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4 Stars
Year Released: 2009
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 91 minutes

2010 FANTASIA FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! Based on the novel by Stanislaw Lem, who also wrote the equally existential “Solaris,” the film doesn’t pull punches or try to give easy answers…


Posted on July 22, 2010 by

AT WORLD’S END

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2009
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 90 minutes

2010 FANTASIA FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! What I felt most while watching “World’s End” was a warm fuzzy sense of nostalgia for the good old days of action movies. Where nothing too impossible happened and where plot, characters, dialogue and fun were what propelled the film, not CGI, shaky camera work and incoherent editing…


Posted on July 20, 2010 by

MAI MAI MIRACLE

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2009
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 93 minutes

2010 FANTASIA FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! At heart, Anime is a stylistic method and one of its trademarks is a profound sense of joy and optimism. Of course, the genre is often about sad things, but it maintains a stoic cheerfulness nonetheless. “Thus is life.” I’m sure it would say if it could.


Posted on July 20, 2010 by

KURONEKO

4 Stars
Year Released: 1968
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 99 minutes

2010 FANTASIA FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! “Kuroneko” is a must for any fan of Japanese cinema, and especially those of J-horror cinema. It is the humble seed that has spawned a strange bloody forest…


Posted on July 18, 2010 by

FATSO

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 91 minutes

2010 FANTASIA FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! Have you ever had someone tell you a joke that you didn’t find funny, but then they start laughing in such a genuine way that it’s infectious and so you start laughing a little too? Foreign comedies are kind of like that…


Posted on July 17, 2010 by

TRIPPING FANTASIA 2010 WITH FILM THREAT

I find it fitting that I’m back at Fantasia after a hiatus last year. This summer marks the 20th anniversary of when I finally realized that films weren’t just some pastime for me, but a genuine passion. So I honestly can’t think of anything more appropriate than to celebrate this anniversary here…



Posted on July 12, 2010 by

TRICK ‘R TREAT (DVD)

4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 100 minutes

HAPPY HALLOWEEN! “Trick ‘r Treat” is about the real Halloween – when you can literally smell the fear wafting through the air, where the dead are just a look over your shoulder away, and where superstition and reality begin to blur into the same darkness.


Posted on October 31, 2009 by

STUCK!

STUCK!
4 Stars
Year Released: 2009
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 94 minutes

A sometimes faithful, sometimes fanciful recreation of the old black-and-white women-in-prison films.


Posted on October 14, 2009 by

The FanTasia 2009 Festival wants YOUR Film

The FanTasia 2009 Festival wants <i>YOUR</i> Film

Since its inception in 1996, FanTasia has been an event hell-bent on showcasing the most exciting, innovative and individualistic examples of contemporary international genre cinema, with an emphasis on unveiling films very rarely seen in North America



Posted on February 25, 2009 by

WAMEGO ULTIMATUM

WAMEGO ULTIMATUM
4.5 Stars
Year Released: 2009
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 95 minutes

Ultimatum only reinforces my notion that one day we’ll see something about Balderson called “A portrait of the artist as a director.” Because Steve runs his movie set the same way painters run their studios, with a kind of relaxed intense focus.


Posted on February 16, 2009 by

THE DARK KNIGHT PROJECT

THE DARK KNIGHT PROJECT
4 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 15 minutes

Know why else it works? Because it feels real, it feels like what two high school kids living in the actual world of Batman would think and say.


Posted on February 9, 2009 by

GACHI BOY: WRESTLING WITH A MEMORY

4 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 120 minutes

2008 AFI FEST FEATURE! I think the reason that movies like “Gachi Boy” don’t bug the holy hell out of me, even though equally maudlin stuff from someone like Spielberg would make me want to commit seppuku using Amy Winehouse’s rusty dildo, is that the Japanese are able to be sappy without being manipulative…


Posted on November 8, 2008 by

DEADGIRL

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 101 minutes

2008 AFI FEST FEATURE! Apparently this movie’s script has been bouncing around for a decade because the premise is so controversial. I guess some sensitive (read: sissy) people with weak dispositions could maybe be offended, but I didn’t bat an eye…


Posted on November 6, 2008 by

TERROR IN THE AISLES

TERROR IN THE AISLES
3.5 Stars
Year Released: 1984
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 84 minutes

While “Terror in the Aisles” isn’t a documentary by any means, it also isn’t just a compilation either. A lot of care went into putting this thing together and it shows…


Posted on October 31, 2008 by

WATCH OUT

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 90 minutes

Barrows makes for a surprisingly sympathetic character once you understand that his narcissism is not so much fueled by self love but by rugged individualism gone awry…


Posted on September 21, 2008 by

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