Archive for the Fantastic Fest 2010 Category

Fantastic Fest 2010: 13 ASSASSINS (2010)

Posted in 2010 New, Age 29 New, Fantastic Fest 2010, Movies (2010), Movies (Age 29) with tags , , , on September 30, 2010 by btsjunkie

Watched: 9/30/2010

Tweet review:

::The last 40 mins of 13 ASSASSINS was a great way to end Fantastic Fest. The first 80 or so mins are every period samurai film ever.::

Last movie of Fantastic Fest 2010. I was very tired and I think I lost some of the nuance (if there was any) in the first part of the film because it just felt lime samurai sitting around talking about being samurai. Oh and they are mad at one of the Lords because he’s gone all evil. So they assemble a team and talk some more. Then the last 40 minutes happen. And it’s like a HOME ALONE for samurai slaughter. That I was okay with. It’s almost worth it for the last section alone. I’m definitely not on the Miike bandwagon anymore, he started churning films out way too fast to put any care and attention into details. This isn’t a bad effort but it doesn’t really feel like a Miike film. That’s probably for the best. Most will [most did at FF] like this movie.

  • 2010 New: 303
  • 2010 Re-see: 126
  • 2010 TOTAL: 429
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Fantastic Fest 2010: WOOCHI (2009)

Posted in 2010 New, Age 29 New, Fantastic Fest 2010, Movies (2010), Movies (Age 29) with tags , , , on September 30, 2010 by btsjunkie

Watched: 9/30/2010

Tweet review:

::I enjoyed SORCERER FU HUSTLE. I mean WOOCHI. But it could certainly lose 30 minutes. Lots of fun, though.::

An ancient wizard is trapped in a painting and released in modern times to fight a CGI rabbit and rat who will rein evil upon the Earth. Or something like that. Lots of crazy humor and some really fun battle scenes but man does it drag in places especially with at least 4 different endings. The final battle scene reeks of Stephen Chow but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Tighten this thing up and I’d watch it fairly regularly. Worth seeing at least once.

  • 2010 New: 302
  • 2010 Re-see: 126
  • 2010 TOTAL: 428

Fantastic Fest 2010: THE TROLL HUNTER (2010)

Posted in 2010 New, 2011 Release, Age 29 New, Fantastic Fest 2010, Movies (2010), Movies (Age 29) with tags , , , on September 30, 2010 by btsjunkie

Watched: 9/30/2010

**DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES WATCH THE EXISTING TRAILER FOR THIS FILM**

Please heed that warning. The trailer shows every single one of the film’s money shots. Look, it’s a Norwegian documentary-style film about a TROLL HUNTER. You’re in, trust me! It’s super fun! Magnet has picked it up so you WILL have a chance to see it for yourself. Don’t spoil it before you do!

If you need more reason to see it, just read my review over at Gordon and the Whale!

  • 2010 New: 301
  • 2010 Re-see: 126
  • 2010 TOTAL: 427

Fantastic Fest 2010: FATSO (2008)

Posted in 2010 New, Age 29 New, Fantastic Fest 2010, Movies (2010), Movies (Age 29) with tags , , , on September 29, 2010 by btsjunkie

Watched: 9/29/2010

This Norwegian story of a fat man named Rino is strangely touch, even if it is full of masturbation. Things are slowly changing (mostly for the better) in Rino’s life and he couldn’t be happier. As he discovers new feelings (other than those generated by his own hand) he really opens up as a character. And that’s what it is, a gross-out yet subtle character piece with no easy answers. It is extremely funny at times and it is visually impressive. Who knows if you’ll ever have a chance to see this but if you do, take it.

  • 2010 New: 300
  • 2010 Re-see: 126
  • 2010 TOTAL: 426

Fantastic Fest 2010: BEDEVILLED (2010)

Posted in 2010 New, Age 29 New, Fantastic Fest 2010, Movies (2010), Movies (Age 29) with tags , , , on September 29, 2010 by btsjunkie

Watched: 9/29/2010

Tweet review:

::BEDEVILLED is solidly made. I can see how it killed in the first part of the fest. I do agree with those that say the first 2 acts are weak.::

The story of a woman who travels to her old village on a remote island and finds her old friend used and abused is quietly haunting for most of the film if a little uneven at times. However, there’s a point where I became disengaged. There was a little bit too much buildup which weakens the whole first part of the film. The third act, which holds all the surprises, could be tightened up a bit too. Like many Korean films, it goes on about 6 scenes too long. Still, this is a first feature and is impressive. There’s way more good than bad here and had I seen it earlier in the festival (before hitting that point of desensitization that is unavoidable at Fantastic Fest) I may have had a stronger reaction to the film though the problems would still be there. Definitely try it out yourself.

  • 2010 New: 299
  • 2010 Re-see: 126
  • 2010 TOTAL: 425

Fantastic Fest 2010: FIRE OF CONSCIENCE (2010)

Posted in 2010 New, Age 29 New, Fantastic Fest 2010, Movies (2010), Movies (Age 29) with tags , , , on September 29, 2010 by btsjunkie

Watched: 9/29/2010

Tweet review:

::FIRE OF CONSCIENCE has far too few scenes of well-staged action inside a plot that fancies itself clever & interesting. It’s not.::

What looked like a return to good form for Hong Kong police action film films turned out to be a tediously scripted, overly long film with only a few minutes of admittedly great action. The twists and turns in the conspiracy/framed-for-murder plot are so obvious they may as well be painted on the walls in the background of each new character introduction. In the hands of someone like, say, Johnnie To this could be masked with some visual flair but unfortunately Dante Lam has little. Pass.

  • 2010 New: 298
  • 2010 Re-see: 126
  • 2010 TOTAL: 424

Fantastic Fest 2010: I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE (2010)

Posted in 2010 New, 2010 Release, Age 29 New, Fantastic Fest 2010, Movies (2010), Movies (Age 29) with tags , , , on September 28, 2010 by btsjunkie

Watched: 9/28/2010

Tweet review:

::I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE continues to prove exploitation films can’t be remade. Or even made. They are a product of a time long gone.::

I don’t really feel like writing any more words about this trash. Read my full review over at Gordon and the Whale.

  • 2010 New: 297
  • 2010 Re-see: 126
  • 2010 TOTAL: 423