Fantastic Fest 2009

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Iraq War Veteran Bart comes home in a body bag, but he doesn’t stay in the ground for long. He comes to his best friend Joey for help and they both enter a life of finding human blood so that Bart can avoid decomposing.

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If there is any kind of common thread in the work of Takashi Miike, it would have to be that they are all either just a little or, in some cases, immensely loony. Enter Yatterman, a superhero’s tale…

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Kaifeck Murder is a film no one was talking about and I therefore had no concept of what to expect. What I got was a great little film that I may never see again; hopefully I’m wrong.

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Watching a 4-hour long movie may seem daunting, but it’s an incredible reward when the flick involves love, religion, cults, bloodbaths, lesbianism, perversion and, of course, upskirt pictures.

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ff-Metropia

In a Dystopian future, oil reserves are all but gone, and everyone is animated in such a way that their eyes are way, way too big for their heads.

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ff-Bronson

Bronson is a truly unique and ambitious, occasionally impenetrable piece of filmmaking carefully calculated in its execution and matched by Tom Hardy’s magnificent, career-defining lead performance.

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ff-UniversalSoldier

The much talked about final secret screening of this year’s Fantastic Fest was said to be epic, with a larger-than-life guest in the house to do Q&A. Some said Avatar, but they were wrong. In the end, it was Dolph Lundgren that delighted the Drafthouse crowds…

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ff-Doghouse

Flesh-eating bitches, joke-telling bastards, dicks, pricks, and daft cunts!

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Zombies, gunfights, camping, bullies, gingers, and bloody Canadians!

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ff-humancentipede

Two girls vacationing in Germany are kidnapped by a mad scientist who wants to sew them together ass to mouth to a Japanese guy to create a human centipede connected by a common digestive tract.

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Who’s your favorite Danish film director? Favorite Danish film? No? Nothing? Don’t feel bad, I’ve never seen a movie from Denmark either. (And no, Lars Von Trier’s home video art projects don’t count as movies.)

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This martial arts flick coming out of Indonesia is, wait for it, far better than Ong Bak. Let that sink in, and then let me explain why inside.

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seriousman-header

Do you remember the movie Stranger Than Fiction? There’s a scene where Dustin Hoffman explains to Will Ferrell the difference between comedy and tragedy and has him tally up events that would fit into either genre. The Coen Brother’s new film, A Serious Man, seems to live this debate as I can’t really tell if it’s a dark comedy depicting tragic events or a tragedy with comedic characters.

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ff-Widows

Fantastic Fest is officially over. While the occasional moviegoer is still drunkenly stumbling through the streets of Austin and sleeping on the couch of Reject HQ, almost everyone has returned to the boring normalcy of their daily lives. The unsung heroes of Fantastic Fest are not the programmers, the professional bowlers, or those who wore sumo diapers — they are the ladies.

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ff-StingraySam

Stingray Sam technically does fit the sci-fi theme, but had I seen it before it was announced as part of this year’s slate, I never would have guessed that it would play Fantastic Fest.

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ff-fantasticawards

Luckily we had a list of the winners sent to us because we didn’t remember all the names. Or where our pants went.

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ff-rampage

Uwe Boll has done many things. And in the eyes of many movie fans around the world, one of them is not making a good film. And with his latest opus, the wanton violence-heavy shoot ‘em up Rampage, Boll still probably won’t have any of those folks convinced that he’s anything more than they already think him to be.

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An orphan named Raizo, raised and trained by an ancient ninja clan, cuts a bunch of heads off while an investigator from Europol, Mika tracks down the group in connection with several high-ranking assassinations.

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ff-antichrist

Lars von Trier’s new film is about a dysfunctional couple.

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ff-mandrill

A hitman who kicks unprecedented amounts of ass gets an assignment to kill the man who he believes killed his parents. The plot thickens when he falls for the man’s daughter and must decide between leaving her an orphan or forgoing the revenge he’s waited for his whole life.

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