Here's a review out of Fantasia for the anime film Pompo: The Cinéphile, which is a love letter to the joy of cinema and making films, filled with some great characters.
On this episode of The Filmcraziest Show, I was able to join in on a press day to chat with Japanese filmmaker Takashi Shimizu for his new film Howling Village, which he co-wrote and directed. Shimizu is best known for bringing the universe of Ju-on: The Grudge to life, creating the original Japanese horror films, and then directing their American remakes in The Grudge and The Grudge 2.Tak In Howling Village, a young psychologist (Akaya Miyoshi) searches for her missing brother at a haunted and cursed location known as "Howling Village," where she starts to uncover information about her family history. In our conversation, we talk about the film's phone booth scene, what other genres of horror Takashi would like to explore, and some nursery rhymes heard in the film.
Featured Image: Tom Meeten as Paul Dood in Paul Dood’s Deadly Lunch Break. (Courtesy of Fantasia.) Last year, I was lucky enough to be able to cover the Fantasia International Film Festival for my first festival as a member of the press. It was an exciting time; reviewing films and doing interviews for them. I’m [...]