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.
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.
Arthur Hamilton (John Randolph) has a very average life. His marriage to Emily (Frances Reid) is stable and unexciting, he barely sees his daughter, his job isn’t really fulfilling, but it gets the bills paid. That’s when he gets a call from an old friend (Murray Hamilton) he thought had died. That call leads him to an organization that promises him a fresh start: After faking his death and changing his face, Arthur wakes up as Antiochus Wilson (Rock Hudson). But starting over comes with its own challenges.
Seconds is a little slow-going and some things remained unclear for me, but it’s not uninteresting and Rock Hudson is always worth watching.
Derek (Steven Yeun) is an attorney for a big law firm. Or rather, he was. He was just fired for a mistake he was framed for. As he still grapples with that fact, the office building is put under quarantine: a virus has spread in the building – a virus that makes everybody lose their impulse control. This provides Derek with the perfect opportunity to face the executives and give them a piece of his mind. And he doesn’t even have to do it alone: as luck will have it, disgruntled client Melanie (Samara Weaving) has her own plans with the executives.
Mayhem is incredibly entertaining and fun. It breezes along from one bloody, gorey scene to the next, leaving no space for a second of boredom.
Manji (Takuya Kimura) is a great samurai, but when he is unable to protect his sister, he is cursed with immortality. Hoping to regain his soul and mortality by fighting evil, he travels the lands until he encounters Rin (Hana Sugisaki) who looks a lot like his sister and needs help to avenge her parents. Manji promises to help and gets drawn deeply into the fight against Anotsu (Sôta Fukushi) and his master swordsmen.
It feels like Blade of the Immortal is one and the same scene repeated over and over again. It’s a good scene, but not that good that I wanted to see it that often and for that long.
After the death of her mother Sarah (Chantal Quesnelle), Nica (Fiona Dourif) moves in with her sister Barb (Danielle Bisutti) and her family. Also moving is a doll that was sent to Sarah just before her death. Things quickly start to become very strange, and Nica begins suspecting there is more to that doll than she thought at first.
Curse of Chucky didn’t really blow me away but it was one of the better films of the series. Still there was potential for a better film in there.
Bill’s (Jaden Lieberher) little brother Georgie (Jackson Robert Scott) went missing, and he’s not the first in town to disappear. On their bike rides across town, Bill and his friends Richie (Finn Wolfhard), Eddie (Jack Dylan Grazer) and Stanley (Wyatt Oleff) start to encounter strange phenomena. They are not the only ones and as their group – called The Losers Club – is joined by Ben (Jeremy Ray Taylor), Beverly (Sophia Lillis and Mike (Chosen Jacobs), they realize that it’s actually one creature that terrorizes town – and that it might be up to them to stop It.
It is a strong, effective but not perfect film that I enjoyed watching a lot, despite some things that could have been better.
With the technological advances making more and more in utero testing possible comes a new decision parents have to make: if a disability is discovered in those tests, should they have the baby anyway or should they abort?
In his documentary, Fürhapter examines that intersection of disability rights and bodily autonomy and the difficult ethics that people have to navigate because of those advances in technology.
Die Dritte Option tackles a difficult topic in an interesting way and makes some excellent points but falls incredibly short because it doesn’t consider the perspective of disabled people even once.