Summer of 84 (2018)

Summer of 84
Director: François Simard, Anouk Whissell, Yoann-Karl Whissell
Writer: Matt Leslie, Stephen J. Smith
Cast: Graham Verchere, Judah Lewis, Caleb Emery, Cory Gruter-Andrew, Tiera Skovbye, Rich Sommer
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 24.9.2018

A serial killer has been active in Cape May, leaving the area in a constant state of vigilance. This includes Davey (Graham Verchere), though to be fair, he doesn’t need much prompting to see mysteries and conspiracies everywhere. That’s why not even his friends Woody (Caleb Emery), Curtis (Cory Grüter-Andrew) and Eats (Judah Lewis) believe him, when Davey starts to suspect that his neighbor, police officer Wayne Mackey (Rich Sommer), is the Cape May Slayer. Nevertheless, after yet another suspicious disappearance, the four start to investigate Mackey.

Summer of 84 starts as an hommage to the 80s adventure film, perfectly evoking the look and feel of them. But it isn’t content with “just” paying hommage, and takes quite a turn in the end that both makes and breaks the film.

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Turbo Kid (2015)

Turbo Kid
Director: François Simard, Anouk Whissell, Yoann-Karl Whissell
Writer: François Simard, Anouk Whissell, Yoann-Karl Whissell
Cast: Munro Chambers, Laurence Leboeuf, Michael Ironside, Edwin Wright, Aaron Jeffery, Romano Orzari
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 22.9.2015
[Review by cornholio.]

It’s the future. The year is 1997. The world is a postapocalyptic wasteland. The Kid (Munro Chambers) lives alone in a bunker, scavenging to find things he can trade against food, water and comic books. The world around him is terrorized by Zeus (Michael Ironside), but so far the Kid has managed to stay under the rader. Then he meets Apple (Laurence Leboeuf) who simply enters his life and doesn’t go away anymore. When Apple gets snatched by Zeus’ men, the Kid teams up with the heroic Frederic (Aaron Jeffery) to save her.

Turbo Kid is an extremely sweet and fun film that is a love letter to 80s retrofuturism which makes it immensly enjoyable.

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