Fantasia Review: Marianne

    Krister is feeling the boot-heel of karma kick him pretty hard for his past transgressions. After abandoning his wife, Eva, and daughter, Sandra, for a secret mistress, he grudgingly returns to support them when Eva has an unplanned pregnancy. The years of juggling a dual-life between his wife and daughter and his mistress have resulted in his...

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Fantasia Review: Troll Hunter

[With the announcement that Troll Hunter is coming to R1 BLU in August and its recent blowing the doors off the Fantasia Film Festival (you've not heard this film until you've HEARD it in Concordia's HALL THEATRE) it seems fitting to bump Andrew's Review back to the front of the Row]   The Minneapolis Film Festival is not exactly known for their genre...

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Fantasia Review: You Are Here

    Here is an experiment. Take the name of six colours, write them in random order several times using a coloured pen that does not match the name of the colour. Time yourself reading this list of colours. Write the same list of colours using only black ink and time yourself reading the list. The mind works in strange ways, and has trouble if...

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Fantasia Review: The Wicker Tree

  The Wicker Man is one of those films that has taken on such a life of its own over the past 38 years. It succeeded against all manner of personality conflict, distribution woes, and production logistics – tales of which are legendary – to pretty much re-mythologize various old pagan rituals and philosophies and has hypnotized and surprised...

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DVD Review: Devil’s Rock

[Please note, this film is showing as part of Fantasia 2011 but I'm reviewing a screener of the British DVD release] Director: Paul Campion Screenplay: Paul Finch, Paul Campion & Brett Ihaka Producer: Leanne Saunders Starring: Craig Hall, Matthew Sunderland, Gina Varela, Karlos Drinkwater Year: 2011 Country: New Zealand Duration: 83 min BBFC Certification:...

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Fantasia Review: Retreat

  As the story goes, Alfred Hitchcock had an expression about logic and plot coherence in a film which he called the ‘ice-box moment.’ Namely when an audience member goes home that night after watching a film, and while getting a bit of leftover chicken out of the refrigerator as a midnight snack stops cold in his tracks and thinks, “wait...

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Fantasia Review: Love

  What are human beings if not feedback organisms? We talk, we fight, we do both horrible and wonderful things to each other across the world on a daily basis we are a reflection of what others tells us as much as we are our own people. We are social animals where one of the chief forms of torture would be complete isolation. Life is simply no fun without...

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Fantasia Review: Another Earth

  What I really love about the ideas and concepts in Quantum Mechanics theory is that nothing makes any sort of intuitive sense yet at the moment, within the scientific consensus as our ‘reality.’ The math, an Alice in Wonderland-like rabbit hole – there is a book called Alice in Quantumland that acts as both a whimsical and accurate...

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Fantasia Review: Paranmanjang (aka Night Fishing)

    The English title, Night Fishing, is far different than the literal translation of “ups and downs,” although both absolutely apply to this tale of haunting, exorcism and catharsis. The fame of its director notwithstanding, Paranmanjang first made waves for being shot entirely on an iPhone4, albeit with a full crew, a palette of lenses...

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Fantasia Review: A Lonely Place to Die

  Where has the mountain climbing thriller gone? Was it ever here? Sure there was the epic string of them in the 1930s in Germany and a 2008 adventure movie called The North Face, a couple great documentaries (Everest, Touching the Void) and an occasional action film (Cliffhanger, Vertical Limit, K2). I am even tempted to lump in Danny Boyle’s 127...

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