Saturday, September 26, 2009

FANTASTIC FEST : DAY 2

Apologies for the late "Day 2" update. I don't have an iPhone, I don't take my laptop with me, and I fell asleep as soon as I walked in the last night.

SIDE NOTE(S): a.) There are two really cool Japanese rocker chicks walking around this festival with their filmmaking Japanese boyfriends. b.) The Men Who Stare at Goats played as a secret screening last night (I didn't see it), and word is that it's absolutely dreadful.


******
Hard Revenge Milly & Hard Revenge Milly : Bloody Battle (Takanori Tsujimoto)

It's hard to say negative things about sweet Japanese men. The director of this double-feature was so cuddly and sweet, that ripping into his movie would make me feel like a pretty bad dude. It surely wouldn't make Mr. Tsujimoto feel bad because he'll never read this, but, still, the guy was kind enough to barbecue some beef for us onstage with a flamethrower, and you gotta like that. As for HRM & HRM:BB? The clever special effects (by Yoshi Nishimura, director of the gobsmack-splatter Tokyo Gore Police) just simply weren't enough to carry these poorly orchestrated films.


******
Antichirst (Lars Von Trier)

I admire this film,... but I might hate it even more. If that sounds contradictory, forgive me, because I haven't had time to seriously think on this yet ("festival brain" doesn't allow for much reflection). The usual Von Trier adjectives may be used to describe Antichrist : man-hating, woman-hating, misanthropic, pretentious, desperate. The thing is - as with many of LVT's movies - some people take those terms in the positive. You'll have to decide for yourself. I recommend everybody see it for the simple fact that it will make for fascinating blogger chatter on par with the post-Inglourious Basterds harvesting. Maybe by that time I will have a concrete opinion myself. Until then, prepare yourself by thinking about a scrapbook entitled "Gynocide", ejaculating something that's not semen, and a CGI fawn fetus.

******
Trick 'r Treat (Michael Dougherty)

This was fun. An anthology movie based upon what happens when people don't respect the spirit and festivities of Halloween. While Trick r Treat loses steam about halfway through, I'm glad I was able to watch it with a packed theater of reactors instead of on DVD. Plus, the director got in a jab at Rob Zombie in the post-screening Q & A. "I don't really need know that Michael Myers was beaten by his mom and wore Megadeth t-shirts as a child". Right on, my man.

******
Smash Cut (Lee Demarbe)
Apparently everyone hated this film except me. David Hess plays a hack director who decides that the only way to make his slasher films better is to use real body parts and blood. Not a very clever concept, but Demarbe makes it work ("Don't take this film seriously for one second", he said before the screening). Yes, the acting is rough, but it's because the movie calls for stilted cameos, not masterful performances. Full of movie references, politically incorrect jokes, smart sight gags (a blown bubble-gum bubble full of blood), and a radiant color design, Smash Cut is the most underrated film at Fantastic Fest, this far. I actually felt embarrassed for our town when then audience shrugged in front of Demarbe and David Hess in the post-screening Q & A..

53 comments:

Bob Turnbull said...

The trailer of "The Men Who Stare At Goats" doesn't do a whole lot for me, but a friend saw it at TIFF recently and said it was far better and funnier than the trailer. I'm not sure I believe him and your comments aren't helping...I'm unconvinced at the moment and will likely wait for DVD.

Nishimura's effects sure are spectacular at times, but you're right - he needs a story to put them in. That's why I found "Tokyo Gore Police" to drag, but why "Vampire Girl Vs. Frankenstein Girl" was a whole lot more fun (though certainly not perfect). I hadn't heard about Hard Revenge Milly, but these guys are cranking out movies like nobody's business these days...

I'm glad you liked "Trick R Treat" more than I did. There's undoubtedly some fine moments and it looks great (and I love the conceit about following the rules of Halloween), but I didn't find the stories went anywhere special, nor were they scary. A number of people have told me that the film isn't really supposed to be that scary (ie. more of a PG-13 style horror film), but I don't think it worked on that level either. And the director struck me as a smug jackass at our screening...

Fox said...

Bob-

I'm excited to hear that V Girl vs. F Girl was more fun. It's one of the film's I've been looking most forward too. I believe it screens again tomorrw. I agree that Tokyo Gore Police dragged, but it had enough ridiculousness in it to keep me over the top.

