FANTASTIC FEST 2016: A DARK SONG – The Grief and Burden of a Black Magic Woman
Event Review

FANTASTIC FEST 2016: A DARK SONG – The Grief and Burden of a Black Magic Woman

  Grief drives people to strange things. Horror is one of the biggest genres to mine this emotion for story and its effects on people,…

Fantastic Fest 2016: THE INVISIBLE GUEST Locks You In
Review

Fantastic Fest 2016: THE INVISIBLE GUEST Locks You In

A couple hear what sounds like a struggle behind the door of a room in a luxurious mountain resort. Police break open the chained door…

Fantastic Fest 2016: ORIGINAL COPY
Review

Fantastic Fest 2016: ORIGINAL COPY

Like a spiritual sequel to Jiro Dreams of Sushi, Original Copy sings a dirge for aging artists unfulfilled. Directed by Georg Heinzen and Florian Heinzen-Ziob,…

How To Talk To Normal People About Fantastic Fest – A Recap of 2016
Event Review

How To Talk To Normal People About Fantastic Fest – A Recap of 2016

Fantastic Fest is one of the highlights of my year. In general I surround myself with other film buffs who are fully aware of the…

Fantastic Fest 2016: SAFE NEIGHBORHOOD Brings Holiday Cheer to Home Invasion
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Fantastic Fest 2016: SAFE NEIGHBORHOOD Brings Holiday Cheer to Home Invasion

  The home invasion thriller has become such a staple of modern genre filmmaking that even creative twists on the formula are becoming common; Don’t…

A COLOSSAL Ending to Fantastic Fest 2016
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A COLOSSAL Ending to Fantastic Fest 2016

With Colossal, Nacho Vigalondo fulfills the promise of his Timecrimes debut, delivering a near-masterpiece that cannily obliges and twigs on the demands of a genre….

Fantastic Fest 2016: Paul Verhoeven Returns With ELLE
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Fantastic Fest 2016: Paul Verhoeven Returns With ELLE

  Paul Verhoeven has made an entire career out of being a provocateur, most notoriously with 1992’s Basic Instinct. His best work fearlessly pushes the…

Fantastic Fest 2016: THE AGE OF SHADOWS Asks Just How Much a Human Can Take
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Fantastic Fest 2016: THE AGE OF SHADOWS Asks Just How Much a Human Can Take

Kim Jee-woon has established a cult fandom with his surgically precise filmmaking, his canny mixing and matching of genres, his control of mood and tone,…

Fantastic Fest 2016: RAW is Finger-Licking Good
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Fantastic Fest 2016: RAW is Finger-Licking Good

Raw is a film about consuming flesh that is itself consumed by awe and horror for this meat we inhabit for a short while. Written…

Fantastic Fest 2016: S IS FOR STANLEY (and Spectacular)
Theatrical Review

Fantastic Fest 2016: S IS FOR STANLEY (and Spectacular)

S is for Stanley is a documentary from director Alex Infascelli that concentrates on the life of Emilio D’Alessandro, legendary director Stanley Kubrick’s personal assistant,…