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Fantastic Fest Review: Blade of the Immortal
Why would legendary Japanese director Takashi Miike want to adapt the big-screen version of Hiroaki Samura's mega-selling manga Blade of the Immortal? Because he's Takashi Miike, and that's reason enough.

2:00PM Sat. Sep. 30, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

Fantastic Fest Review: Mary and the Witch's Flower
Where would Japanese animation be without British literary fantasy to adapt? Doing quite fine, of course, but Mary and the Witch's Flower continues that cultural intermingling.

12:00PM Sat. Sep. 30, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

Fantastic Fest Review: Junk Head
The term "visionary director" is bandied around too easily. But when the closing credits on astounding SF stop machine masterpiece Junk Head roll, and just about every credit says "Takahide Hori," it's clear that this is one true and pure creative vision.

10:31AM Sat. Sep. 30, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

Will & Grace Returns to TV
Last night, Will & Grace returned to prime time after an 11-year hiatus, and gay bars around the country hosted viewing parties. Austin’s Rain was just one local spot where fans could satisfy their group-viewing desires.

3:20PM Fri. Sep. 29, Beth Sullivan Read More | Comment »

Your Weekend in Film
Brush off the work week’s dust with a dash to the movies and remind yourself of the good things that come with being resilient. In the (incredible) case that no new films here strike a chord, don’t forget that still playing are Kingsman: The Golden Circle and the box-office juggernaut It.

2:41PM Fri. Sep. 29, The Screens Staff Read More | Comment »

Fantastic Fest Review: 1%
It's hard to make a biker movie without knowing there's a defining story in your rearview mirror. First it was The Wild Bunch. Then Easy Rider. Australian two-wheeled gang war flick 1% rides in the tracks left by Sons of Anarchy, but at least it rides straight and true.

2:20PM Thu. Sep. 28, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

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Fantastic Fest Review: The Endless
Science fiction writer and futurologist Arthur C. Clarke once wrote, "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." The Endless, the third feature from genre-bending innovators Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead, posits that the supernatural is science we just don't understand yet.

11:00AM Thu. Sep. 28, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

Future Imperfect: Our Favorite Dystopian Films
None of us much want to spend our leisure time contemplating nuclear annihilation or government surveillance. But that’s what’s so great about the dystopia genre: Set a story 200 years in the future and suddenly our anxieties become entertainment – a space for our brains to wrestle with that which strikes the most fear in our hearts.

9:00AM Thu. Sep. 28, Kimberley Jones Read More | Comment »

Fantastic Fest Interview: Applecart
Genre mash-ups are in the blood of Fantastic Fest, but Applecart is that rarest of cinematic chimeras: a conspiracy creature feature, with an added dash of true crime critique.

4:46PM Wed. Sep. 27, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

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