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  • Food and the Maiden

    Food and the Maiden

    ★★★½

    Definitely add this to your "food movie" list. Excellent depictions of cooking and life in a small restaurant / bar in Japan. Movie features intertwining stories of people and their strange eating behavior. Much of is centered around this pub and the awkward relationship between Saori the cook and Kujo, the guy who won't eat anything prepared by her, which is the most interesting story of the bunch. But all these characters are odd and very Japanese. Unique film worth a look esp. for food people.

  • Sing

    Sing

    ★★★★½

    First short up in the Oscar-nominated Live Action Short Films and my pick to take the award. Touches on a relatable concern around real issues surrounding inclusion and how we view "participation trophies" through the lens of these school children in Hungary. Well told and balances the topic with a large scoop of humor and comeuppance. Proves that these shorts don't have to be in-your-face and heavy-handed with controversial subject matter to be effective.

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  • Jodorowsky's Dune

    Jodorowsky's Dune

    ★★★★★

    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

    The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires

    ★★★

    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.