Fantasia 2014: ScreenAnarchy Wraps It Up With Our Reviews And Top Picks
What was your favourite film of the festival?
Andrew Mack - My favorite film during my week was the oldest film. The retro screening of Demon of the Lute from 1983 was nothing short of amazing! A Shaw Bros Wu xia pian film from the post Star Wars era in the 80s is completely different from Shaw Bros films from the 60s and 70s. The martial arts is still amazing but they added special effects to their films. Bejing-opera style martial arts. Child drunkeness. And the characters are incredible. When one of your villains arrives on scene in a chariot towed by two German Shepherd dogs, carrying a giant lance, then a giant axe, and when he gets angry he sprouts a shocking red afro, you know you are having a good time. We watched it from the only 35mm print in existence. And it was a gorgeous print with hardly any ‘love bites’ (signs of age) on it at all. Easily my favourite Fantasia 2014 cinema experience.
Kurt Halfyard - There was a huge groundswell in 'Sci-Fi Personal Drama' which I have started labelling 'Another Earth' movies. I saw several at this years Fantasia and my favourite was the Mark Duplass and Elisabeth Moss starring The One I Love, a kind of couples-therapy film that plays equally as a Twilight Zone comedy. I cannot talk about it further without spoiling all of the pleasures, so just go see it, it is available VOD right now! Tonally opposite was the emotional POV mock-doc The Midnight Swim which sees three sisters dealing with the loss of their mother at the family cottage and facing their own eccentricities and demons. It is gorgeously shot and exceptionally directed piece of work.
Jason Gorber - I am mot sure I would have believed anyone that would have told me that the most fun I had all festival was at a film called Zombeavers, but, well, there we are. Weeks later I'm still pleased by In Order Of Disappearance as well. Both were terrific in their own ways, and well worth seeking out.
Peter K. - I saw much and enjoyed plenty, but it was Bennet Jones' anarchic comedy I am a Knife with Legs that refused to cease ping-ponging around my brain. Despite its beyond bargain-bin production values, home-movie aesthetics and barrage of prosumer editing FX plug-ins, the musical misadventures of International pop star Bené and his stalwart “foil character” Beefy utterly enraptured me and I have found myself quoting the characters or humming the title track nearly every day since seeing it. More then just a hodgepodge of infectiously delirious gags though, Jones' unflinching sincerity amidst all the silliness is what really put it over the top for me. Following a hypnotic amateur parkour chase and stellar Harrison Ford impersonation, there's a genuine third-act rumination on grief and friendship that gave me a good case of the feels. There be some soulful medicine in this mound of video sugar.