[Fantastic Fest] Review Round-Up: THE LONG WALK, KNIVES AND SKIN, VFW, BLISS

By: Paul Farrell

VFW 2

I was told upon my arrival at Fantastic Fest that, at a certain point, the days would begin to blend together. That reality itself would become an unreliable entity, time passing in great chunks as nothing but movies, beer, and brief encounters with those I had previously only known via their Twitter handle float by in scarcely digestible vignettes. Yes, I was warned, I just thought it would take longer than a few days to kick in.

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[Fantastic Fest] Review Round-Up: THE ANTENNA, THE DEATH OF DICK LONG, COLOR OUT OF SPACE, HOMEWRECKER

By: Paul Farrell

Color Out Of Space 2

Friday, September 20th, 2019 was an important day. I’ve hit many milestones in my time on this Earth, but until this particular day I had never experienced a full day…of Fantastic Fest. It brought with it a sinister Turkish government satellite dish; the mysterious death of a man due to “getting weird;” an epic cosmic threat from the deepest reaches of outer space (complete with a bourbon-loving, alpaca-milking Nicolas Cage); and a hard-R, Lifetime-esque midnight movie that features the heavy use of a sledgehammer that was formerly wall art. Allow me to explain.

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[Fantastic Fest] SWEETHEART Review: A Lean, Character-Driven Creature Feature

By: Paul Farrell

Sweetheart

The water is clear and blue in the bright sunlight, the sandy floor unobscured. There’s something serene about the crystal clear sea, something calming about the lapping waves as they make their way toward the sandy shore. In the wake of the beaming sun, the beauty of the ocean’s vastness and what it holds just beneath the surface is utterly breathtaking, offering a staggering sense of unfathomable possibility — one that can feel as impressive in the light as it does imposing in the dark.

That’s when a girl washes ashore.

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