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Fantasia 2022: Roundup Part 3

Montreal’s Fantasia Festival is wrapping up its 2022 edition and they’ve once again outdone themselves with such an eclectic and well-crafted lineup. In addition to this week’s podcast which just dropped, below you’ll find the next batch of titles

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Fantasia 2022: Roundup Part 2

Although Fantasia Fest may be in its final stretch there are still a bunch of great titles screening, three of which are Next Sohee (winner of Best Director July Jung), Country Gold, and The Killer.

Take a look below for my thoughts

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NYAFF 2022: LEGENDARY IN ACTION Review

Any movie aiming to dramatize the laborious nature of film production inevitably strikes upon the same universally accepted truism about the onerous process that has brought many a film crew to the point of despair. For those with any production experience, it

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Fantasia 2022: Award Winners Announced

This year’s Fantasia Festival is still chugging along in its second week and today the award winners have been announced. Karim Ouelhaj‘s Megalomaniac picked up Best Feature, with July Jung winning Best Director for Next Sohee.

Take a look below for the

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Fantasia 2022: Roundup Part 1

Montreal’s Fantasia Festival is officially underway and although we’re only finishing up the first week, I already caught a handful of discussion-worthy titles. Below you’ll find my thoughts about the South Korean dark comedy Next Door, the wilderness horror

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MAD GOD Review

With six Academy Award nominations for visual effects, including two wins (Jurassic Park, Return of the Jedi), it’s safe to call Phil Tippett an animation legend. Mad God is Tippett’s passion project, made up entirely of traditional, stop-motion animation and creature fabrication.

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HATCHING Review

Not the most suspenseful or terrifying body-horror creature feature, but its unique metaphorical approach leaves us with something to ponder about regarding family relationships and parenting.

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SXSW 2022: SOFT & QUIET Review

In a secluded room above a church, a group of posh and affluent white women sip tea and eat dessert while making polite conversation. Then, like a switch being flipped, casting all their pleasantries into a new light, school teacher Emily (Stefanie

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SXSW 2022: UNDER THE INFLUENCE Review

The still relatively new phenomenon of YouTube fame has brought about a new breed of celebrity with the platform’s ascension to the upper echelons of popular media and, with it, new inquiry into the accountability of the YouTuber star. While it might

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SXSW 2022: DEADSTREAM Review

The slapstick, heavy-found-footage horror Deadstream works much better as a sendup of exploitative YouTuber culture than as a Raimi-esque horror comedy.

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SXSW 2022: SKATE DREAMS Review

The world of professional skateboarding during its ascendance into mainstream popularity inarguably has the aura of an insulated “boys club,” born out of and maintained within California. For those not entrenched in the skating community, the likelihood of their familiarity with any

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BIG GOLD BRICK Review

With a meaningless story, underdeveloped plotlines, and a cringe-worthy performance from Emory Cohen, Big Gold Brick makes for a disappointing feature debut from Brian Petsos.

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A BANQUET Review

The horror genre has always wrung tension and thrived around the plausibility of the supernatural and stringing the audience along over whether what they think is happening is actually happening. As of late, this quality has been invoked by what was once