XX (2017)

XX
Segment 1: The Box
Director: Jovanka Vuckovic
Writer: Jovanka Vuckovic
Based on: Jack Ketchum‘s short story
Cast: Natalie BrownJonathan WattonPeter DaCunhaPeyton Kennedy
Segment 2: The Birthday Party
Director: St. Vincent aka Annie Clark
Writer: Roxanne BenjaminSt. Vincent aka Annie Clark
Cast: Melanie LynskeySeth DuhameSanai VictoriaSheila VandLindsay Burdge
Segment 3: Don’t Fall
Director: Roxanne Benjamin
Writer: Roxanne Benjamin
Cast: Casey AdamsBreeda WoolAngela TrimburMorgan Krantz
Segment 4: Her Only Living Son
Director: Karyn Kusama
Writer: Karyn Kusama
Cast: Christina KirkKyle AllenMike Doyle
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 4.5.2017
[Review by cornholio.]

XX is a strong and very entertaining anthology film that I enjoyed a lot. I particularly loved the animated transition sequences between the segments by Sofia Carrillo that turned into its own small story in the end.

But of course, there was also much to like about the actual segments of the film – I talk about each individually after the jump.

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Trash Fire (2016)

Trash Fire
Director: Richard Bates Jr.
Writer: Richard Bates Jr.
Cast: Adrian Grenier, Angela Trimbur, Fionnula Flanagan, AnnaLynne McCord, Sally Kirkland, Matthew Gray Gubler, Ezra Buzzington
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 28.9.2016
[Review by cornholio.]

Plot:
Owen (Adrian Grenier) has been estranged from his family and hasn’t been home in a long time. Now his girlfriend Isabelle (Angela Trimbur) is pregnant, she feels it’s important that Owen makes peace with his past. Reluctantly Owen agrees to bring Isabelle home to his grandmother Violet (Fionnula Flanagan) and his sister (AnnaLynne McCord) who was badly burned in a fire that killed their parents. Despite Owen’s warnings, though, Isabelle is completely unprepared for how awful Violet is. But she’s not one to give up easily.

Trash Fire is an appropriately trashy comedy with great dialogues and an even better cast. I thought it was fantastic.

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The Final Girls (2015)

The Final Girls
Director: Todd Strauss-Schulson
Writer: Joshua John Miller, M.A. Fortin
Cast: Taissa Farmiga, Malin Akerman, Alexander Ludwig, Nina Dobrev, Alia Shawkat, Thomas Middleditch, Adam DeVine, Angela Trimbur, Chloe Bridges, Tory N. Thompson
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 26.9.2015
[Review by cornholio.]

Plot:
When Amanda (Malin Akerman) was younger, she played a part in a slasher – Camp Bloodbath – that has since risen to cult status, but now she’s struggling through endless castings. At least she can always count on her daughter Max (Taissa Farmiga). But their harmonious, albeit precarious existence is blown apart when Amanda dies suddenly. Max tries her best to deal with her grief, but it’s hard. When there is a tribute screening of Camp Bloodbath, Max can barely bring herself to attend, but she lets herself get dragged there. Then she and her friends somehow get sucked into the film itself and maybe this time, Max will get the chance to save her mother’s life.

I absolutely loved Final Girls. It’s a genre-savy meta parody that has a lot of love for the movies it pokes fun at and it even adds an honest emotional core.

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