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Editor’s Note: This review originally ran during Fantastic Fest 2010, but every word of it still applies today as Cold Fish sees a limited release this week. The key to making someone disappear is to cut up the body into tiny bite sized chunks and to separate the meat from the bone. From there, you can burn the bones in an industrial barrel and drop the diced human into the river to be eaten by the fish. It takes a time commitment, but it’s really a simple procedure. This is just one of the many lessons presented in the movie Cold Fish, the new work from Sion Sono that tells the story of Shamoto (Mitsuru Fukikoshi), a timid tropical fish store owner who is bullied by his daughter and shut out from sexual intercourse by his wife. Murata (Denden), a fellow entrepreneur in the fish world, helps the family out by employing the rebellious daughter, leaving the household open for fornication to commence, and making Shamoto his latest business partner on a big score. Of course, all of this comes at a heavy cost, and Shamoto soon learns how to make someone disappear.

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Why Watch? Because it is a sad celebration. This highly effecting short has an uncanny ability to create smiles and watery eyes in equal measure. Director Michaël Dudok de Wit earned an Oscar for this story of a young girl on a bicycle who waves goodbye to her father as he rows out to sea in a small boat. Through flowing watercolors and minimalist ink work, the story of her life and her longing for her father unfolds until it reaches a beautiful yet difficult climax. Some have the ability to tell stories without words, and de Wit is most certainly one of them. Father and Daughter is a moving poem, an ode to one of the most important relationships we can ever have, appreciated even more in the light of losing it. Happy Father’s Day, everyone. Watch this, then call your pop and tell him you love him. What does it cost? Just 9 minutes of your time. Check out Father and Daughter for yourself:

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The Host

Bong Joon-ho’s blockbuster 2006 film, The Host, has found a home for its inevitable US remake. Gore Verbinski has brought the film to Universal Pictures.

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If blood and violence aren’t floating your boat, try on this classic Walt Disney animated short.

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31 Days of Horror

Just because you don’t like blood, guts, and boobs, doesn’t mean you have to skip out on 31 Days of Horror. Take a gander at “Monster Squad” for a fun family film.

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