Fantasia/New York Asian Film Festivals 2021.07: Indemnity, Hold Me Back, and Ghosting Gloria

By: Jay's Movie Blog

18Sep2021

Yikes, has it been a month? I can't even say it's been that busy at the day job and outside of movies, but sometimes you just can't get traction. I hope I've got some good notes here. Anyway, this is roughly the one-week mark for the festivals, ri...

Fantasia Extra: The Night House

By: Jay's Movie Blog

7Sep2021

Part of the Fantasia experience: The mid-sized genre movie that was either booked before it was acquired by a distributor, or where the distributor and festival think they can get some sort of synergy by having what basically amounts to a preview sh...

Fantasia 2021 Extra: Cryptozoo

By: Jay's Movie Blog

30Aug2021

A kind of amusing thing, now that the festival is over and I've blown past all the embargo dates, is that the date for Cryptozoo was on Saturday the 21st, when it actually opened in Boston on the 20th. Would I have been breaking embargo to review it...

Fantasia/New York Asian Film Festivals 2021 Extra: Raging Fire

By: Jay's Movie Blog

17Aug2021

Does it count as a festival detour if a film plays the festival you're covering, but you watch it at a regular theater? Points for when you're trying to decompress after a movie-packed weekend trip to New York City and overnight train trip home (whi...

Fantasia/New York Asian Film Festivals 2021.06: Hotel Poseidon and Baby Money

By: Jay's Movie Blog

16Aug2021

Fairly narrow windows of availability during this virtual festival had me watching Giving Birth to a Butterfly and Hotel Poseidon back-to-back, two films with surreal elements that may be revealing just in terms of what I'm up for. Butterfly is 77 m...

Fantasia/New York Asian Film Festivals 2021.05: Giving Birth to a Butterfly

By: Jay's Movie Blog

11Aug2021

Short day, and not necessarily because I was daydreaming about the possibility of going up to Montreal for the film in the festival's lineup that I most wanted to see, Septet, which apparently was only screening once, in person at the Imperial. Hope...

Fantasia/New York Asian Film Festivals 2021.04: Bull and Tokyo Revengers

By: Jay's Movie Blog

9Aug2021

Fun accidental double feature here, with the Sunday virtual second screening of Bull and in-person-in-Montreal screening of Tokyo Revengers both featuring movies that involve trying to right wrongs after a ten year break, just with that break running...

Fantasia/New York Asian Film Festivals 2021.03: Pompo: The Cinephile and Tin Can

By: Jay's Movie Blog

8Aug2021

Two scheduled screenings from north of the border on Saturday, albeit opposite ends of the day - Pompo played at 1pm and Tin Can at 9:30pm - and pretty close to the opposite ends of what Fantasia is as a festival: The first is a Japanese import that...

Fantasia/New York Asian Film Festivals 2021.02: Broadcast Signal Intrusion, Seobok, Escape from Mogadishu, and The Suicide Squad

By: Jay's Movie Blog

7Aug2021

I can't be in Montreal, but… I had the idea of figuring out how many spots in my general area had this bit of French-Canadian cuisine on the menu while covering Fantasia last year and having a "poutine of the day" to go with the fest...

Fantasia/New York Asian Film Festivals 2021.00-01: Kratt, Not Quite Dead Yet, Paul Dood's Deadly Lunch Break, Satoshi Kon: The Illusionist, and Brain Freeze

By: Jay's Movie Blog

5Aug2021

In a typical year, I'm taking a bunch of time off work and heading up to Montreal for most of July, which means that going down to New York for a weekend beforehand is kind of hard to justify, although that hasn't stopped me in the past. Last year w...

Fantasia 2020: Natasha Kermani's 'Lucky' is a Dark, Chilling Thriller

By: FirstShowing.net

25Sep2020

Screened as a selection of the virtual 2020 Fantasia Film Festival. It seems as if one of the common themes in many films this year is stalking. Back in February, we got to see Elisabeth Moss fighting the "Invisible Man". This heinous act, appearing...

Fantasia 2020: 'Unearth' is a Chilling Eco-Horror Film About Farmers

By: FirstShowing.net

25Sep2020

Screened as a selection of the virtual 2020 Fantasia Film Festival. When nature is one of the key elements of a film, it usually touches on humanity's relentless power of destruction. This theme is a major part of the newest eco-horror feature, Unear...

Fantasia 2020.14 (and NYAFF 2020.01): Legally Declared Dead, A Witness Out of the Blue, I WeirDO, Ròm, Chasing Dream, and 12 Hour Shift

By: Jay's Movie Blog

23Sep2020

I thought I was done after "Day 12", but just as I was wrapping up (and getting to move onto the New York Asian Film Festival's online event) I got an email from Hong Kong with a screener link for closing night film Legally Declared Dead, a...

Fantasia 2020.12: Wotakoi: Love Is Hard for Otaku and Bring Me Home

By: Jay's Movie Blog

4Sep2020

This was looking like the final Fantasia post for 2020, because I didn't do great with managing screener requests and was waiting on emails during the last few days of time off. But, last night I got an email saying I had one more screener to watch,...

Fantasia 2020.11: Undergods and The Paper Tigers

By: Jay's Movie Blog

2Sep2020

This would have been a pretty good Sunday, I think, especially if the cast and crew of The Paper Tigers were to be on-hand. The Paper Tigers was also where I got to a point where I was really looking for good, straightforward stuff and prioritized t...

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