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 »

Fantastic Fest 2013 Review: THE RESURRECTION OF A BASTARD, Amidst Bursts Of Violence And Dark Humor

Sneaky and disquieting, The Resurrection of a Bastard is far more complex and layered than its title might suggest. Bursts of violence and darkly funny moments are framed within the world created by Guido van Driel. The source material is... More »

Fantastic Fest 2013 Review: PROXY Dwells On The Dark Side Of Parenting

Munchausen by Proxy Syndrome is a relatively rare form of child abuse that involves the exaggeration or fabrication of illnesses or symptoms by a primary caregiver. The central idea around which everything swirls in Zack Parker's Proxy is as brilliant... More »

Fantastic Fest 2013 Review: SHE WOLF Walks Among Us

Bursting with feral energy, Tamae Garateguy's She Wolf (original title: Mujer Lobo) is a fever dream about sex and love and sex and then a little more sex. And then the screaming starts. Sceenwriter Diego Fleischer, working from Garateguy's idea,... More »

Fantastic Fest 2013 Review: NINJA, SHADOW OF A TEAR Kicks Ass. Then Face. Then Ass Again.

Though the script may not be the most sterling work of literature you've ever come across and the production was forced to work within a strictly limited budget Isaac Florentine's Ninja: Shadow Of A Tear stands as one of the... More »
By Todd Brown   

Fantastic Fest 2013 Review: GREATFUL DEAD Explores The Humour And Horror Of Loneliness

Indie director Uchida Eiji looks to finally have scored a breakthrough hit with this darkly comic exploration of neglect, obsession and voyeurism that successfully mixes exploitation with an astute social conscience.All Nami has ever wanted is to be loved. But... More »

Fantastic Fest 2013 Review: SEPTIC MAN Is Surprisingly Serious And Smart.

DO NOT watch this while eating. In fact just go vomit now.  Director Jesse Thomas Cook has created one of the most unusual films I've seen in a while and the trick he pulls off was enough to make me... More »

Fantastic Fest 2013 Review: NORTHWEST Points Toward A Young Man's Criminal Future

A stolen watch is the MacGuffin in the Danish crime film Northwest. Its theft sets in motion the opportunity that young Casper has been waiting for, even though he doesn't know it yet. Casper lives with his mother and young... More »

Fantastic Fest 2013 Review: COHERENCE May Be A Bit Too Clever For Its Own Good

An approaching comet, a cracked cell phone, and a dinner party are the building blocks upon which Coherence is constructed. Very soon, however, Schrödinger's cat, intermittent power outages, and fractured personalities are poured into the mix, followed by a sweet,... More »

Fantastic Fest 2013: Tim Tickles Tiger, Keanu Calls Curses!

While the day is still young in several parts of the world, I will wager a bet that I will not see anything else today that will make me laugh as hard as the two videos posted below. Weeks ago... More »
By Ard Vijn   

Fear & Loathing At Fantastic Fest 2013, Part I: Back To The Womb. (NSFW!)

CHAPTER 1: ON THE ROAD AGAINIt's Tuesday night and I'm driving a 2011 cherry red Cadillac station wagon. It's rented of course. I could never afford a 2011 Cadillac. Even in 2021, I still won't be able to afford a... More »

Fantastic Fest 2013: R100, THE SACRAMENT And MOOD INDIGO Are Coming To Austin

We're just a mere two days away from Fantastic Fest starting in the fair city of Austin, TX, and  Tim League and his Alamo Drafthosue army are still announcing titles for the fest. And boy, are they a fine looking... More »

It's The Oddest Thing You'll See All Day, Check The Trailer For DETECTIVE DOWNS

Crossing lines of good taste and political correctness with glee, Bård Breien's Detective Downs delivers exactly what it promises on the tin: A noir tinged comedy about a private eye with Downs Syndrome as played by a lead actor who... More »
By Todd Brown   

Watch The First Stomach Churning Trailer For SEPTIC MAN!

Monster Brawl director Jesse Thomas Cook teams with Pontypool writer Tony Burgess for Septic Man, a gleefully repulsive picture soon to premiere at Fantastic Fest that I like to pitch to people as a blend of Buried and The Toxic... More »
By Todd Brown   

Elijah Wood Tickles The Ivories In Spanish Trailer For GRAND PIANO

Meet Elijah Wood, concert pianist. Concert pianist with a sniper rifle (wielded by John Cusack, no less) aimed at his head. Performance anxiety much? That's the basic scenario behind Eugenio Mira's Grand Piano, soon to premiere at Fantastic Fest and... More »
By Todd Brown   
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