And I think your criticisms are right about Trick r Treat (looked good but stories were flat). The director was nice and pleasant at our screening, but I will say that I kind of side with Warners (or whomever) for not giving it a wide release. Frankly, it's not tight enough. He argued that it was reasons of disconnect of big wigs with audiences, but I disagree.

Also, apparently The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnasus is secretly screening today.

Slayton said...

Antichrist is... something. So much of it is awful, so much of it is beautiful, so much of it is ludicrous and yet so much of it is breathtaking... I look forward to seeing the range of discussions and debates that will result when it opens wide in the USA (I saw it at a film festival in NZ).

Personally, I think it has elements of a masterpiece, but also flaws that simply cannot be ignored. I give it a 'B' grade, although I was tempted to give it an 'A+' and an 'F' as well.

Fox said...

Slayton-

Your sentiments towards Antichrist pretty much equal mine right now. It looks beautiful, and the first half is elegantly constructed - in my opinion - but Von Trier really seems to let his true intentions out in the films final 30, and I just don't think I have anything but disdain for what he was doing and saying there. Again, I need to reflect on it a bit more, but I see myself maybe coming out on the more C- or D+ side.

I do think Charlotte Gainsbourg was impressive, though I hate to think what she went through while making that film. Screams of "where are you?!? YOU BASTARD!" will resonate in my head forever.

Slayton said...

A random question I've been meaning to ask - Have you seen Orphan? I saw it on a whim and thought it was actually quite good. It works within the genre conventions while also subtly subverting them and mocking them. A really interesting piece of "genre" direction here, with some similarly creative editing and framing and ridiculously good acting for a "modern pulp horror" film. Farmiga is the standout, although Fuhrman, Engineer, Sarsgaard and the rest of the cast are excellent as well. I'd be interested to hear what you thought about it.

Also - just saw 'Vinyan' and thought it was ridiculous. Interesting sound design and photography, but its like someone put the original script through a shredder and tried to paste it all back together... just so muddled and, ultimately, a non-starter when it came to scares. Got some good laughs out of the afro'ed Yoko Ono guy, though. Beart was okay but Sewell was pretty awful (his 'roaring' scenes? umm...). Something's definitely wrong with Beart's face, though. She's clearly had some work done but I think she always had the kind of face that is beautiful while young but wouldn't age well.

Slayton said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
Slayton said...

Gainsbourg was excellent in the film. Intense and powerful on a cinematic scale but also frighteningly accurate to 'real-world' patterns of grief and psychosis. I've seen people act like she does in the film... well, maybe not the whole testicle-pulverizing clit-cutting bits.

Her Cannes win was deserved, though.

Something odd about her performance is that I'm sure the working experience for her was more grueling and traumatic than anything that Kidman, Howard, Bjork or Watson would have had to put up with, yet she's the only one of those five who has shown a good attitude about her experience shooting the film and who has actually shown respect for Lars and an eagerness to work with him again.

Fox said...

Slayton-

Sorry for my delayed response. I've been not near my computer these past few days...

On Orphan, I saw it as a film of two halves. I enjoyed the first, didn't like the last. I will say that I thought it got ignored when it came out because it's much better than the lack of attention made it seem. And I agree with you on Farmiga and Fuhrman both being great. However, I was a bit disturbed with he sexual scene between her and Skarsgard. It was shot in a respectful way (ie little, if any, touching) but the suggestion of it and the putting of a child actor in that scene bothered me.

On Vinyan, I disagree with you in that I liked it, but I think you make valid points against it. I think it's flawed, but coming off of Calvaire, I was excited that Fabrice Du Welz went for more of a psychological/moody bent instead of sadism.

Fox said...

Slayton-

I guess it escaped me that Gainsbourg won for best actress, but I'm glad she did. OH, and the genital crushing?? My oh my. The fact that Defoe's character was erect in that scene made it even worse. The way he passes out after that, I would imagine, is wholly accurate. Wow.

Anonymous said...

It is extremely interesting for me to read the blog. Thanks for it. I like such topics and anything that is connected to them. I definitely want to read a bit more soon.

Anonymous said...

