Fantastic Fest Review: All Jacked Up and Full of Worms

Year: 2022 Runtime:  72 minutes Director: Alex Phillips Writer: Alex Phillips Cast: Phillip Andre Botello, Trevor Dawkins, Betsey Brown, Mike Lopez, Carol Rhyu By Harris Dang “All Jacked Up and Full of Worms” (2022) tells the story of a lowly motel caretaker by the name of Roscoe (Phillip Andre Botello). He is stuck inside his self-institutionalized state of ennui that has affected the people around … Continue reading Fantastic Fest Review: All Jacked Up and Full of Worms

Fantastic Fest Review: Birdemic 3 – Sea Eagle

Year: 2022 Runtime:  83 minutes Director: James Nguyen Writer: James Nguyen Cast: Ryan Lord, Julia Culbert, Marc DeNola, Alan Bagh By Harris Dang When you watched the film (or even the clips of) “Birdemic – Shock and Terror“ (2010), did you in your wildest dreams ever think that we would get a trilogy out of it? Well, dream no more! Twelve years after the release … Continue reading Fantastic Fest Review: Birdemic 3 – Sea Eagle

Fantastic Fest Review: Bad City

Year: 2022 Runtime:  118 minutes Director: Kensuke Sonomura Writer: Hitoshi Ozawa Cast: Hitoshi Ozawa, Masanori Mimoto, Akane Sakanoue, Yoshiyuki Yamaguchi, Tak Sakaguchi, Lily Franky, Katsuya, Dan Mitsu, Masaya Kato By Harris Dang Action maestro Kensuke Sonomura is back once again! Showcasing memorable stuntwork alongside genre norms is his bread and butter and in the case of “Bad City” (2022); Sonomura has made his biggest and … Continue reading Fantastic Fest Review: Bad City

Fantasia Film Review: Inu-Oh

Year: 2021 Runtime:  98 minutes Director: Masaaki Yuasa Writer: Akiko Nogi Cast: Avu-chan, Mirai Moriyama, Tasuku Emoto, Kenjiro Tsuda, Yutaka Matsushige By Harris Dang Set in 14th Century Japan, “Inu-Oh” (2021) tells the story of the titular character, a talented dancer who was born with physical features that leaves him ostracized from the community. He meets Tomona, a blind musician who regales the community by … Continue reading Fantasia Film Review: Inu-Oh

Fantasia Film Review: Sissy

Year: 2022 Runtime:  102 minutes Director: Hannah Barlow and Kane Senes Writer: Hannah Barlow and Kane Senes Cast: Aisha Dee, Hannah Barlow, Emily De Margheriti, Daniel Monks, Yerin Ha, Lucy Barrett, Shaun Martindale, Kane Senes By Harris Dang “Sissy” (2022) tells the story of Cecilia (Aisha Dee), a wellness guru who has a strong following on social media, as she promotes positive contentment and harmonious … Continue reading Fantasia Film Review: Sissy

Fantasia Film Review: The Roundup

Year: 2022 Runtime:  106 minutes Director: Lee Sang-yong Writer: Kim Min-seong Cast: Ma Dong-seok, Son-Seok-koo, Choi Gwi-hwa, Park Ji-hwan, Heo Dong-won, Ha Jun, Jung Jae-kwang, Park Ji-young By Harris Dang “The Roundup” (2022) tells the story of detective Ma Seok-do (Ma Dong-seok aka Don Lee), a no-nonsense, loose cannon who always gets the job done, with a brink of destruction in his path. The story … Continue reading Fantasia Film Review: The Roundup

Anticipated Films to see at Fantasia 2022!

By Harris Dang It is the year 2022 and Fantasia Film Festival is back in a big way. After the tribulations of the COVID pandemic, the festival is back in high gear as it goes back to full in-person attendance. And with a jam-packed program of genre goodness to boot! Here are a few select films in the slate that we are incredibly excited for! … Continue reading Anticipated Films to see at Fantasia 2022!

Review: Ike Boys

Year: 2021 Runtime:  88 minutes Director: Eric McEver Writer: Eric McEver and Jeff Hammer Cast: Quinn Lord, Ronak Gandhi, Christina Higa, Billy Zane, Yumiko Shaku, Ben Browder By Harris Dang Set in the last week of 1999, “Ike Boys” (2021) (pronounced ee-kay) tells the story of Shawn and Vik (Quinn Lord and Ronak Gandhi), two bubbly yet socially inept teenagers who share a love of … Continue reading Review: Ike Boys

Fantasia Film Review: Blue Whale

Year: 2021 Runtime:  93 minutes Director: Anna Zaytseva Writer: Anna Zaytseva, Evgeniya Bogomyakova, Olga Klemesheva Cast: Anna Potebnya, Timofey Eletskiy, Ekaterina Stulova, Diana Shulmina, Olga Pipchenko, Polina Vataga, Pavel Yulku, Daniil Kiselev By Harris Dang Set in present Russia, “Blue Whale” (2021) [also known under the title of #Blue_Whale] tells the story of Dana (Anna Potebnya), an unruly, defiant teenage girl who is going through … Continue reading Fantasia Film Review: Blue Whale

Fantasia Film Review: The Sadness

Year: 2021 Runtime: 99 minutes Director: Rob Jabbaz Writer: Rob Jabbaz Cast: Berant Zhu, Regina Lei, Wang Tzu-chiang  By Harris Dang Set in modern day Taipei, “The Sadness” (2021) tells the story of Jack (Berant Zhu) and Kat (Regina Lei), a young couple who live together and are in a bit of a standstill in their relationship. He thinks that he should focus on his … Continue reading Fantasia Film Review: The Sadness