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Archive for ‘Festivals’

Information about our favorite Film Festivals and the great features and shorts they’re showing.

Mike’s Review: Offseason (2021) (SXSW Festival)

Mike’s Review: Offseason (2021) (SXSW Festival)

★★.5 out of ★★★★★ Pulling the perfect Lovecraftian film is a feat like no other. It’s been tried again and again. You might even say film makers repeated attempts to crawl inside Mr. Lovecraft’s tortured brain is rife with peril, failure, and madness. Or more to the point, it’s a cursed mission. Many have attempted to bring Lovecraft to the silver screen and most have failed. In the case, of 2021’s Offseason, it’s not so much a failure, but a dull attempt.

Eric’s Review: Alien on Stage (2021) (SXSW Festival)

Eric’s Review: Alien on Stage (2021) (SXSW Festival)

★★★★1/2 out of ★★★★★
Alien on Stage is a documentary about a troupe of bus drivers turned community theater actors who got the opportunity of a lifetime to perform their production on stage in a theater in the famed West End of London. Though you sweat out whether these charming neophytes can pull it off, there is enough of an inkling that they’ve got something special that this endeavor is so crazy that it just… might… work!

Poe, Lovecraft, and an African Lake Monster Feature in MidWest WeirdFest’s 2021 First Wave Announcement

Poe, Lovecraft, and an African Lake Monster Feature in MidWest WeirdFest’s 2021 First Wave Announcement

Wisconsin’s MidWest WeirdFest reliably features some of the most unusual, exciting, and entertaining narrative features and documentaries from around the world, and the fest’s first wave announcement for this year shows that the tradition continues. From Lovecraft and Poe to Mokele-Mbembe and far, far beyond, the first seven features announced are something to look forward to as the fest’s March 5–7 dates quickly approach. Following is MidWest WeirdFest’s official press announcement.

MidWest WeirdFest Presents Its Indiegogo Campaign to Support the Festival’s Fifth Edition

MidWest WeirdFest Presents Its Indiegogo Campaign to Support the Festival’s Fifth Edition

Genre-film fans with an interest in the paranormal, UFOs, cryptids, and offbeat cinema fare absolutely need to know about Wisconsin’s MidWest WeirdFest. Each year, the festival features superb narrative and documentary features and shorts from around the globe, and this year, the fest has launched an Indiegogo campaign to help continue its tradition of bringing the fine fare for which it is known and to support its home base, Eau Claire’s Micon Downtown Cinema.

Eric’s Review: #Shakespeare’s Shitstorm (2020) (Another Hole in the Head Film Festival)

Eric’s Review: #Shakespeare’s Shitstorm (2020) (Another Hole in the Head Film Festival)

★1/2 out ★★★★★ If you have a conventional sense of social norms.
★★★★ out of ★★★★★ if you are a Troma fan and appreciate trashy and depraved satire.

Lloyd Kaufman and team Troma return to their Shakespearean roots and turn this loose-bowel take on The Tempest into a skewering of the social norms of today’s culture. This is the strongest, funniest, and most consistent Troma film I have seen since the ’80s Troma glory days but it also pushes the censorship limbo bar so low that there may not be room to go more lowbrow than this.