October 5, 2019

Fantastic Fest 2019


In my third year at Fantastic Fest, I covered this wild film festival for Pajiba, Riot Material, The Playlist, SYFY FANGRRLS, and RogerEbert.com.


REVIEWS

The True Adventures of Wolfboy Is A Must-See Coming-Of-Age Fantasy

Swallow Explores Female Rebellion Through Self-Destruction And Compulsion


Guns Akimbo: Daniel Radcliffe And Samara Weaving Embrace Video Game Violence

Wrinkles The Clown Seeks The Man Behind The Mask Of This Florida Bogeyman


Scream, Queen! My Nightmare On Elm Street Reclaims The Narrative of A Nightmare on Elm Street 2's Final Boy


In The Shadow of Moon: Jim Mickle Weaves Sci-Fi & Noir Together In This Mind-Bending Thriller


The Death of Dick Long Offers A Fitting Follow-Up To Swiss Army Man


Takashi Miike’s First Love Is A Delightfully Earnest Rom-Com Set To An Onslaught Of Slaughter


The Lodge Offers a Chilling Follow-Up To Goodnight Mommy


The Pool Offers Savage Twists And A Ravenous Crocodile


VHYes Is A Coming-of-Age Found-Footage Comedy Ready To Rot Your Brain And Warm Your Heart


Sweetheart's Secret Monster is White Privilege 

In Jaw-Dropping Homage To The Twilight Zone, The Exhilarating The Vast of Night

A Movable Feast In The Dystopic The Platform


Here's my thoughts on The Platform's Fantastic Feast.


And a highlights piece for Ebert: Fantastic Fest 2019: Big Names, Big Buzz, A Scream Queen and a Wolfboy



INTERVIEWS

'Knives Out' Director Rian Johnson Weighs In On The Best Chris Debate


Exclusive: Rian Johnson On The 'Cats' Trailer And Chris Evans' Musical Dreams


Freddy's Revenge Star Mark Patton On The Secrets of Scream, Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street


Scream, Queen! My Nightmare On Elm Street's Makers on the Future of Queer Horror 


The Coming Out Story of Scream, Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street

How The Deeper You Dig's Toby Poser Turned Filmmaking Into A Family Affair

Writer-director Katrin Gebbe on Pelican Blood, psychopathy, and the power of mothers

Carlo Mirabella-Davis on the Feminist Horror of Swallow

Freddy's Revenge star Mark Patton on chilling with Cher and kissing David Bowie

August 22, 2019

Film At Lincoln Center's Scary Movies XII


The Differences Between 'Midsommar's Theatrical Release And Director's Cut (review) 

Ready Or Not Is A Bloody Crowdpleaser With Operatic Horror And Dark Laughs

Bursts Of Wild Yet Middling Cinema In Villains

Extra Ordinary Feels Like Ghostbusters Meets Napoleon Dynamite

Ari Aster Explains The Missing Shot From 'Midsommar's Trailer

Bloodline Writer Avra Fox-Lerner On The Changing Landscape Of Women In Horror

Fantasia International Film Festival 2019



This year I covered Fantasia International Film Festival for Pajiba, Riot Material, and SYFY FANGRRLS. 

10 Most Anticipated Movies At Fantasia 2019

Reviews:

We Are Little Zombies Is A Different Kind Of Zombie Story

The Incredible Shrinking WKND Uses Time Loops To Explore Being A Woman-Child

The Deeper You Dig Makes Horror A Twisted Family Affair


Dead Dicks Delivers Trippy Horror, Irreverent Humor, And Shocking Tenderness

Ringu Sequel Sadako Doesn't Do Justice To Its Iconic Antagonist

Blood & Flesh Is The Kid Stays In The Picture With B-Movies, Murder, And Aliens, Because Sure Why Not

A Good Woman Is Hard To Find Offers A Gritty, Class-Minded Revenge-Thriller

Riot Girls Delivers '80s Nostalgia And Post-Apocalypse Adventure With A Proudly Queer Spin

1BR Explores The Horrors Of Overly Involved Neighbors

Harpoon Delivers Dark Laughs And Grisly Horror On The High Seas

Ready Or Not Is A Bloody Crowdpleaser With Operatic Horror And Dark Laughs

The Odd Family: Zombie on Sale Is Begging For A TV Series

Extra Ordinary Feels Like Ghostbusters Meets Napoleon Dynamite

Paradise Hills Offers Stylish Spectacle, Feminist Themes, And Not Much Else

Elijah Wood Confronts Daddy Issues In Thriller, Come To Daddy

Freaks Is A Sly Sci-Fi Alive With Surprise And Sentiment

Lupita Nyong’o Slays Comedy, And Zombies, In Little Monsters

Robert Patrick Plays A Millennial-Hating Baby Boomer In Tone-Deaf

Knives and Skin Blends Teen-Noir, Dark Satire And ’80s Musical Numbers


Interviews:

Riot Girls Director Jovanka Vuckovic Talks Representation and Revolt

Director Alice Waddington Talks Paradise Hills and the Patriachy-Smashing Power of Pink

Jennifer Reeder On Her Noir-Musical Knives And Skin And The Secret Language of Teenage Girls


The Unexpected Inspirations for Satirical Slasher Tone-Deaf

Pollyanna McIntosh Speaks Out On The Woman's Infamy And Her Directorial Debut, Darlin'