Fantastic Fest 2012

‘Room 237′ Review
[Editor’s Note: The following review contains spoilers for ‘The Shining.’ I assume if you’re curious about a documentary about ‘The Shining,’ you’ve already seen ‘The Shining.’ If I’m wrong, sue me.] The Overlook Hotel does someth…
‘Wrong’ Review
Quentin Dupieux, the mastermind behind last year’s cult hit ‘Rubber,’ has returned with ‘Wrong,’ an absurdist follow-up in keeping with his debut. When Dolph awakens to find his beloved dog missing, it sends him on a journey that will affect the lives of a lonely p…
‘Miami Connection’ Review
Sight and Sound Magazine: it’s time for a recount in your decennial poll. ‘Miami Connection‘ is clearly the greatest film ever made — at least on whatever planet it came from. Hilarious yet oddly touching, goofy yet totally sincere, this is one of the most entertainingly …
‘Paranormal Activity 4′ Review
The capper to the second-to-last night of Fantastic Fest 2012 was a “work-in-progress” screening of ‘Paranormal Activity 4,’ the latest installment of the insanely lucrative found footage horror franchise. Since the movie is unfinished, it would be unfair to write a revie…
‘Sinister’ Review
Ethan Hawke’s Ellison Oswald may have the coolest name of a film character this year, but he’s having a streak of professional bad luck. His first true crime book, ‘Kentucky Blood,’ was a best seller than accomplished what the police couldn’t do in tracking down a …
‘Combat Girls’ Review
An angry and confused young neo-Nazi on a personal journey that will change their life doesn’t sound like anything we haven’t seen before, except in this case the angry and confused young neo-Nazi is a woman. ‘Combat Girls’ is a unique coming of age story that subverts ex…
‘Red Dawn’ Review
I’ve seen plenty of airbrushed actors in my time, but I don’t know if I’ve ever watched an airbrushed movie before the new version of ‘Red Dawn.’ This remake of John Milius’ conservative ’80 classic strips away almost all of the material’s poli…
‘Berberian Sound Studio’ Review
I spent the summers between my junior and senior years of college interning at an independent production company that specialized in schlocky horror movies. I worked as a post-production assistant, and when I wasn’t running errands, I was sitting next to one of the editors, watching him cut. …
‘Tower Block’ Review
‘Tower Block’ is about the last residents of a condemned housing project in London, who are riding out the final days before a government eviction kicks them out of their homes. One seemingly random morning, they wake to find themselves under fire from an unseen sniper, picking off as …

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