Fantastic Fest 2017 – Thoroughbreds, Mary and the Witch’s Flower, and The Killing of a Sacred Deer

Welcome to The Green Screen of Death! Thank you for checking us out. We’re proud to cover Fantastic Fest. Our first review episode features full reviews from the first two days of the fest, and we offer quick and dirty thoughts on other movies we’ve watched. Format below!


0:00 – Intro and La Barbecue discussion

3:35 – Review – Thoroughbreds

7:40 – Review – Mary and the Witch’s Flower

12:50 – Review – The Killing of a Sacred Deer

20:55 – Lightning Round Reviews: Vampire Clay, Thelma, Ichi the Killer (4K Restoration), Before We Vanish, Cold Hell, Bad Genius, Let the Corpses Tan, Ron Goosens: Low-Budget Stuntman, Anna and the Apocalypse
38:22 – Closure

Fantastic Fest Interviews 2016

Welcome to The Green Screen of Death! Thank you for checking out this special episode where I interviewed some friends during Fantastic Fest 2016. The goal of these interviews is to capture favorite moments, get peopled hyped for the festival, and to make others jealous! =p Big thanks to: Alex Spivey, Gray Whitten, Brendan Foley, Jonnie Chang, Tyler Mager, Alan Cerny. Twitter profiles and timestamps below! Please note the links in the notes below, check out their work and check out the movie Tyler edited, it’s a FREE movie!

0:00 – Intro

0:50 – Alex Spivey

5:06 – Gray Whitten Gray’s ATLegOH! Blog

9:35 – Brendan Foley Cinapse

13:58 – Jonnie Chang Top 5 Film Podcast

21:23 – Tyler Mager “My Name is Jordan” Edited by Tyler (FREE MOVIE!)

31:38 – Alan Cerny ComingSoon.net

Misplaced Rage Over Wind River

Last week I read a series of tweets from a woman who had harsh words for a First Nations publication for offering a positive review of the movie, Wind River. I will not name this woman because I’m not here to bring any more attention than she deserves – her Twitter account is also protected, so nobody reading this can read her tweets. In a series of tweets she expressed anger over the depiction of rape in the movie – a young First Nations woman gets raped, and it is an upsetting scene. This woman attacked the publication with much fury, and questioned if the reviewer watched a shortened version of the trailer. Here’s the irony in her rant, she admitted that she didn’t even watch the movie. Continue reading “Misplaced Rage Over Wind River”

76 – Logan Lucky, Wind River, and The Trip to Spain

Welcome to The Green Screen of Death! We took a week off, our batteries are recharged!

0:00 – Intro and non-movie discussion

12:35 – RIP Jerry Lewis

16:25 – The Rant – Where we rant about anything movie-related

19:45 – Review – Logan Lucky

29:08 – Review – Wind River

37:20 – Review – The Trip to Spain

46:00 – Breaking News!! Press Credentials for Fantastic Fest!!

46:50 – Movie Club Discussion – Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Next movie: Frozen River)

61:30 – Lightning Round and Fantasia 2017 Coverage – The Dark Tower, Detroit, A Ghost Story, Savage Dog, Tokyo Idols, Assholes, 78/52, Icarus, The Villainess, North by Northwest, The Transfiguration, The Glass Castle, An Inconvenient Sequel, The Hitman’s Bodyguard

84:00 – Upcoming films and closure

Fantasia Reviews – 78/52, and Assholes

78/52

Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho paved the way for filmmakers, and film lovers past and present. 78/52 is a frame by frame analysis of the famous shower scene that has often been replicated, but never duplicated. Alexandre O. Philippe (Director) interviews some of the people directly involved in the film such as Marli Renfro (Janet Leigh’s body double), as well as filmmakers who were inspired by Hitchcock’s craft: Eli Roth, Karyn Kusama, and Guillermo del Toro to name a few. The approach peels back like layers of an onion: the audience learns about the bigger picture, set design, symbolism of the setup, the political climate of 1960, then as the layers are peeled away we learn more about the process, how each shot was captured, and the meticulous way Hitchcock lured in audiences for a terrifying scene.

