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FantasyFilmFest 2010
« on: September 01, 2010, 06:12:33 PM »
Today starts this year's FantasyFilmFest in Munich. I am not really in the mood for it this year, so I got myself tickets for only four movies. Last year I watched eleven movies.

Should I post what I decided to watch, or do you want to be surprised when I post a short review for each?



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Re: FantasyFilmFest 2010
« Reply #1 on: September 02, 2010, 12:16:17 AM »
     Tucker & Dale vs Evil (2010/Canada)
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Universum Film (Germany)
Director:Eli Craig
Writing:Eli Craig (Writer), Morgan Jurgenson (Writer)
Length:89 min.
Video:Widescreen 2.35
Audio:German: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Subtitles:German

Stars:
Tyler Labine as Dale
Alan Tudyk as Tucker
Katrina Bowden as Allison
Jesse Moss as Chad
Philip Granger as Sheriff

Plot:
Tucker and Dale are two well-meaning hillbillies who just bought the vacation home of their dreams - a run-down, lakefront cabin in the middle of the woods. Only their peace is disrupted when a group of rowdy college students choose their area of the forest to go camping. When one of the girls falls into the lake (a result of Tucker and Dale startling her), they bring her back to their cabin to bandage her up. The catch: when they tell her friends they have her, the teens think they had kidnapped her. A chain of hilarious misunderstandings ensue, consisting of the teenagers accidentally killing themselves in front of the unsuspecting (and truly baffled) Tucker and Dale.

Extras:
  • BD-Live
  • Bonus Trailers
  • Featurettes
  • Scene Access
  • Trailers
  • Wendecover


My Thoughts:
Great start for my this year's FantasyFilmFest marathon. Tucker (Alan Tudyk from Firefly) and Dale are two good-hearted hillbillies who are mistaken by some college kids for a couple of killers because of some preconceptions and a lot of unfortunate accidents through which the college kids loose their lives one by one. This movie was real fun. It is for slasher movies what Shaun of the Dead was for zombie movies. I think I will get this one on DVD when it comes out.

Rating:
« Last Edit: August 07, 2011, 01:51:11 AM by Tom »



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Re: FantasyFilmFest 2010
« Reply #2 on: September 02, 2010, 10:02:28 PM »
Little Big Soldier

My Thoughts:
This time around I think I chose the wrong movie. This Jackie Chan film I found incredibly boring and it will definately not make it into my collection. I hope the rest of my choices were better.

My rating:
« Last Edit: September 04, 2010, 12:59:55 AM by Tom »



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Re: FantasyFilmFest 2010
« Reply #3 on: September 04, 2010, 12:50:29 AM »
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My Thoughts:
A strange movie. It is two separate storylines which only come together at the end in a very strange way. One story is about an Japanese-Mexican family where the father is having a wrestling match that day. It is a rather straight forward storyline. The other is very strange: A Japanese man is imprisoned in a very strange white room with a lot of "switches" in the wall. Each one of these does another, often bizzare, thing. You watch him trying to get out of this room and often funny ways and you see him getting more and more desperate. This is a movie I can recommend again.

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Re: FantasyFilmFest 2010
« Reply #4 on: September 04, 2010, 12:58:30 AM »
     Four Lions (2010/United Kingdom)
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Optimum Home Entertainment (United Kingdom)
Director:Chris Morris
Writing:Chris Morris (Writer), Jesse Armstrong (Writer), Sam Bain (Writer)
Length:97 min.
Video:Widescreen 1.78
Audio:English: PCM 2.0 Stereo, English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Subtitles:English

Stars:
Kayvan Novak as Waj
Nigel Lindsay as Barry
Riz Ahmed as Omar
Adeel Akhtar as Faisal
Preeya Kalidas as Sofia

Plot:
A handful of young men set out to take on the decadent West but are more of a threat to themselves than anyone else in this black comedy from the creator of Brass Eye, Chris Morris.

Omar (Riz Ahmed) is a devout Muslim living in the United Kingdom who has decided to form a terrorist cell to bring forth a jihad against a culture he believes is dominated by the sinful and ignorant. However, Omar isn't much of leader, and he's assembled an unimpressive team of fellow terrorists, among them Waj (Kayvan Novak), who lacks the brainpower to come up with ideas or direction on his own; Faisal (Adeel Akhtar), who is shy and doesn't have much to say; and Barry (Nigel Lindsay), a recent convert to Islam who tries to make up for his lack of practical knowledge with fierce passion.

