The cinematic world is no stranger to debates. Some films are instantly polarizing but even the most beloved films can inspire debate. No one, however, does debate quite like Fantastic Debates, a staple of Fantastic Fest. Fantastic Debates is an interesting if not amusing tradition which features verbal sparring followed by a round of boxing!
For this year’s Fantastic Debates the founder of the Alamo Drafthouse, Tim League, will be debating the merits of Tai Chi against none other than Keanu Reeves! We, unfortunately, won’t get to see Keanu Reeves prove to the world that he really knows Kung Fu. Instead, Tiger Chen, who’s co-starring with Keanu Reeves in Man of Tai Chi that will be stepping into the boxing ring with Tim League. Man of Tai Chi chronicles the story of an outstanding martial artist who finds his way into an underground fight club.
Before the debate begins Fantastic Fest be screening Man of Tai Chi, which is Keanu Reeves’ directorial debut.
During previous Fantastic Debates, Tim League has squared off against actress Michelle Rodriguez as well as filmmaker Uwe Boll. There’s also been a ”Hobbit fight” between Elijah Wood and Dominic Monaghan, after debating the merits of World of Warcraft before climbing into a boxing ring.
Fantastic Fest runs from September 19th until September 26th at the Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline. Fantastic Debates is scheduled for Saturday, September 21st.
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