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Brooklyn Horror Film Festival: ‘Wolfman’s Got Nards’ is a Must See for Fans of ‘The Monster Squad’

Ricky D Fernandes
Wolfman’s Got Nards, a documentary exploring the initial failure and subsequent cult success of the 80’s movie The Monster Squad begins with a question: Is The Monster Squad a cult film? As someone points out later in the documentary, if you ask five people what defines a cult movie, you’ll...
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2018 London Film Festival: ‘Vox Lux’ is a Sublime Mess

Redmond Bacon
It’s rare to really see a director take so many risks in one movie as Brady Corbet takes in Vox Lux. He doesn’t just throw in the entire kitchen sink; he raids an entire kitchen sink store. There’s home video footage, strobe lighting, music video parodies, dream sequences, news footage,...
BFI London Film Festival Film Festival

2018 London Film Festival: ‘Happy New Year, Colin Burstead’ Is a Tremendous Success

Redmond Bacon
It’s New Year’s Eve and Colin (Neil Maskell) just wants everyone to have a good time. He has rented a mansion in Dorset for the entire family (and some family friends) for the night, a place we are constantly reminded is a whole “four fucking hours drive” from home. He’s...
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2018 London Film Festival: ‘The Cannibal Club’ is About Sex, Eating People and Not Much Else

Redmond Bacon
When you are so rich that you don’t need to work, and you have everything you could ever possibly need, what else is there for you to do? According to The Cannibal Club, a porno-horror satire of the Brazilian upper-class, you have lots of sex and eat lots of people....
Fantasia Film Festival Sordid Cinema

‘Knuckleball’ – A Bloody, Violent Version of ‘Home Alone’

Ricky D Fernandes
Playing out like an R-Rated version of Home Alone, Michael Peterson’s gritty thriller pits a clever young boy against a psychopath in a bloody game of cat and mouse. For a film with a very basic premise, a small cast, and one location, Knuckleball is a tight, efficient thriller that...
Film Festival NYFF

NYFF: Portraits of Rejection in ‘The Other Side of the Wind’ and ‘American Dharma’

Michael Haigis
It’s too inexact (and politically fraught) to compare Jake Hannaford, the unraveling fictional director at the center of The Other Side of the Wind, with the very real Steve Bannon, the subject of Errol Morris’ American Dharma. Yet the aggrieved men do happen to share certain qualities, from self-delusion and...
Fantastic Fest

Fantastic Fest: ‘Lords of Chaos’ Raises Hell in the Norwegian Black Metal Scene

Sarah Truesdale
Lords of Chaos Directed by Jonas Åkerlund Written by Dennis Magnusson 2018 | United Kingdom | Sweeden You don’t need to be a metalhead to enjoy this harrowing true story about how one black metal band went too far to prove they weren’t mere posers following the latest musical trend. Inspired by...
Fantastic Fest

Fantastic Fest: ‘Ladyworld’ Shows There is Nothing Ladylike about Widespread Panic

Sarah Truesdale
Ladyworld Directed by Amanda Kramer Written by Amanda Kramer and Benjamin Shearn 2018 | USA There’s nothing quite like a disaster and the looming presence of the end of the world to reveal who you really are. Are you the leader? Are you the rebel? Maybe you’re the follower? And what if you...
Fantastic Fest

Fantastic Fest: ‘Slut in a Good Way’ – A Sexually Liberated Rom-Com

Sarah Truesdale
Slut In a Good Way (Charlotte a du fun) Directed by Sophie Lorain Written by Catherine Léger 2018 | Canada In a longstanding stereotype of “locker room talk,” here comes a film that proves that women can hold their own in the sexually charged workplace atmosphere. Director Sophie Lorain brings audiences a...