The final wave of Fantastic Fest 2015 announcements is here, and this set of films features a few recent festival standouts and some great genre entries. Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson will attend the fest with their stop-motion animation film Anomalisa, which just broke brains at Telluride. The Cannes Grand Prix winner Son of Saul will play, as will the new film from Gomorrah director Matteo Garrone, Tale of Tales.

Then there’s Camino, with Zoe Bell and Nacho Vigalondo (playing a religious psychopath) and a few repertory screenings, including Evilspeak (complementing the Satanic Panic book release) and the Godon Liu Hong Kong classic Eight Diagram Pole Fighter. Check out the full list below. Read More »


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Charlie Kaufman's Anomalisa reviews

You probably know Charlie Kaufman from his screenplay contributions to Spike Jonze and Michel Gondry’s filmography, which includes Being John Malkovich, Adaptation. and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Or you might even have even seen his 2008 directorial debut Synecdoche New York, which we’ve analyzed on the podcast and in a series of videos.

Kaufman’s newest film Anomalisa made its premiere at the Telluride Film Festival over the weekend, and we have rounded up the early buzz. The film is notable not only because Kaufman’s involvement but it is the auteur’s first stop-motion film. The story is about “a man crippled by the mundanity of his life” and $406,237 of the project’s projected $8 million budget was funded on kickstarter. Hit the jump to find out the early reactions in the first Anomalisa reviews.

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Steve Jobs early buzz

The simply titled biopic Steve Jobs premiered at the Telluride Film Festival over the weekend, and the first reviews coming from the mountains of Colorado seem to indicate that we have our first Oscar frontrunner.

Michael Fassbender takes the titular role as the Apple co-creator and tech genius who brought us innovations such as the iPod, iPhone and perhaps most importantly, the first mainstream home computer. The supporting cast is nothing to scoff at either with Seth Rogen, Kate Winslet, Jeff Daniels, Michael Stuhlbarg and more giving plenty more reason to pay attention to this drama.

Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle is behind the camera this time with a script by The Social Network scribe Aaron Sorkin driving the whole film. And if the Steve Jobs early buzz from reviews and reactions following the film are any indicator, this team of talent has delivered an intense, powerful, home run of a biopic that finally paints a portrait of Steve Jobs that’s worth hanging on the wall. Read More »

Beyond Fest 2015

I can’t quite take in the full lineup for this year’s Beyond Fest, which takes place in Los Angeles from October 1 – 12. There are west coast premieres for films like Kurt Russell’s Bone Tomahawk, and The Assassin from Hou Hsiao-hsien. There’s a special screening of Karyn Kusama’s excellent movie The Invitation, and Edgar Wright and Bruce Campbell paired with screenings of the first two Evil Dead movies on 35mm.

There’s Al Pacino — Al freaking Pacino — in person with a 35mm screening of Dog Day Afternoon, and Fabio Frizzi playing a very rare US show (one of only two this year) paired with a screening of The Beyond, uncut, on 35mm. There’s the X-rated version of The Devils, also on 35mm, and a presentation of the 1925 Phantom of the Opera (on 16mm!) with the original 1925 score presented live by Ron Chaney.

There’s more out of Beyond Fest 2015, too, but if that’s not enough to get your attention I don’t know what would be. Check out the full lineup below.  Read More »

Born to Be Blue clip

Ethan Hawke plays jazz trumpeter and famous addict Chet Baker in the film Born to Be Blue, which premieres soon at the Toronto International Film Festival. There’s no trailer for the film just yet, but you can see a clip of Hawke in action, playing a mournful version of ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’ in the studio as his producer, played by Callum Keith Rennie, looks on approvingly. Have a look at the Born to Be Blue clip below.  Read More »

Fantastic Fest 2015

The lineup for this year’s Fantastic Fest looks incredible. The first wave of announcements included some really impressive recent festival faves such as Karyn Kusama‘s great movie The Invitation and the one-take thriller Victoria, and the premiere of the Kurt Russell film Bone Tomahawk.

The second wave of Fantastic Fest 2015 programming, however, really kicks things into gear. There’s Jeremy Saulnier‘s Green Room, the thriller which pits a punk band against a white-supremacist gang in a battle for survival, and there’s also High Rise (above) from Ben Wheatley, with Tom Hiddleston, Elisabeth Moss, and Luke Evans in an adaptation of J.G. Ballard’s novel of class warfare within an apartment building. The Lobster is coming to Fantastic Fest, as is Sundance favorite The Witch. And if all that isn’t enough there are over two dozen more additions to the festival’s program, and even a special screening of Ridley Scott’s The Martian. Read More »

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The film follows the surprising feud between two North Carolina men over a severed human foot. Shannon Whisnant found the foot inside a grill at a storage unit auction, and that makes him believe it’s his, hoping to cash in on the item by letting people pay to see it. But then John Wood realizes that it’s his foot that Shannon has, and he wants it back. If you’re scratching your head, just watch the Finders Keepers trailer to see how this plays out. Read More »

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All over cable news networks, blogs, newspapers and more, the topic of police force militarization has become a hot button issue sparking a lot of lively debate. Now a new documentary hopes to dive into the subject in order to shed light on just what’s going on among today’s American police ranks.

Peace Officer debuted at the SXSW film festival, landing the Audience Award and Grand Jury Award, and it looks like quite the timely and thorough examination of a prominent topic of discussion that requires our full attention. Watch the Peace Officer trailer after the jump! Read More »