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 »
  

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 »
  

Fantasia 2014 Review: Chew On This - ZOMBEAVERS Is Dam Excellent

It begins with the pun.Sure, you have a slew of straight-to-VOD crap that is little more than a title stretched too thin over its running time. Be it Sharknado or other of its ilk, it's as if a bunch of... More »
  

Fantasia 2014 Review: THE RECONSTRUCTION OF WILLIAM ZERO Has An Identity Crisis

There seems to be some kind of movement out there where low-key indie dramas of personal tragedy cloak themselves in the veneer of heady science fiction concepts: films like Mike Cahill's Another Earth, James Byrkit Ward's Coherence, and what is... More »
  

Fantasia 2013 Review: GATCHAMAN Can't Fly With Clipped Wings

Gatchaman has an amazing opening. The team is quickly introduced, they get to show off their powers, and there's a city-wide fight that involves numerous costumed villains and a fast moving Ferris wheel sized bomb. The scope of the action... More »
  

FANTASIA 2013 Review: BOOZIE MOVIES Has An Existential Crisis With 24 EXPOSURES. But The Boobs Were Nice!

After seeing 24 Exposures at its international premiere at Fantasia, I was inspired to take a good, long, hard look at myself. That night, I spent a large portion of time staring into my hotel room's bathroom mirror with a... More »
  

Fantasia 2013 Review: OXV: THE MANUAL Has A Mighty Brain But A Heart Three Sizes Too Small

There are two mantras at play in the offbeat philosophy lesson traveling in the guise of a film with the gangly moniker of OXV: The Manual. The first one is that "knowledge determines destiny," and the second is that "all... More »
  

Fantasia 2013 Review: CURSE OF CHUCKY Is A Satisfying Old School Horror Ride

It's tough to bring an iconic character back to the screen. Every fan brings their own baggage that's been hardened under the weight of nostalgia. The fans see Freddy, Jason and all those other franchise slashers in very specific ways.... More »
  

Fantasia 2013 Review: I'LL GIVE IT MY ALL...TOMORROW Is A Charming Tale About Failing To Succeed.

No one wants to watch the hours, days and years of their life swirl down the drain. The dream is to look back and say "Yes, I have made the right choices, I have worked hard to achieve my goals,... More »
  

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 »
  

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 »
  

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 »
  

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 »
  

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 »
  

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 »
  

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 »
  

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 »
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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 »
  

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 »
  

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 »
  
 
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