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Sixth Report | Fantasia 2015

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Sunday, 26 July 2015 12:04

børning 75Børning just turned out to be a disappointment, content to settle for ordinary when I was hoping for more.

 

Fifth Report | Fantasia 2015

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Saturday, 25 July 2015 21:25

christmashorror 75A Christmas Horror Story is a lot of fun, and sometimes that’s exactly what the world needs.

   

Fourth Report | Fantasia 2015

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Friday, 24 July 2015 23:59

prophet 75While my mature self wishes for a bit more bite in the plentiful life advice offered in Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet, I loved the animation.

 

Third Report | Fantasia 2015

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Friday, 24 July 2015 23:09

terror 75You’ve probably heard that undercover work is mostly tedium, and that’s the main experience of watching (T)error as well.

   

Second Report | Fantasia 2015

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Wednesday, 22 July 2015 23:07

The shammers_daugther_75For children and adolescents into period fantasy, The Shamer’s Daughter is a sure winner, and it’s pretty enjoyable for adults as well.

 

First Report | Fantasia 2015

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Wednesday, 22 July 2015 22:12

Assassinatioin Classroom-75The blending of animation and live action in Assassination Classroom is well done, aided by a smart design choice.

   

QFest St. Louis 2015 | 04.19.2015 - 04.23.2015

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 16 April 2015 20:00

qfest 75One thing that is sure is that the gay and lesbian filmmaking scene is thriving, and there’s an audience eager to see these films.

 

True/False 2015 Wrap-Up

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Written by Pete Timmermann Thursday, 12 March 2015 21:32

tf_75In all, True/False 2015 was as great as I’ve come to expect from the festival.

   

2014 SLIFF Preview | Pete Timmermann

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Written by Pete Timmermann Sunday, 09 November 2014 15:04

filmfest sliff-2014_752014 has been a strong year for documentaries, and SLIFF isn’t slacking in showing a bunch of good ones.

 

 

SLIFF 2014 Preview | Sarah Boslaugh

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Sunday, 09 November 2014 14:55

filmfest sliff-2014_75The performance of Vilma Santos-Recto alone is reason enough to see The Bit Player.

   

Virginia Film Festival: Report #1

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Sunday, 09 November 2014 14:52

filmfest VFF-1It may be tough to be a black man in Paris, but it’s even tougher to be a black teenage woman who doesn’t fit the mold.

 

Virginia Film Festival: Report #2

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Sunday, 09 November 2014 14:52

filmfest VFF-1Documentaries are sometimes most interesting not for their ostensible subject, but for what they reveal in the background.

   

Found Footage Festival 2014 | 10th Anniversary Show

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Written by Pete Timmermann Saturday, 08 November 2014 13:22

FFF Logo_WebAfter Prueher and Pickett’s creative editing, the video becomes a montage of people saying the word “bitch” interspersed with graphic footage of puppies being born.

 

NoirCon 2014 | Report #3

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Tuesday, 04 November 2014 21:40

NOIRCON-sqEric Miles Williamson continues to write because no matter how bad it makes him feel, it feels worse when he doesn’t.

   

NoirCon | Report #2

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Tuesday, 04 November 2014 21:26

NOIRCON-sqThe meaning of The Thief by Fuminori Nakamura is the protagonist’s understanding of the hierarchical nature of his corner of society.

 

NoirCon | Report #1

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Tuesday, 04 November 2014 21:09

NOIRCON-sqI think of noir as a sensibility, one that acknowledges the grim realities that underlie the shiny, optimistic surface view of life.

   

NOIRCON 2014 Preview | 10.29-11.02.14

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Friday, 24 October 2014 18:44

NOIRCON-sqNOIRCON takes an expansive view of noir—including not only film, but also literature, art, and more—and the lineup of events for the weekend reflects this broad approach. 

 

Telluride Horror Show | Day 3

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Written by Ashby Walters Thursday, 16 October 2014 18:13

Telluride-Horror 75If you’re going to enjoy a horror film festival, there is no better way than Telluride’s Horror Show.

   

Telluride Horror Show | Day 2

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Written by Ashby Walters Thursday, 16 October 2014 17:39

Telluride-Horror 75Spring was too sleepy to cap a day of movies. I found myself fighting to stay awake or interested.

