THE REEF

3 Stars
Year Released: 2010
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 94 minutes

2011 FANTASIA FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! I feel that there’s a distinct difference between a movie that I like and a movie that is good. The Reef could serve as a perfect example of a movie I think is very well made, while not liking it one damn bit…


Posted on July 28, 2011 by

RED STATE

4 Stars
Year Released: 2011
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 97 minutes

2011 FANTASIA FILM FESTIVAL OPENING NIGHT FILM! The story is chopped and channeled like a hot rod of prose. It’s genuinely masterful in its ability to cut out all the fat and gristle and get to the point as fast and efficiently as possible…


Posted on July 25, 2011 by

THE LEGEND OF BEAVER DAM

4 Stars
Year Released: 2010
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 12 minutes

2011 FANTASIA FILM FEST SELECTION! Who is Stumpy Sam? Why, only the rock-and-rollingest, deformed maniac prowling the woods this side of Crystal Lake!


Posted on July 24, 2011 by

RETREAT

3 Stars
Year Released: 2011
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 90 minutes

Deadly viruses, crazed military people, Cillian Murphy, England… Anyone else getting the feeling that we’ve all seen this before somewhere?


Posted on July 23, 2011 by

ANOTHER EARTH

5 Stars
Year Released: 2011
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 92 minutes

2011 FANTASIA FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! The very last scene before the fade to black is so utterly haunting that I don’t think I’ve ever felt my breath taken away like that before. It was perfect, in fact just about everything in this movie is…


Posted on July 19, 2011 by

JEREMY KNOX’S SUPER FANTASTIC 2011 FANTASIA FEST TRAILER REVIEW EXTRAVAGANZA

Every year I like to kick off the festival by writing a compilation of all the movies I think I’d like and will try to watch when I go. Sometimes I don’t get a chance to see all of them, usually for alcohol related reasons, but I try to catch as many as I can…



Posted on July 12, 2011 by

HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN

4 Stars
Year Released: 2011
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 86 minutes

“Hobo with a Shotgun” manages to be like a one and a half hour version of its own trailer. Not only is it good, but it miraculously retains the same look, mood and feel from beginning to end…


Posted on April 7, 2011 by

RETURN TO BABYLON

4 Stars
Year Released: 2011
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 70 minutes

Hollywood hides its ghosts better than anyone else, but that doesn’t mean they’re not out there rattling around in their unquiet graves…


Posted on March 28, 2011 by

LEMMY

5 Stars
Year Released: 2010
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 123 minutes

This is a fast paced, funny romp through Lemmy’s day-to-day life. Even if you’re not a fan of “Motorhead,” or heavy metal for that matter, this will be enjoyable because so much of it has the rhythm and timing of comedy…


Posted on October 9, 2010 by

BEATING HEARTS

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2010
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 11 minutes

Matthew Garrett’s short film “Beating Hearts” reminds me a little bit of Salinger’s “A Perfect Day for Bananafish” or Hemmingway’s “Hills Like White Elephants.” Both are stories that seem, on a superficial level, not to have much of a story at all, but it’s in the omissions that lurk all their secrets…


Posted on September 5, 2010 by

INTO ETERNITY

4 Stars
Year Released: 2010
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 75 minutes

…the film transforms itself from a documentary about nuclear disposal into a science fiction movie taking place in the present…


Posted on August 16, 2010 by

NEVERMORE: AN EVENING WITH EDGAR ALLAN POE

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2010
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: minutes

I think it’s only natural that Stuart Gordon and Dennis Paoli, the creative team behind “Re-animator” and “From Beyond,” have brought Edgar Allen Poe to the stage…


Posted on August 11, 2010 by

THE LAND BEFORE TIME

4 Stars
Year Released: 1988
MPAA Rating: G
Running Time: 69 minutes

2010 FANTASIA FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! This is a masterpiece. To call it anything less would not do. I finally saw a beautiful and crisp copy of it in a proper theatre at the Fantasia Film Festival when Don Bluth and Gary Goldman were both honoured with a well deserved lifetime achievement award. The room was filled with kids who sat in rapt attention during the showing, as did I…


Posted on July 29, 2010 by

T.T. SYNDROME

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2002
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 102 minutes

2010 FANTASIA FILM FESTIVAL! Yes, “T.T. Syndrome” is loud and obnoxious, and the characters are beyond dumb, but this is what makes the genre work. This feels like a period correct Giallo film in almost every single significant way…


Posted on July 28, 2010 by

ALICE JACOBS IS DEAD

4 Stars
Year Released: 2009
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 21 minutes

2010 FANTASIA FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! “Alice Jacobs is Dead” earns the emotions that it wrings from you. It’s a genuine film, one that has a few ideas in its brain and something to say, one that is all too often seldom seen…


Posted on July 27, 2010 by

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