Late last week, we ran a writeup that covered the majority of films being screened at this year’s Fantastic Fest in Austin, TX. That writeup was (let’s be frank) a bit unwieldy, with dozens upon dozens of films listed and (thanks to some last-minute additions to the Fantastic Fest lineup) a couple of glaring omissions. So, in the interest of streamlining our Fantastic Fest coverage and keeping everyone informed, we’ve cooked up an all-new, completely refined, all-singing, all-dancing rundown of the films we’ll be seeing at this year’s gathering of film geeks. See it below, my gentle Examiner readers…
Our Fantastic Fest coverage started late last week with THIS writeup, which featured a massive, sprawling, in-no-way-easy-to-read list of all the films screening at this year’s Fantastic Fest. We knew that this writeup was…well, a tad difficult to sift through, and after learning earlier this afternoon that two more films would be joining the FF roster (that’d be LOVE and We Need to Talk About Kevin, which you can read about on THIS page), we decided that we oughtta go ahead and run a new list. Y’know, something that won’t provoke massive aneurisms amongst all the Comedy Examiner readers out there.
And so, we put together an official Fantastic Fest 2011 schedule, one which incorporates every last film we’re currently slated to screen over the next seven days.
By the way, if you’re just joining us: Fantastic Fest is the infamously awesome film festival held by Austin, TX’s Alamo Drafthouse each year. The fest boasts an avalanche of mindblowingly cool indie films, genre-movies, and more than a few zombie flicks (some of which, like Zombie Ass, are actually kinda-sorta-comedies). We covered Fantastic Fest last year, had a blast, and now we’re thrilled to get the chance to do it all over again.
So, what are we going to be seeing this year? Our lineup’s below:
The Human Centipede 2
Curse of The Alps
Interviews: Rick Baker (Oscar-winner), Tom Six (Human Centipede enthusiast)
Mondo’s screening of An American Werewolf in London
Elite Squad 2
Comin’ At Ya 3D
Juan of The Dead
Kill Me Please
The Loved Ones
Secret Screening #2
Comic-Con Episode 4: A Fan’s Hope
The Last Screening
So, as you can see, we’re going to have our hands full this week.
On Thursday, we’ve got the absolutely bizarre-sounding Michael, a film that tells the heartwarming tale of a pedophile who keeps a small boy under lock and key for several months (it’s not the feel-good movie of the year). After that, it’s Borderline, which we’re being told is one of the year’s most interesting dark comedies. Following that, we have the world premiere (you heard me) of Tom Six’s The Human Centipede 2, a film that we’re convinced is going to be the most talked-about film at this year’s Fantastic Fest: the original Human Centipede was a darkly comic masterpiece-slash-body horror film, and we can’t wait to see what Six has done for a follow-up. We’ll also have an exclusive interview with Six later in the weekend.
On Friday, Body Temperature (a dramedy about a man in love with a RealDoll, which should absolutely not be confused with that weird-ass movie Ryan Gosling made a few years ago) kicks things off before we head into our screening of the awkwardly-titled Sennentuntschi: Curse of The Alps (a movie involving the Swiss Alps, a dead priest, and a police officer who’s turned the locals against himself). That’s followed by Nacho Vigalondo’s Extraterrestrial, one of the films we’re most looking forward to this year: this is Vigalondo’s TimeCrimes follow-up, and considering how much we enjoyed that freaky/funny/sci-fi flick, we’re really expecting to enjoy Extraterrestrial.
Saturday is– without question– the harshest day we’ve got scheduled, with no less than five movies (and an interview with Oscar-winner Rick Baker). Things get started with Retreat, which is yet another takeoff of the “cabin in the woods” subgenre (hey, it had to be pretty good to be selected for Fantastic Fest…right, Tim League?), and then we’ve got Lars von Trier’s absolutely incredible-looking Melancholia. von Trier got into some trouble running his mouth at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, but from what we’ve heard, Melancholia might just be the best film he’s made in years: besides Centipede and Extraterrestrial, this is the film we’re looking forward to seeing the most this weekend.
After that, we’ve got our Rick Baker interview, followed by…huh, whatta you know: a screening of An American Werewolf in London (which comes with a brand-new print from the geniuses at MondoTees.com). That’s appropriate, innit? After that, it’s a screening of the award-winning documentary Knuckle, and then we cap the night off with a midnight screening of You’re Next, a horror/dark comedy/thing that we’ve been urged to see by no less than fourteen bajillion people after its screening at the Toronto International Film Festival. We expect great things from You’re Next, and– as with all the other films listed here– will have our review up as soon as humanly possible.
Now, while we have the rest of our Fantastic week already scheduled, we’re going to admit that there’s a very good chance that things might be rejiggered on the fly come Sunday: at that point, we’ll be several days into the Festival, ragingly hungover, and will– in all likelihood– need to move a few things around to accomodate our need for sleep and to fit in time to write up all these reviews (pro-tip: your humble Comedy Examiner is also covering Fantastic Fest for Collider.com and WhySoBlu.com).
That said, we have every intention of seeing the other films listed above, and some of them we’re going to see if we have to die trying, like Take Shelter (starring the awesomely weird Michael Shannon, last seen being awesomely weird on HBO’s Boardwalk Empire), the consistently raved-about action flick Elite Squad 2, Harry Knowles and Morgan Spurlock’s documentary Comic-Con Episode 4, horror film Livid, and– last but not least– the post-apocalyptic thriller The Day.
It’s going to be a long week, but we’re thrilled to be doing it. If you’re going to be in the Austin area (or, better yet, at Fantastic Fest), feel free to drop me a line. We can meet at the Highball, you can buy your favorite Examiner a beer or nine, and we can regale one another with tales of all the people who projectile vomited during the Thursday-night screening of Human Centipede 2: it’ll be a blast, I guarantee. Stay tuned for more on Fantastic Fest as the week continues, my precious snowflakes, and be sure to check out the trailer for one of our most-anticipated Fantastic Fest films, Melancholia– up there on the left– before you leave.
Oh, and one more thing: check out our exclusive interview with Fantastic Fest founder Tim League at THIS page!
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