Keep on posting such themes. I love to read blogs like this. Just add more pics :)

Anonymous said...

It's interesting to see just how permeant digital memory has become in our everyday lives. It seems like everytime I turn my head, I see something with a card slot or USB jack, haha. I guess it makes sense though, considering how much cheaper memory has become as of late...

Ahhh... who am I to complain. I can't get by a day without my R4 / R4i!

(Posted using N3T 2 for R4i Nintendo DS.)

Anonymous said...

super seduction power -
surefire trading challenge -
tattoo me now -
the bad breath report -
thedietsolutionprogram -
the diet solution program -
the dog food conspiracy -
the mini site formula -
tmj help -
tonsil stones remedies -
truth about abs -
twitter trick -
vincedelmontefitness -
vince del monte fitness -
warp speed fat loss -
wedding speech 4u -
win clear -
xbox 360 red light fix -
xp repair pro -
500 love making tips -
acid alkaline diet -
advanced defrag -
alpha male system -
amazing cover letters -
anti spyware -
anti spyware bot -
article rewriter -
art of approaching -
auto cash system -
burnthefat -
burn the fat -
bv cures -
calling men -
camera dollars -

Anonymous said...

carb rotation diet -
cash making power sites -
cb mall -
combat the fat -
conversationalhypnosis -
conversational hypnosis -
credit secrets bible -
destroy hemorrhoids -
dirty talking guide -
dotcom income secrets -
duplicate file cleaner -
dvd copy pro -
earth4energy -
earth 4 energy -
easy launcher -
easy system cleaner -
eatstopeat -
eat stop eat -
eczema free forever -
end your tinnitus -
error nuker -
fatburningfurnace -
fat burning furnace -
fat loss 4 idiots -
final sync -
firewall gold -
fitness model program -
fit over 40 -
fit yummy yummy -
flattenyourabs -
flatten your abs -
forex candlesticks made easy -
forex killer -
forex megadroid -

Anonymous said...

get rid of your cellulite -
g money pro -
google shadow -
governmentregistry -
government registry -
gov resources -
health biz in a box -
homemadeenergy -
home made energy -
hybrid water power -
i software tv -
joyful tomato -
keyword spy pro -
kingdom of pets -
macro virus -
malware bot -
maternityacupressure -
maternity acupressure -
meet your sweet -
microcap millionaires -
moles warts removal -
mole wart removal -
muscle gaining secrets -
natural cure for yeast infection -
paid surveys etc -
panic away -
pdf creator -
public records pro -
quick article pro -
quick income blueprint -
quit smoking today -
ranking loophole -
reg clean -
reg defense -

Anonymous said...

regi cleanse -
registry easy -
registry genius -
registry winner -
reg sweep -
reg tool -
reverse mobile -
richard mackenzie direct -
rig worker -
rocket chinese -
rocket french -
rocket german -
rotator cuff training -
rss feeds submit -
save the marriage -
site builder elite -
six figure yearly 2009 -
sleep tracks -
sold in 21 days -
spyware stop -
stop being tired -
stop your hair loss -
the bad breath report -
thedietsolutionprogram -
the diet solution program -
tonsil stones remedies -
top secret magic code -
truth about abs -
turbulence training -
turn your photos into cash -
vincedelmontefitness -
vince del monte fitness -
warp speed fat loss -
wedding speech 4u -

Anonymous said...

win clear -
xbox 360 red light fix -
xp repair pro -
1st promotion -
3 redlight fix -
500 love making tips -
acid alkaline diet -
advanced defrag -
anti spyware -
anti spyware bot -
art of approaching -
banish rosacea -
blog lock down -
brad yates -
building a chicken coop -
burnthefat -
burn the fat -
carb rotation diet -
combat the fat -
conversationalhypnosis -
conversational hypnosis -
copy n profit -
credit secrets bible -
cure angular cheilitis -
cure morning sickness -
dirty talking guide -
domain tweak system -
dotcom income secrets -
duplicate file cleaner -
earth4energy -
earth 4 energy -
easy launcher -
easy system cleaner -
eatstopeat -

Anonymous said...

