This year marked my first time attending the the Austin-based Fantastic Fest, and I’m glad I went. How good is the festival? Well, the first film I saw, which is no. 1 on this list, blew my socks off. The movies I saw after that grand introduction, for the most part, didn’t make for a downhill slope. After the jump, read about the 12 best films at Fantastic Fest 2015.
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Posted on Wednesday, September 30th, 2015 by Angie Han
We’ve got a lot of ground to cover today, so let’s hit it. After the jump:
- Get details on the Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation home video release
- The Olsen twins are “always welcome” to drop by Fuller House
- Drew Goddard says the studio really wanted a Cabin in the Woods 2
- Mia Wasikowska says the Alice in Wonderland sequel has less CG
- Drafthouse Films picks up Klown Forever for distribution in the U.S.
- Now Homeland‘s Damian Lewis is the subject of “next James Bond” rumors
- Exactly how many Aston Martin DB10s were destroyed in the making of Spectre?
- Blade Runner 2 director Denis Villeneuve would like to make a Bond film
- The Art of Kung Fu Panda 3 reveals another look at the sequel
- The cast of Resident Evil 6 shares more photos from the set
Posted on Thursday, August 13th, 2015 by Russ Fischer
Brit Marling and Hailee Steinfeld star in Daniel Barber‘s twist on the Civil War drama, with Muna Otaru, Sam Worthington in supporting roles. The story, written by Julia Hart, follows Marling and Steinfeld as sisters who defend themselves and their home against assault by Yankee soldiers determined to get in towards the end of the war.
But things aren’t so simple; the two young women are slave owners, with Muna Otaru playing the woman who is bound to the home, and who is in just as much danger as the other two women, even if she isn’t part of their family. So the film has the ingredients to be a tense and possibly uncomfortable thriller with situations that go beyond the basic “survive a siege” plot. Check out The Keeping Room trailer below. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, July 8th, 2015 by Russ Fischer
The Tribe is a very unique film. It’s the story of a deaf young man who moves into a new boarding school for the deaf, only to be pulled into the criminal activities organized by a student gang. The film has no spoken dialogue as the characters communicate entirely through Ukranian sign language, which is not subtitled or translated. Watching this film is indeed a demanding experience, but it is one that left me thinking about the movie for months afterward.
Now, Austin, Texas-based poster house Mondo will soon release a new way to keep the film in mind. A poster, The Tribe by artist Alan Hynes. Check out the full design and get all the specs and on-sale info below. Read More »
I saw The Tribe last September, and still think about the movie pretty much every day. No other film has impressed me quite like this one did with its unique creation of drama via sound and image. Few other performances have been as devastating and courageous as those from leads Grigoriy Fesenko and Yana Novikova.
Taking place at a boarding school for the deaf, the film features no spoken dialogue; the characters communicate in sign language and outbursts of violence. There are no subtitles for the sign language, but those communications come through just as clearly as the intent behind the violence. This debut feature from Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy is as confident as they come, and shocking in its unblinking frankness.
Check out the excellent The Tribe trailer below. Read More »
Posted on Friday, May 8th, 2015 by Russ Fischer
Joshua Oppenheimer follows his Oscar-nominated documentary The Act of Killing with The Look of Silence, which continues to explore the aftereffects of the 1965 Indonesian Genocide, and you can see a very powerful Look of Silence trailer below.
While The Act of Killing focused primarily on some of the surviving ringleaders of the genocide, The Look of Silence focuses more specifically on one man, Adi, whose brother was killed during the genocide, and who discovers the identities of his brother’s murderers, and confronts them. More intimate in scope but no less effective and terrifying than The Act of Killing, Oppenheimer’s new companion doc is viewing every bit as essential as his first exploration of the subject. Read More »
Posted on Monday, April 6th, 2015 by Russ Fischer
Director Karyn Kusama returns this year with The Invitation, which impressed the hell out of me when it debuted in the Midnight program at the recent SXSW film festival. The film watches as a couple (Logan Marshall-Green and Emayatzy Corinealdi) heads to a dinner party thrown by the guy’s former wife and her new partner (Tammy Blanchard and Michiel Huisman), where signs quickly begin to suggest that things are very much off with the hosts. They seem to have been recruited into a cult of some sort, but is their new mindset actually a problem, or just kinda weird?
The Invitation is a gripping thriller with a really ominous tone and a terrific ending. Now Drafthouse Films has picked up the movie for worldwide distribution. Read More »
Posted on Friday, March 20th, 2015 by Russ Fischer
The surprising and totally freaky film Spring opens this week after winding its way through a few festivals, including TIFF and Fantastic Fest, and making fans along the way. The film will be in some theaters, and on VOD and even available via BitTorrent Bundle, making it the second film distributed in that manner. But with more films available to viewers every week, even a unique film has to take every chance it has to reach out to new people. Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead, the directors of Spring, have put together their own little video showing off their grass-roots promotion for the film; check it out below. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, March 10th, 2015 by Russ Fischer
“No animals were harmed in the making of this movie. 70 members of the cast and crew were.” That’s the most eye-catching tagline we’ve seen in years, and it is for the movie Roar, originally released in 1981 and set to return to theaters via Drafthouse Films in April. The Roar trailer will give you a good first look at the movie, and probably make you wonder who was insane enough to make it. Read More »