Rampage

Even a broken clock is right two times a day. And it was bound to happen eventually…. Uwe Boll has made a good movie. Not a great movie, but a decent film. Not just good in comparison to the rest of his filmography, but a good movie in its own right. Rampage isn’t based on the 1986 Midway arcade video game, although you might assume so since Boll is involved in a lot of video game adaptations.

Instead, Rampage is the movie that Postal should have been. It is Falling Down without the morals. Rampage is angry, sadistic, fun, yet disturbing.

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Tim League, the owner and founder of the greatest movie theater on the planet – The Alamo Drafthouse (and co founder of Fantastic Fest), gave me a tour of his newest creation — The High Ball. League revolutionized the movie going experience in Austin and is now attempting to add a before and after party into the mix with an entertainment complex located just a few steps away from the Alamo’s South Lamar multiplex in Austin, Texas. The Highball features a vintage bowling alley, skeeball, a full kitchen, bar, karaoke rooms, party space, and much more. You can see the High Ball, a work in progress, in the video tour embedded after the jump.

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Fantastic Fest Review: Toy Story 3D Double Feature

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Disney presented a sneak preview of Pixar’s Toy Story / Toy Story 2 3D double feature at Fantastic Fest, which offered me a pleasant break from all the indie genre films on the schedule. I’m sure most, if not all, of you have already seen these animated classics, at least once. So there isn’t much to point out about these movies which hasn’t already been said. So lets just get to the important stuff… The questions you’re probably wondering: How is the 3D? Is it enough to warrant paying to see these movies again on the big screen? Answers after the jump.

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Trick 'r Treat

Fuck Pointless Remakes.

Fuck Shitty Sequels.

And Fuck Rob Zombie.

(Excuse the vulgarity, as we don’t use it often on /Fim — but when it is used, it is used to effect, to express a point. A bit of a warning, I have one more coming…)

Trick r Treat is the best Halloween movie since John Carptenter’s 1978 classic. X-Men 2 screenwriter Michael Dougherty‘s feature filmmaking debut feels like a film that Steven Spielberg might have made in the 1980′s if he didn’t go all PG. It feels like the Amblin film that Orci and Kurtzman always claim they are aiming to make.

(the rest of the review and a video blog reaction, after the jump)

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Fantastic Fest Movie Review: Zombieland

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Zombieland is unlike any one film you’ve ever seen before. Sure, it’s about a group of people trying to survive after the zombie apocalypse, but it isn’t exactly a horror movie. You will laugh your ass off, but the movie is very different than the comedy-focused horror film Shaun of the Dead. The trailers and commercials are very action-centric, but the core of the film is a buddy relationship road trip adventure. There are some bloody deaths, but for the most part, the film isn’t high on gore. Zombieland hits all six genre quadrants, and is sure to satisfy everyone.
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Fantastic Fest Video Review: Gentlemen Broncos

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Jared Hess‘ new film Gentlemen Broncos was the opening night film at Fantastic Fest 2009 in Austin Texas. I attended the premiere at the downtown Paramount theatre. I was hoping to leave two hours later quoting lines and laughing with friends, like I did five years earlier with Hess’ debut film Napoleon Dynamite. I really wanted to love this film, but ended up only mildly liking it. Sure, my expectations were high, but the film was very uneven with a only a few minor moments of brilliance. I recorded a video blog with Scott from WeAreMovieGeeks and Alex from FirstShowing talking about the film. Watch the video review/discussion after the jump.

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Fantastic Fest Video Review: Paranormal Activity

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At Telluride I got my first glimpse at Paranormal Activity, the $11,000 microbudget Blair Witch-style POV haunted house indie which scared audiences at Slamdance. I screened the film outside, in a park, in the darkness of night. Girls screamed, guys laughed nervously, and many people shielded their eyes with their hands. I didn’t write a review at the time because I wanted to see the film again. I wanted to see how it would play in a movie theater, and I wanted to watch the audience’s reactions. I knew that a midnight screening at during Fantastic Fest was planned, and decided to wait as the Alamo Drafthouse would surely be the perfect crowd.

This movie is well crafted, and makes a lot of a little. The film basically focuses on a couple in a house. Two other minor characters make short appearances, but for the most part this film is minimalist – two people, one house, one video camera, and a ghost/demon. Both of the characters are natural and likable, which makes this film all the more believable. And while you might not be scared out of your mind (I’ll admit I only jumped once or twice), you’ll have a lot of fun — especially if you see this with your girlfriend and a lot of friends.

After the screening, I recorded a very quick three and a half minute video blog reaction with Kent from WeAreMovieGeeks.com and Rusty from GordonandtheWhale.com. Watch that now after the jump.

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The Toronto Film Festival came to a close on Saturday, and I’m currently in Austin Texas awaiting Fantastic Fest. That said, we still have a bunch of TIFF coverage left to post. I thought I’d begin with this video blog recorded a few days ago with Alex from FirstShowing and myself, reviewing the superhero dramedy Defendor (starring Woody Harrelson and Kat Dennings) and the anticipated new Michael Moore documentary Capitalism: A Love Story. Watch the video blog after the jump.

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