MEMORY OF THE DEAD

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2012
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 100 minutes

2012 FANTASTIC FEST SELECTION! The dream logic at work functions to keep the viewer from minding too much that nothing makes sense, but that doesn’t necessarily make for a compelling film per se…


Posted on September 21, 2012 by

DOOMSDAY BOOK

4 Stars
Year Released: 2012
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 113 minutes

2012 FANTASTIC FEST SELECTION! In another film, or even stretched out to feature length, neither of Yim’s sections would have played especially well, but they are perfect bookends to Kim’s heady philosophy…


Posted on September 21, 2012 by

TOY MASTERS

3 Stars
Year Released: 2012
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 98 minutes

2012 FANTASIA FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! The caliber of the interviewees, from people at all levels of Mattel, to J. Michael Straczyski to Filmation co-founder Lou Scheimer, is matched only by the astounding frankness of many of those interviewed…


Posted on August 9, 2012 by

CITADEL

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2012
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 84 minutes

2012 FANTASIA FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! As a film, “Citadel” combines many previously seen horrors: urban isolation, fatherhood, agoraphobia, youth violence and blends them together with such fury that the result is almost as inescapable for the audience as it is for poor Tommy…


Posted on August 8, 2012 by

ACE ATTORNEY

3 Stars
Year Released: 2012
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 135 minutes

2012 FANTASIA FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! It’s finally happened. They’ve made a good video game movie. No. Really. It happened…


Posted on August 7, 2012 by

PLAY DEAD

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2012
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 70 minutes

2012 FANTASIA FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! Part one-man confessional, part gory-magic show and part examination of our relationship with death, “Play Dead” is a unique experience, both recreating and in some places demystifying the theatrical experience…


Posted on August 6, 2012 by

THE MECHANICAL BRIDE

3 Stars
Year Released: 2012
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 76 minutes

2012 FANTASIA FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! Taking a refreshingly non-judgemental approach to its subjects and the material in general, “The Mechanical Bride” is a startling investigation of the world of hyper-realistic love dolls, the people who make them, and the people who love them…


Posted on August 5, 2012 by

DRAGON (WU XIA)

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2011
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 114 minutes

2012 FANTASIA FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! Anyone going into Dragon expecting a balls to the walls kung-fu epic will either be sorely disappointed or pleasantly surprised, depending on how open a mind they have…


Posted on August 1, 2012 by

HEMORRHAGE

3 Stars
Year Released: 2012
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 78 minutes

2012 FANTASIA FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! While not a home run, “Hemorrhage” succeeds at what many Canadian indies attempt and fail at: high concept psychological, character driven horror…


Posted on July 29, 2012 by

THE AMBASSADOR

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2011
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 93 minutes

2012 FANTASIA FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! While certainly not to everyone’s tastes, for those with an interest in gonzo journalism or an unsentimental look at the worst parts of Africa, “The Ambassador” should be required viewing…


Posted on July 23, 2012 by

FOR LOVE’S SAKE

2 Stars
Year Released: 2012
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 133 minutes

2012 FANTASIA FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! For someone who makes as many film as Miike does, he’s going to produce the odd dud, and “For Love’s Sake” is clearly one of them…


Posted on July 23, 2012 by

MUTANTS

2 Stars
Year Released: 2009
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 95 minutes

An infuriatingly far from unique zombie film.


Posted on August 16, 2009 by

THE WILD AND WONDERFUL WHITES OF WEST VIRGINIA

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2009
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 86 minutes

A shockingly candid look at a lifestyle most of us would consider unimaginable, the film works very hard at riding the line between judgment and ridicule.


Posted on August 8, 2009 by

THIRST

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2009
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 127 minutes

The combination of vampires and Emile Zola seems an unlikely one, but that’s exactly what Park’s pulled off.


Posted on July 23, 2009 by

MUST LOVE DEATH

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

FANTASIA FILM FESTIVAL FEATURE! Delirious, surprising, and insanely entertaining.


Posted on July 21, 2009 by

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