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Fantastic Fest 2010: Golden Slumber

“This is a unique, fascinating piece of flawed film-making.” Golden Slumber Directed by Yoshihiro Nakamura Written by Kotaro Isaka Japan, 2010 – Like Nakamura’s previous film, Fish Story, Golden Slumber is a film tailor-made for cult success. Slumber’s overarching thematic message is encapsulated within the Beatles’ tune, and titular reference, “Golden Slumbers,” and the film …

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Fantastic Fest 2010: I Saw The Devil

“This is an awfully graphic film, but for those who can stomach it, I Saw The Devil continues South Korea’s legacy of outstanding revenge films.” – I Saw The Devil Directed by Kim Ji-woon South Korea, 2010 – The three South Korean films featured at Fantastic Fest–all among this reviewer’s festival favorites–are all thoughtful, reflexive …

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Fantastic Fest 2010: Bedevilled

“This first film from writer/director Jang Cheol-so is a blunt, ruthless, feminist revenge flick.” Bedevilled Directed by Jang Cheol-so – This first film from writer/director Jang Cheol-so is a blunt, ruthless feminist revenge flick. Despite some problematic storytelling devices, it isn’t hard to see why Fantastic Fest attendees bestowed the audience award  upon it–Bedevilled is …

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Fantastic Fest 2010: The Housemaid

“The film deserves credit as  for ditching the offhand misogyny of the original and turning The Housemaid into a class critique with a complex female lead.” The Housemaid Directed by  Im Sang-soo – Kim Ki-young’s The Housemaid, released in 1960, stands as one of the most renowned films of Korean cinema.  Kim’s film tells the …

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Fantastic Fest 2010: Fatso

Fatso Directed by Arild Fröhlich Fatso’s inclusion in Fantastic Fest seems to be based entirely on its main character’s social incapacity and how that might strike a chord with the kind of people who love fantasy and horror films.  Fantastical only in its use of several erotic daydreams and horrific only in its striking resemblance …

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Fantastic Fest 2010: Drones

“Drones is a simple little movie, but it’s offbeat and funny enough to attract some dedicated fans…” Drones Directed by Amber Benson and Adam Busch – “Quirky verging on zany” is what you ought to expect of a comedy coming from Joss Whedon alums Amber Benson and Adam Busch. Not to discredit the coupled directing …

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Fantastic Fest 2010: Julia’s Eyes

Julia’s Eyes Dir. Guillem Morales Mature, efficient thrillers are difficult to come by these days, but you can trust Guillermo del Toro to produce them.  Beneath its apparent high-concept premise, Julia’s Eyes is a fairly straightforward, though effective, cat-and-mouse scenario. The film follows Julia (Belén Rueda), a woman with a degenerative eye disorder, as she …

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Fantastic Fest: Transfer

Transfer Directed by  Damir Lukacevic – The proposition is this:  Say you are old and fragile–you may in fact die soon–and you are in everlasting love with your spouse.  Perhaps you never got to have that child and the time to do so has long since passed.  Here’s where the Menzana corporation comes in: For …

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Fantastic Fest 2010: Stake Land

Stake Land Directed by Jim Mickle Horror films, despite their divisiveness, are uncannily successful as time capsules. Stake Land, despite its many flaws, quite exhaustively captures the zeitgeist of 2010 America. Director Jim Mickle’s second feature is a vampire-apocalypse-road-movie featuring a dumb, animalistic class of vampires–that is to say zombies with more rules and more …

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Fantastic Fest 2010: Rammbock

Rammbock Directed by Marvin Krenn Rammbock is a little German zombie movie set entirely in one apartment complex and featuring–bear with me, zombie fanatics–virtually no gore. Instead, like all the best epidemic movies, Rammbock is a story about survivors.  Our main survivor is Kai (Sebastian Achilles), a dopey, kind man who is in Berlin to …

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Fantastic Fest 2010: Primal

Primal Directed by Josh Reed With Primal, first time film director Josh Reed crafts a fairly by-the-numbers infection movie, but, excepting some annoying stylistic flourishes, executes it commendably well. Primal introduces its cast on the tail end of a road trip into the Australian wilderness, where a group of 20-somethings are hoping to find a …

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