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‘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...
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Fantasia 2018: ‘Mandy’ – This Movie will Kick Your Ass

Ricky D Fernandes
Mandy Directed by Panos Cosmatos Written by Panos Cosmatos and Aaron Stewart-Ahn 2018 | USA Closing out this year’s Fantasia Film Festival, Pantos Cosmatos’ Mandy is, in my opinion, the best film that screened at the festival this summer. The Canadian filmmaker’s second feature (after his criminally overlooked Beyond the...
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Fantasia 2018: ‘Luz’ – A Stylishly, Psycho-Thriller for Fans of Vintage Horror Cinema

Ricky D Fernandes
Luz Directed and Written by Tilman Singer 2018 | Germany Often when reviewing movies, many critics (myself included) love to offer up comparisons to other films. It’s only natural, as sometimes it’s easier to describe the movie you are reviewing to the reader while citing other works. German writer/director Tilman...
Fantasia Film Festival Sordid Cinema Spotlight

The Best Films of Fantasia Film Festival 2018

Staff
The 2018 Fantasia Film Festival has wrapped its three-week run in Montreal, and after extensive coverage and much deliberation, we have finally put together a list of our favourite films that screened this year. Our staff managed to see 65 films in total, which might seem like a lot — except that...
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Fantasia 2018: ‘Our House’ – a Satisfyingly Old-Fashioned Ghost Story

Ricky D Fernandes
Our House Directed by Anthony Scott Burns Screenplay by Nathan Parker, Matt Osterman 2018 | Canada Making its world premiere at Fantasia International Film Festival, Our House is a remake of Matt Osterman’s micro-budget Phasma Ex Machina (also known as Ghost From The Machine), a film which also debuted at the Fantasia back...
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Fantasia 2018: ‘Under the Silver Lake’ is Destined for Cult Status

Ricky D Fernandes
Under the Silver Lake Directed by David Robert Mitchell Written by David Robert Mitchell 2018 | USA David Robert Mitchell’s third feature is a mess of a film, but it’s also an incredibly entertaining mess that had me glued to the screen from start to finish (despite the two and...