I use to hate horror movies. I didn’t like being scared, I didn’t like seeing people hurt, and I sure as hell didn’t like the sight of blood and guts. That all changed one fateful, sleepless night when at an impressionable age I accidentally stumbled upon an insomnia induced, late-night cable screening of Sam Rami’s cult classic Evil Dead 2. (more…)
Steve Jobs is oscar bait with bite.
When it came to preparing for Fantastic Fest one of the trailers and summaries that really grabbed me was Zinzana. The film is the first genre film to come out of the United Arab Emirates and is a thriller with a wonderfully crazy seeming antagonist. I’m an unabashed fan of thrillers and as such I couldn’t wait, and was also happy to line up an interview with the director and producer (which you’ll read later) but for now, it’s time for a review!
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, what I love most about Fantastic Fest is the amount of amazing crazy or just odd movies that prove weird can be amazing. From the moment I read the announcement that this Belgian film would be showing it was at the top of my list and it was my pleasure to see it to be able to tell you all about it. So without further ado let us get into it.
I’m generally a big fan of mystery movies or crime thrillers so The Missing Girl sounded like a cool concept that I wanted to see. As the description before the film stated, this isn’t a genre movie as is the norm at the festival, but it is a movie that has some of the elements and culture we love here at Fantastic Fest so that was a good start. The better question is whether or not it can scratch that mystery movie itch for me.
Housebound is a fresh and entertaining haunted house movie that taps into the fear of a generation of twenty-somethings afraid of moving back home with their parents. (more…)
If men are from Mars and women are from Venus then the romantic comedy genre is the planet Alderaan and the movie They Came Together is the Death Star. (more…)
If you know Charlie Kaufman’s work you know that you rarely know exactly what you’ll be getting going into one of his movies the first time. You then also have the consistent quality Claymation work or Duke Johnson which is primarily seen in comedy but certainly is one of the best directors in the medium at least in the US. So the big question is what happens when you mix these two together to make a movie, and it’s my pleasure to be able to share that with you now.
One movie that struck me right from the trailer leading up to the festival was certainly Victoria, as heist movie by the director of Run Lola Run all done in one 2 hour take. If I didn’t already love heist films the technical challenge presented is enough to make me want to see this film so I we ecstatic to have it as my first film on Day 2 of Fantastic Fest. Now that I’m well on the other side of that screening and day I’m happy to bring share with you about this movie.
If you don’t know Takashi Miike then you don’t know one of Japan’s consummate mad men behind the camera, and I say that with the utmost love. His films are regularly at Fantastic Fest and he is one of the favorites here from Japan with films like Ichii the Killer and Audition on his resume. So when it was announced that his new movie involving vampire Yakuza was announced for the festival…well let’s just say that it was a must see for me and many others.