Fantasia 2013 Review: LIBRARY WARS. Japanese Feel-Good Action Cinema

In the 1980s in an alternate Japan, a movement rose to control media and do away with material deemed offensive to Japanese culture. The Media Betterment Committee is little more than a police force that bans such offensive material. In... More »
By Andrew Mack   
  

Watch The Exclusive First Trailer For Cody Calahan's ANTISOCIAL

Just before its world premiere at Montreal's massive Fantasia Festival tonight, Twitch is proud to premiere the first trailer for Cody Calahan's techno-apocalypse horror film Antisocial.Antisocial begins on New Year's Eve in the not so distant future. Five university friends... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Fantasia 2013 Review: MACHI ACTION, Heartfelt Hero Worship From Taiwan

Tienan is Superhero Fly, a costumed hero much in the tradition of Japan's Tokusatsu shows like Ultraman and Kamen Rider. He has played this role for a number of years now. Alongside him is his best friend Monster, who gets... More »
By Andrew Mack   
  

Fantasia 2013: Six Titles From This Year's Lineup Now On iTunes Canada

If you have not been able to make it out to Fantasia this year, six films that played at the fest are now available to watch via iTunes Canada. Scroll down to find links to our coverage of the films... More »
By Andrew Mack   
  

Fantasia 2013 Review: WILLOW CREEK Makes Found Footage Scary Again

Jim and his girlfriend Kelly are on a road-trip to the Bigfoot capital of the world, Willow Creek, California. Specifically, they are headed to Bluff Creek where the infamous Bigfoot footage in the Patterson-Gimlin film was taken. Jim is a believer; has... More »
By Andrew Mack   
  

Fantasia 2013 Review: BUSHIDO MAN Will Make You Hungry For More

Toramaru has spent the last year on a pilgrimage to obtain seven scrolls from seven masters of different martial art disciplines. Toramaru will fight masters of kung-fu, stick fighting, sword fighting, nunchaku, dagger, pistols and a very special weapon at... More »
By Andrew Mack   
  

Fantasia 2013 Review: I'LL FOLLOW YOU DOWN Features An Emotional Time Travel Story

"When you alter gravity, you affect time." -- Albert Einstein At what point will a good story trump a pedestrian production? Richie Mehta the writer is one helluva thing, but Richie Mehta the director, well, he gets the job done,... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   
  

Fantasia 2013 Review: THE MACHINE Is Great Sci-fi On A Modest Budget

The Western world is deadlocked in a Cold War with China. Vincent works for the Ministry of Defense developing technology such as implants and prosthetics. Soldiers wounded in battle and saved by his work make up the bulk of the security at his underground... More »
By Andrew Mack   
  

Fantasia 2013 Review: Boozie Movies on THE WEIGHT - Dude, It's Pretty Heavy

Within the first 20 minutes of The Weight, you will witness a graphic autopsy performed by a horribly malformed man, immediately followed by graphic necrophilia. There's also a suicide and a nearly pornographic sex scene that also includes a disturbingly... More »
By Greg Christie   
  

Fantasia 2013 Review: FATEFUL FINDINGS, Beyond All Working Definitions Of Cinema

Fateful Findings concerns the fallout of a magical day when two children, Leah and Dylan, discover a supernatural black cube. It is not until years later, after the children have grown up, their friendship estranged, that the cube lives up... More »
By Peter K.   
  

Hey Montreal! Win Tickets To See Zulawski's Sexy SZAMANKA At Fantasia 2013!

The great Polish filmmaker Andrzej Zulawski is receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award from the fine folks at Fantasia International Film Festival. And you, dear Montreal resident and/or visitor, may enjoy the privilege of watching the man receive his award, and... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Fantasia 2013 Review: DOOMSDAYS, A Charming 21st Century Slacker Manifesto

In the delightfully static opening shot of Eddie Mullins' Doomsdays, we find two young men making a quick escape from a low window of a handsome Upstate New York home as the real owners walk in the front door unaware... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   
  

Fantasia 2013 Review: MAGIC MAGIC Spirals Into Madness To Great Effect

We get to a point midway in Sebastián Silva's empathy endurance test, Magic Magic, where Alicia, a blonde girl in a bathing suit is standing on the edge of a cliff, alone. She goes through the motions of trying to... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   
  

Fantasia 2013 Interview: Talking IT'S ME, IT'S ME With Miki Satoshi, Adrift in Montreal

Director Miki Satoshi is perpetually seen around the festival wearing a button-down Hawaiian shirt, sunglasses (even at night), and a trucker cap featuring the spartan logo of 'Standard California.' He takes off the latter for an occasional adjustment and you... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   
  

Fantasia 2013: A Rough Guide to Parsing Miike's Hybrid Thriller SHIELD OF STRAW

As I was watching Miike Takashi's police thriller Shield of Straw during its opening night presentation at Fantasia, I started to wonder if the director of dozens of gonzo filmic insanities had finally succumbed to the temptation of making a... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   
  

Fantasia 2013: JACK ATTACK Whets The Horror Comedy Appetite In 8 Minutes

I missed Fantasia Fest's two opening night features, but providence at the festival's opening night party festivities saw to it that a USB with the short film that preceded The Conjuring ended up in my possession. The buzz from those... More »
By Peter K.   
  

Fantasia 2013 Review: THE BATTERY Bravely Sidesteps The Usual Zombie Routine

Companionship and camaraderie are at the heart of Jeremy Gardner's micro-indie Zom-Dram, The Battery. What? You say. Another filmmaker making a buddy/zombie movie with no money and the usual tropes and jokes?  Not so with this one, which spends its... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   
  

Fantasia 2013 Review: BROKEN CIRCLE BREAKDOWN, A Gloriously Devastating Bluegrass Masterpiece

"You'll rue the day that you were born. For givin' me the devil cause I wouldn't hoe corn."This is the stuff of old country music, the purest of joy taken, perhaps from mistakes made, perhaps just fate teasing and cruelly... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   
  

Fantasia Film Festival Preview! New! Expanded! More Picks From More People!

The 2013 Fantasia Film Festival is now officially upon us! One of the largest, longest running, and just plain longest genre film festivals in the world, Fantasia has an overwhelming number of films and film related events to offer every... More »
By Greg Christie   
  

Fantasia 2013: Download The Apocalypse In Canadian Horror Film ANTISOCIAL

What is the first thing you do when you hear that something bad has happened somewhere else in the world? You jump online or grab your smartphone, go to your trusted news sources, and you start looking for pictures and... More »
By Andrew Mack   
  
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