Vancouver 2014 Review: WHITE BIRD IN A BLIZZARD, Gregg Araki's Nostalgic, Seductive Puzzle

Gregg Araki's latest offering, White Bird In A Blizzard, is set during the time period when Araki first began making films (1988-1991). Because of this, the sets and costumes are rendered with a loving nostalgia that never feels overly novel.... More »
  

New York 2014 Review: GONE GIRL, Meticulously Crafted And Unabashedly Trashy

Gone Girl, David Fincher's latest, and New York Film Festival opener, based on the bestselling novel by Gillian Flynn, begins with a close-up of its central married couple, Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) and Amy Dunne (Rosamund Pike). Nick is gently... More »
  

Fantastic Fest 2014 Review: THE STRANGER Delivers A Mixed Bag

Directed by Guillermo Amoedo and executive produced by Eli Roth and Nicolas Lopez (who collaborated on Aftershock, The Green Inferno, and next year's home invasion thriller Knock, Knock with Keanu Reeves), The Stranger is a vampire film that doesn't scream... More »
  

Fantastic Fest 2014 Review: V/H/S VIRAL Catches On

V/H/S brought us stories from Ti West, Adam Wingard, Glen McQuaid, and Joe Swanberg, among others. V/H/S 2 gave us far superior films from Gareth Evans and Timo Tjahjanto, Gregg Hale and Eduardo Sanchez, Jason Eisener, Simon Barrett, and Adam... More »
  

Fantastic Fest 2014 Review: I AM TRASH Lives Up To Its Title In Gloriously Reprehensible Fashion

South Korean indie provocateur Lee Sang-woo returns with the third and final instalment in his thematic "bad family" trilogy, which follows three grown up brothers, reunited when their pedophile father is released from prison. Inspired by a series of real-life... More »
  

Fantastic Fest 2014 Interview: Alexandre Aja On His Devilish HORNS Adaptation

Fantastic Fest 2014 welcomed the U.S. premiere of Horns, Joe Hill's incendiary tale of damnation and redemption. Not seen since the 2013 edition of the Toronto International Film Festival, Horns now features voiceover work from its star, Daniel Radcliffe (the... More »
  

Fantastic Fest 2014 Interview: Nicolas Winding Refn And Liv Corfixen On Living MY LIFE DIRECTED BY NICOLAS WINDING REFN

"Violence is like sex -- it's all about the build up." In a scene both hilarious and uneasy, Nicolas Winding Refn states the above (as he references pacing) to Ryan Gosling in the new documentary My Life Directed By Nicolas... More »
  

Fantastic Fest 2014 Repertory Screenings: THE ASTROLOGER And DEATH WISH 3 Rock With Old-School Insanity

As I mentioned in our Fantastic Fest preview article, my heart belongs to the repertory screenings, the forgotten flicks that deserve a fresh look, presented by extremely knowledgeable and passionate curators. That was certainly the case this year. I only... More »
  

New York 2014 Review: THE BLUE ROOM Shows Off Mathieu Amalric's Directing Chops

Mathieu Amalric's The Blue Room is a hard film to like-- its tone is cold and distant. But it is precisely designed that way to accompany in showing the mind of its passive protagonist. Based on the book of the... More »
  

Fantastic Fest 2014 Review: GOODNIGHT MOMMY Will Keep You Up At Night

Serving as the single secret screening at this year's Fantastic Fest, Austrian arthouse horror Goodnight Mommy gets under your skin early and stays there long after the credits. Within its sparse and sterile decor, this minutely observed chamber piece tears... More »
  

Fantastic Fest 2014 Review: WASTE LAND, For This Detective, To Brood Is To Live

Diffusion is the name of the game in Waste Land, a brooding police procedural from Belgium that depends more on its pervasive ambience than plot twists. Actually, it's probably a disserve to describe the newest film by writer/director Pieter Van... More »
  

Fantastic Fest 2014 Review: FORCE MAJEURE Is The Funniest Of Black Comedies

There is a certain kind of Scandinavian black humor that when done well, is just about the funniest comedy around. This was on prime display in Morten Tyldum's Headhunters from a few years back. That film took a crime thriller... More »
  

Fantastic Fest 2014 Review: HIGH FIVE Revels In Drug-Fueled Mayhem

Manuel Facal's High Five (Relocos y Repasados) is an Uruguayan stoner comedy that belongs in the company of the greats. While drug movies have been around for at least 50 years, it wasn't until the legendary Lou Adler's adaptation of the... More »
  

Feratum 2014 Second Wave Of Films: ABCs OF DEATH 2, V/H/S: VIRAL, DER SAMURAI, WHY HORROR?, And More

The upcoming third edition of Feratum (October 2-5 in Tlalpujahua, Mexico) is undoubtedly a very promising genre celebration. If the official selection announcement brought few renowned titles, now the second wave is precisely full of those. ABCs of Death 2 and... More »
  

New York 2014 Review: 3D As Visual Art Form In Godard's GOODBYE TO LANGUAGE

3D seems like it is here to stay, for now. It was a gimmick to win back the audiences the film industry lost to the emergence of TV in the 50s, now it is revived as a last ditch effort... More »
  

Fantastic Fest 2014 Review: SHREW'S NEST Unleashes A Torrent Of Pent-Up Emotions

A maelstrom of highly-charged, dysfunctional family dynamics, Shrew's Nest (Musarañas) unleashes a torrent of pent-up emotions in the form of a bloody suspense thriller. The movie sets up easily as a two-hander about the tense relationship between Montse (Macarena Gómez)... More »
  

Fantastic Fest 2014 Review: DWARVES KINGDOM, A Surprisingly Balanced Exploration Of The World's Strangest Theme Park

I had never heard of the Kingdom of the Little People in Kunming, China before seeing Matthew Salton's documentary, Dwarves Kingdom. I'm hardly surprised that it exists, however. In this world of fake triple-breasted women, Crispin Hellion Glover films with casts... More »
By J Hurtado   
  

Fantastic Fest 2014 Review: NORWAY, A Delightfully Odd Vampire Tale From Greece

If you're craving electronic music, handmade sets and 80s cinema homages aplenty with your basic vampire lore, then Yannis Veslemes' debut feature Norway is one to keep an eye on. By no means a cult classic, the film is wonderfully... More »
  

Fantastic Fest 2014 Review: THE ABSENT ONE Chronicles The Infuriating Power Of Evil

Absolute evil exists in this world, and that is absolutely infuriating. When it's captured in a murder mystery whose premise sounds like a thousand other murder mysteries, that is either a blessing or a curse. When it comes to The... More »
  

Flip van der Kuil Drunkenly Reviews Flip van der Kuil And Steffen Haars' BROS BEFORE HOS

Shit, the guy sitting next to me is now drained. I think he's an Italian or something. He has as much as I drank half a bottle of vodka, but he's really bad. His eyes closed. Vodka was really tasty.... More »
By Todd Brown   
  
 
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