Fantastic Fest Day Two Recap
Fantastic Fest is in full swing with a number of fun movies to watch.
First up was Bad Genius, a great Thai film about a group of kids that take high school cheating to the next level. It's basically Ocean's 11 in high school, and it's truly amazing.
Next up came Maus, a psychological horror film about a Bosnian woman who gets stuck in the woods and is harassed by two Serbian men. This was not my cup of tea, and was very reminiscent of the metaphorical take espoused by Darren Aronofsky's mother! - while I liked Aronofsky's film, Maus could not captivate my attention.
Third in line at the fest was Anna and the Apocalypse, which captivated the audience. I do not believe anybody knew what they had in store, and were simply expecting a mild diversion. Instead, what we got was the best zombie comedy since Shaun of the Dead, but with great musical numbers to boot. This is definitely the surprise hit of the fest thus far. My full review can be found here.
The Killing of a Sacred Deer comes next. It's not a film for everyone, but I really enjoyed what it accomplishes. Colin Ferrell and Nicole Kidman give terrific performances, but the true standout is the disturbed performance by Barry Keoghan.
Finally came the midnight movie, Applecart. This may very well be the worst movie I've seen at the fest this year. The film tells you its beats before they occur, effectively killing any suspense. The acting is stiff, and the pacing is unfortunate.
For those of you at Fantastic Fest this year, here are the movies I've seen that I enjoyed the most that played during day two. A list of my hits and misses for day one can be found here.
DAY TWO HITS:
Anna and the Apocalypse
The Killing of a Sacred Deer
DAY TWO MISSES
Hagazussa - A Heathen's Curse
Rabbit - read the review here