Anchiporuno [Antiporno] (2016)

Anchiporuno
Director: Sion Sono
Writer: Sion Sono
Cast: Ami TomiteMariko TsutsuiAsamiFujikoAmi FukudaHonoka IshibashiYûya Takayama
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 1.10.2017
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Plot:
Kyoko (Ami Tomite) is a young artist who takes great pleasure in humiliating her assistant Noriko (Mariko Tsutsui). But as their sexually charged relationship unfolds, things keep shifting.

I saw the trailer of the film and I was very doubtful that I would like it. But I didn’t think I’d actively hate it. It took me about five minutes to arrive at that point though, and even though I tried to give it more of a chance, I didn’t succeed.

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Dolphinman Battles the Sex Lobsters (2016)

Dolphinman Battles the Sex Lobsters
Director: John P. Brennan
Writer: John P. Brennan
Cast: Gibson Merrick, Zac Amico, John P. Brennan, Elizabeth D’AmbrosioAmanda FlowersLloyd KaufmanDoug Sakmann
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 1.10.2017

Plot:
A new STD is spreading around town – Sex Lobsters. And there’s only one person who is able to stop them all: Dolphinman (Gibson Merrick).

Troma doesn’t make my kind of films, and Dolphinman Battles the Sex Lobsters was no exception. Although it really did make me laugh once, when the diagnosis came that it wasn’t, in fact, crabs, but lobsters. Other than that though, I didn’t care for the film one way or another.

Killing Ground (2016)

Killing Ground
Director: Damien Power
Writer: Damien Power
Cast: Aaron PedersenHarriet DyerStephen HunterMitzi RuhlmannMaya StangeTiarnie CouplandIan MeadowsAaron GlenaneJulian GarnerAirlie Dodds
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 1.10.2017
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Plot:
Ian (Ian Meadows) and Sam (Harriet Dyer) decide to spend New Year’s Eve camping in the outback. As they set up their tent they discover an empty tent not far from them. Not thinking much of it at first, they become a little concerned when nobody comes back to the tent. When they find a lone toddler in the woods, their concern turns into panic. But before they can get help, they run into two men (Aaron Pedersen, Aaron Glenane) who probably aren’t up to much good.

Killing Ground operates a little too much along the usual plot lines, but it does so rather effectively, making it a solid film.

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Colossal (2016)

Colossal
Director: Nacho Vigalondo
Writer: Nacho Vigalondo
Cast: Anne HathawayJason SudeikisAustin StowellTim Blake NelsonDan Stevens
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 30.9.2017
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Plot:
Gloria’s (Anne Hathaway) life is a mess. Gloria is a mess. When her boyfriend Tim (Dan Stevens) tells her things have to change or she has to move out, she decides to move back to her hometown to live in her parents’ empty house, instead of going to rehab which would have probably been the better choice. Once there she starts working for her childhood friend Oscar (Jason Sudeikis) and keeps partying hard. When reports surface about a giant monster that terrorizes Seoul, Gloria starts to realize that the monster is connected to her somehow.

Colossal has a fun concept that works over long stretches as a metaphor but not always. I enjoyed it, despite a few misgivings.

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Boys in the Trees (2016)

Boys in the Trees
Director: Nicholas Verso
Writer: Nicholas Verso
Cast: Toby WallaceGulliver McGrathMitzi RuhlmannJustin Holborow
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 29.9.2017
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Plot:
Corey (Toby Wallace) spends most of his time with Jango (Justin Holborow) and their group of friends, knowing that things will soon change as they’re about to finish school. But first: Halloween. As they prowl through the neighborhood, they run into Jonah (Gulliver McGrath). Jonah and Corey used to be best friends, but by now, Jonah has turned into Jango’s favorite bullying target. But as the limits of reality shift around Jonah and Corey, they work through their past and present.

Boys in the Trees is a beautiful, atmospheric coming-of-age film that doesn’t focus on the result, but celebrates the transition itself. I really liked it.

