Fantastic Fest 2012: FLICKER Review

     September 23, 2012

Patrik Eklund‘s Flicker may not add up to a rewarding conclusion, but it certainly adds up to a colorful, adorable movie where Eklund’s strong direction manages to keep a strong hold over five different storylines each with its own emotional …

Fantastic Fest 2012: I DECLARE WAR Review

     September 23, 2012

Jason Lapeyre and Robert Wilson‘s I Declare War is riddled with glaring, grating flaws.  The performances from the young actors are inconsistent.  The cinematography and effects look cheap.  Character arcs and plotlines lose their energy and focus.  And yet I …

Fantastic Fest 2012: COME OUT AND PLAY Review

     September 22, 2012

Evil children make shitty antagonists.  It’s a lazy dichotomy to say, “Look!  The faces of the innocent and pure are doing horrible acts of violence!  HOW CAN THIS BE?”  But they shouldn’t be threatening to any adult.  You can’t be …

Fantastic Fest 2012: BERBERIAN SOUND STUDIO Review

     September 22, 2012

Peter Strickland‘s Berberian Sound Studio feels desperate to convince the audience that something is happening.  Events appear secondary to one man’s descendant into madness despite not having a compelling reason to descend into madness.  It’s a movie where the greatest …

Fantastic Fest 2012: HOLY MOTORS Review

     September 22, 2012

Creativity is a compulsion. A true actor acts not because of fame and fortune.  They act because they have no other choice.  There is no other life but to be the life of someone else; an act of insanity, nested …

Fantastic Fest 2012: THE CONSPIRACY Review

     September 21, 2012

Conspiracies are a fascinating culture phenomenon, and The Conspiracy has no interest in that.  In fact, writer-director Christopher MacBride has no interest in probing deeper into the nature of conspiracies, and instead turns his attention to churning out the most …

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