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Batman: Gotham Knight

July 02nd, 2008 | Category: Fantasia, Reviews

The day before Fantasia officially opens, there is a special screening of a film reserved for Ubisoft employees. Ubi staff vote on which movie they want to see, from a few options. Well, the ‘tards at Ubi invariably choose the suckiest option and this year was no different.
Batman: Gotham Knight utilizes the same concept as [...]


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Machine Girl

July 05th, 2008 | Category: Fantasia, Reviews

Remember that movie “Planet Terror” where Rose McGowan has a machine gun leg and you thought it kinda looked like crap from the trailer but everyone said it was awesome and then you finally rented it (and thought it was bullshit that it didn’t come with Tarantino’s half of Grindhouse) and it turned out your [...]


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Genius Party

July 05th, 2008 | Category: Fantasia, Reviews

Genius party indeed. There are seven animated shorts on display here, if you include the brief intro piece. Of the seven, only two were stinkers, and even then, one of those would have been good if I hadn’t bothered reading the subtitles and had just enjoyed the trippy animation. And the other [...]


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Best of Ottawa Animation Festival 2007

July 05th, 2008 | Category: Fantasia, Reviews

So I guess these shorts were the best of the Ottawa Internatinal Animation Festival of 2007. It was, as one would expect, a mixed bag. Funny, cute, entertaining, weird, boring and at one point motion-sickness inducing.
3 niqueheads


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Le Grand Chef

July 06th, 2008 | Category: Fantasia, Reviews

Everyone knows I’m not a huge fan of asian food, but the meals on display in this Korean film are delectable delights. They didn’t exactly whet my apetite but they gave me an appreciation for the beauty and skill involved in what is clearly an art form: the preparation of gourmet food. I’m [...]


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Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer

July 06th, 2008 | Category: Fantasia, Reviews

None of us ever have high expectations when it comes to Canadian movies but sometimes if you give them a chance they’re worth a shot. I found “Jack Brooks” to be a solid effort in terms of acting and monster effects. No CGI here, just good old makeup and costumes and they do [...]


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Second Skin

July 06th, 2008 | Category: Fantasia, Reviews

A documentary about people who play MMORPGs. It was ok. Nothing particularly innovative here, nothing new to add to the discussion. A few laughs, a few groans, as one would expect.
2 1/2 niqueheads


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REC

July 06th, 2008 | Category: Fantasia, Reviews

I take back everything I said about Spanish cinema. I am absolutely thrilled to report that it is still possible to make a genuinely scary and exciting horror movie.
Recently the zombie genre has become a bit saturated with even the legendary Romero’s work turning to suck. Romero’s latest was called “Diary of the [...]


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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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