Fantasia 2020 – Sleep (2020)

Fantasia 2020 – Sleep (2020)

Directed by: Michael Venus. Starring: Gro Swantje Kohlhof, Sandra Hüller, August Schmölzer. Runtime: 1h 42 min. Released: This film had its North American Premiere at the Fantasia Film Festival on August 20, 2020. It’s currently available to watch on demand. Sleep is a horror film that constantly blurs dream and reality as Marlene (Sandra Hüller) [...]

Fantasia 2020 – The Block Island Sound (2020)

Fantasia 2020 – The Block Island Sound (2020)

Directed by: Kevin McManus, Matthew McManus. Starring: Chris Sheffield, Michaela McManus, Neville Archambault. Runtime: 1h 37 min. Released: This film had its World Premiere at Fantasia Film Festival on August 28, 2020. “Something’s wrong with the island,” says lead character Harry (Chris Sheffield) in The Block Island Sound. He’s right as Block Island, Rhode Island [...]

Fantasia 2020 – The Dark and the Wicked (2020)

Fantasia 2020 – The Dark and the Wicked (2020)

Directed by: Bryan Bertino. Starring: Marin Ireland, Michael Abbott Jr., Xander Berkeley. Runtime: 1h 35 min. Released: This film had its International Premiere at Fantasia Film Festival on August 28, 2020. I originally wasn’t going to catch The Dark and the Wicked at Fantasia, but I’m so glad I did. The plot’s fairly simple: On [...]

Fantasia 2020 – The Columnist (2019)

Fantasia 2020 – The Columnist (2019)

Directed by: Ivo van Aart. Starring: Katja Herbers, Bram van der Kelen, Claire Porro. Runtime: 1h 26 min. Released: December 20, 2019 (Netherlands). This film had its International Premiere as part of Fantasia Film Festival. Femke Boot (Katja Herbers) is a columnist for a local newspaper. She keeps receiving hate mail, death threats and nasty [...]

Fantasia 2020 – Fried Barry (2020)

Fantasia 2020 – Fried Barry (2020)

Directed by: Ryan Kruger. Starring: Gary Green, Sean Cameron Michael, Chanelle de Jager. Runtime: 1h 39 min. Released: August 20, 2020 (at Fantasia). I have never done hard drugs. Looking at me, it’s not surprising, at all, but after watching Ryan Kruger’s Fried Barry, I don’t need to try any drugs. I feel like I [...]

Filmcraziest Interviews, Fantasia Edition – Ryan Kruger for his film Fried Barry (2020)

Filmcraziest Interviews, Fantasia Edition – Ryan Kruger for his film Fried Barry (2020)

On this episode of Filmcraziest Interviews, I interview writer and director Ryan Kruger of the film Fried Barry which had its Canadian Premiere as a part of the Fantasia Film Festival. The film’s about Barry (Gary Green), a drug-addled abusive bastard who – after yet another bender – is abducted by aliens. Barry takes a [...]

Fantasia 2020 – Lucky (2020)

Fantasia 2020 – Lucky (2020)

Directed by: Natasha Kermani. Starring: Brea Grant, Hunter C. Smith, Kristina Klebe. Runtime: 1hr 21 min. This film had its World Premiere at Fantasia Film Festival on August 23. Lucky, directed by Natasha Kermani and written by and starring Brea Grant, follows a self-help author named May Ryer (Grant). One night, a masked man breaks [...]

Filmcraziest Interviews from Fantasia – The Oak Room (2020)

Filmcraziest Interviews from Fantasia – The Oak Room (2020)

Welcome to another episode of Filmcraziest Interviews and this is one from Fantasia Film Festival, where I had a conversation with the creative team behind Canadian thriller The Oak Room, featuring the director of the film, Cody Calahan; writer of the film, Peter Genoway; and producer of the film, Chad Archibald. The film had its World [...]

Fantasia 2020 – You Cannot Kill David Arquette (2020)

Fantasia 2020 – You Cannot Kill David Arquette (2020)

Directed by: David Darg, Price James. Starring: David Arquette, Christina McLarty Arquette. Runtime: 91 min. Released: August 21, 2020 (Canadian Premiere on August 24, 2020 at Fantasia Film Festival). In 2000, David Arquette won the World Heavyweight Championship as a promotional stunt for his film Ready to Rumble. The documentary You Cannot Kill David Arquette [...]

Fantasia 2020 – Detention (2019)

Fantasia 2020 – Detention (2019)

Directed by: John Hsu. Starring: Gingle Wang, Meng Po-Fu, Jing Hua-Tseng. Runtime: 1h 42 min. Released: August 24, 2020 (in Canada, at Fantasia Film Festival); September 20, 2019 in Taiwan. Detention is set during the White Terror in Taiwan in 1962 during a time of martial law where freedom was not known and free thoughts [...]