[Fantasia 2020] Short Films: PROGENY / WHO GOES THERE?

Men and parasites are a common theme in these two vastly different but equally creepy short films.

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HELL OR HIGH WATER: Desperation and Death in the Dirty South

Hell or High Water. 2016. Directed by David Mackenzie. Screenplay by Taylor Sheridan. Starring Ben Foster, Chris Pine, Jeff Bridges, Dale Dickey, William Sterchi, Gil Birmingham, Buck Taylor, Kristin Berg, & Katy Mixon. Film 44/OddLot Entertainment/Sidney Kimmel Entertainment. Rated 14A. 102 minutes. Crime/Drama/Western ★★★★★ Disclaimer: This review may contain several spoilers concerning the film’s finale.Continue reading “HELL OR HIGH WATER: Desperation and Death in the Dirty South”

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Bad Day at Black Rock: An Open, American, Hardboiled Wound

Bad Day at Black Rock. 1955. Directed by John Sturges. Screenplay by Millard Kaufman; adapted by Don McGuire & based on a story from Howard Breslin. Starring Spencer Tracy, Robert Ryan, Anne Francis, Dean Jagger, Walter Brennan, John Ericson, Ernest Borgnine, Lee Marvin, Russell Collins, & Walter Sande. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Not Rated. 81 minutes. Crime/Drama/Mystery ★★★★★Continue reading “Bad Day at Black Rock: An Open, American, Hardboiled Wound”

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Civil War-Era Creeps in DEAD BIRDS

Not often do we get a Civil War-era horror story. Screenwriter Simon Barrett pens this fascinating indie crossing supernatural horror with a tale of the South, slavery, robbers and gold.

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Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained: Slavesploitation

Django Unchained. 2012. Directed & Written by Quentin Tarantino. Starring Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson, Walton Goggins, James Remar, David Steen, Dennis Christopher, Don Johnson, Franco Nero, Bruce Dern, M.C. Gainey, Jonah Hill, Tom Wopat, Don Stroud, Russ Tamblyn, Amber Tamblyn, and Tom Savini. The Weinstein Company/Columbia Pictures. RatedContinue reading “Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained: Slavesploitation”

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The Hateful Eight: Tarantino & Race Relations in America

The Hateful Eight. 2015. Directed & Written by Quentin Tarantino. Starring Samuel L. Jackson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Kurt Russell, Walton Goggins, Bruce Dern, Demián Bichir, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, James Parks, Dana Gourrier, Zoë Bell, and Gene Jones. The Weinstein Company. Rated 18A. 187 minutes. Comedy/Drama/Mystery ★★★★★ For me, when I first got interested in film QuentinContinue reading “The Hateful Eight: Tarantino & Race Relations in America”

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Back to the Cannibalism of the Wild West with Bone Tomahawk

Bone Tomahawk. 2015. Directed & Written by S. Craig Zahler. Starring Kurt Russell, Patrick Wilson, Richard Jenkins, Sean Young, Lil Simmons, Zahn McClarnon, Matthew Fox, David Arquette, Kathryn Morris, and Sid Haig. Caliber Media Company. Rated R. 132 minutes. Horror/Western ★★★★★ This is a movie I’ve waited a long time to see. Ever since IContinue reading “Back to the Cannibalism of the Wild West with Bone Tomahawk”

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A Modern-Looking Wild West in Revenge Western The Salvation

The Salvation. 2014. Directed by Kristian Levring. Screenplay by Anders Thomas Jensen & Kristian Levring. Starring Mads Mikkelsen, Eva Green, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Eric Cantona, Mikael Persbrandt, Douglas Henshall, Michael Raymond- James, Jonathan Pryce, Alexander Arnold, Nanna Øland Fabricius, Toke Lars Bjarke, and Sean Cameron Michael. Zentropa Entertainments/Forward Films/Spier Films/F.I.L.M.S./Det Danske Filminstitut/Danmarks Radio (DR)/Nordisk Film &Continue reading “A Modern-Looking Wild West in Revenge Western The Salvation”

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