eat stop eat -
eczema free forever -
email finder -
energy 2 green -
error nuker -
evidence smart -
fat burning furnace -
fat loss 4 idiots -
final sync -
fitness model program -
fit yummy yummy -
flattenyourabs -
forex enterprise -
governmentregistry -
government registry -
home job stop -
homemadeenergy -
home made energy -
how do i get him back -
hyper vre -
keyword spy pro -
kingdom of pets -
mafia war secrets -
malware bot -
master cleanse secrets -
maternityacupressure -
maternity acupressure -
maximum paid surveys -
meet your sweet -
mobile tv pro -
musclegainingsecrets -
muscle gaining secrets -
my dish biz -
one minute cure -

Anonymous said...

paid surveys online -
panic away -
pc tv 4 me -
pdf creator -
perfect optimizer -
pick the gender of your baby -
plr wholesaler -
private niche empire -
project quick cash -
public records pro -
pull your ex back -
quick article pro -
quit smoking today -
reality creation secrets -
reg clean -
regi cleanse -
registry easy -
registry fix -
registry winner -
reg sweep -
reg tool -
reverse mobile -
reverse phone detective -
richard mackenzie direct -
rich garbage man -
rocket chinese -
rocket french -
seize cars -
shop until you drop -
six figure yearly 2009 -
sleep tracks -
spyware nuker -
spyware stop -
sunshine 4u -

Anonymous said...

buy alprazolam xanax side effects menstrual cycle - order xanax online cheap

Anonymous said...

diazepam 5mg generic valium reviews - valium online without rx

Anonymous said...

ativan pills ativan nausea - ativan side effects liver damage

Anonymous said...

ativan lorazepam ativan and high blood pressure - ativan 0.05mg

Anonymous said...

diazepam contraindications diazepam 10mg engorda - buy online diazepam usa

Anonymous said...

diazepam 10 mg order diazepam online canada - valium diazepam 5mg roche

Anonymous said...

buy xanax online no rx makers generic xanax - xanax effects long

Anonymous said...

lorazepam 1mg ativan alcohol withdrawal protocol - ativan dosage compared xanax

Anonymous said...

buy ativan online zofran and ativan side effects - ativan dosage 0.5 mg

Anonymous said...

diazepam for dogs diazepam highest dosage - high dosage of diazepam

Anonymous said...

can i buy xanax online generic xanax pills identification - buy xanax online pharmacy no prescription

Anonymous said...

buy alprazolam xanax withdrawal and headaches - can xanax withdrawal last year

Anonymous said...

generic ativan ativan wiki - there generic ativan

Anonymous said...

diazepam cheap generic name of diazepam - diazepam back order

Anonymous said...

buy xanax bars order xanax online cheap - withdrawal short term xanax use

Anonymous said...

xanax for sale without prescription xanax effects memory - is generic xanax as strong

Anonymous said...

ativan online ativan vs xanax - ativan overdose and treatment

Anonymous said...

cheap generic xanax xanax drug test long - xanax vs vicodin effects

Anonymous said...

carisoprodol 350 mg will soma show up drug test - carisoprodol tablets dosage

Anonymous said...

buy ambien online 10 mg of ambien - ambien withdrawal palpitations

Anonymous said...

valium no prescription overnight buy generic valium online no prescription - much 10mg valium worth

Anonymous said...

buy valium online buy generic valium - xanax vs valium for stress

Anonymous said...

ambien without prescription ambien cr 12.5 mg - cheapest generic ambien online

Anonymous said...

order carisoprodol online carisoprodol joint pain - soma online no prescription

Anonymous said...

generic valium names valium for pain - valium pills used

Anonymous said...

buy soma online generic name for soma compound - carisoprodol side effects alcohol

Anonymous said...

soma muscle buy soma tablets - carisoprodol 1050 mg

Anonymous said...

cheap ambien no prescription ambien cr and benadryl - ambience mall gurgaon contact no

Anonymous said...

buy valium online number on valium pill - valium street drug

Anonymous said...

ambien buy ambien for children - ambien cr buy online

Anonymous said...

buy valium online valium strengths - how much do valium 10mg sell for

Anonymous said...

cheap soma want buy somatropin - buy soma saga

Anonymous said...

buy valium online buy valium without no prescription - 10mg valium equal 1 mg klonopin

Anonymous said...

cheap valium online valium dosage how long does it last - where can i buy valium online uk