Jay Kay’s TOP FOUR FANTASIA FILM FESTIVAL PICKS

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FOUR FILM FAVORITES FROM THE 2016 FANTASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL The massive under taking that is the FANTASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL is a celebration of culture, art, community and film. I was fortunate enough to attend the final weekend of the festival that comprised theater screenings as well as what was available for viewing in […]

FANTASIA Review: ANOTHER EVIL

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One of the many pleasures of covering the Fantasia International Film Festival every year is how many pleasant surprises you tend the find. Year after year, films are watched and discovered and are instant additions into your permanent memory in ways that special film tend to be. One of this year’s films that left me […]

Fantasia Films Fest 2015 review: SHE WHO MUST BURN

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Horror movies that delve into social commentary can be a tricky situation. While playing with visual metaphors is what good movies utilize, spreading a message can either be thought provoking or something to laugh at. The rich literally feeding off the poor in SOCIETY is very much in your face, but matches the movie’s campy […]

Fantasia Film Fest review: THE DEMOLISHER

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There’s a level of accomplishment that very few films are able to pull  off: being able to be striking and effective without having to rely on continual dialogue. These days, the typical audience member tends to put their money and attention towards films that are fast-paced and have a lack of room to breathe, and […]

Fantasia Film Fest Review: OBSERVANCE

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The psychological thriller subgenre of horror has always been one that either works or it doesn’t. When it hits, you can either get a JACOB’S LADDER or you can get,..well…a GOTHIKA. It’s hard for a film that falls somewhere within that kind of film to not be paint by numbers, having spooky and oddly random metaphorical […]

Fantasia Film Fest Review: SYNCHRONICITY

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When 2007’s THE SIGNAL first hit audiences, it did a hell of a job showing a small glimpse of the capabilities of the film’s trio of writer/directors, David Bruckner, Dan Bush and Jacob Gentry. Each director’s segment felt completely different from the previous director’s, and there was a sense of promise that you felt upon […]

Fantasia Film Festival Review: MEATHEAD GOES HOG WILD

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Films detailing a character’s descent into madness are always a tricky game. If done right, you get TAXI DRIVER or FALLING DOWN, and if you don’t succeed, you get a completely disjointed film that loses its viewers when the tone of the film makes its switch. Thankfully, the Sean Pierce, Zach Harris and Kevin Cline-directed MEATHEAD […]

Fantasia Film Festival Review: POSSESSED

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One of the many lovable elements of 2012’s PARANORMAN was how easy it was for genre fans to latch onto. It dipped its toes into the horror genre, giving small homage-filled shout outs to films that horror lovers adore. While that film and those nods were fun, it left me wondering if we’d ever receive […]