Fantastic Fest 2013 Day 8, Part 1

I just survived the Fantastic Fest 2013 closing night party. I’ll get around to movie reviews later. For now, I have a deep need for you to see what I saw last night. I have a new truism for life: stuntmen know how to party.

Fantastic Fest 2013 Day 7

Yesterday was crazy at Fantastic Fest. I wound up partnered with Cole Bradley and the guys who made a short film named “The Last Video Store” for Geeks Who Drink trivia, and we wound up winning the whole shebang. (Free beers! Yay!) The final event of the day was Karaoke …

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Fantastic Fest 2013 Day 6

The film festival is starting to get surreal. For example, yesterday I had a conversation with Harry Knowles about what it would take to shove mud up our respective asses (though, in our defense, this conversation was completely relevant to the subject of film). But the movies keep on falling …

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Fantastic Fest 2013 Day 5

I don’t actually know what day of the week it is anymore. All I know is that I watched a lot of movies (21 as of this writing) and I have a lot more ahead of me. When I drove Jerry Belich to the airport this morning and turned on …

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Fantastic Fest 2013 Day 4

The Fantastic Fatigue is now setting in. I even skipped the earliest movie slot in the day. (In my defense, I used that time to have an amazing brunch with my friends Cargill and Jessica.) However, I am soldiering on, and being rewarded with great movies. Also, I met Thomas …

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Fantastic Fest 2013 Day 3

Out of my five picks from yesterday, all five were gems. Behold… JOURNEY TO THE WEST: CONQUERING THE DEMONS Dir. Stephen Chow Stephen Chow’s first film in seven years is a hoot and a half, and it is certainly up to the caliber of previous Chow favorites like Kung Fu …

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Fantastic Fest 2013 Day 2

I’ll be keeping these short, because I’m writing on my iPhone. Hooray for having a broken laptop! EEGA Dirs. S.S. Rajamouli, J.V.V. Sathyanarayana I’m a sucker for crazy-ass Bollywood movies, and Eega is definitely a crazy-ass Bollywood movie. It’s the tale if a murdered man who returns to life as …

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Fantastic Fest Day 1

It’s that time of year again, where I head to Austin, TX and spend a week pouring movies into my eyes. Fantastic Fest is a tremendously fun and insane film festival. It focuses on genre film from around the world, often getting fun crime, horror, and sci-fi films that never …

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On Song of the South and Offensive Movies

Today’s social media networks are bubbling with the news that Worldcon has scheduled a screening of Song of the South, as part of a program of anime and animation not easily found via DVD or Netflix. Many people are debating whether this is a good idea or not. The reason …

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Why are there so many white people in The Impossible?

If you were paying attention around Oscar-time, you may have noticed that a film called The Impossible was up for a few awards here and there. Naomi Watts was nominated for acting awards pretty much everywhere. Many film critics were hailing the film as a fine drama. However, of all …

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