3 items from 2015
Special Mention: Battle Royale
Written and directed by Kinji Fukasaku
The concept of The Hunger Games owes much to Koushun Takami’s cult novel Battle Royale, adapted for the cinema in 2000 by Kinji Fukasaku. The film is set in a dystopian alternate-universe, in Japan, with the nation utterly collapsed, leaving 15 percent unemployed and 800,000 students boycotting school. The government passes something called the Millennium Educational Reform Act, which apparently provides for a class of ninth-graders to be chosen each year and pitted against one another on a remote island for 3 days. Each student is given a bag with a randomly selected weapon and a few rations of food and water, and sent off to kill each other in a no-holds-barred fight to the death. With 48 contestants, only one will go home alive. Yes, this has been often cited as the original Hunger Games; whether or not Suzanne Collins borrowed heavily »
- Ricky Fernandes
One of the many lovable elements of 2012’s Paranorman was how easy it was for genre fans to latch onto. It dipped its toes into the horror genre, giving small homage-filled shout outs to films that horror lovers adore. While that film and those nods were fun, it left me wondering if we’d ever receive an animated or claymation filled horror film. That’s where director Sam Ortí Martí’s Possessed comes in. Firing on all cylinders and never stopping for a single second, the stop-motion film is nothing short of a genuinely sadistic love letter to the horror genre and the films that inhabit that genre.
Throwing elements of over a dozen classics films into one stop-motion feast, Possessed gives its viewers The Exorcist, Evil Dead, The Omen and an incredibly impressive amount of others into one film, telling the story of a former superstar trying to raise »
- Jerry Smith
Indie toon helmer Sam, whose out-there “Possessed” plays in competition at this week’s Annecy Animation Festival, is prepping ”Vertigo’s Shadow,” a musical mixing live action and animation.
“My central idea is to have a real character in a stop-motion world. I want a realistic look in a fantastic environment. It will turn on a man confronting a world that he doesn’t understand,” Sam told Variety.
“Santiago is a great actor and an excellent singer. »
- Emilio Mayorga
3 items from 2015
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