Fantastic Fest 2015 Review: LA GRANJA Refuses To Be Friendly To Tourists

Nothing fantastic happens in La Granja, a relentlessly dour feature debut by writer/director Angel Manual Soto that should have the official Puerto Rico Tourism Company up in arms. Set in Puerto Rican neighborhoods that are far off the beaten path... More »
By Peter Martin   

Fantastic Fest 2015 Review: THE PASSING Broods And Glooms In Welsh Countryside

Oozing rustic dread in the remote Welsh countryside, Gareth Bryn's The Passing toys with the hidden demons of three lonely characters on a sumptuous, wet and verdant stage. Beautiful to behold but perhaps too slight in the narrative department, this... More »
By Pierce Conran   

Fantastic Fest 2015 Review: SPEED, A Youth Melodrama That Remains Perverse

Those who've seen the South Korean indie films I Am Trash and/or Dirty Romance might not recognize that the same director, Lee Sang-woo, is behind a new movie that begins like a very traditional, very conventional Korean melodrama. Oh, what... More »
By Peter Martin   

New York 2015 Review: THE WALK Showcases Robert Zemeckis's Stereoscopic 3D Wizardry

Forget about Joseph Gordon-Levitt's ridiculous Pepé Le Pew French accent. Forget about his weird toupé and blue contact lenses, forget about the candy colored fairyland a.k.a. Paris in the first hour. Robert Zemeckis's new film The Walk still works as... More »
By Dustin Chang   

Fantastic Fest 2015 Review: THE BOY AND THE BEAST, Hosoda Mamoru's Best Film To Date

If The Boy And The Beast doesn't cast away any doubts that Hosoda Mamoru will become the new king of Japanese animation, I don't know what will. Ever since Miyazaki Hayao stopped making feature films, the world has been eagerly waiting to see... More »
By Hugo Ozman   

Sundance Hong Kong 2015 Review: ADVANTAGEOUS, Underachieving Sci-Fi For Tiger Mums

Jennifer Phang's ambitious sci-fi drama presents some intriguing ideas about identity and sacrifice in a uniquely female context, but she invests her budget into the wrong elements, and is unable to fashion her final film into anything particularly engaging.In the... More »
By James Marsh   

Sundance Hong Kong 2015 Review: THE STANFORD PRISON EXPERIMENT Wields Significant Power

The events that went down at Jordan Hall in August 1971 have been recounted numerous times and inspired at least two films already - Oliver Hirschbiegel's excellent Das Experiment (2001) starring Moritz Bleibtreu and Paul Scheuring's American remake from 2010, starring... More »
By James Marsh   

Fantastic Fest 2015 Review: LOVEMILLA Gently Unfolds In A Wonderfully Bizarre Comic Universe

Unfolding in a (slightly) alternate universe where people can turn into zombies after a single drink of alcohol, babies can be possessed by the Devil, and people can fly, Teemu Nikki's feature adaptation of a television series he created with... More »
By Peter Martin   

Fantastic Fest 2015 Review: THE BRAND NEW TESTAMENT, A Playful Blasphemy

Belgian helmer Jaco van Dormael emerged on the filmmaking scene with Toto the Hero, a life-long spanning story condensed into a 90-minute kaleidoscope made up of flashbacks and fantasies of the eponymous protagonist. Van Dormael´s penchant for epic narratives... More »
By Martin Kudlac   

Fantastic Fest 2015 Review: DOGLEGS, An Intimate Look Into An Extreme World

Doglegs is a documentary that examines the inner lives of some of Japan's strangest wrestlers. The name refers to an underground wrestling circuit that pits disabled and able-bodied performers against each other in the ring, often to horrifyingly uncomfortable ends.... More »
By J Hurtado   

Fantastic Fest 2015 Review: THE TREACHEROUS Sexes Up History In Convoluted King's Court Potboiler

History gets a savage makeover in The Treacherous, a new period offering from Korea detailing the tyrannical reign of King Yeonsan, long known as the most despotic ruler of the Joseon Era. High on provocation and low on historical accuracy,... More »
By Pierce Conran   

Fantastic Fest 2015 Review: IN SEARCH OF THE ULTRA-SEX, Both Smarter And Dumber Than It Sounds

When Woody Allen re-edited and overdubbed Japanese spy film International Secret Police: Key of Keys into absurdist comedy What's Up Tiger Lily in 1966, I'm fairly certain that he didn't see this coming. The French directorial duo Nicolas Charlet and... More »
By Charlie Hobbs   

Fantastic Fest 2015 Review: FEBRUARY Has Enough Creeps For The Whole Year

Something creepy is happening at the Bramford Academy Catholic girls school. While it isn't exactly clear what is going on, it's very obvious that the snowy scenery isn't the only thing giving you chills in Osgood Perkins' icy thriller February.... More »
By Ryland Aldrich   

Fantastic Fest 2015 Review: THE GLORIOUS WORKS OF G.F. ZWAEN, Wrought With Tension, Suspense, And Complexity

We all know that crime doesn't pay, but who among us would be able to walk away from a big bag of money that's just sitting there, begging for attention? Sure, that bag of money is surrounded by three dead... More »
By Peter Martin   

Fantastic Fest 2015 Review: DER BUNKER Is Smarter Than It Looks

A student needs a quiet place to live while he writes a scientific paper, and so he tramps out into the deep, snowy woods to a small, isolated house and takes a look at a small, dank basement room without... More »
By Peter Martin   

Fantastic Fest 2015 Review: RUINED HEART, A Doomed Love Song Of Two Humans

Filipino director Khavn De La Cruz burst onto the radar of avant garde film lovers around the world with his 2010 feature Mondomanila. While far from a debutante with dozens of shorts and features behind him, Khavn's film made an... More »
By J Hurtado   

Fantastic Fest 2015 Review: YAKUZA APOCALYPSE Plays Like Miike's Greatest Hits

Putting Miike Takashi at the helm of a yakuza action film that features a vampire crime boss and a man in a giant felt frog costume seems like a no-brainer. This is the kind of whacked out gonzo imagery that we've... More »
By J Hurtado   

Fantastic Fest 2015 Review: DIRTY ROMANCE, The Stuff Of Real Life Is Not Always Pleasant To Behold

If Korean director Lee Sang-woo's I Am Trash was difficult to watch -- and I found it an exceptionally brutal experience to endure when I saw his movie at Fantastic Fest last year -- Dirty Romance initially threatens to exceed... More »
By Peter Martin   

Review: THE GREEN INFERNO, A Satisfying, If Not Surprising, Cannibal Ride

It's been more than ten years since Cabin Fever left fans wanting for more, with some claiming Eli Roth to be the new am Raimi. Fortunately Hostel proved that Roth was indeed on the right track to become an essential... More »
By Guillem Rosset   

Review: PAY THE GHOST Is Average, But Nicolas Cage Does Great Work

I don't think I have to be the one that reminds you about the certain infamous recognition that Oscar-winner actor Nicolas Cage has nowadays. We all know about his projects, why he chooses them, how he fares in them, and... More »
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