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  • The Astrologer 1975

    ★★★½ Watched 20 Sep, 2014

    2nd movie on Day 3 at FF2014 and every bit as bizarre and wonderful as I had heard. Absolutely captivating. Has everything a long, lost treasure should have and never ceases to amaze with its smash cut editing and character treatments. A real gem that I hope others will soon see. Easily one of my favorites from the festival and an unforgettable experience.

  • The Duke of Burgundy 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 20 Sep, 2014 2

    First film on Day 3 at FF2014. Another favorite of the fest from the director of TIFF/FF darling Berberian Sound Studio, Peter Strickland. My initial reaction after viewing this overtly sensual relationship on the rocks was: strange colour of your lickerish duet, a la Radley Metzger through the lens of Helene Cattet & Bruno Forzani. So much texture on exhibit; I want to vacation in this world. Beautiful, honest and honestly weird.

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  • Jodorowsky's Dune 2013

    ★★★★★ Watched 21 Sep, 2013

    My new favorite film of Fantastic Fest. Essential viewing not just for Jodo fans but anyone who loves art, music and/or film. If you create, you must see this this.

  • The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires 1974

    ★★★ Watched 03 Jun, 2013 2

    I get the charm and novelty of this Hammer/Shaw mash-up but I wouldn’t classify this as a better representation from either studio. However, together they’ve found a unique balance. In essence 1+1=3 in this case. The fighting scenes aren’t great and the Hammer elements only serve to drive the plot. Neither executed very well but combined it becomes an entertaining watch. Fun to see Peter Cushing so active in fighting the vampires. Plenty of replay value.