Tom Joad calls Fantastic Fest’s THELMA a phenomenal film!!!

Director Trier handles the difficult, layered, emotional nuances of sexual awakening, leaving one’s childhood home, and becoming an adult with the deftness of a filmmaker with decades more experience under his belt.

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Thelma (Norway) die: Joachim Trier
 
Attending Fantastic Fest has repeatedly exposed me to at least five of my favorite film experiences of any given year. 2017 proves to be no exception as day one introduced me to THELMA.  Accurately capturing the gamut of complicated feelings which accompany the time when kids begin to cross the threshold into adulthood can be tough.  But in the skilled hands of filmmaker Joachim Trier, rest assured the story threads to be tightly woven and deftly told. 
 
We meet Thelma and in quick fashion feel the loneliness and isolation which dominate her initial time spent attending university in Oslo. The difficulties she encounters meeting new friends and the uncomfortable moments that are part and parcel with trying to appear cool when out of one’s element are further exacerbated by the pressures accompanying millennials growing up in a world dominated by social media. 
 
Taking a page from religious believers who bear such conviction they put faith in a higher power’s ability to alter a person’s predisposed inclinations, Thelma’s parents have instilled a sense of religion in her with the hope of quashing what may be supernatural abilities. 
 
However, nature threatens nurture when Thelma falls in love with another girl, unleashing her possibly destructive and wholly unpredictable potential, forcing her to re-examine both her upbringing and her future. 
 
Director Trier handles the difficult, layered, emotional nuances of sexual awakening, leaving one’s childhood home, and becoming an adult with the deftness of a filmmaker with decades more experience under his belt. And he

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Trailer for the HBO Doc, SPIELBERG, let’s you hang out with the Movie Brats!

He’ll be right here

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Hey folks, Harry here…  On October 7th, HBO is debuting a documentary titled, simply, SPIELBERG.  Most every film fan can trace some of their sweetest and most enduring film memories to this towering presence in cinema for the past 40 + years.   The idea of just watching Scorsese, Depalma, Spielberg and the rest of the Movie Brats play 70s era pool is just beyond extraordinary…  Can’t wait to see this:
 
 

Keep it cool,
 
Harry

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Flesh Gordon has a great time with BRAWL IN CELL BLCOK 99 at Fantastic Fest!

BRAWL IN CELL BLOCK 99 has a general release date of October 6. Don’t miss your chance to see it in theaters with an audience. I’m glad that I did.

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Greetings from FANTASTIC FEST 2017.
 
BRAWL IN CELL BLOCK 99
 
Director S. Craig Zahler’s followup to BONE TOMAHAWK is a success on so many levels.  First of all, this film is just absurdly fun to watch.  I honestly had a great time with it.  
 
BRAWL IN CELL BLOCK 99 also contains a great mix of character development and action.  Vince Vaughn has never been this cool or badass on screen, EVER.  His performance is both subtle and energetic.  I became quite invested in what would become of his character, Bradley Thomas, who could go from calm and calculating to physically explosive, almost instantaneously.  I actually gave a damn about a protagonist in an action movie, and I can’t say that that happens very often.  
 
BRAWL has action and violence that may be over the top for some, but it is so well choreographed and shot that I could’t keep my eyes off of it.  And the the combat is always used as a deliberate means to an end, and it actually drives the plot of the film, almost becoming its own character, that is always looming just right around the corner.  I am little embarrassed to admit just how cathartic the violence is in this film, at least it was for me and the audience that I saw it with.
 
 
BRAWL IN CELL BLOCK 99 has a general release date of October 6.  Don’t miss your chance to see it in theaters with an audience.  I’m glad that I did.  At my screening, I was also pleased to hear  Zahler make an announcement that he and Vaughn had just finished filming on another movie that they made together.  I’ll be eagerly looking out for that one.  Thanks for

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This Week’s SATURDAY SHORTS: Quietly Tresspassing, With Cool Hair, and A Submarine!

All Quiet; Submarine; Trespass; Cool Hair; Bastardgeist “Coast”

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Hello ladies and gentlmen, Muldoon here on this lovely *Sunday with a kickass selection of incredible shorts. While that title above might not have been my punniest… or even make much sense for that matter, let’s be real – you’re here and you likely have an idea of what you’re in for, titles be damned! I can only assume you’re familiar with the column if you’re here, and hey – if not – “Welcome!” The singular point of SATURDAY SHORTS is to check out badass films from filmmakers across the internet, talented individuals who have crafted something special out of their imagination and hardwork. This week’s selection includes a little bit of self reflection, absolute fear, violence, and even a relaxing tune or two. Carve out a bit of your weekend to give these films a shot! I can only promise you won’t be dissapointed! If you enjoy any of the films below today (or ever actaully), I truly do hope you reach out to the filmmakers or do whatever you can to help spread their film – be it Tweeting, posting on Facebook, or… just shooting a positive comment on whatever platform the film lives on. To put it bluntly, these filmmakers deserve admiration and respect – I can’t wait to see what they all do next! Enjoy the show!
 

ALL QUIET
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Let’s kick this party off with a solid short from Västerås, Sweden with Director Thomas Molén! “Somewhere a soldier wanders off to seek solitude and come to peace

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Former Congressman Calls Stevie Wonder ‘Another Ungrateful Black Multi-Millionaire’

“Tonight, I’m taking a knee for America,” Stevie Wonder told a cheering audience at Global Citizen Festival.  That was the start of a vitriolic and racist backlash against the legendary musician. This weekend, Stevie Wonder became the first musician to join scores of professional athletes taking a knee during the National Anthem.  That quickly stirred […]

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The Diva Del Mar Salutes Salyut-7 at Fantastic Fest!

It’s a good story, and its beautifully told. One can easily spot the plot points that were included for cinematic flair and they work to immerse you in the film. Definitely put Salyut-7 on your list as a solid space adventure period piece and let me

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As my second film of Fantastic Fest, I chose Salyut-7 a Russian film based on the true story about a slice of history in the midst of the space race between Russia and the U.S.  I love true stories like this when they come to the big screen because they spark my curiosity about our world history. I found myself researching the actual events after the film and adding some fascinating information to my brain. The way the filmmakers tell the story is remarkable and an important reminder of how a political cold war can push people to extremes. Even though this is my take away, I don’t think this was the message the filmmakers were going for. This is a film that celebrates national pride for Russian and the story is given a resplendent treatment as a triumph. 
 
The film’s jaw-dropping visuals and cinematography are established immediately. Director Klim Shipenko has made a decadent film and the camera work is stunning. I was reminded of Gravity, only because it shares the point of view of Earth’s orbit. However, the cinematography holds a distinctly unique flow and sense of movement that heightens the tension of many of the action sequences and exaggerates the beauty of outer space. Regardless of how one feels about this film overall, nobody could argue that it’s not simply gorgeous. 
 
The plot centers around a real-life mission in 1985 in which two cosmonauts go into orbit to repair a broken space station that has lost power. In the earlier

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