Fantastic Fest 2021- Is “Sweetie, You Won’t Believe It” The Next “The Hangover”?: Film Review

Have you ever wondered what would happen if you threw the gang from The Hangover into genre cult classic Tucker & Dale vs. Evil? This combination may appear akin to a peanut butter and sardine sandwich, but director Yernar Nurgaliev manages to make a magnificent meal out of the tonal mismash in Sweetie, You Won’tContinue reading “Fantastic Fest 2021- Is “Sweetie, You Won’t Believe It” The Next “The Hangover”?: Film Review”

Fantastic Fest 2021- “Saloum” and The Post-Colonial Western: Film Review

Ever since its golden era, the Western genre has been used by filmmakers to memorialize the final frontier of American expansion. The mountainous vistas and sunsets portraitures are allegorical eulogies for the “loss of adventure”. In the spiritual fantasy Western, Saloum, the iconography associated with the genre are on full display. Yet the typical rockyContinue reading “Fantastic Fest 2021- “Saloum” and The Post-Colonial Western: Film Review”

Fantastic Fest 2021- The Fragile Male Ego in “Barbarians”: Film Review

The ancient Gaeta Stone, fictionalized in Barbarians, symbolizes the essential process of death that is needed in order for a rebirth to occur. While the title of Charles Dorfman’s directorial debut seems to indicate a kind of physical perishing, Barbarians instead takes us on a blood-soaked journey through the emasculated male’s rapidly evolving psyche. AdamContinue reading “Fantastic Fest 2021- The Fragile Male Ego in “Barbarians”: Film Review”

Fantastic Fest 2021- “Baby Assassins” Proves That Adulting is Killer: Film Review

You’re sitting in an important job interview and you accidentally say something wrong. It’s an awkward exchange that we’d all kill to avoid. In Mahiro’s (Saori Izawa) case, she takes that euphemism quite literally, eliminating an entire convenience store crew to avoid embarrassment. For antisocialite Matsua and her peppy best friend Chisato (Akari Takaishi), killingContinue reading “Fantastic Fest 2021- “Baby Assassins” Proves That Adulting is Killer: Film Review”