August 24, 2018

Fantasia 2018


This year, I covered Fantasia for Pajiba, Riot Material, and SYFY Fangrrls. (Plus a rerun review from Nerdist.) 
Reviews

Anna And The Apocalypse: "Imagine if Glee and Shaun of the Dead gave birth to a bouncing baby in the thick of Christmas time. "

Blue My Mind: "From top to tails, it’s a haunting and poignant film, alive with beauty, pain, and heart."

Cold Skin:  I wouldn’t recommend this movie for the plot. But if you’re a fan of (Ray) Stevenson, it’s still worth a watch.

Lifechanger: a lean, mean, and intense dose of shapeshifter horror with a chilling message perfectly suited to the complex conversations of the Me Too era.


LOUDER! Can’t Hear What You’re Singin,’ Wimp!:

Imagine Marilyn Manson going on a madcap adventure with Carly Rae Jepson and the Three Stooges.

The Man Who Killed Hitler And Then The Bigfoot: All of this sentimentality combined with its meditation on aging and regret, makes The Man Who Killed Hitler And Then The Bigfoot feel like a cross between Inglorious Basterds and Cocoon.

Our House: Instead of a fresh and frightening story, Our House becomes a cluttered collection of horror iconography.


Searching: This is a great fit for a rainy Saturday, where you just want to crash out, eat popcorn, and feel a bit smug about figuring out a painfully mediocre movie with a juicy ending.

Summer of 84: Clunkiness aside, Summer of 84 is a satisfyingly suspenseful adventure, with compelling characters, and a chilling murder mystery at its center.

Tigers Are Not Afraid: López offers a shocking frankness in depicting the poverty of her characters, but elegantly laces in an unapologetic sentimentality that keeps humanity alight even in the movie’s darkest moments.



Under The Silver Lake:  Under The Silver Lake is a love letter to Hollywood. Not one written on sweetly scented paper but rather scrawled on the shit-smeared bathroom wall in a streaky Sharpie.


Unfriended: Dark Web: "Grim, disturbing, and it may be more “real,” but it’s by no means my idea of fun." 


Interviews


Justin McConnell on The Feminist Inspirations of Lifechanger

John McPhail on Anna And the Apocalypse

Coming soon: an interview with Blue My Mind director Lisa Brühlmann. 

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