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  1. Fantasia Film Fest 2016: A Review of "Realive"

    Marc Jarvis (Tom Hughes) is diagnosed with terminal cancer and is given one year left to live. Unable to accept his own end, he decides to freeze his body. Sixty years later, in the year 2084, he becomes the first man to be revived in history. It is then he discovers that the love of his life, Naomi (Oona Chaplin), has accompanied him this entire time in a way that he had never expected.

    Writer-director Mateo Gil had already made a name for himself as the writer of such films as “The ...
  2. Fantasia Film Fest 2016: A Review of "Red Christmas"

    A mother (Dee Wallace) must protect her family on Christmas Day from a demented stranger (Sam Campbell) who is hell-bent on tearing them apart.

    The 2016 Fantasia International Film Festival has been shattering my expectations, and not always in a good way. Two of the best surprises have been Geoff Redknap’s “The Unseen” and the conspiracy-themed “Man Underground”. But then we have the proverbial stinkers. Takashi Miike added a dud to otherwise illustrious career with “Terraformars”. ...
  3. Interview with Directors Corey Asraf and John Swab, "Let Me Make You a Martyr"

    Corey Asraf and John Swab are a virtually unknown writing-directing team. They previously collaborated on “Judas’ Chariot”, a short film starring Sam Quartin as June Glass.

    For “Let Me Make You a Martyr”, they took their short film and expanded it from 31 minutes to feature-length. Quartin stayed on and reprised her role as June “Junebug” Glass. And then things got interesting, with such notable actors as Niko Nicotera, Mark Boone Junior and shock rocker Marilyn Manson signing on. ...
  4. Fantasia Film Fest 2016: A Review of "Man Underground"

    A reclusive conspiracy theorist (George Basil) enlists people from his small town to help him make a low-budget movie about his experience encountering aliens while working as a geologist for the federal government.

    Let’s cut to the chase: “Man Underground”, which premiered July 22 at the Fantasia Film Festival, is among the best films screening in Montreal this year. Whether you think it is top three or top ten will vary on personal preference, but there is no doubt that everyone ...
  5. Fantasia Film Fest 2016: A Review of "Let Me Make You a Martyr"

    A cerebral revenge film about two adopted siblings who fall in love, and hatch a plan to kill their abusive father (Mark Boone).

    Critic Jerry Smith really sums up the world of this film when he says it’s “as dirty and grimy as it gets… you can almost smell the dirt and grime.” From the opening scene until the end, one cannot help but feel the same way. If this world exists somewhere – populated with nothing but drug addicts, trailer trash, and sex perverts – it is not a world any ...
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