Archive for the 'Fantasia' Category

Let the Right One In

July 09th, 2008 | Category: Fantasia, Reviews

Phil tells me I’m weird but I have a pet peeve about movies randomly set in the ’60s or ’70s. I mean, I don’t mind it if that particular time period is integral to the plot but if the story could work in modern times then why the hell set it in the past? [...]

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Adrift in Tokyo

July 12th, 2008 | Category: Fantasia, Reviews

Nothing blows up in this movie but it was still patented quirky Japanese. More subtle though than those explody ones. It’s the touching story of a debt collector who kills his wife and the man he roughs up to pay his debt and later bribes into accompanying him on a trek across Tokyo. [...]

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Robo Rock

July 14th, 2008 | Category: Fantasia, Reviews

I find it necessary to watch the trailers before seeing any Fantasia movies because they can go a long way towards indicating the production value, style and concept of any given film. But sometimes, as we are all aware, a trailer does nothing except spoil a movie-going experience. “Robo Rock” is a case [...]

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The Chasing World

July 14th, 2008 | Category: Fantasia, Reviews

Finally some science-fiction! “The Chasing World” explores the concept of parallel dimensions, which is a sci-fi cliche that somehow hasn’t been overused.
This Japanese film was nothing special but it had a few good ideas and a few genuine surprises. Well, one genuine surprise. It had some nice moments and as [...]

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Home Movie

July 14th, 2008 | Category: Fantasia, Reviews

This one is difficult for me to review because I can look at it objectively and say it was good but also admit that it didn’t do much for me. Part of the reason is that I’m sort of over the whole hand-held-camera-POV genre and while sometimes I feel it works incredible well (such [...]

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From Inside

July 14th, 2008 | Category: Fantasia, Reviews

This is not a film for everyone. It is gloomy, slow, stark and minimalistic in setting, characterization, dialogue and imagery. But it is also stylish, moody and aesthetically innovative. Apparently John Bergin made this animated movie on his home computer, using images from his graphic novel of the same name. It [...]


I Think We’re Alone Now

July 16th, 2008 | Category: Fantasia, Reviews

Holy shit! That basically sums up my reaction to this excellent American documentary.
Remember Tiffany, the ’80s pop star? Well, Jeff and Kelly sure do. In fact they are crazo-level obsessed with her. Stalkers basically, although Kelly resists the label and Jeff thinks… well, something to do with government conspiracy.
The concept sounds [...]


Repo the Genetic Opera

July 19th, 2008 | Category: Fantasia, Reviews

It is the near future and organ failure is rampant. Enter GeneCo to finance organ replacement. And then enter RepoMen who reposess organs from those who can’t pay their installments.
This movie musical is based on a stage play and I kind of wish I would have seen the play instead. I love [...]

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July 20th, 2008 | Category: Fantasia, Reviews

Let’s see… how should I put this? “Infection” is… not good. It’s a play for one thing, not a movie, so right away one goes in with a seperate set of expectations. It’s billed as a zombie play to boot, and having seen “Evil Dead: The Musical”, maybe I went in expecting [...]

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Gachi Boy: Wrestling With a Memory

July 20th, 2008 | Category: Fantasia, Reviews

There is a condition called Anteretrograde Amnesia whereby a person who has suffered traumatic brain injury cannot form new memories. They can remember things from before their trauma, and can form temporary short-term memories, i.e. they can carry on a conversation and even learn new skills but this new information soon fades and they [...]


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