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 … Continue reading Fantasia Film Review: Blue Whale

Fantasia Festival Review: Glasshouse

Year: 2021 Runtime: 94 minutes Director: Kelsey Egan Writer: Emma De Wet, Kelsey Egan Cast: Jessica Alexander, Adrienne Pearce, Hilton Pelser, Anja Taljaard, Brent Vermeulen By Harris Dang Set in the not-too-distant dystopian future, “Glasshouse” (2021) tells the story of … Continue reading Fantasia Festival Review: Glasshouse

Fantasia Festival Review: It’s A Summer Film!

Year: 2020 Runtime: 97 minutes Director: Soushi Matsumoto Writer: Soushi Matsumoto Cast: Marika Ito, Daichi Kaneko, Yuumi Kawai, Kilala Inori By Harris Dang Set in present day Japan, “It’s a Summer Film“(2020) tells the story of Barefoot (Marika Ito), an overeager … Continue reading Fantasia Festival Review: It’s A Summer Film!

Fantasia Festival Review: The Dark and the Wicked

Bertino goes into uncharted waters with his latest horror effort, “The Dark and the Wicked”. Bertino had made the film in his own farm and it promises something more psychological; exploring other levels of fear he has not worked on in his prior work.

The film stars Marin Ireland and Michael Abbott Jr. as Louise and Michael; siblings whom have just heard that their father is fatally ill. The two put their lives on hold and visit his farm to be with their father for his final hours as well as their mother for emotional support. While the time spent together brings up closeted skeletons in their past; the two begin to realize that their estrangement towards their parents seem to be the least of their problems as the farm shows signs of something sinister. Continue reading Fantasia Festival Review: The Dark and the Wicked

Fantasia Festival Review: The Paper Tigers

Films like “The Karate Kid” are becoming more uncommon as they lack the slice-of-life sensibility and often rely on aggression and blatancy to appeal to the martial arts crowd. When I heard the news about the martial arts comedy/drama “The Paper Tigers” (2020) by Vietnamese-American filmmaker Tran Quoc Bao was premiering at Fantasia Film Festival this year, it piqued my interest. It promised all the things I had hope for in martial arts films while showcasing Asian-American talent. Will “The Paper Tigers” live up to its promise? Continue reading Fantasia Festival Review: The Paper Tigers