Fantastic Fest 2013 Review: ESCAPE FROM TOMORROW Presents Disney World As Hell With Remarkable Power

Director Randall Moore insists that his movie was never intended to be understood as a guerrilla project and I believe him. His claim, a very credible one, is that he knew that Disney World was the only and obvious choice... More »
  

Fantastic Fest 2013: JODOROWSKY'S DUNE Wins Audience Award, THE DIRTIES, THE CONGRESS, and AFFLICTED Also Cited

Before a packed audience, the awards for Fantastic Fest 2013 were handed out tonight in Austin, Texas, USA. Here is the prepared statement by the festival with the announcement: Fantastic Fest is pleased to announce this year's Fantastic Fest Award... More »
  

Fantastic Fest 2013: Day Four Images - Tim Loses His Shirt. Again. Secret Screening No. One & Nerd Rap Throwdown?

Day four at Fantastic Fest is but a distant memory and our team remains remarkably unscathed in the land of the longhorn (HOOK 'EM HORNS!). Back home we continue the enviable task of documenting their journey for them. You know.... More »
  

Fantastic Fest 2013 Review: WOLF Roars Out Of The Gate With Criminal Self-Assurance

Boom! Without giving away the timing or context, at a certain point Wolf explodes into shards of glass that then recombine to reveal a wider, wilder landscape. Up to that moment, Jim Taihuttu's film was speeding on a straight narrative... More »
  

Fantastic Fest 2013 Review: MISS ZOMBIE Scrubs The Patio To Her Own Rhythm

Times are tough all over, especially if you're a zombie. Though Miss Zombie has obviously been made with skillful intent, the film's dry, art house flavor mutes any horror impact from its premise. And that appears to have been an... More »
  

Fantastic Fest 2013 Review: MONSOON SHOOTOUT, Looking For Answers With Guns And Thunder

Yes, shots are fired, and yes, a drenching torrent of rain is pouring down when a police officer and a suspect confront one another in a dark alley in Amit Kumar's Monsoon Shootout. Faithful to its title, the Indian drama... More »
  

Fantastic Fest 2013: Antonio Tublen Drunkenly Reviews Antonio Tublen's LFO

Karate ! Yab boom ! Now you shall hear. Bergman, step aside. Now it's my turn . or ... ? LFO is crazy good . yup , so it . do you know it is synthezisers in it? So damn... More »
  

Fantastic Fest 2013: Day Three Images: Tim's Bloody Nose And Todd Eats His Shirt

One of the highlights of the festival each year is the Fantastic Debates. Two men enter. They bicker a bit. They enter the ring and one man leaves as they say. If done right and in the spirit of fun... More »
  

Fantastic Fest 2013: Navot Papushado Drunkenly Reviews Papushado And Keshales' BIG BAD WOLVES

17:00 and I'm sitting in the tent of the " Fantastic Fest " in Austin Texas just outside the world's coolest movie - Alamo Draft House. My stomach blows some good pounds of barbecued meat 's fine " Smith ."... More »
  

Fantastic Fest 2013 Review: DETEKTIV DOWNS Brings a New Dimension to Gumshoe Noir

A lot of movies about mentally disabled private investigators are gimmicky and insensitive, but not Detektiv Downs! This is surely the most warm-hearted and clever Norwegian movie about a detective with Down syndrome that I have ever seen. What possesses... More »
  

Fantastic Fest 2013: Images From Day Two - THE SACRAMENT, DETECTIVE DOWNS, GRAND PIANO And Many More!

In this gallery from the second day of the mighty Fantastic Fest exists what might be the best photograph of Nacho Vigolando we will ever see. It was taken during the Chaos Reigns Karaoke Party at the end of day... More »
  

Fantastic Fest 2013: Images From Day One - MACHETE KILLS, SEPTIC MAN, PROXY And Many More!

Welcome to the first of many galleries committed to giving you a visual essay of the treats and fun going on in Austin at Fantastic Fest this week. A small gaggle of our intrepid staff is there right now whooping... More »
  

Fantastic Fest 2013 Review: LOVE ETERNAL, Capturing Sparks Of Life Flickering Beneath The Darkness

An everlasting sadness has gathered in the soul of Ian Harding, and he embraces it. The spectre of death hangs over Love Eternal, yet it's never oppressively dour or aggressively doom-laden. Death may be the most important thing in the... More »
  

Fantastic Fest 2013: Tamae Garateguy Drunkenly Reviews Tamae Garateguy's SHE WOLF

My movie is the World's most innovative film, I like sex. And my movie has the hottest scenes and funny Anios the last 30, first Was the empire of the senses, I remember that movie was hot, I liked the... More »
  

Fantastic Fest 2013 Review: O'APOSTOLO, A Beguiling Fantasy Bolstered By Stop-Motion Animation

As delightful as it can be to watch stop-motion animation on the big screen, it can't entirely cover up other areas where a film may fall short. Case in point: the eminently watchable yet only intermittently compelling Spanish stop-motion animated... More »
  

Fantastic Fest 2013 Review: MIRAGE MEN Offers Disclosure And Discomfort In Equal Measure

It was a classic Fantastic Fest experience. A documentary with a seemingly wonky premise that ultimately offered profound food for thought. It seems fitting that in the same year the festival honors Errol Morris it also embraces Mirage Men. The... More »
  

Fantastic Fest 2013 Review: LFO Tunes In Dark Comedy And Control Issues

I love minor keys, and the new Swedish film LFO is filled with them. Deftly casting a spell with low-frequency hums, surging synthesizers, and enigmatic characters, it's immediately captivating, even though the setting is not immediately apparent. Initially it reminded... More »
  

Fantastic Fest 2013 Review: GRAND PIANO Executes Its Goofy Premise with Precision and Skill

Make no mistake, the premise of Grand Piano is 100 percent ridiculous. Do you remember Phone Booth, where Colin Farrell couldn't hang up or he'd be killed by a sniper? It's like that, only it's concert pianist Elijah Wood who... More »
  

Fantastic Fest 2013 Review: NIGHTBREED: THE CABAL CUT

Cinema culture is all but overrun with alternate versions of cherished media. Remakes, reboots, and director's cuts vie for the attention and dollars of fan communities who hope for the best but too often get the butt end of someone's... More »
  

TIFF 2013 Interview: Twitch Talks R100 With Matsumoto Hitoshi

Thursday, September 12, 2013 proved to be one of those extraordinary festival days for me. I found myself closing the day with a trio of highly interesting films from Asia, the last two forming one of the most perfect... More »
  
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