Fantasia 2019.15: Shooting the Mafia, Lake Michigan Monster, Miss & Mrs. Cops, and DJ XL5's Nine Lives Zappin Party

By: Jay's Movie Blog

30Jul2019

The Zappin Party is usually a couple days earlier, but putting it at roughly the two-thirds mark isn't a bad idea. You've made it more than halfway! And got to one of the few documentaries in the festival. Looking at the program, apparently there...

Fantasia 2019.07: SHe, Stare, and Dreadout

By: Jay's Movie Blog

18Jul2019

No guests yesterday, so no pictures, but after one week, I've seen 24 features and 14 shorts, 6 attached and 8 as part of a program. Doesn't quite put me on pace for the 80 I've told people I'll see, but the first week is a bit short. Week two is l...

Fantasia 2019.01: Swallow and The Art of Self-Defense

By: Jay's Movie Blog

12Jul2019

Ah, the annual trip to Montreal, which went weirdly smoothly - I got up early, made it to South Station with plenty of time despite the Red Line being messed up in recent weeks, had no issues with Greyhound or the border, and the room I'd rented on A...

Boston Underground Film Festival 2019.05: Assassinaut, A Lot Like Life, Canary, Happy Face, and The Unthinkable

By: Jay's Movie Blog

6Jul2019

Will not go crazy with the shorts like I did in the last BUFF post. Will not! (Did) First up, the crew from Assassinaut, who made what was often a very impressive little movie although they occasionally confessed to winging it or putting a bit i...

Short Stuff: The 2018 Oscar-Nominated Live Action Shorts

By: Jay's Movie Blog

24Feb2019

Are you all right, Academy voters? I know that it's been a rough year for some, and it's got to feel like general misery is the prevailing situation in the world today even before you start considering that depicting pain is often seen as more diffi...

Fantasia 2018.20: The Brink, River's Edge, Arizona, and Montreal Dead End

By: Jay's Movie Blog

1Aug2018

Another quiet day as the festival winds down and guests from out of town are relatively scant, and there's a temptation to wonder if maybe the festival does run a bit long, but by now there's just a couple days left so why not hit the full three week...

Fantasia 2018.19: Number 37, Cinderella the Cat, Heavy Trip, and Tokyo Vampire Hotel

By: Jay's Movie Blog

31Jul2018

Going to have to circle back around for Sunday, because it was shorts day, and there's twenty of those things which probably take a half-hour each to write up even if they only lasted five minutes. Remember that the next time you say critics are pai...

Fantasia 2018.17: Bleach, Laughing Under the Clouds, Detective Dee: The Four Heavenly Kings, Punk Samurai Slash Down, and Terrified

By: Jay's Movie Blog

29Jul2018

The rare long all-Hall day, although that's in part because I could feel myself winding down during Terrified and wasn't going to swipe a seat from somebody who wouldn't fall asleep during The Oily Maniac. Enjoyably crowded all day, although with a...

Fantasia 2018.11: Fireworks, Loi Bao, Our House, The Witch: Part 1 - The Subversion, and Parallel

By: Jay's Movie Blog

23Jul2018

The weekend is for starting out in Hall and ending up in DeSève, while the week goes the other way. Thus the expected big crowd for Fireworks (which I'm guessing either didn't play Canada/Quebec earlier in the month or folks just waited for it to p...

Fantasia 2017.17: Attraction, "Cocolors", Jailbreak, and Fashionista

By: Jay's Movie Blog

30Jul2017

The last weekend of the festival is best described as "there are many things you want to see and the fact that there are only a couple days left means there are far fewer second chances on the schedule, so suck it up and make choices you don't w...

Fantasia 2017.14: 78/52, Friendly Beast, November, You Only Live Once, and DJ XL5's Cataclysmic Zappin' Party

By: Jay's Movie Blog

28Jul2017

Busy day, kind of weird at spots, too: The director of 78/52 couldn't be there, but producers Annick Mahnert and Kerry Deignan Roy were, flanking King-Wei Chu during their post-screening Q&A. They mentioned that much of this project actually...

Fantasia 2017.06: Liberation Day, Wukong and Punk Fu Zombie

By: Jay's Movie Blog

19Jul2017

There could have been a press screening in here, but did I really want to see The Endless without an introduction and Q&A from the filmmakers? No, no I did not. Besides, that was about the same time Cacao 70 opened for breakfast around the corn...

Fantasia 2017.03: International Sci-Fi Shorts, Mohawk, and Game of Death

By: Jay's Movie Blog

16Jul2017

Loose schedule, but lots of guests! These good people are from the International Sci-Fi Shorts, with "Haskell" director James Allen Smith to the left of the hostess and "Hum" director Stefano Nurra, "The Sleepers" dir...

Boston Sci-fi Film Festival 2016.08: Projet-M & Reconnoiter

By: Jay's Movie Blog

26Apr2016

I don't know if "somewhat homemade but pretty decent" was an official theme for the night, but I gather that if I'd seen This Giant Papier-Maiche Boulder Is Really Heavy, it would have really firmed that up. But, aside from being a 5pm sho...

April and the Extraordinary World

By: Jay's Movie Blog

12Apr2016

Even before I bought my ticket, I was wondering to myself which niece would be receiving a copy of this for her birthday or Christmas, because, as you might imagine, that's my thing: Getting the girlies the movies that they might not get from anyone...

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