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    Fantasia 2010: Clash

    Clash Directed by Le Thanh Son It’s never a good sign when even non-fans of a given genre can spot the clichés pervading a particular piece. Whether you own a collection of imported martial arts movies, or you wouldn’t even see Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon despite its Oscar nominations, it’s hard to imagine any viewer […] More

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    Fantasia 2010: Symbol

    “It’s hard to pigeonhole Symbol in any particular genre, but I would best describe it as a live-action Looney Tunes cartoon on crack.” Symbol Directed by Hitoshi Matsumoto While watching Symbol, for a fleeting moment I wondered if someone had slipped something in my drink or sprinkled an illicit substance on my popcorn.  What else […] More

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    Fantasia Film Festival: ‘We Are What We Are’, ‘The Revenant’ and ‘Human Centipede’

    Fantasia, North America’s biggest and best genre film festival, is a unique experience. Nowhere else can you hold your wife’s hand through a lighthearted J-punk romantic romp in the afternoon, and spend the night jerking off to Josef Mengele’s version of scat porn. Tonight, Sordid Cinema brings you one of many tastes of Fantasia’s delicacies, […] More

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    Intervew With Neverlost Writer/Director Chad Archibald

    Initially, I was somewhat wary of Chad Archibald’s Neverlost, the Guelph-shot genre film premiering at Fantasia tomorrow. After all, its story of a failed screenwriter living in squalor while struggling with insomnia and depression sounds like a documentary about my early twenties, except with fewer Star Trek conventions. But the film ended up being an […] More

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    Fantasia 2010: A Serbian Film

    A Serbian Film Directed by Srdjan Spasojevic It would be easy to dismiss A Serbian Film on the grounds of its boundary-pushing imagery. “Disturbing” does not begin to cover some of the images and scenarios the film presents, and the anger they inspire can easily hamper judging the film on its merits. At a very […] More

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    Fantasia 2010: Ricky D Recommends Blades Of Blood

    Korean cinema is perpetually rediscovering itself and finding new ways to combine genres and conventions, breathing new life into old stories and looking back at its own history to reconsider the present. Perhaps this would explain why the majority of my favourite films in the past decade have all come out of Korea. The prospects […] More

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    Fantasia 2010: ‘We Are What We Are’ (Somos Lo Que Hay)’

    We Are What We Are Directed by Jorge Michel Grau Screenplay by Jorge Michel Gray 2010, Mexico The completed version of Jorge Michel Grau’s We Are What We Are had its North American premiere at the Fantasia Film Festival and left audiences very content on their way out. In the same way, Let The Right […] More

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    Fantasia 2010: Heartless

    “Heartless is aimless and messy, and offers no real insight in the very many themes it introduces.” Heartless Directed by Philip Ridley Everything you need to know about Heartless is laid out in the first thirty minutes. It is a film about vanity, loss and pain… it is also about gang violence, social decay and […] More

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    Fantasia 2010: Ricky D Recommends The Loved Ones

    Sean Byrne’s debut feature, The Loved Ones, not only received a standing ovation at last year’s midnight madness screening at TIFF, but it was also the recipient of The Cadillac People’s Choice Award (Midnight Madness), and received a number of positive reviews (including our own). Anyone who has been following trends in world cinema cannot […] More

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