Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Jonesy's Anticipated Fantastic Fest 2014 Films

Starting tomorrow, movie buffs from all over Texas, and the world, will descend upon Austin for the magnificent festival that is Fantastic Fest. It's a wonderful week of movies, beer, and more movies all in the confines of The Alamo Drafthouse. This year I will be covering the first half of the festival, while Javi will be at the second half. So, you can expect tons of coverage all over this site this week.

Now, onto my most anticipated films for Fantastic Fest 2014!

Australia, 2014, Texas Premiere, 94 min
Director -  Jennifer Kent
In this impressive horror debut, Amelia thought her biggest problems were her son's violent behavioral problems and her own depression. That was before something came knocking at the door...
I've heard great things about this film from other festivals, and the name alone is intriguing enough. Also, the last line in the description on the Fantastic Fest website states, "and it's scary as shit," makes this a no brainer for me to see. 

Australia, 2014, US Premiere, 107 min
Director - Mark Hartley
Mark Hartley brings his singular documentary style to the story of Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus, the trailblazers behind exploitation powerhouse studio Cannon Films. 
Fantastic Fest is known for their genre films, but the past couple years, the programmers have programmed some great documentaries to go along with this eclectic festival. Cannon Films put out one of my favorite eccentric musicals, THE APPLE, and even though the film wasn't a success, it still has a small following today. I'm excited to see the history of this business and the personalities behind it.  

United States, 2014, Special Screening, 99 min
Director - Adam Wingard
Looks are definitely deceiving when a dashing soldier with a propensity for violence moves in with a grieving family in this fun-as-hell, Carpenter-esque action thriller.
Director Adam Wingard's YOU'RE NEXT was the elusive Fantastic Fest darling a few years ago, and it finally got its due when it was released last year. His directing style is fun and energetic, and I can't wait to see what he brings to his new film. 

Spain, 2013, Special Screening, 100 min
Director - Nacho Vigalondo
Nacho Vigalondo's latest is a completely unique and endlessly creative thriller for the internet age, taking place entirely on a single computer desktop.
I grew to love Nacho's eccentric style when I saw his science fiction comedy, EXTRATERRESTRE. His movies are always full of heart and fun to watch. His latest sounds equally fascinating coupled with the fact it takes place from the view of a couple of desktop computers. I can't wait to see what he has come up with this time. 

Japan, 2014, 116 min.
Director- Sion Sono
Festival favorite Sion Sono returns with an exercise in brash, colorful chaos pitting street gangs against one another in a bold hip hop musical.
A Japanese (somewhat) remake of WEST SIDE STORY with a hip hop twist and a director known to bring a crazy directing style to his work? I'm in. 

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