Weird Reviews

Montreal Nouveau 2021 Review: AFTER BLUE, Succumb to the Desiring Nightmare

Paradis Sale, the original french title of Bertrand Mandico's sophomore feature, translates as 'Dirty Paradise'. And this place isn't exactly a paradise, nor is it dirty. But it is most definitely strange and surreal, filled with intoxication and eroticism, and...

Screamfest 2021 Review: THE RETALIATORS, The Thin Line Between Revenge And Survival

It's Christmas time and pastor Bishop (no, really) is preparing to spend the holidays with his two daughters, Sarah and Rebecca. A devout man, he holds steadfast to the principles of his faith. But even the most faithful followers are...

Fantastic Fest 2021 Review: LAMB May Not Be What You Think

Whatever the trailer may make you think, maybe it's best just to let go of your preconceptions before watching Lamb. This is the kind of cinema to go into blind, ready to connect with characters and the journey they find...

Beyond Fest 2021 Review: NEW YORK NINJA, An Insane Abandoned Action Romp Resurrected!

It was probably the moment in New York Ninja in which the titular vigilante digs a bullet out of his chest with a custom engraved "N Y Ninja" throwing star that truly made me think, "Yeah, this is the good...

Review: TITANE, The Good, The Bad, The Beauty, The Beast

Carrie Fisher once described her body as a bag to carry her brain around. There's a book about women's health entitled 'Our Bodies, Ourselves'. We often talk about of our bodies as being separate from us, and yet they are...

Fantastic Fest 2021 Review: LET THE WRONG ONE IN Lets Audience in On Joke

This is the most fun I’ve had in a vampire comedy since What We Do in the Shadows.   The comparison needn’t stop there but this is no imitator. Full of original characters, hysterically gross practical effects, and a take...

Locarno 2021 Review: MAD GOD, Macabre and Scatological Coalesce in Phil Tippett's Nihilistic Stop-Motion Epic

Jan Švankmajer meets Clive Barker in a smorgasbord of a stream-of-consciousness savage weirdness.

FIN Atlantic 2021 Review: TITANE, Extreme Body Pleasure and Pain

Carrie Fisher once described her body as a bag to carry her brain around. There's a book about women's health entitled 'Our Bodies, Ourselves'. We often talk about of our bodies as being separate from us, and yet they are...

Review: LITTLE VAMPIRE (PETIT VAMPIRE), Monsters Are People Too

French filmmaker and comic book artist Joann Sfar adapts his own graphic novel series into an animated adventure.

Karlovy Vary 2021 Review: German Acid-Laced Tragicomedy NÖ Hilariously Anatomizes the Anxieties of a Millennial Relationship and Parenthood

German director Dietrich Brüggemann marries Simon Rich whimsical comedy with Roy Andersson´s formalism in surreal farce.

Toronto 2021 Short Film, Short Review: DUST BATH

I am cognizant of the fact that it might take you longer to read this review than to watch the one hundred and twenty seconds of this animated short involving chickens searching for scratch, and philosophizing on the circle of...

Toronto 2021 Review: DUG DUG Offers Lessons In Escalation

The musical montage is alive and well in Dug Dug, a profoundly amusing chronicle of the birth of a new religion in the rural backwater of India. The camera work, framing, whip panning, (crash) zooming, and often lingering for an...

Toronto 2021 Review: VENGEANCE IS MINE, ALL OTHERS PAY CASH

Petty gangster and entrepreneur, Ajo Kawir, cannot get it up. He channels his impotence into bravado and risk taking. He meets a girl. She knows kung fu. They fall in love. He goes to prison. She sets out on a...

Fantasia 2021 Review: KING KNIGHT, Everybody's Into Weirdness Right Now...

Thorn (Matthew Gray Gubler) has carved out a life in which he is very comfortable. Living with his life partner Willow (Angela Sarafyan), Thorn leads a thriving – if riddled with neuroses – coven of suburban witches while simultaneously maintaining...

Fantasia 2021 Review: International Science-Fiction Short Film Showcase

This year's International Science-Fiction Short Film Showcase at Fantasia spotlights works from Canada, Australia, three from the United States and one with a co-production with France, Italy, and even Greenland. (The still used here is from the U.K. short Standing Woman.)...

Fantasia 2021 Review: HELLBENDER, The Blossoming of the Monstrous Feminine

Girls are scary. As an uncool straight teenage boy, this was gospel. I had no idea how to talk to the opposite sex. However, what I never realized at the time was that in many cases girls were even scared...

Fantasia 2021 Review: WHEN I CONSUME YOU Explores the Rabid Hunger of Trauma

Perry Blackshear, the director of the 2015 indie slow-burn film They Look Like People, is back with another really interesting, micro-budget creeper this year at Fantasia, When I Consume You. The premise is simple. A brother and sister try...

Fantasia 2021 Review: HOTEL POSEIDON, A Dantean Journey Through One Man's Personal Hell

Pallid days stretch infinitely into chaotic nights at the Hotel Poseidon, a rundown inn overseen by a rundown innkeeper named Dave (Tom Vermeir). He's just inherited the place and one gets the impression that it is not exactly the kind...

Fantasia 2021 Review: The Terrifying Tech of #BLUE_WHALE

Anna Zaytseva's heart-pounding teen slasher #Blue_Whale just had its world at Fantasia 2021, and WOW. I don't really know who she is yet, but I already hope to see more from her after watching this debut.  There's not an ounce of...

Locarno 2021 Review: ZEROS AND ONES, Abel Ferrara Destroys Vatican, Spy Thrillers in Perplexing Pandemic Film

Ethan Hawke stars in Abel Ferrara's puzzling punk spy thriller.