Fantastic Fest 2019 Review: COLOR OUT OF SPACE

By Mark Saldana

Rating: 3 (Out of 4 Stars)

After taking an extended break from narrative feature filmmaking, director Richard Stanley is back with an adaptation of an H.P. Lovecraft short story, The Color Out of Space. Stanley is no stranger to Fantastic Fest, as he attended the festival in 2014 in support of the documentary, Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley’s Island of Dr. Moreau. The documentary feature reveals some insight into how Stanley, an intelligent and creative filmmaker, was fired from the Moreau adaptation despite his bold and exciting vision for the movie. Given his talents as a filmmaker, and his visionary mind, it is only fitting that he take on a Lovecraft story.

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Review: AD ASTRA

By Renee’ C.
Rating: 5 (Out of 5 Reels)

Astronaut Roy McBride (Brad Pitt) undertakes a mission across an unforgiving solar system to uncover the truth about his missing father (Tommy Lee Jones) and his doomed expedition that now, 30 years later, threatens the universe (IMDB).

This is a spectacularly written, made and acted film. It is visually stunning with some of the best space scenes I have seen in film. Read more »

Fantastic Fest 2019 Review: JOJO RABBIT

By Mark Saldana

Rating: 3.5 (Out of 4 Stars)

The 15th annual Fantastic Fest genre film festival began with a glorious new entry from New Zealand director Taika Waititi. The opening night film, Jojo Rabbit takes on hate and nationalism and takes no prisoners in the process. The movie offers a wonderful mix of comedy, drama and political commentary and features stellar turns from its excellent cast. It is definitely a divisive movie, but one that has a beautiful heart at its core.

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FANTASTIC FEST 2019 News: Takashi Miike’s “First Love” (Hatsukoi) Plays Opening Night Of The 15th Annual Genre Festival

By Liz Lopez

Takashi Miike  received the Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s Fantastic Fest after the screening of his film, “First Love,” that had a World Premiere at Cannes 2019 (Directors’ Fortnight) and a North American Premiere at TIFF this year as well.  He has directed more than 100 features between the late 90s and 2019.

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Review: AD ASTRA

By Mark Saldana

Rating: 3 (Out of 4 Stars)

Writer/director James Gray’s new film visits the near future, but doesn’t cime close to conquering new territory. Ad Astra comes across as a cerebral science fiction movie, but does not have a whole lot to say stylistically or thematically. While it vies to be a successor to 2001: A Space Odyssey, it merely skims the surface of what makes that film great. Don’t get me completely wrong, though, I actually enjoyed this film overall, but the sum of its parts doesn’t quite add up to an exceptional movie.

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