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Review: These Final Hours, The Peak Of Australian Genre

4 hours ago

These Final Hours is a firecracker of a production set in the Australian city of Perth, on the final day before the world as we know it concludes. It is exactly what it sounds like; an intense genre exercise respecting the best of its kind whilst being imbued with truly original and meaningful characters and implications.Nathan Phillips (Wolf Creek) plays James, a strung-out, conflicted mess who aches to travel to his girlfriend's party and lose himself in drink, drugs and debauchery. Perth suburbia is transformed as machete wielding maniacs stalk areas blocked by makeshift supermarket trolley fences. This horrific genre element comes as a relief as These Final Hours could have been a contemplative, low-budget slow burn on what it means to be a part of the final...

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Fantasia 2014 Interview: Iguchi Noboru Talks Live And More

5 hours ago

My introduction to Iguchi Noboru came when I saw him running down the aisle of a cinema in Montreal, bedecked in a too-tight yellow jogging outfit. There to introduce his film Live to the Fantasia Film Festival crowd, he taught the audience how to say "butts" in Japanese ("Oshiri!"), and encouraged yelling the phrase out during the film's running time. The man is positively cherubic, a wide grin on his face that evokes a young child that knows he's getting away with something. His films play this way a bit, a mix of chaste with provocative, something that's blithely adolescent with an undercurrent of both playfulness and perversion. The next day, he introduced Nuigurumaa Z (aka Nuigulumar Z aka Gothic Lolita Battle Bear), a film...

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Fantasia 2014 Review: The Search For Weng Weng, Fruitful But Melancholy

6 hours ago

I first encountered the work of Filipino action hero and tiny man-child Weng Weng at this very festival in 2007. Andy Stark and Pete Tombs ran an absolutely bonkers reel of money shots from their Mondo Macabro release label in front of a Pakistani slasher film they produced that was playing at Fantasia that year. There was more than enough "Wtf" splashed on screen for those wild 16 minutes, but the clips featuring a 2 foot 9 inch James Bond sporting a jet pack, or jumping out of high rise and floating down with just an umbrella, was a stand out. This was the same year that The Chuds' Weng Weng Rap video popped up on a nascent Youtube, also featuring loads of clips from For Y'ur Height Only and The...

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