The Last Thing Mary Saw

The Last Thing Mary Saw (2021)

The Last Thing Mary Saw first published by Movies on Weekends The Last Thing Mary Saw begins with young Mary (Stefanie Scott) opening a book to a story entitled The Old Lady of Bethabara, and starting to read. The next scene is separated from this not just by the film’s title, but by time. For…

King Knight

King Knight (2021)

King Knight first published by Movies On Weekends Richard Bates Jr.‘s King Knight begins with an animated picture book, and a “once upon a time”-style narration, as though we are about to watch a Disney fairytale – although the book’s final image is a map of contemporary California, as the narrator declares “sometimes the most…

Ultrasound

Ultrasound (2021)

Ultrasound first published by Movies On Weekends “How does one thing have anything to do with the other?”, asks wheelchair-bound patient Glen (Vincent Kartheiser), hoping to see his immobility cured, but confused by the folder in front of him containing a script more of the movie than of the medical variety, and by the rôle-playing…

Sadness

The Sadness (2021) at Fantasia

The Sadness has had its Nort American première at Fantasia 2021 New outbreaks of the undead have been infecting cinemas across the world for the last two decades, and even if Taiwan ought, as an island state, to be relatively protected, it has not proven wholly immune – perhaps as a sign of a politically…

Hellbender

Hellbender (2021) at Fantasia

Hellbender has its world première at Fantasia 2021   Written and directed by John Adams, Zelda Adams and Toby Poser (the aptly named ‘Adams family’), Hellbender begins with overt overkill. Caught squatting around a grisly pile of body parts, a woman (Judy Rosen) with a grotesquely sewn-up mouth is hanged in the woods by a…

Hotel Poseidon

Hotel Poseidon (2021) at Fantasia

Hotel Poseidon has its international première at Fantasia 2021 Sometimes a place can become part of the person that inhabits it. The very first thing that we see in writer/director Stefan Lernous’ feature debut Hotel Poseidon is a large dead fish in a half-empty tank of rancid water. It is as good an image as…

Sweetie

Sweetie, You Won’t Believe It (2020) at Fantasia

Sweetie, You Won’t Believe It (Zhanym, ty ne poverish) has its Canadian première on demand at Fantasia 2021 The opening sequence of Yernar Nurgaliyev’s Sweetie, You Won’t Believe It (Zhanym, ty ne poverish) shows Dastan (Danyar Alshinov) in a department store, browsing a copy of Steve Harvey’s Act Like A Lady, Think Like A Man…

Coming Home In The Dark

Coming Home In The Dark (2021) at Fantasia

Coming Home In The Dark has its Canadian première on demand at Fantasia 2021 Middle-class, middle-aged couple Alan (Erik Thomson) and Jill (Miriama McDowell) are hiking through a remote coastal area of New Zealand on a family day out. As their constantly bickering twin teenage sons Maika (Billy Paratene) and Jordan (Frankie Paratene) walk some…

Fantasia 2021

Silver Line-Up: Fantasia International Film Festival 2021

There is no analysing relationships, but when it works, it works. The average Canadian marriage lasts 14 years – but Fantasia (2021), Montreal’s odd coupling of genre and Asian cinema, is still going strong in its 25th year, in defiance of all marital statistics. Last year, Coronavirus forced the International Film Festival entirely online, locking it…

Beyond The Infinite Two Minutes

Beyond the Infinite Two Minutes (2021) at Fantasia

Beyond the Infinite Two Minutes has its North American Première on demand at Fantasia 2021 Junta Yamaguchi’s feature debut Beyond the Infinite Two Minutes opens – like films as otherwise varied as Orson Welles’ Touch of Evil (1958), Robert Altman’s The Player (1992), Jung Byung-gil’s The Villainess (2017) and Shin’ichirô Ueda’s One Cut of the…