Laxmi (Vibhawari Deshpande) has been a sex worker for quite a while, always under the protection of Mhatre (Upendra Limaye). When he brings her a new girl, Putul (Chitrangada Chakraborty), she knows she has to show her the ropes, even though she doesn’t much care for it – or for the bubbly and mouthy Putul. When Putul’s defiance leads her to talk about revolution – working for themselves rather than Mhatre – Laxmi is reluctant at first, but knows that Putul – nicknamed Tikli – makes good points.
Tikli and Laxmi Bomb is a smart and engaging film. It tells an emotional story with great characters while thoroughly examining an unfair and oppressive system.
When Annie (Meera Rohit Kumbhani) returns home after a short trip, she finds a carton fort in her living her room and her boyfriend Dave (Nick Thune) inside that fort. Only that he claims that he can’t find his way out of the fort anymore, as it’s somehow gotten bigger and mazelike on the inside. After Dave forbids her to enter the fort, in case she got lost as well, Annie calls in a few friends for help and finally decides to go in and get Dave out. Much to her surprise, though, it turns out that Dave isn’t having a mental breakdown, he’s actually telling the truth – and now they’re all lost inside a maze that seems set to kill them.
Dave Made a Maze is sweet and funny and very well done. Despite a couple of things that I would have liked to be different, it’s entertaining and thoughtful from the first second to the last.
Jeffrey (Daniel Pujol) drags his two best friends Tom (Christian Nicolson) and Gavin (Lewis Roscoe) to a SciFi convention. Being a fan of SciFi, particularly the old stuff, he enjoys himself immensely there, but Tom and Gavin are less into it. But somehow all three of them get pulled into an old B-movie. Literally. What seems like a bad joke at first quickly turns into an amazing, but also dangerous adventure.
This Giant Paiper-Mâché Boulder… has many charming idea, but in the end it was way too conservative and sexist for me to enjoy.
Captain Alex (Kakule Wilson) is supposed to get rid of the Tiger Mafia. But after the army succesfully captures the Mafia leader’s (Sserunya Ernest) brother, they get attacked in return and Alex is killed in the raid on the army camp. His brother takes up the mantle to revenge Alex’ death.
Who Killed Captain Alex? is the second Wakaliwood film they showed at the /slash (the first being Bad Black), but it is the first Wakaliwood film ever (you can watch it here in its entirety) and it shows, particularly in the veejaying that doesn’t quite flow as well as in the later film.
After a difficult childhood, Bad Black (Nalwanga Gloria) rose in the ranks of Kampala’s underworld and is now in a position of power herself. American Doctor Ssali (Alan Hofmanis) justwants to do his job and treat the Ugandans, but he and Bad Black clash as she takes all of his stuff. Now Ssali has to take matters into his own hands to get his things back and to continue his work. So he takes lessons from a tough ghetto kid called Wesley Snipe to prepare for his fight with Bad Black.
I was in no way prepared for Bad Black and I can honestly say that it was quite an experience – an experience that I definitely wouldn’t have wanted to miss.
After an earthquake hit Los Angeles, its inhabitants are curiously changed, but most of them have adjusted to the new ways of life now. The protagonists of the four different segments in the film are survivors after all.
The best thing about Kuso is that I fell asleep a couple of times, so I was spared some of it. Other than that the film was a simple and absolutely disgusting waste of time.
Verónica (Sandra Escacena) lives with her mother and her three little siblings. Her father has recently passed, leaving it up to her mother to earn the family’s living on her own which in turn means that Verónica has to take care of the younger kids a lot. Because she misses her father, she plays Ouija with two friends at school. But after that game, things turn strange and Verónica has to face a dark force that follows her home.
Verónica achieves something pretty diffult: the film works both as a terrifying supernatural horror film and as a psychological study of a young woman whose psychotic symptoms are misinterpreted as a supernatural phenomenon (a rather scary film in itself), which I thought particularly important since it’s (loosely) based on a true story. I was very impressed by it.
Warren Chapin (Vincent Price) is a pathologist and his area of research is fear. He has a controversial theory that fear is actually a parasite that lives in all of us – and that if we can’t act on our fears by screaming, that creature will run wild and free. To prove that theory, he hopes to be able to extract that fear creature – he calls it the Tingler – somehow. When he meets Ollie (Philip Coolidge) who tells him of his wide Martha (Judith Evelyn) who scares easily, but can’t scream because she’s deaf and mute, Warren believes to have found the perfect subject for his experiments.
The Tingler may seem antiquated in many things, but it’s a movie that rocks, especially when you see it in a full cinema with the intended participatory elements. Fortunately the /slash Filmfestival made all of that possible.
Koichi (Ryûnosuke Kamiki) just moved to a new town where he meets the mysterious JoJo (Kento Yamazaki). JoJo stands out due to his eccentric hair style, but when he’s teased about it, he shows that he has hereditary powers that go beyond excellent hairspray. But somebody seems to imbue normal people with Stands, the manifestations of supernatural powers, and JoJo needs to figure out what’s going on with Koichi’s help.
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure has some great ideas, but the execution didn’t really work for me. It has its moments, but it’s in desperate need of focus.
Dash (Jason Schwartzman) is annoyed that his best friend Assaf (Reggie Watts) has started to date Verti (Maya Rudolph). This would be the biggest catastrophe of his life if it wasn’t for the earthquake that made the cliff his high school is built on crumble and float out into the sea where it’s slowly sinking. Now Dash, Assaf and Verti are joined by popular girl Mary (Lena Dunham) and Lunch Lady Lorraine (Susan Sarandon) as they try to reach the roof.
I liked the animation style of My Entire High School Is Sinking Into the Sea, but storywise I think it would have been better as a short film.