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  • Fantastic Fest 2009 Preview

    By | September 23, 2009

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    With the insane awesomeness of Fantastic Fest 2009 only a day away, our very own Don Simpson has screened some of the films that will be featured, and provided reviews for both.

    First up is a UK film based on a true story and described by many as “A Clockwork Orange-esque”, Bronson:

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    Hardy’s transcendental performance is reason enough to see Bronson – there are few performances will ever top this one. The real Michael Peterson should be proud. Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, Bronson can be read as a scathing indictment of celebrity culture and glorification of violence in the media; or perhaps a critique of the prison system’s inability to rehabilitate criminals; or maybe an example of how a downtrodden economy makes some people want to go to prison for free room and board…(Read More)

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    Next is the Japnesse film that recently took the 2009 Berlin Film Festival FIPRESCI Prize & Caligari Film Award. It’s got some major running time and socially awkward issues, Love Exposure (Ai no mukidashi):

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    Clocking in just shy of four hours, Love Exposure spends an obscene quantity of time building the back-story of the film’s protagonist, Yu (Takahiro Nishijima)…and gratuitously focusing on panty shots…but I’ll get back to that later.

    Yu’s mother dies while he is just a child. Before she dies, Yu’s mother gives him a statue of the Virgin Mary. Yu’s father becomes a Catholic priest, but then his fancy is tickled by another woman. Overburdened by the guilt of his own actions, Yu’s father forces Yu to confess on a daily basis…(Read More)

    Stay tuned as we bring you more coverage of Fantastic Fest 2009!

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