Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Fantastic Fest 2019 - Day 2

Movie 1: RIDE YOUR WAVE


This is the most wholesome and uplifting movie I've seen all year. The animation style takes a bit getting used to if you're unfamiliar with Masaaki Yuasa's previous work, but it is flat-out gorgeous at times. The host that introduced the movie warned us the song used throughout would be an earworm, and ain't that the truth. (5 out of 5 stars)

Movie 2: SWALLOW


What sounds like a ridiculous premise turns out to be a quiet, yet unnerving piece of work about a woman trying to regain some control in her life. (4 out of 5 stars)

Movie 3: THE VAST OF NIGHT


Despite its well-done homage/spoof of THE TWILIGHT ZONE aesthetic in the intro and end sequences, it doesn't fully feel like an episode of the show at all. It's merely a set dressing. There are at least three "oners" with the camera just sloooowly zooming in on a character as they talk on and on, and I almost fell asleep on each of them. When something genuinely exciting and creepy finally happens, the movie ends. So it's both too long and too short. (3 out of 5 stars)

Movie 4: FRACTURED


The twist here is that the twist is so obvious that there has to be another twist, but there isn't. Another mediocre entry in the Netflix pantheon. (2 out of 5 stars)

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