Fantastic Fest 2012

‘The American Scream’ Review
“When you are scared, you are more alive,” says Victor Bariteau, the central subject of ‘The American Scream,’ Michael Paul Stephenson’s follow-up documentary to ‘Best Worst Movie.’ The quote, a nothing special bit of pop psychology ubiquitous in any …
‘Lee’s Adventure’ Review
Everyone has regrets. Despite the time-shifting mixed-media razzle dazzle of Li Yang and Guo Fan’s ambitious and exuberant film ‘Lee’s Adventure,’ this universal truth can’t be ignored. The attempts to change the past can sometimes consume an entire life, and expos…
‘Memory of the Dead’ Review
Horror movies don’t necessarily need rules, but if they’re going to go to the trouble to establish some, they might as well follow them… at least for a little while. The Argentine ghost slasher gorefest ‘Memory of the Dead’ sets up this whole conceit about a Satani…
‘Holy Motors’ Review
Leos Carax’s ‘Holy Motors’ is the best dream you’ll ever have without actually falling asleep. It’s a blast of pure, unbridled subconscious — or maybe superconscious — and a brilliant and melancholic love letter to movies, the craft of acting and life…
‘Graceland’ Review
We’d all like to think that if our backs were up against it and we had to fight for our loved ones, we’d all become Liam Neeson in ‘Taken.’ Of course, not everyone has “a particular set of skills.” Or maybe your skill is to try and appease everyone as chaos …
‘Besties’ Review
14 year old Sandy worships next door neighbor and senior classmate Ashley like the Earth worships the sun, she says. But when the two girls accidentally off one of Ashley’s ex-lovers, the two become closer than either of them ever imagined in ‘Besties,’ a small scale coming of a…
‘The ABCs of Death’ Review
G is for Gimmick But gimmicks are not necessarily a bad thing. ‘The ABCs of Death‘ (which could also be called ’26 Ways to Barf’) is the mother of all horror anthologies, collecting 26 short films, each from a different director, all representing a different way to bite i…
‘Here Comes the Devil’ Review
There are some films that choose to tell their story in a somewhat obtuse manner, staying one step ahead of the audience, making them work a bit to piece tother the logic of the story. Then there are others that just like to throw a bunch of crap up on the screen and hope it […]
‘Dredd’ Review
When a movie called ‘Judge Dredd’ is as bad as ‘Judge Dredd,’ the “dreddful” jokes write themselves. The original ‘Dredd’ movie starring Sylvester Stallone was so horrifically awful, it rendered the property more radioactive than the post-apoca…