FANTASIA14 REVIEW: The Harvest [2014]

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“God doesn’t think he’s a doctor” I can see why director John McNaughton chose Stephen Lancellotti‘s script The Harvest to be his first feature length film in thirteen years, but I’m not sure it was worth the effort. There are some cool aspects to the horror thriller that may have worked better if its 104-minute […]

FANTASIA14 REVIEW: Cheatin’ [2014]

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“Ella Heart Jake” Inspired by the works of James M. Cain such as Double Indemnity and The Postman Always Rings Twice, iconic animator Bill Plympton‘s Kickstarted feature film Cheatin’ is all about sex, lust, love, magic, and sex. His seventh feature film makes its Canadian debut at the Fantasia Film Festival a year and a […]

VIDEO: Weird Al Yankovic’s “Tacky”

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I can’t say I ever find myself clamoring for more Weird Al Yankovic, but I always come running when he pops back into society with a new parody video. With his latest album Mandatory Fun on its way, the first single “Tacky” has hit the web as a pretty great play on Pharrell Williams‘ “Happy”. […]

VIDEO: Aaron David Gleason’s “Mastermind”

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Director Jeremiah Kipp—who sent me his impressive short film The Days God Slept (review) last year—has just released a music video he created for Aaron David Gleason‘s new song “Mastermind”. A mood piece of aggression with a cast that includes The Princess Bride‘s Chris Sarandon and the musician’s mother—of Boogie Nights fame—Joanna Gleason, Kipp gives […]

NYAFF14 REVIEW: 白ゆき姫殺人事件 [Shirayuki hime Satsujin Jiken] [The Snow White Murder Case] [2014]

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“She’s just that kind of person” Based on a 2012 novel written by Kanae Minato, 白ゆき姫殺人事件 [Shirayuki hime Satsujin Jiken] [The Snow White Murder Case] is very much a product of our time. A satirical take on the Twitter age that also to a point provides a compelling murder mystery reminiscent of Gillian Flynn‘s Gone […]

NYAFF14 REVIEW: 風暴 [Fung bou] [Firestorm] [2013]

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“Do you have evidence?” For fifty minutes—minus one crazy hand-to-hand combat fight on top of a fallen metal gate suspended over two adjacent buildings’ fire escapes in midair—writer/director Alan Yuen‘s 風暴 [Fung bou] [Firestorm] is a fast paced actioner that fearlessly goes to the darkest corners Hollywood never would. After it crosses that threshold of […]

NYAFF14 REVIEW: 失魂 [Shi hun] [Soul] [2013]

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“I watch the wind and, dreamlike, vanish” Described in equal measure as a slasher horror and psychological meditation on the soul—whether from demonic possession, reincarnation, or both—Taiwan’s entry for the 86th Academy Awards ultimately proves difficult to categorize at all. Mong-Hong Chung‘s 失魂[Shi hun] [Soul] may in fact be better labeled as a drama about […]

VIDEO: Volkswagen’s “Eyes on the Road”

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Volkswagen has always been on the pulse of what makes an entertaining and successful ad for their automobile. But they’ve outdone themselves this time in Hong Kong with an interactive Public Service Announcement against texting while driving entitle “Eyes on the Road”. Agency: Ogilvy, Beijing, China Check it out below:

Posterized Propaganda June 2014: ‘Snowpiercer,’ ‘The Rover,’ ‘Venus in Fur’ & More

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“Don’t Judge a Book by Its Cover” is a proverb whose simple existence proves the fact impressionable souls will do so without fail. This monthly column focuses on the film industry’s willingness to capitalize on this truth, releasing one-sheets to serve as not representations of what audiences are to expect, but as propaganda to fill […]

FILM MARATHON: 2014 Schrembs Movie Showcase #3: See No Evil, Hear No Evil [1989]

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The 2014 Schrembs Movie Showcase: Film #3: Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder are the best comic duo in the past 50 years. Certainly a bold statement given who I’ve seen in my generation, but it’s hard to argue. Honorable mentions go to Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau, as well as Chris Farley and David Spade. […]

INTERVIEW: Richard Ayoade, cowriter/director of The Double

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I didn’t know who Richard Ayoade was until 2010 and boy was it the perfect time to find out. My introduction was courtesy of the brilliant British television show “The IT Crowd” and his fantastically drawn Maurice Moss. I had tried watching the show a couple years previously only to forget about it after the […]