Fantasia 2018

SAINT BERNARD SYNDICATE (2018) Review, Fantasia 2018

Saint Bernard Syndicate Movie Review Played July 26th – Directed by Mads Brugger, Denmark An odd-couple comedy about the pitfalls of striking out into the economic frontier; it charts two hapless Danes’ scheme to sell Saint Bernards to China’s middle class. This is not a “laugh out loud” odd couple movie, but more subtle in …

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HURT (2018) Review, Fantasia 2018

Hurt Movie Review Played July 26th – Directed by Sonny Mallhi, Canada Plot: Rose (Emily van Raay) moves into a house in the woods close to her sister after her boyfriend gets deployed and things don’t go right when Halloween night arrives. Writer-director Sonny Mallhi has previously given us ANGUISH and FAMILY BLOOD, but it’s …

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Fantasia 2018 Review – Part 3

LIFECHANGER — Played July 20th — Directed by Justin McConnell, Canada A murderous shapeshifter sets out on a blood-soaked mission to make things right with the woman he loves. Everything about this film was constructed as well as could be expected, or perhaps even better than expected. The acting is strong, the plot is strong, …

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DESTINY: THE TALE OF KAMAKURA (2017) Review, Directed by Takashi Yamazaki, Fantasia 2018

Destiny: The Tale of Kamakura, Directed by Takashi Yamazaki, Japan Review: Destiny – The Tale of Kamakura This film is simply bursting with fantasy elements, countless creatures and even music reminiscent of the HARRY POTTER franchise. Although the story presented here is self-contained and wraps up smoothly, a whole series of films based on this …

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TREMBLE ALL YOU WANT (2017) Review, Directed by Akiko Oku, Fantasia 2018

Tremble All You Want, Directed by Akiko Oku, Japan Review: Tremble All You Want The irony that the plot setup provides is not perfect, and this may be the first strike against the film. Some very clever social commentary could be made if Yoshika’s crush on Ichi was equal to Ni’s crush on Yoshika. But, …

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THE NIGHT EATS THE WORLD (2018) Review, Directed by Dominique Rocher, Fantasia 2018

The Night Eats the World, Directed by Dominique Rocher, France Review: The Night Eats the World I know what you’re thinking: the zombie subgenre has run its course, it has all been done, and all we have left are low-budget derivatives and witty satires. And you would be right. But somehow, THE NIGHT EATS THE …

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