Though Fantastic Fest still has three days left packed with movies, the best of the best have been revealed. Monday night, the awards for the best films, actors, writers and directors of the festival were announced in several different categories. Some of the winners are films I’ve already reviewed and loved. The Audience Award went to A Boy and His Samurai by Yoshihiro Nakamura, the AMD Dell Next Wave Spotlight Competition winner was Bullhead directed by Michael R. Roskam (review coming soon) and You’re Next by Adam Wingard swept nearly all the horror awards. Read all the winners after the jump. 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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So, this trailer for RoboGeisha is NSFW, upper-level ridiculous, and almost necessitates a /Film After Dark sister-site. We should tell you now that it features fake skyscraper blood, pervy voiceover, and entertaining death by: tempura shrimp, “futuristic” lactating, and bootie swords. And lots of tawdry geisha action with carnage on top.
Due for international release this fall, the film is the exploitative brainchild of Noboru Iguchi and Yoshihiro Nishimura, the sadistic director and special effects madman who brought the world Machine Girl and Tokyo Gore Police. Respectively. Let’s hope Tarantino stays out of the closets tonight, just saying. Express your awe or disappointment (from jail) in the comments.
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