Posts Tagged ‘Fantastic Fest 2016’

Fantastic Fest 2016 Review & Interview: THE VOID

By Mark Saldana Rating: 3 (Out of 4 Stars) Appropriately, my first midnight feature of the festival was a doozy of a horror flick that left me wide-eyed and slack-jawed.  It is also a film that left me with more questions unanswered than any other film of the fest.   Writer/directors Jeremy Gillespie and Steve […]

Fantastic Fest 2016 Review: ELLE

By Mark Saldana Rating: 4 (Out of 4 Stars) Paul Verhoeven, the mad, ingenious Dutch filmmaker who directed such films as Robocop, Total Recall (1990), Basic Instinct, and Starship Troopers, is back with a very controversial  thriller which deals with rape, psychological trauma, and how one woman copes with these intense issues.  Isabelle Huppert stars as […]

Fantastic Fest 2016 Review: THE AUTOPSY OF JANE DOE

By Mark Saldana Rating: 3.5 (Out of 4 Stars) It would not be a Fantastic Fest without any scary movies and this particular one turned out to be my favorite horror film of the festival.  Written by Ian B. Goldberg, Richard Naing, and directed by Andre Øvredal (Troll Hunter), The Autopsy of Jane Doe is […]

Fantastic Fest 2016 Review: THE HANDMAIDEN

By Mark Saldana Rating: 4 (Out of 4 Stars) My first film of Fantastic Fest 2016 was an erotic thriller by the incomparable, South Korean director Park Chan-wook.  After making his English language debut with Stoker, the acclaimed filmmaker returns to his native language with an adaptation of the novel The Fingersmith.  Though the novel […]

Fantastic Fest 2016 Review: SHIN GODZILLA

By Mark Saldana Rating: 2.5 (Out of 4 Stars) Going into this film, I was filled with anticipation and excitement, since this latest take on the lovable kaiju was produced by Toho, the Japanese company where Godzilla originated.  Following the screening, on the other hand, I left somewhat disappointed.  The newest version of Gojira, titled […]