Monthly Archives: September 2016

‘Elle’ – A Fantastic Fest 2016 Review

Elle – A Fantastic Fest 2016 Review Challenging films often pay off in ways that you can expect. You go into a film thinking that the subject matter will be titillating, even shocking, and you walk out with a sense of relief in knowing that you got exactly what you bargained for. That is not

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Fantastic Fest Mini-Reviews – Part 3

Not every film can get an in-depth review, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have anything to say. Here are some more thoughts from screenings we attended. The Autopsy of Jane Doe is the English-language feature debut of André Øvredal (who wrote and directed 2010’s Troll Hunter). Much like The Void (reviewed here), this film was a

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‘Colossal’ – A Fantastic Fest 2016 Review

When you go to Fantastic Fest you expect to see a few films that surprise you. You’re never disappointed, but there are always those two, three, even five movies that you just can’t stop thinking and talking about after you leave. They capture the stories that you kind of fall in love with. This year, one of those films was Colossal.

Fantastic Fest Mini-Reviews – Part 2

Not every film can get an in-depth review, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have anything to say. Here are some more thoughts from screenings we attended. The Lure is a Polish horror musical about mermaids and it pains me to say it isn’t as enjoyable as that discription promises. Gold and Silver,  mermaid sisters, come

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‘The Void’ – A Fantastic Fest 2016 Review

The Void – A Fantastic Fest 2016 Review The Void is a superbly surreal nightmare of a horror film the writer/director team Jeremy Gillespie and Steven Kostanski. Haunting from the first moments–a couple fleeing from a sinister house with gun-toting pursuers–the film never relents and never goes where you could ever expect. The approach is very much, throw

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Fantastic Fest Mini-Reviews – Part 1

Not every film can get an in-depth review, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have anything to say. Here are some thoughts from screenings we attended. Belief: The Possession of Janet Moses focuses on the small, dark area where demonic possession and mental illness intersect. Cut from the same cloth as films such as Requiem

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‘Fashionista’ – A Fantastic Fest 2016 Review

Fashionista – A Fantastic Fest 2016 Review Fashionista is a hypnotic exploration of identity and transformation written and directed by Simon Rumley. The narrative focuses on vintage clothing shop owners April (Amanda Fuller) and Eric (Ethan Embry), whose marriage is tested when April begins to suspect her husband of having an affair. After her suspicions are

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‘Buster’s Mal Heart’ – A Fantastic Fest 2016 Review

Buster’s Mal Heart – A Fantastic Fest 2016 Review A mountain man evades authorities and survives the winter by breaking into empty houses. A fisherman is lost at sea, sending out letters in bottles with hopes they reach the shore. And a family man works night shifts at a hotel, living with his wife’s parents

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‘The Arrival’ – A Fantastic Fest 2016 Review

I’m just going to come out and say it right away: The Arrival is one of those movies that make me remember why I love going to the movies. That’s been said before about a lot of movies, each time valid for the writer. But these types of movies don’t come around very often, especially

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‘Safe Neighborhood’ – A Fantastic Fest 2016 Review

Safe Neighborhood – A Fantastic Fest 2016 Review   12-year old Luke (Levi Miller) is in love with his babysitter, Ashley (Oliva DeJonge). He holds out hope they can overcome the 5-year age gap between them, but time is running out because she’s set to move away in a few days. When his parents (played

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