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Fashionista (2016)

Fashionista
Director: Simon Rumley
Writer: Simon Rumley
Cast: Amanda FullerEthan EmbryEric BalfourAlex EssoeAlexandria DeBerryDevin BonnéeJemma Evans
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 28.9.2017
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Plot:
April (Amanda Fuller) and Eric (Ethan Embry) run a second hand clothing store together and are also a couple. Things have become tense between the two of them and April suspects that Eric has an affair. That’s when Randall (Eric Balfour) shows up. He’s rich, he is as interested in fashion as April is, and he feels dangerous – but to April, he is an irresistible draw as things with Eric go from bad to worse.

Fashionista was one of the strongest films of the /slash Filmfestival. A tense film with a great cast that had me on the edge of my seat with goosebumps all over pretty much the entire time.

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Fantastic Shorts Competition at the /slash Filmfestival 2017

A short note on all the short films at the /slash Filmfestival 2017 that were part of the Fantastic Shorts Competition. The winner was Rémy Rondeau for his short J’aime Eva Marsh.
Seen on: 22.9.2017, 25.9.2017, 26.9.2017

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Hounds of Love (2016)

Hounds of Love
Director: Ben Young
Writer: Ben Young
Cast: Emma BoothAshleigh CummingsStephen CurrySusie PorterDamian de MontemasHarrison GilbertsonFletcher HumphrysSteve Turner
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 26.9.2017
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Plot:
1987. Vicki (Ashleigh Cummings) sneaks out to go to a party. As she walks along the street, a car stops and Evelyn (Emma Booth) and John (Stephen Curry) offer her a ride, and the possibility to buy some dope. Vicki agrees and drives home with them. Once there, though, Evelyn and John tie her up and what began as a night of teenage partying turns into a fight for survival for Vicki as she tries to get between Evelyn and John.

Hounds of Love tells a story based on the Moorhouse murders of which I knew nothing before going into the film, but I have to admit that it did feel very realistic. Nevertheless, it somehow lacked the emotional impact I expected from the description of the film.

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It Stains the Sands Red (2016)

It Stains the Sands Red
Director: Colin Minihan
Writer: Colin Minihan, Stuart Ortiz
Cast: Brittany AllenJuan RiedingerMerwin MondesirKristopher Higgins
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 24.9.2017
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Plot:
The zombie apocalypse happened and only pockets of humanity remain here and there. Molly (Brittany Allen) is on her way to a safer location. But on the way there, she gets stranded in the desert. She knows she’ll have to cross it on foot. As she gets going, she realizes that one lone zombie is on her tail. It is slow, it is stupid, but contrary to her it needs no rest, sleep or water. And so the pursuit begins.

It Stains the Sands Red has many good things about it, but ultimately it didn’t convince me, mainly for two reasons: one, it was so perfectly obvious that Molly was written by men, and two, it didn’t know when to stop.

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Sweet, Sweet Lonely Girl (2016)

Sweet, Sweet Lonely Girl
Director: A.D. Calvo
Writer: A.D. Calvo
Cast: Quinn ShephardErin WilhelmiSusan Kellermann
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 24.9.2017
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Plot:
Adele (Erin Wilhelmi) moves in with her aunt Dora (Susan Kellermann). Dora is agoraphobic and abrasive, and Adele doesn’t really want to be in her creepy house, but needs the job and she does take care of Dora diligently. Her quiet and lonely existence is interrupted when she meets Beth (Quinn Shephard). Beth is everything Adele isn’t and Adele finds herself deeply drawn. And Beth, too, seems to take a shine to Adele. But her influence on Adele isn’t all innocent and Adele starts to take some dangerous turns.

Sweet, Sweet Lonely Girl really didn’t work for me. It felt trite and the queerness felt like a gimmick. I just felt like it was a film I’d seen before – a few times – and didn’t particularly take to it the first time round either.

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