories Cinematical