Posts Tagged ‘Fantastic Fest 2019’

Fantastic Fest 2019 Review: DOLEMITE IS MY NAME

By Mark Saldana Rating: 3.5 (Out of 4 Stars) As always, the Fantastic Fest lineup this year featured two secret screenings for their eager attendees. Given that Netflix had such a formidable presence at the film festival this year, it wasn’t too surprising that one of their more highly anticipated entries was the first secret […]

Fantastic Fest 2019 Review: THE DEEPER YOU DIG

By Mark Saldana Rating: 3.5 (Out of 4 Stars) From writers/directors/actors Toby Poser and John Adams comes a chilling thriller which basically takes elements from Poe’s The Tell-Tale Heart and sets it in modern times. Thought it isn’t an exact adaptation, Poser and Adams, instead, take the theme of guilt and utilizes it to tell […]

Fantastic Fest 2019 Review: IRON FISTS AND KUNG FU KICKS

By Mark Saldana Rating: 3.5 (Out of 4 Stars) Australian director Serge Ou’s comprehensive documentary tells the vast history martial arts cinema and does so with great style and aplomb. It is a rather daunting task to pull this off, as the filmography of martial arts movies is quite extensive. Still, Ou manages to condense […]

Fantastic Fest 2019 Review: KNIVES AND SKIN

By Mark Saldana Rating: 3.5 (Out of 4 Stars) Though not a true musical, Jennifer Reeder’s Knives and Skin uses music and song in some inventive and powerful ways. This film, which tackles the scary years of high school, focuses on a group of teenage girls struggling with identity amidst the aftermath a classmate’s disappearance. […]

Fantastic Fest 2019 Review: FIRST LOVE

By Mark Saldana Rating: 3.5 (Out of 4 Stars) Japanese filmmaker extraordinaire Takashi Mikke brought his latest movie to Fantastic Fest this year and the it’s definitely a fun, crazy and violent affair. Mikke’s latest piece presents a true romance amidst criminal power plays, serendipitous circumstances, and filters it through a slightly heightened reality where […]