Fantasia 2018: Cold Skin

A man is stationed on an island inhabited by amphibious creatures in Cold Skin. In the fall of 1914, a young man (David Oakes) sails to an isolated island in the Antarctic to survey the weather. The only other person on the island is the crazed lighthouse keeper Gruner (Ray Stevenson), who is less than welcoming […]

Sean Kelly Interviews: Fantasia 2018 – Maurizio Guarini on L’Inferno

It is a special Fantasia episode of Sean Kelly Interviews, as I post my interview with Maurizio Guarin, best known for his work with the Italian progressive rock band Goblin, who is at Fantasia to present his live score for the 1911 Italian horror film L’Inferno (aka Dante’s Inferno). Enjoy.

Fantasia 2018: Buffalo Boys

Two brothers seek revenge for the murder of their father in Buffalo Boys. After spending two decades in exile in the American Wild West, Arana (Tio Pakusadewo) and his two nephews Jamar (Ario Bayu) and Suwo (Yoshi Sudarso) return to Indonesia to get revenge against the occupying Dutch Captain Van Trach (Reinout Bussemaker), who murdered Jamar […]

Fantasia 2018: Boiled Angels: The Trial of Mike Diana

The story of the only American artist convicted for obscenity is told in Boiled Angels: The Trial of Mike Diana. In the late 1980s, Florida-based teenager Mike Diana began his underground comic “Boiled Angel,” which was designed by Diana to be be the most offensive zine ever published, with the comics featuring very graphic depictions of […]

Fantasia 2018: Summer of ’84

A young man suspects his next door neighbour of being a serial killer in Summer of ’84. Davey Armstrong (Graham Verchere) is a fifteen year old paperboy in the small town of Ipswitch, Oregon. In the summer of 1984, the town is shaken up by news of a serial killer named the “Cape May Slayer,” who targets […]

Fantasia 2018: Playing Hard

This review was originally published as part of my coverage of Hot Docs 2018 The development of a video game is followed from start to finish in Playing Hard. Jason Vandenberghe has worked in the video game industry for two decades. In 2013, Vandenberghe goes to Ubisoft’s studio in Montreal to pitch his dream game, a medieval […]

Fantasia 2018: Tales from the Hood 2

A mysterious figure tells four stories to a bigoted industrialist in Tales from the Hood 2. Portifoy Simms (Keith David) is invited to Dumass Beach Industries to help with the programming of the “RoboPatriot” crime fighting robots by telling a series of stories from the hood. In Good Golly, Audrey (Alexandria DeBerry) breaks into a museum to steal […]

Fantasia 2018: Unfriended: Dark Web

A 20-something man’s new laptop puts him into the cross-hairs of a shadowy hacker group in Unfriended: Dark Web. Matias (Colin Woodell) is a young man, who acquired a new laptop that he uses to work on a sign language app for his deaf girlfriend Amaya (Stephanie Nogueras). While doing a Skype games night with his friends […]

Fantasia 2018: Highlights of the Fest

Tomorrow marks the start of the 2018 Fantasia International Festival, which will be taking place from July 12 to August 1 in Montreal. After covering the festival remotely from Toronto last year, I will be returning to Montreal this year for the first time since the 2016 festival. During the the ten days I am […]

Fantasia Diaries – July 4, 2018 (Patreon Exclusive)

In just over a week, I will be heading to Montreal to attend the 2018 Fantasia International Film Festival. In advance of this, I recorded a Patreon-exclusive podcast, where I run down my tentative schedule for the festival. Listen to the Episode ($1+ supporters)