As Omar and his comrades debate both doctrine and methods, they ponder such notions as using birds as explosive devices, creating video communiqués with a hip-hop flavor, and attacking mosques in an effort to provoke non-violent Muslims. But are Omar and his partners a legitimate threat to the safety of Great Britain, or just four half-bright twenty-somethings with more bluster than imagination?

Extras:
  • Bonus Trailers
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Featurettes
  • Interviews
  • Scene Access


My Thoughts:
The announcer said in the beginning, that this one probably will have a hard time to get a proper theatre release. "Who would want to watch a comedy about suicide bomber... except for you guys"
I enjoyed it. This one is another I can recommend. It's about some Pakistani guys living in Britain and planning to do a suicide bombing. You see them trying to make a video. You see them being totally paranoid. Firing a bazooka while holding it the wrong way. And one of the also accidentally blows himself up.



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« Last Edit: October 13, 2012, 05:17:51 PM by Tom »



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Re: FantasyFilmFest 2010
« Reply #5 on: September 04, 2010, 01:01:53 AM »
This was it for me for this year's Fantasy Film Fest. There is one other film I would have liked to watch but it comes during the day on a work day. It's TiMER, a interesting sounding rom-com with Emma Caulfield (Anya from Buffy). But I see that there is already a RC1 DVD release, so I will probably get that one.



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Re: FantasyFilmFest 2010
« Reply #6 on: September 04, 2010, 01:07:06 AM »
Four Lions

My Thoughts:
The announcer said in the beginning, that this one probably will have a hard time to get a proper theatre release. "Who would want to watch a comedy about suicide bomber... expect for you guys"
I enjoyed it. This one is another I can recommend. It's about some Pakistani guys living in Britain and planning to do a suicide bombing. You see them trying to make a video. You see them being totally paranoid. Firing a bazooka while holding it the wrong way. And one of the also accidentally blows himself up.

My rating:



I saw this a couple of months back. It is astonishing and I highly recommend it. You will laugh, even while your jaw drops at the audacity! I saw it with a friend from work who is Muslim and he laughed like a drain, then started to get mad... then laughed till he cried... then got mad again!  :hysterical:

It is a very clever film and perfectly walks a tightrope. You sympathise with these idiots, even though they are so dangerous.

The best way I came up to describe its tone is The Full Monty. It's one of those middle of the road films in terms of humour and the balance between serious and funny. But that in no way prepares you for how challenging it can be.
« Last Edit: September 04, 2010, 01:09:08 AM by Jon »

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Re: FantasyFilmFest 2010
« Reply #7 on: September 04, 2010, 01:52:57 AM »
It was short this year Tom... Usually you watch a lot more film than that.
The last one you have reviewed is the one interesting me the most. Let us know when it will get a dvd release (the zone isn't a big deal to me).

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Re: FantasyFilmFest 2010
« Reply #8 on: September 04, 2010, 01:56:56 AM »
It was short this year Tom... Usually you watch a lot more film than that.
As I mentioned in my opening post, I was not really in the mood for it this year. The last two years I watched eleven movies each. The year before it was five movies (it was my first FantasyFilmFest).



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Re: FantasyFilmFest 2010
« Reply #9 on: September 04, 2010, 01:59:43 AM »
The last one you have reviewed is the one interesting me the most. Let us know when it will get a dvd release (the zone isn't a big deal to me).

Seems like there is already a UK release: Amazon.co.uk Link
There is also a Blu-ray release available.



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Re: FantasyFilmFest 2010
« Reply #10 on: September 04, 2010, 02:02:29 AM »
I was going to say, UK region 2 is the best bet. It's been out here quite a while, but it's such a small film and a hard sell for some distributors. I really can't see it doing well in the States!

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Re: FantasyFilmFest 2010
« Reply #11 on: September 04, 2010, 02:14:50 AM »
Thanks ;D
It's now in my wishlist (have to wait a little to order more)

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Re: FantasyFilmFest 2010
« Reply #12 on: September 11, 2010, 09:36:30 AM »
I still miss this Festival very much :weep: and one of these years I will go back to Germany at the time it's held and watch every film they have again 8)


I'll place Tucker & Dale vs Evil on my to-watch-out-for list :)

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My Thoughts:
A strange movie. It is two separate storylines which only come together at the end in a very strange way.
Sounds like the concept of Babel.


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Re: FantasyFilmFest 2010
« Reply #13 on: September 11, 2010, 11:26:41 AM »
So, ive been slow around here recently and only just noticed this!!

Four Lions is an excellent film, its so funny... as soon as it gets a little cheaper im getting it  :thumbup: