Fantastic Fest 2010

  • 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...

  • Editor’s Note: This review originally ran during Fantastic Fest 2010 coverage, but with True Legend seeing its way into theaters this weekend, we’re seeing our way into re-running it. Don’t be afraid of exploring that Fantastic Fest link at the bottom. Woo-ping Yuen has acted in several Hong Kong films,...

  • One is the animated adventure of a math geek and his family’s attempt to stall the cyber-Armageddon with a giant rabbit and a stalwart grandma. The other is the tale of a gangster back on the outside of prison walls, attempting to avoid his old violent colleagues. The two never...

  • Editor’s Note: This review first ran as part of our Fantastic Fest 2010 coverage, but Rare Exports sees a limited release this weekend, so we so it fit to re-run it for those interested. As we all know, Santa Claus is not to be trusted. He sneaks into our homes...

  • An elder man stumbles through a shopping area, stares painfully into a window, stumbles some more, falls, and then dies alone on a sidewalk. While alive he wasn't alone. He was the head of a family that included a wife and three children (two young men and one young daughter)...

  • A few years ago Jim Mickle directed and co-wrote a film with actor Nick Damici about a zombie outbreak in a Manhattan neighborhood where the disease originated from plague-carrying rats. That film was Mulberry Street and is still one of the better pictures part of the After Dark film series...

  • If you’re at all a fan of older kung fu films, then the Shaw Brothers should pretty much be legends to you. The Shaw Brothers got started way back in 1924, setting up their own cinema. Led by Run Run and Runme Shaw, they amassed a large number of cinemas...

  • Everyone is imprisoned in Stone, but Edward Norton’s character is the only one physically locked up in the big house. The movie leaves a lot unanswered, delivers one of Robert De Niro’s best performances in years, and presents something audiences have clamored for since American History X: Edward Norton in...

  • If you were forced to give up one of your senses which would it be? Hearing? Touch? Spidey? It would be devastating to lose any of them obviously, especially the sixth, but I expect the most frightening would be the loss of sight. The idea of your world going slowly...

  • When documentarian Mark Hartley, the guy behind the excellent Not Quite Hollywood, set his sights on the violent Filipino machete wielding babe sub-genre I immediately said “What Filipino machete wielding babe sub-genre!?” Because that sounds like something I’d be interested in. I immediately thought about sitting in front of Not...

  • At first glance, 30 Days of Night may not seem like the ideal candidate for a direct-to-video sequel. Though in all fairness, what IS the ideal candidate for a direct-to-video sequel? In any event, the original film opened in 2007 to middling critical reaction and the number one place at...

  • You ever had one of those days where nothing seemed to go your way? Of course you have. You’re a human, right? We all have days like that. Thankfully, for most of us, those days are the exception and not the rule. But for Cheung, every day is the new...

  • Nobody wants to die. But growing old can often seem to be a worse fate. People spend millions of dollars each year trying to stave off the effects of aging, utilizing everything from vitamins and supplements to plastic surgery in the effort to stay young. In a world where technology...

  • Since we already have a stellar review of Never Let Me Go from Lauren, and since it’s a film that demands a bit more investigation, there’s nothing like a list of things liked and things not liked in order to get all the thoughts straight. The film saw a limited...

  • Four years ago I saw an animated picture that hit me the only way that, up until then, had been achieved by some of the best work out of Studio Ghibli and Pixar. It was a story of deep friendships and lost love told with the science-fiction plot device of...

  • I'm not sure I've ever experienced so many things I like brought together into a singular picture where the final result wasn't quite as incredible as I would've initially thought. Not that the picture isn't good, just not quite as good as the fantasy amalgamation. Shoot for the moon, though. Rammbock...

  • There are few films as delicately beautiful as The Housemaid. There are also few films that use that beauty to disguise the ugliness that’s lurking underneath. Beneath the water-still porcelain feeling of the mansion in which most of the action (in both senses) takes place is the dirt red beating...

  • Never let it be said that I was someone who valued my pride over my integrity. I say that because I’m about to admit this… I once called Ong Bak 2 the “greatest martial arts movie ever made.” I could make lame excuses like my lack of sleep when I...

  • Five friends decide to take a mountain climbing trip to Croatia, and as if that wasn’t already a questionable enough idea the group collectively neglects to prepare for every occasion. As in, what do you do if the only bridge off the mountain top collapses under the strain? What if...

  • Deep in the heart of the Norwegian woods, there’s a giant menace standing tall against the landscape. That menace is power lines, and the people hate the power lines. However, they’re completely necessary to keep the trolls at bay. Troll Hunter is a found-footage style faux-doc that sees a crew...