Somehow, with only two full days left at Fantastic Fest, I’d avoided movies that were about sex. That was remedied on Tuesday as I saw two films that have wildly different takes on the subject in Michael and Boys on the Run. Michael is a German film by Markus Schleinzer about a normal, down to earth guy who also keeps a young boy trapped in his basement. The Japanese film Boys on the Run is much, much more playful as it follows a sex-crazed salesman who literally must fight for the woman he loves. Both films are very solid but while one is focused and effective, the other meanders around before reaching its point. Read which is which and why both are worth your time after the jump. Read More »

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If you’re a fan of genre film, you’ve had September 22-29 circled on your calendar for months. That’s when one of the most fun, depraved and intimate film festivals in the country once again invades Austin, Texas. It’s called Fantastic Fest and it features a huge blend of action, horror and sci-fi movies that most people haven’t heard of at the time, but we all hear about after. This year is no different. They announced the first wave of films in July and today we’ve got the second wave. Most of them are new to many of us, but then there are a few that we’ve covered in the past: Nacho Vigalondo‘s Extraterrestrial, Ti West‘s The Innkeepers, Lars Von Trier‘s Melancholia and Adam Wingard‘s You’re Next just to name a few. After the jump, read the full breakdown of the second wave of films. Read More »

Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: I celebrate all levels of trailers and hopefully this column will satisfactorily give you a baseline of what beta wave I’m operating on, because what better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? Some of the best authors will tell you that writing a short story is a lot harder than writing a long one, that you have to weigh every sentence. What better medium to see how this theory plays itself out beyond that than with movie trailers?

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