It’s remarkable to consider the political landscape of 1960. The average American citizen was aware of global threats, but did not consider their own home as a form of terror. Even photographing the toilet was considered off-limits during this time. It’s fascinating to listen to these talented filmmakers, writers, critics, actors, actresses all discuss the brilliance of every frame from this sequence. Psycho is so deeply ingrained into our cultural landscape that it has no doubt changed the way many of us take a shower while we’re home alone.

Part of the fully realized goal of this finely crafted film is to gain a new appreciation of a film most film lovers have viewed many times over. There’s a fascinating sequence where there is a deep discussion of the Marion’s internal struggle over confessing her crimes, and accepting the consequences. Water is a powerful symbol and it can be used to represent life and death.

78/52 is a must-see film for film lovers. Whether you’re looking for insight into a film you adore, or just want to hang out with some friends and participate in the conversation, there is a lot to chew on. Shot beautifully in black and white, this is a visually and aurally pleasing film to watch about a woman getting murdered in the shower.

Assholes

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to watch an extreme close-up of two people making out while their mouths are covered in disgusting herpes sores? Me neither! The film opens with Adah (Betsey Brown) talking with her therapist about her family problems, as well as finding someone else who enjoys the same off the wall sex as she does. Lucky for her, the next patient Aaron (Jack Dunphy) explains to his therapist how he fantasizes about aggressive anal sex – voila! A match made in…hell? Aptly named, this film follows the antics these assholes get into – from patronizing her brother in the film, as well as her parents. Watch as these two assholes spit into each other’s mouths, hump on the streets of New York, and give everyone around them a horrible time, including the audience.

Written and Directed by Peter Vack (Brown’s real-life brother, and on-screen brother), it’s difficult to put a finger on the point of this film. The subversive nature is manufactured to shock and upset the audience. The audience can do without repeated close-ups of herpes sores, but Vack goes to that well repeatedly. Is the audience supposed to walk away with a lesson in preventing the spread of STDs? Did we witness a bizarre collective therapy session for Vack and his family? Did we mention that his parents are in the film and witness many of these bizarre sexual acts being performed on their daughter?

There are a few entertaining takeaways, however. Assholes is a well-shot film by Justin Zweifach. While the content may not be appealing, the shot composition is well-planned and beautifully executed. There is a sequence shot in Times Square that looks breathtaking, all while you watch these jerks cause mayhem and hump each other in the streets. This sequence has shining moments that are quite funny.

At the end of the day, Assholes is intended to be a shocking film that some people may dare others to watch. We hesitate to make that same recommendation when there are better subversive films available already.

78/52 and Assholes appear as part of our coverage of the 21st edition of Fantasia 2017.

Fantasia Review: Tokyo Idols

In Japan, the “idol” industry provides a living for young girls, and fulfills desires of much older men. The girls range between the ages of 10-20, and the men appear old enough to be their fathers or grandfathers. The girls perform pop songs, while dancing along to the music while these men dance and cheer for them the way North Americans may imagine young children cheering for boy bands on this side of the globe. Sounds harmless, right? Kyoke Miyake’s (Director/Writer) documentary sheds light on the dark side of this industry.
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75 – Dunkirk, Valerian, Atomic Blonde, and Movie Club #50

0:00 – Intro and non-movie discussion

7:50 – R.I.P. Sam Shepard

11:00 – The Rant – Where we rant about anything movie-related

16:50 – Review – Dunkirk

31:50 – Review – Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

39:45 – Review – Atomic Blonde

48:00 – Movie Club Discussion – In the Mood for Love (Next selection: Hedwig and the Angry Inch)

1:05:35 – Movie Club Top 5 Discussion Full Letterboxd List

1:28:50 – Lightning Round Reviews: The Invisible Guest, A Ghost Story, Lady Macbeth, The Little Hours, Top of the Lake Season 2, Game of Thrones, Your Name

1:42:17 – Upcoming films and closure