Fantastic Fest Wrap Up

Day 7 and 8

Well as we said before this was a great festival yet again! So, here’s the last two days movies, all of which we loved, a great way to end a great week.

The Day (2011)

Director: Doug Aarniokoski

http://fantasticfest.festivalgenius.com/2011/films/theday_dougaarniokoski_fantasticfest2011

This post-apocalyptic story is short, in your face with violence and kick ass. It has one of the strongest female protagonists I’ve ever come across and I’m glad to share that in some form this will be coming out in wide release via WWE. That’s right the World Wrestling Entertainment Company. But since Dominic Monaghan was there to answer questions about this partnership it makes sense. This is a violent story about cannibals, guns and really no heroes – so the target audience is male 20 somethings, the audience that watches wrestling. I’m also proud that they picked a story that features a strong female that isn’t all tits and ass. Not many questions, such as why the hell are cannibals running around, are answered but that’s part of the fun. Look for this thriller/horror on cable or maybe even a theater near you.

Julia X (2011)

Director: P.J. Pettiette

http://fantasticfest.festivalgenius.com/2011/films/juliax_pjpettiette_fantasticfest2011

Hercules! Hercules! Hercules! Ok, I got that out of my system, but this movie does star Kevin Sorbo. And while he is still dreamy he is also a serial killer. I don’t want to give away the twists and turns from this movie but it is not your typical horror or slasher film. It is gory and bloody but takes a new perspective on this “classic” tale of boy tries to kill girl and flips it on its head, along with a dash of comedy. It’s another 3D film, which I’m not a fan of but also pokes fun of its self on several occasions. This is a great movie for the Halloween season, and a fun time for all if you enjoy horror.

Headhunters (2011)

Director: Morten Tyldum

http://fantasticfest.festivalgenius.com/2011/films/headhunters_mortentyldum_fantasticfest2011
The weirdest thing about watching foreign movies, is that occasionally you see an actor or actress in the movie that you recognize from another place, but who’s name you don’t know. And while we live in the age of instant information. I choose to describe him like so. This movie has that guy from Game of Thrones in it, the blond one, the one who has sex with his sister. Except this time he’s Dutch. Still kind of a jag though.
Headhunters is a Norwegian film by director Mortem Tyldum, that follows a high level Norwegian job recruit/art thief as he is chased by that guy that I talked about earlier. This is truly a chase movie. There is so much chasing. Literally hours of it. Perfectly crafted chasing. Some of it very gross (there may be poop), but still. The attention to action and detail in this movie does a credit to whole cast and to mister Tyldum in specific. Oh, that guy’s name is Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. I did it!

Comic Con: Episode 4

Director: Morgan Spurlock

http://fantasticfest.festivalgenius.com/2011/films/comicon_morganspurlock_fantasticfest2011#reviews

This was my favorite film of the whole festival, and part of me is glad they saved it for the closing movie. This was also the only film that I was moved to tears on multiple occasions. This Morgan Spurlock documentary follows five people attending Comic Con and their stories that go into Comic Con before, during and after. This could’ve easily been a film that mocked geekdom, but with many of the stars of Comic Con giving their own stories behind the convention as well as the main characters it truly gives a face to the world’s largest nerd gathering. I hope this one gets picked up for major distribution, it’s something people who doesn’t even like comic books would love.

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