‘THREE BILLBOARDS’ and ‘KILLING OF A SACRED DEER’ to premiere at Fantastic Fest 2017

August 8th, 2017 | Fantastic Fest, Film Festivals | 0 Comment

Preston Barta // Editor I probably say this every year around this time, but Fantastic Fest (Sept. 23-28) is the best week of the year for weird-movie lovers. I am certainly chief among them. While I can appreciate a moving drama or a superhero-spectacle movie, Fantastic Fest is where you go when you want to watch those one-of-a-kind type of movies. Just when you think you've had seen it all, you see a thriller about two cannibalistic sisters (RAW), or have a ...


Filmmaker Julia Ducournau bites into the humanity of cannibalism in ‘RAW’

by Preston Barta When you look at movies like 2014’s Boyhood or even last year’s Best Picture-winning Moonlight, it’s easy for people to see their lives reflected on screen because of a filmmaker’s specificity. The more detailed a filmmaker is with his or her film, the more you’ll connect, because individuality is what unites us. While Raw marks Julia Ducournau’s feature debut as a writer and director, she shows no signs of being an amateur. Her ...


Movie Review: ‘ARRIVAL’ – close encounters of the preferred kind

November 11th, 2016 | Fantastic Fest, Film Festivals, Movie Review, Reviews | 0 Comment

Preston Barta // Editor ARRIVAL Rated PG-13, 116 minutes. Director: Denis Villeneuve Cast: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker and Michael Stuhlbarg The demands of sci-fi filmmaking often require massive sums of money, because when aliens arrive on screen, humanity has to blow them up. Thankfully, there are some movies that land without breaking bank or depending on smash-and-grab space conflict to warrant your attention. With ARRIVAL, ...