Tue, 10 March 2009
Tickets are on sale now (http://www.phillycinefest.com/ticket-info.cfm) for the 2009 Philadelphia Film Festival and Cinefest 09 (http://www.phillycinefest.com/index.cfm), presented by TLA Entertainment. The event runs from March 26-April 9. Check out these genre offerings:
I Sell the Dead (USA, 2008) Directed by Glenn McQuaid. Starring Dominic Monahan, Larry Fessenden, Ron Perlman, Angus Scrimm. Vampires, ghouls and vicious rivalries are just part of the fantastical adventures this devilishly mischievous horror film that slayed audiences at Slamdance 09 and Toronto After Dark Film Festival. East Coast Premiere
Able (USA/Germany, 2008) Directed by Marc Robert. As an aggressive virus ravages the city, a group of Berliners resort to their basic animal instinct for survival, resulting in disturbing and murderous consequences. North American Premiere
Art of the Devil 3 (Thailand, 2008) Directed by the Ronin Team. Revenge is served hot, quick and drenched in more bloody ooze imaginable in this scream-inducing, spectacularly creative, and violent prequel that makes the popular Saw franchise seem like child’s play. Philadelphia Premiere
4BIA (Thailand, 2008) Directed by Banjong Pisanthanakun, Paween Purikitpanya, Youngyooth Thongkonthun, Parkpoom Wongpoom. In this aggressively scary terror ride, Thailand’s best directors take no prisoners, delivering four tales of horror guaranteed to shake, rattle and roll your nerves. Philadelphia Premiere
Left Bank (Belgium, 2008) Directed by Pieter Van Hees. Surmounting doubt, dread and helplessness fuels an attractive woman’s state of mind as she begins to unlock a mystery, that will put her face to face with an ancient, unknowable evil. Philadelphia Premiere
Not Quite Hollywood (Australia, 2008) Directed by Mark Hartley. Forget about Peter Weir art films or Nicole Kidman musicals. “Ozploitation” was the gleefully dirty sibling of the Australian film industry by celebrating full frontal nudity, unrelenting gore and over-the-top explosive mayhem in the 70s and 80s. East Coast Premiere
Plague Town (USA, 2008) Directed by David Gregory. Brutally sadistic, mutant children begin a cat and mouse game with an American family on a stomach churning quest to add more victims to their world. Philadelphia Premiere
Straight for the Kill: Shorts Program. Enter a dark lair of twisted films as you take small bites of terror, horror and animated fantasy, served quick and fast. From killer trees to serial killers to children in jeopardy, it’s a smorgasbord of gruesomeness, fun and dark humor featuring some of the best in genre short films including popular selections from multiple Fantastic Festivals around the world. Films featured: The Fairy Princess, A Little Mouth to Feed, Rite, Side Effect, White Radishes, I Don’t Sleep I Dream, The Horribly Slow Murderer with the Extremely Inefficient Weapon, The Painter of the Skies and Treevenge.
20th Century Boys Philadelphia Premiere
ADDITIONAL GENRE FILMS IN THE PHILADELPHIA – CINEFEST 09 PROGRAM
Moon (Britain, 2009) Directed by Duncan Jones. Starring Sam Rockwell, Voice of Kevin Spacey. In this independent science-fiction thriller, Sam Rockwell’s brilliant performance and Duncan Jones’ (David Bowie’s son) expert direction made this one of the must-see films at Sundance 09. East Coast Premiere
Sita Sings the Blues (USA, 2008) Directed by Nina Paley. A rousing mash-up of shadow puppetry and full on Technicolor Bollywood splendor, director Nina Paley’s autobiographical, animated concoction explodes of the screen. Philadelphia Premiere
Surveillance (USA, Germany, 2008) Directed by Jennifer Lynch. Starring Julia Ormond, Bill Pullman, Michael Ironside. When a series of shocking and grotesque murder disrupts the normally tranquil open plains of America’s heartland, the FBI is called in to piece together the three survivors’ very different stories. Philadelphia Premiere
Mortadello and Filemon: Misson - Dave the Planet (Spain, 2008) Directed by Miguel Bardem. Inept super spies Mortadello and Filemon are reunited to save the world from drought in this visually outlandish and wildly cartoonish caper spoof. North American Premiere
Before the Fall (Spain, 2007) Directed by F. Javier Gutiérrez. A meteor is approaching the earth and all life will be extinguished in three days, but one family has a more pressing fear – a deranged and vengeful killer just released from prison is headed their way in this original apocalyptic thriller. East Coast Premiere
God's Forgotten Town (Spain, 2008) Directed by Juan Carlos Claver. When a film crew begins to unlock the dark secrets of an abandoned town, the battle between good and evil begins in this Spanish mystery thriller. U.S. Premiere
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Tue, 10 March 2009
I personally am a HUGE fan of time travel stories, and while I realize Timecrimes doesn't sound a lot like the kind of thing we review here at Mail Order Zombie, I'm still hoping to take a look at it to talk about in an upcoming episode of MOZ Presents: The Munchies.
Oscar-nominated short film director Nacho Vigalondo (7:35 in the Morning) makes his feature film debut in the tense, unstoppable vision of science and natural law gone awry in Timecrimes. Starring lauded Spanish writer and director Karra Elejalde (Holy Mary), the film follows the jarring tale of an ordinary man named Hector who accidentally travels back in time and is forced to fight for survival and to protect the woman he loves.
Drawing from the best traditions of classic science fiction and crime fiction, Timecrimes plays games with the genre and the audience, giving the protagonist a Russian-doll like shell of identities that are shed so often that Hector can be playing one of any number of whodunit archetypes at any given moment as he becomes increasingly more complicit in the complicated mess that he's trying to fix.
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