Plot: Hank (Jeremy Gardner) thought he was happy with Abby (Brea Grant) but one day she was gone and just left a weird note. And then, in the night, a monster starts coming to their house, trying to break in. Hank barely sleeps anymore and hopes to find some proof of the monster’s existence. But even more than that, he hopes to find a way to get Abby back.
After Midnight had a lot to live up for me because Gardner’s The Battery is still one of my favorite films I ever saw at the /slash Filmfestival. I was a little afraid that I had maybe pushed my expectations too high for After Midnight, but I need not have worried: After Midnight is a wonderful that again made it to my favorite films list of this year’s festival.
Justin (Justin Benson) and Aaron (Aaron Moorhead) are brothers who managed to get out of a cult and have slowly been adjusting to life outside of it. But when they get a video from another member of the cult, it re-opens that chapter of their lives and the two decide to head back there to figure things out and find closure. However, once they arrive, the cult starts to make more sense than they ever thought before.
If The Endless hadn’t been a surprise screening, I probably would have avoided it – that’s how much I hated Benson and Moorhead’s first film, Spring. But I have to admit that Endless wasn’t bad, even though I didn’t fall head over heels for it.
Evan (Lou Taylor Pucci) has been taking care of his sick mother for a while, but after her death, he falls apart. That leads to him assaulting somebody in a bar fight and Evan facing criminal charges. His solution is to take his inheritance and go on a prolonged trip to Europe. After a few stops, he ends up in a small town in Italy where he meets Louise (Nadia Hilker) and immediately falls for her. Even though she shoots his first advances down, they end up spending a lot of time together. But there is more to Louise than meets the eye.
I have never seen Richard Linklater’s “Before”-Trilogy, but Spring is the worst nightmare iteration of what I imagine those films to be: a young man who thinks that he is incredibly wise and two people having conversations that drag on forever and that are shooting for depth, but end up being completely immature. I am not exaggerating when I say that I hated the film.