Tag: fantasticfest2013

CHEAP THRILLS Interview: Pat Healy And Ethan Embry Talk About Reality, Moral Centers, And Drinking The Kool-Aid

Seen Cheap Thrills yet? Do so. Period. But be warned. What looks like a simple genre game of whack-a-mole is anything but. Characters do the most horrible things to each other, some of it is genuinely hilarious, but after a...

Mind-Bending COHERENCE Acquired By Oscilloscope For U.S.

Fantastic Fest award-winner Coherence has been acquired for U.S. distribution by Oscilloscope Laboratories, the company has announced. Directed by James Byrkit, the sci-fi/drama/thriller has a good setup: "On the night of an astrological anomaly, eight friends at a dinner party...

Fantastic Fest Tour Set To Infect U.S. Nationwide In November

Just when you thought it was safe to go back into U.S. theaters, here comes the inaugural Fantastic Fest Tour to make it dangerous all over again. The tour will feature eight (8) outstanding, must-see titles from last month's Fantastic...

Interview: ESCAPE FROM TOMORROW With Director Randall Moore And Cinematographer Lucas Lee Graham

Like many, I never thought I'd have a chance to see Escape from Tomorrow, but I held out the faint hope that it would make some sort of other festival appearance after premiering to much controversy at Sundance for being...

Interview: Kirk Hammett Talks METALLICA: THROUGH THE NEVER

Talk to Metallica? Every once in a while I run into the great big geek in my head who gets honestly star struck at the thought of meeting someone. The chance to sit with Kirk Hammett  in support of ,...

Fear & Loathing at Fantastic Fest 2013/2009, Part 5. As if Things Could End Any Other Way. (NSFW)

CHAPTER 12: LEAVE THE HAT ON, COWBOYIt's roughly one in the morning and I'm having an impromptu picnic with Rebecca at Barton Springs, a natural spring fed pool in south Austin. Rebecca was able to snatch a bottle of vodka...

Fantastic Fest 2013: Twitch's Super Wrap With All Our Reviews and Top Fest Picks

All is (relatively) quiet now at The Alamo Drafthouse in northwest Austin, Texas, which has resumed its normal operations, with barely a sign that an 8-day celebration of genre films from around the world, hosting filmmakers, industry guests, members of...

Fantastic Fest 2013 Review: KIDS POLICE Gets Big Laughs From Small Heroes

Writer-director Fukuda Yuichi brings his own TV series Kodomo Keisatsu (aka Kids Police) to the big screen in impressive fashion, with this slick, frequently amusing action comedy that enthusaistically embraces its ridiculous premise and succeeds in large part thanks to...

Fantastic Fest 2013 Review: NARCO CULTURA, A Collision Between Drugs, Music, And Murder

It's all fun and games until your children are murdered in the street. A blood-boiling documentary, Narco Cultura explores the intersection of mass murder and pop culture in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, where the murder toll skyrocketed tenfold from 2007 to...

Fantastic Fest 2013: Nacho Vigalondo, Eugenio Mira And More Have Been Playing "Fantastic Corpse"; Watch Their Resulting Short

Fantastic Corpse being a spin on the old parlor game exquisite corpse, only with a short film as the end result... a nine minute short directed by a different filmmaker every two minutes or so. This version has Oren Carmi...

Fantastic Fest 2013 Review: CHANTHALY Is A Haunting Portrait Of Modern Day Laos

Hailing from a country that has produced fewer than 10 feature films in its entire history, Chanthaly proves a modest yet potent little chiller that blends an unsettling slowburn ghost story with an enlightening portrait of women's roles and patriarchy...

Fear & Loathing At Fantastic Fest 2013/2009, Part 4: The End Is Mighty F*cking Nigh

CHAPTER 10: KEEP AUSTIN WEIRDBefore there was the internet, there was public access television, an entirely open and free air space where anyone could create their own television program and present to the unassuming masses. And just like the internet,...

Fantastic Fest 2013 Review: COMMANDO - A ONE MAN ARMY Sings, Dances And Kicks You In The Face

Vidyut Jamwal stands to take the martial arts world by storm after a dynamic breakout performance here as the titular one man army in Dilip Ghosh's ridiculous but hugely entertaining Commando.When a routine training exercise goes wrong, leaving paratrooper commando...

Fantastic Fest 2013 Review: GOLDBERG & EISENBERG Is Chilly, Funny Stalker Tension

It's too soon to tell whether Oren Carmi is Israel's answer to the Coen brothers, whom he lists among his influences, but his debut feature, the darkly comic Goldberg & Eisenberg, shows promise. I get the impression that a grim...

Fantastic Fest 2013 Review: NOTHING BAD CAN HAPPEN Is Powerfully Haunting

Faith is a funny thing. Anyone can have it. You don't have to be smart. You can be utterly brilliant. Mature. Immature. It really doesn't matter. The point is that if you have it, it's yours. It literally belongs to...

Fantastic Fest 2013 Review: ESCAPE FROM TOMORROW Presents Disney World As Hell With Remarkable Power

Director Randall Moore insists that his movie was never intended to be understood as a guerrilla project and I believe him. His claim, a very credible one, is that he knew that Disney World was the only and obvious choice...

Fantastic Fest 2013 Review: WOLF Roars Out Of The Gate With Criminal Self-Assurance

Boom! Without giving away the timing or context, at a certain point Wolf explodes into shards of glass that then recombine to reveal a wider, wilder landscape. Up to that moment, Jim Taihuttu's film was speeding on a straight narrative...

Fantastic Fest 2013 Review: MISS ZOMBIE Scrubs The Patio To Her Own Rhythm

Times are tough all over, especially if you're a zombie. Though Miss Zombie has obviously been made with skillful intent, the film's dry, art house flavor mutes any horror impact from its premise. And that appears to have been an...

Fantastic Fest 2013 Review: MONSOON SHOOTOUT, Looking For Answers With Guns And Thunder

Yes, shots are fired, and yes, a drenching torrent of rain is pouring down when a police officer and a suspect confront one another in a dark alley in Amit Kumar's Monsoon Shootout. Faithful to its title, the Indian drama...

Fantastic Fest 2013 Review: DETEKTIV DOWNS Brings a New Dimension to Gumshoe Noir

A lot of movies about mentally disabled private investigators are gimmicky and insensitive, but not Detektiv Downs! This is surely the most warm-hearted and clever Norwegian movie about a detective with Down syndrome that I have ever seen. What possesses...