 

Telluride Horror Show | Day 1

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Written by Ashby Walters Saturday, 11 October 2014 16:30

telluride5 sqA couple’s plans to split from the CIA and go rogue is undermined in part by the world’s deadliest spider's plans to mate with a human.

   

Fantasia 2014: Report #11

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Tuesday, 12 August 2014 23:29

Into-the-Storm 75In truth, I enjoyed watching Into the Storm, but if judged by the standards of a conventional feature, it falls far short of its own pretensions.

 

Fantasia 2014 | Report #10

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 07 August 2014 22:26

filmfest fantasia_75Frank is hilarious and sweet and more than a little odd, but definitely succeeds on its own terms.

   

Fantasia 2014 | Report #9

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 07 August 2014 22:22

filmfest fantasia_75A period PSA, a fist with a red slash over it (seriously), was followed by an announcement that any type of sexual behavior was strictly forbidden.

 

Fantasia 2014 | Report #8

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Sunday, 03 August 2014 00:00

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Anomalous events continue to pile up—Drouin’s cat dies mysteriously (although perhaps it was just horrified by his strange taste in interior decoration and fondness for knitted neckties—this film is a real time capsule of bad 70’s style)...

 
   

Fantasia 2014 | Report #6

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Saturday, 02 August 2014 00:00

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It’s a crime drama set in Capetown’s Cape Flats, a part of the city that originally served as a sort of dumping ground for mixed race (“coloured”) people during the apartheid era, when they were forced out of areas designated as whites-only.

 
 

Fantasia 2014 | Report #7

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Saturday, 02 August 2014 00:00

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The movie was great also: it’s side-splittingly hilarious but also has a heart, and was a surprise hit in Korea.

 
   

Fantasia 2014 | Report #5

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Saturday, 02 August 2014 00:00

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Starry Eyes is not a terribly original film, and it was clearly made on the cheap, but it’s creepy and funny and would be great as a midnight movie.

 
 

Fantasia 2014 | Report #3

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Wednesday, 30 July 2014 20:06

filmfest fantasia_75Director Benny Chan has a gift for setting action sequences in realistic locations, from the Thai forest to the crumbling apartment blocks of Hong Kong to a luxury restaurant in Macau.

   

Fantasia 2014 | Report #4

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Wednesday, 30 July 2014 20:06

filmfest fantasia_75Tickets to a concert featuring a classical trio with boy-band looks play a key role in the story.

 
 

Fantasia 2014 | Report #2

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Wednesday, 30 July 2014 20:03

filmfest fantasia_75Giovanni’s Island is a particularly interesting film because most of the story concerns what happens to people after a war is over, as opposed to focusing on the war itself.

   

Fantasia 2014 | Report #1

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Monday, 28 July 2014 09:45

filmfest fantasia_75You might say the Japanese anticipated the current craze for dystopian YA literature, but made their dystopias much more extreme than anything the American market would bear.

 

QFest St. Louis | 04.27-5.1.2014

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 24 April 2014 23:12

qfest 75While I didn’t find a single outright clinker in the lineup ... 

   

Atlanta Film Festival 2014 | Report #5

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Tuesday, 08 April 2014 10:09

Atlantafilmfestical 75It’s reasonable to ask what Broadway expected to get out of this: Widening the market for licensing productions? Recruiting new talent? Selling more cast albums?

 

Atlanta Film Festival 2014 | Report #6

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Tuesday, 08 April 2014 09:46

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A dark adaptation of a short story by Dostoyevsky and a documentary about the Carter Family bring my viewing at the 2014 film festival to a close. 

   

Atlanta Film Festival 2014 | Report #4

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Sunday, 06 April 2014 21:21

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A plot summary doesn’t really do it justice, but the experience of watching the film, with its blend of fantasy and realism, really cuts to the bone.

 

Atlanta Film Festival 2014 | Report #3

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 03 April 2014 07:31

Atlantafilmfestical 75Plympton is a real original, with an immediately recognizable style—if you’ve ever seen any of his work, you won’t confuse it with that of anyone else.

   

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