Fantasia 2012 Review: THE CAPTURED BIRD

[Short horror film The Captured Bird screens tonight in front of Paul Hough's The Human Race in the Hall Theatre at Fantasia.  To celebrate its unveiling to the Francophone City, here is Kurt's previous review from CFC's World Wide Short Festival.]A tranquil, domesticated park,... More »
  

Fantasia 2012: Taking the (Toad) Road to Hell with Jason Banker and Jorge Torres-Torres

Building a name for himself as a cinematographer (All Tomorrow's Parties, Teenage Paparazzo) and documentary filmmaker in the New York City film scene, Jason Banker dropped his first feature, Toad Road, into the J.A.de Sève Cinema at Fantasia.  A... More »
  

Fantasia 2012: TOAD ROAD Clip - How to use Vick's to get High

With Jason Banker's creepy and drugged out urban legend inspired Toad Road having its world premiere at Fantasia yesterday, they were kind enough to offer Twitch an exclusive clip from the film, one of several early all-night drug sessions with... More »
  

Fantasia 2012 Review: TOAD ROAD

In the tradition of mashing sub-genres together to get something entirely new and interesting, full credit goes to micro-indie avant garde chiller Toad Road for merging the wasted youth drug drama with the urban-legend horror flick.  The experience of watching this... More »
  

Fantasia 2012 Review: BLACK POND

In the running with Quentin Dupieux's Wrong as the funniest entry in the Fantasia and possibly of this year so far, I am going to give Black Pond the edge because of its Errol Morris "Life is pretty damn strange,... More »
  

Fantasia 2012 Review: EUROCRIME! THE ITALIAN COP AND GANGSTER FILMS THAT RULED THE 70's

(Review by Justin Decloux) It's surprising (compared to the current state of its industry) that thirty years ago Italy nearly dominated the cinematic genre landscape - flooding theatres with a never ending supply of shamelessly homegrown, flavor of the month... More »
By Peter K.   
  

Fantasia 2012 Review: RESOLUTION

David Mamet once wrote that the end of a great film should be both surprising and inevitable.  Resolution is a horror movie of ideas; a twisted semiotic pretzel which is an ode to our collective addiction to scary movies, and how we glean meaning... More »
  

Fantasia 2012 Review: AS LUCK WOULD HAVE IT

[With the new film from Alex de la Iglesia playing Fantasia, and Joshua Chaplinski's review echoing my sentiments almost to the T, we present his review of the film from earlier this year]Iberian rapscallion Alex de la Iglesia returns with AS... More »
  

Fantasia 2012 Review: STARSHIP TROOPERS: INVASION

Citizens! If you have ever wanted an opportunity to see Paul Verhoeven's pitch-perfect satire of fascism stripped of both its irony and wit, look no further than mecha-suit aficionado Shinji Aramaki's animated sequel Starship Troopers: Invasion and prepare yourself for... More »
By Peter K.   
  

Fantasia 2012 Review: JACKPOT

Oscar Svendson is in deep trouble.  Picked up by the police at a strip-bar with a dead fat woman laying on top of him, one of a dozen corpses littering the place, and a still-warm shot-gun in his hands, he... More »
  

Fantasia 2012 Review: AMOK

Cities have a boiling point.  Like the 'Summer of Sam' in New York, or the Rodney King incident and fallout in Los Angeles, the individual people, each a tiny molecule of activity, can bump into one another slowly, raising the temperature, the... More »
  

Fantasia 2012 Review: DEAD SUSHI

Noboru Iguchi's latest opus about revenge-seeking-man-eating sushi may not fall under the already infamous Sushi Typhoon label, but it bears many characteristics of the J-splatter studio's usual shtick: high-concept comedy that lampoons Japanese culture, manic scream acting from an ensemble... More »
By Peter K.   
  

Fantasia 2012 Review: WRONG

Quentin Dupieux's genre deconstruction effort, Rubber, from a couple years ago, left some folks scratching their head, and others critical of its 'extended comedy sketch' nature; likley then, Wrong is probably not the right film for them.  With a bigger thematic... More »
  

Fantasia 2012: If You've Heard it All Before, You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet! PONTYPOOL CHANGES

We do not post One-Sheets, or Promo Key art as separate posts very often around here, only on those special occasions.  However, Being in the thick of a quite poster-heavy Fantasia Film Festival - an art show; 2 panels; and... More »
  

Fantasia 2012 Review: FUNERAL KINGS

Even though school is in session during Funeral Kings, it feels like one of those 'endless summer' movies where boys that are too young to work, and too old to hang out with their parents, find interesting and elaborate ways... More »
  

From Boys to Men: A Conversation with FUNERAL KINGS writer/director twins The McManus Brothers

After Funeral Kings screened to a full house in J.A. De Seve Theatre at Fantasia, the brothers McManus, Matt and Kevin, as well as their co-producer Michael McGarry bumped into me first at one of the usual end of the... More »
  

Fantasia 2012 Review: MONDOMANILA

Gutter poetry at its finest, Khavn De La Cruz's parade of humanity at its strangest in Filipino caper-doc-musical Mondomanila is not to be missed.  The slums outside of Manila are hell on earth; an unsolvable problem of poverty and the ass... More »
  

Fantasia 2012 Review: CHILDREN WHO CHASE LOST VOICES FROM DEEP BELOW

[With the very Ghibli-esque Hoshi O Ou Kodomo playing at Fantasia, we revisit Niels Matthis' review which I am inclined to almost completely agree with.]Whenever Makoto Shinkai (5 Centimeters Per Second, Hoshi no Koe) releases a new film it always feels like... More »
  

Fantasia 2012 Review: THE AMBASSADOR

Either Mads Brügger has balls the size of grapefruits or there is mondo chicanery going on in The Ambassador.  Well, it's a given that there is trickery happening, so the thing to figure out is who the trick is on: The Central... More »
  

Fantasia 2012 Review: FOR LOVE'S SAKE

The latest razzle dazzle genre mash, For Love's Sake, from the maddeningly prolific Takashi Miike tackles the high melodrama of unrequited love with a gaggle of high school seniors as they collectively pave the road to hell with good intentions... More »
  
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