Fantasia 2020 – The Legend of Baron T’oa (2020)

Fantasia 2020 – The Legend of Baron T’oa (2020)

Directed by: Kiel McNaughton. Starring: Uli Latukefu, Nathanial Lees, Jay Laga’aia. Runtime: 1h 43 min. Released: This film had its North American Premiere at Fantasia Film Festival on September 2, 2020. In Kiel McNaughton’s directorial debut, The Legend of Baron T’oa, he creates a larger-than-life world on a small cul-de-sac in New Zealand, where the [...]

Fantasia 2020 Short Films – A Strange Calm, Break Us, Dead Birds and Regret

Fantasia 2020 Short Films – A Strange Calm, Break Us, Dead Birds and Regret

My last batch of short film reviews out of Fantasia Film Festival, including Austin Rourke's "A Strange Calm," Rioghnach Ni Ghrioghair's "Break Us," Santiago Menghini's "Regret" and Johnny Kenton's "Dead Birds."

Fantasia 2020 – Anything for Jackson (2020)

Fantasia 2020 – Anything for Jackson (2020)

I knew very little about Anything for Jackson going into the film and did not know that this was an exorcism film. Well, it’s actually a reverse exorcism. Basically, this scenario is born out of the idea of there being someone you would do absolutely anything to see again. For Audrey (Sheila McCarthy) and husband Henry (Julian Richings), that’s their two-year-old grandson Jackson. They need to find a host for Jackson to bring him back, and luckily Henry works as an obstetrician and they grab a woman named Shannon Becker (Konstantina Mantelos), a soon-to-be mother.

Fantasia 2020 – Free Country (2020)

Fantasia 2020 – Free Country (2020)

Directed by: Christian Alvart. Starring: Trystan Pütter, Felix Kramer, Nora von Waldstätten.  Runtime: 2h 7 min. Released: This film had its Canadian Premiere at Fantasia Film Festival on August 20, 2020. Detectives Patrick Stein (Trystan Pütter) and Markus Bach (Felix Kramer) are called to the small town of Lowitz in Eastern Germany to investigate the [...]

Fantasia 2020 – For the Sake of Vicious (2020)

Fantasia 2020 – For the Sake of Vicious (2020)

Directed by: Gabriel Carrer, Reese Eveneshen. Starring: Lora Burke, Nick Smyth, Colin Paradine. Runtime: 1h 20 min. Released: This film had its World Premiere at Fantasia Film Festival on September 2, 2020. We’re thrown right into the action of For the Sake of Vicious in the opening scene as a disgruntled man, Chris (Nick Smyth) [...]

Fantasia 2020 – Undergods (2020)

Fantasia 2020 – Undergods (2020)

The most impressive thing about Chino Moya’s Undergods is its world building as he creates a Europe in decline, a blue world that is filmed beautifully by cinematographer David Raedeker. Moya takes us on a journey of five different stories through his world, taking place when hope is either already lost or will soon be lost.

Fantasia 2020 – The Paper Tigers (2020)

Fantasia 2020 – The Paper Tigers (2020)

Middle age is a funny thing, something that writer/director Quoc Bao Tran understands well as it’s the main crux of his film The Paper Tigers. His main characters are former martial arts gurus who trained under the revered Sifu Cheung (Roger Yuan). 30 years removed from their glory days, the Three Tigers of Sifu Cheng – Danny (Alain Uy), Hing (Ron Yuan) and Jim (Mykel Shannon Jenkins) – are brought together by Cheung’s death, which they start to investigate.

Fantasia 2020 Short Films – Suspense, Laura Hasn’t Slept, Peter the Penguin and Don’t Text Back

Fantasia 2020 Short Films – Suspense, Laura Hasn’t Slept, Peter the Penguin and Don’t Text Back

Reviews of different short films that premiered with features at Fantasia Film Festival, including Ben and Jacob Burghart’s “Suspense” (pictured), Parker Finn’s “Laura Hasn’t Slept,” Andrew Rutter’s “Peter the Penguin” and Kaye Adelaide and Mariel Sharp’s “Don’t Text Back.”

Fantasia 2020 – Bleed with Me (2020)

Fantasia 2020 – Bleed with Me (2020)

Directed by: Amelia Moses. Starring: Lee Marshall, Lauren Beatty, Aris Tyros. Runtime: 1h 19 min. Released: This film had its World Premiere at Fantasia Film Festival on August 26, 2020. During a winter getaway at an isolated cabin, a self-destructive and awkward young woman, Rowan (Lee Marshall), begins to believe her best friend, Emily (Lauren [...]

Fantasia 2020 – Come True (2020)

Fantasia 2020 – Come True (2020)

Directed by: Anthony Scott Burns. Starring: Julia Sarah Stone, Landon Liboiron, Carlee Ryski. Runtime: 1h 43 min. Released: This film had its World Premiere at Fantasia Film Festival on August 30, 2020. Anthony Scott Burns’ Come True is the type of Canadian film that makes me love Canadian stories and Canadian horror. To spoil the [...]