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Gavin Schmitt

  1. Fantasia Film Review: "The Night Watchmen" (2017)

    Three inept night watchmen, aided by a young rookie (Max Gray Wilbur) and a fearless tabloid journalist (Kara Luiz), fight an epic battle for their lives against a horde of hungry vampires… and clowns.

    Where to begin on this one? First of all, it is hilarious, original, quirky, and a true midnight movie. Time will tell if this becomes a cult film, but it seems to have enough elements that repeat viewings are inevitable. Horror fans might be lured in by seeing the names James Remar ...
  2. Fantasia Film Review: "Junk Head" (2017)

    In the distant future, mankind begins research on clones that live underground in search of lost genetic information.

    “Junk Head” began its life as a short film in 2014, with Takahide Hori essentially making the entire movie himself – from writing to directing to sculpting and so on. Not surprisingly, it was a great success just begging for a longer representation of this world and its style. Three years later, Hori is back and again more or less running the show solo, even creating ...
  3. Interview with Kasra Farahani, "Tilt"

    A term that tends to be overused is “rising star”. An actor or director has one good film and they get tagged a rising star. A year or two later, they are all but forgotten. Not to jinx him, but I think Kasra Farahani might be a rising star who stays the course.

    His background is as a concept artist, working on many big films from “Men in Black III” to the latest Marvel Comics adaption. But he also has a feature under his belt. “The Good Neighbor” received positive buzz, and how can ...

    Updated 07-23-2017 at 01:48 PM by Gavin Schmitt

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  4. Fantasia Capsule Review: "78/52" (2017)

    An unprecedented look at the iconic shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho" (1960), the "man behind the curtain", and the screen murder that profoundly changed the course of world cinema.

    While it might seem like quite a feat to devote 90 minutes of coverage to a one-minute segment of a film, this documentary pulls it off. By exploring every possible angle -- the sounds, the editing, the casting -- we see just how much went into getting the notorious shower ...
  5. Fantasia Film Review: "Replace" (2017)

    Kira (Rebecca Forsythe)'s skin starts to age rapidly, dry out and crumble away. But then she discovers that she can replace her own skin with somebody else's.

    “Replace” is a film with an impeccable horror pedigree. Co-writer Richard Stanley is something of a legend with his films “Hardware”, “Dust Devil” and the ill-fated “Island of Dr. Moreau”. Co-star Barbara Crampton needs no introduction, wowing audiences since her time as a Stuart Gordon regular. And star Rebecca Forsythe adds ...
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