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Fantasy Festival Day 4

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It Follows (USA 2014)

3.5 out of 5

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The Weekend 5

  • 15 documentaries that switched course during filming.
  • Lena Dunham published a chapter from her new book in the New Yorker, and it’s a good read.
  • gURL – the forgotten pioneer of teenage pop-feminism.
  • The objects 10 celebrities took to the grave.
  • Trailer of the Week: The Dardenne Brothers’ Two Days, One Night

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Fantasy Festival Day 3

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Coherence (USA 2014)

3.5 out of 5

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Fantasy Festival Day 2

The Voices (USA/Germany 2014)

3 out of 5

Jerry (Ryan Reynolds) is a genial mentally distressed factory worker who believes his pet dog and cat (adeptly voiced by Reynolds) talk to him. Jerry has just been released from jail for unknown reasons and has opted to not take his medication with hazardous results. The slight twist of the film is that Jerry is a sweet-natured guy, who does not seem to intend to do the heinous things he does. This palatable, upbeat film is amusing yet ultimately disappointing as it reinforces destructive stereotypes about schizophrenia such as its hereditary ‘nature’ and the connection between mental distress and violent behavior. Director Marjane Satrapi’s debut Persepolis was nuanced and well-studied, two things this film is not.

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Fantasy Festival Day 1

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The Rover (Australia/USA 2014)

4 out of 5

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The Weekend 5

  • On the ‘magic age’ when you find your musical taste.
  • Why we trust those who love basic food.
  • 50 essential feminist films.
  • The A.V. Club’s Sean O’Neil on how Reality Bites and the slackers of 1994 all but ruined him.
  • Trailer of the Week: Damien Chazelle’s Whiplash

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Night Moves (2014)

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3.5 out of 5

Josh (Jesse Eisenberg) and Dena (Dakota Fanning) are eco activists living in rural Oregon. The people they surround themselves with are conscientious do-gooders trying to improve the ecosystem with one small film and organic farm at a time, but that doesn’t seem to be enough for Josh and Dena.  The two have a bigger plan in store that involves teaming up with fellow radical environmentalist Harmon (Peter Sarsgaard). In reality, though, there are never easy fixes and they are to forced learn that the hard way.

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The Weekend 5

  • Two reflections on Robin Williams’ untimely passing.
  • Rebecca Mead on the scourge of ‘relatability’ in culture.
  • An excellent video essay on films in the summer of 1979.
  • And just to lighten the mood: Robert Crumb’s No Hope diagram.
  • Trailer of the Week: Helene Cattet & Bruno Forzani’s The Strange Color of Your Body’s Tears

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The Weekend 5

  • What do Neil Young, Kurt Cobain, and other disabled rockers teach us about working with disability and chronic illness?
  • Radiohead’s motion picture soundtracks.
  • A great article on Vivian Maier, street photography, and consent.
  • 8bit grunge.
  • Trailer of the Week: Kevin Smith’s Tusk

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The Weekend 5

  • Its time for another round of infographics on gender inequality in film.
  • A hilarious look at a family going to an art show.
  • How When Harry Met Sally used physical spacing to tell its love story. (thanks Karolin!)
  • Why Gilmore Girls was secretly a Twin Peaks tribute show.
  • Trailer of the Week: Charlie McDowell’s The One I Love

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