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    Fantasia '12 Review: 'Toad Road' A Captivating Micro-Budget Horror Film

    Screwing with genre in a similar way that micro-budget relative Aaron Katz does, Jason Banker's "Toad Road" is an off-putting horror tale that abstains from the easy routes its kin generally take. We're first introduced to James (James Davidson) as he awakens in a niveous woodland, isolated and curi...

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    Fantasia Fest Announces New Satoshi Kon Animation Award, Announces Set of Films for 2012 Fest

    The world's largest genre film festival, Montreal's mammoth Fantasia Fest, has announced that it will now program a section, Axis, devoted exclusively to animation, and will crown one film each year with the juried Satoshi Kon Award for Acheivement in Animation. The award is, of course, name...

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    Exclusive: Trailer and Poster for Fantasia Fest's 'Toad Road,' Directed by 'Walk Away Renee' DP Jason Banker

    "Teenage Paparazzo" and "Walk Away Renee" cinematographer Jason Banker's first narrative feature "Toad Road," world premieres later this month in Montreal at the 16th annual Fantasia International Film Festival. Indiewire has the exclusive trailer and poster for the dark thriller.

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    Fantasia Fest Announces First Wave of Programming; Jennifer Lynch's "Chained" to Have World Premiere

    The Fantasia International Film Festival has announced the first batch of programming for its 16th annual edition, which runs July 20-August 7 in Montreal, Canada.

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    A Market For Genre Film: Montreal's Fantasia Festival Embarks On New 'Frontières'

    Montreal's Fantasia International Film Festival -- one of the largest genre film festivals in the world -- is embarking on its 16th edition with a major new industry-driven venture: the Frontières International Co-Production Market. Frontières will be the first international co-production market to ...

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    Watch: Red Band Trailer for Denmark's 'Klown' Is Very Funny, Very Dirty, Very NSFW

    Start your day right, with a little Danish crass next to your coffee. Drafthouse Films opens "Klown" on July 27 (NY, LA, Austin & VOD), but the red band trailer for Mikkel Nøgaard's comedy, hailed by Eric Kohn as "raunchy, fearless and awesome," has arrived. The film is based on a popular Danish TV ...

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    Review: Too Meta 'Human Centipede Part 2' Almost Reaches The All-Time Gross-Out Pantheon

    Is Tom Six a filmmaker? Is Tom Six a storyteller? No, at this point, you’ll have to conclude he is neither of these things. What he is represents something maybe more honest, more pure: he’s a provocateur. In making “The Human Centipede: First Sequence,” Six took a memorably deranged subject of medi...

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    Fantasia '11 Review: 'Kidnapped' Starts Smart, But Ends As A Sleazy & Cheap Exploitation Flick

    The single setting thriller is a tough trick to overcome as a director, as it constrains nearly every aspect of a production making it all the more difficult to elevate the film from its static surroundings. Last year saw a spate of single-setting flicks hit theaters, and while Danny Boyle's "127 Hours" and J Blakeson's underrated "The Disappearance Of Alice Creed" showed what inventive filmmaking and a smart screenplay can do in opening up the narrative in compelling ways, the Ryan Reynolds-led "Buried" was an example of what happens with a director can't get past the basic conceit of the picture. Which brings us to "Kidnapped," the first fi...

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    Fantasia '11 Review: 'Bangkok Knockout' Delivers Awesome Action In An Otherwise Incompetent Film

    In many ways "Bangkok Knockout" is the perfect film for Fantasia (or any other similarly themed genre fest), but let's be clear: the latest from "Ong Bak 2" and "Ong Bak 3" director Panna Rittikrai is terrible in almost every conceivable technical, narrative and aesthetic category. It's atrociously acted, with a derivative, absurd story shot with no real skill except in making sure that when two characters are speaking to each other, they are both in the frame. However, when it's time for the fights -- which are frequent, exciting and amazingly staged, Rittikrai is firmly in his element and the audience is in his hand. "Bangkok Knockout" is p...

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    Fantasia '11 Review: 'Blackthorn' Catches Up With A Retirement Ready Butch Cassidy

    For the most part -- aside from a few forgettable/unknown titles -- no one has really taken on the legend of Butch Cassidy since Robert Redford and Paul Newman went out guns blazing in George Roy Hill's 1969 instant classic. Though "Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid" lives on as a cinematic touchstone and cultural reference point, the legend has largely been kept off the big screens as the boots of Redford and Newman are large to fill indeed. So you have admire the stones of writer Miguel Barros, director Mateo Gil and actor Sam Shepard for breaking the forty year taboo and making what is essentially a sequel (though more like a continuation...

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