Fantasia 2014: Bradley King And BP Cooper Talk Truth, Photography, And TIME LAPSE

There are some post-screening Q&A periods that are so well balanced, succinct and engaging that they do the job better than an lengthy one-on-one interview. The session with both of the Time Lapse writers, Bradley King (who also directed the film) and... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   
  

Fantasia 2014 Review: TIME LAPSE, A Sharply Written Indie Sci-Fi Picture

Opening with a shot of swirling red paint, which then has tiny flecks of white thrown into the mixture to disturb the surface and complicate the image, Bradley King and B.P. Cooper's Time Lapse shows just how bloody far you can... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   
  

Fantasia 2014 Review: THE DROWNSMAN, The Super Soaker Terror Gets Too Silly At Times

Madison has a fear of water. A year ago she had an accident and nearly drowned. When she was under, she was pulled into the lair of The Drownsman. Since then she will not go near water. She even misses... More »
By Andrew Mack   
  

Fantasia 2014 Review: THE CREEPING GARDEN Explores The Brave New World Of Plasmodial Slime Mould

In one of the year's most original and bizarre documentaries, Tim Grabham and Jasper Sharp dive headlong into the largely unknown world of plasmodial slime moulds, and what emerges is a pioneering and at times hypnotic crawl through a largely... More »
By James Marsh   
  

Fantasia 2014 Review: THE HARVEST, A Coming Of Age Fable Of Wicked Proportions

After a very lengthy hiatus into directing for TV, ranging from single episodes of John From Cincinnati to Masters of Horror, John McNaughton (Henry: Portrait of A Serial Killer) is back with his first feature film since the turn of the... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   
  

Fantasia 2014 Review: THE ONE I LOVE Offers Smart Couples Therapy, With Big Laughs

I doubt I will laugh out loud more at a film this year. Charlie McDowell's couples therapy session par excellence, featuring a very game cast of two, namely Mark Duplass and Elisabeth Moss, made me smile so hard at times my... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   
  

Fantasia 2014 Interview: Talking THE MIDNIGHT SWIM And Emotional POV With Sarah Adina Smith

After directing a number of short films, The Midnight Swim is the first feature of young director Sarah Adina Smith. I detected a note of exhaustion and overwhelmed frazzle still lingering from the generous reception of the film the previous... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   
  

Fantasia 2014 Review: CYBERNATURAL

Man, I hate Facebook.Sure, it's what the cool kids have been using these days, at least until Snapchat started taking over as the dominant way of communicating without your mom seeing. While for us old people it's a great way... More »
By Jason Gorber   
  

Fantasia 2014 Review: Indonesian Action Flick GUARDIAN Frustrates

Marysa is getting pretty sick and tired of her mom, Sarah, haranguing her about her martial arts studies. She just wants to be a normal teenage girl and hang out with her best friend. But Sarah is insistent on these lessons,... More »
By Andrew Mack   
  

Fantasia 2014 Review: THE MIDNIGHT SWIM, Where Still Waters Run Deep

In Werner Herzog's wonderful documentary Encounters at the End of the World, he makes a point of showing that if you dive deep enough in those cold, antarctic waters, the experience is not all that different than voyaging into outer space. Darren... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   
  

Fantasia 2014: We've Seen Footage From SPRING, REDEEMER, WE ARE STILL HERE, TURBO KID, And More

For the first time since the Frontières International Co-Production Market began, we were treated to a taste of how some films that got their start on the market floor and other projects being made by friends of the festival were... More »
By Andrew Mack   
  

Fantasia 2014 Review: Can You Escape From THE DEVIL'S MILE?

The Canadian horror flick, The Devil's Mile, had its World Premiere at Fantasia Saturday night. It is the feature debut of long-time screenwriter and Rue Morgue magazine contributor Joseph O'Brien. Three kidnappers, Toby, Cally and Jackie, take a detour to deliver... More »
By Andrew Mack   
  

DEALER: WTFilms Take International Sales Rights On Eve Of World Premiere At Fantasia, Watch An Exclusive Clip Now

It was back in April that we first introduced readers to Jean Luc Herbulot and his stylish, low budget, French crime thriller Dealer and with the film set to have its world premiere today at the Fantasia Festival in Montreal... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Fantasia 2014 Review: THE SEARCH FOR WENG WENG, Fruitful But Melancholy

I first encountered the work of Filipino action hero and tiny man-child Weng Weng at this very festival in 2007. Andy Stark and Pete Tombs ran an absolutely bonkers reel of money shots from their Mondo Macabro release label in front... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   
  

Fantasia 2014 Review: I AM A KNIFE WITH LEGS Cuts Away Comedy Conventions

It feels like there are no words to describe I Am A Knife With Legs. Just the title alone should give you an indication of the level of absurdity this comic gem reaches. It is utterly bizarre. Screamingly hilarious. Totally unconventional.... More »
By Andrew Mack   
  

Fantasia 2014: Impressions From The Frontières Pitch Sessions

As great Canadian bards of the 20th century once wrote into one of their lyrics, "If I had a million dollars, I would buy you a monkey. Haven't you always wanted a monkey?" Yesterday morning we "industry-types" gathered together for the... More »
By Andrew Mack   
  

Fantasia 2014: More Teaser Art From The Frontières Market

The Frontières International Co-Production Market opened up yesterday with pitch sessions. Twelve projects were presented to a packed house, full of buyers, sellers, producers, and schmucks like me, who do not have a nickle to lend to any project but... More »
By Andrew Mack   
  

Fantasia 2014 Review: THE RUN Strikes Familiar Chords With Fists And Knees

It is said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Then baby, let me tell you Malaysian action flick The Run is flattering a whole lot of folks from other parts of Asia. When Khaliff (Aaron Aziz) returns to his... More »
By Andrew Mack   
  

Fantasia 2014 Review: Iguchi's LIVE, Silly, Sordid, Satisfying

Out of his many obsessions, it's clear that Iguchi Noboru is an ass man.It's pretty obvious from his camera's obsession with ample posteriors, but in conversation with him, he confirmed his appreciation for the curved tuchas. If that wasn't enough... More »
By Jason Gorber   
  

The DEEP DARK Trailer Is Just That. And Mysterious.

There is no shortage of strange things that can go one in your home. Last year we had Don Thacker's Motivational Growth and The Mould. This year we have Michael Midaglia's Deep Dark and a talking hole. We have a... More »
By Andrew Mack   
  
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