The Terror of Tiny Town (1938)

The Terror of Tiny Town
Director: Sam Newfield
Writer:Fred Myton, Clarence Marks
Cast: Billy Curtis, Yvonne Moray, ‘Little Billy’ Rhodes, Billy Platt, John T. Bambury, Joseph Herbst, Charles Becker, Nita Krebs, George Ministeri, Karl ‘Karchy’ Kosiczky, Fern Formica, William H. O’Docharty
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 7.5.2017

Plot:
The cattle of Buck Larson’s (Billy Curtis) family is disappearing. When he looks into this, he catches thieves in the act, but without being able to identify Bat Haines (‘Little Billy’ Rhodes) and his gang. Meanwhile, Bat makes sure to stir up more trouble by telling Buck’s neighbor Tex (Billy Platt) that the Larsons are to blame for his disappearing cattle. But Bat doesn’t want to limit himself to cattle – he has more plans.

The Terror of Tiny Town is an exercise in exploitation. It uses its actors – all of them, save one, dwarfs – as a gimmick and mostly makes fun of them.

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Krasue Krung Khon [The Dwarves Must Be Crazy] (2016)

Krasue Krung Khon
Director: Bin Bunluerit
Writer: Bin Bunluerit
Cast: Khomchit Taikhiri, Worawan Kanchon, Prachak Naeophila, Chaiphon Saksi, Phromlikhit Kraratphet, Ket SaiCharoen, Billy Pheenarak
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 7.5.2017
[Review by cornholio.]

Plot:
Chaos erupts in a formerly peaceful village in the middle of the jungle when some of its inhabitants stumble upon a nest of fireflies and decide to eat it. Instead of a change of diet, those fireflies prove to be a change of entire existence, turning their consumers into never before seen, very hungry beings.

Apart from the fact that Krasue Krung Khon was shot entirely with actors who have dwarfism, there’s really nothing much to recommend the film. And even that is outweighed by the blatant voyeurism that comes with the film.

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The Misandrists (2017)

The Misandrists
Director: Bruce La Bruce
Writer: Bruce La Bruce
Cast: Kita Updike, Victoire Laly, Olivia Kundisch, Lina Bembe, Til Schindler, Susanne Sachße, Viva Ruiz, Kembra Pfahler, Caprice Crawford, Grete Gehrke
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 6.5.2017
[Review by cornholio.]

Plot:
Isolde (Kita Updike) and Hilde (Olivia Kundisch) are part of a radical feminist group that is plotting ways to take over the world. But first, the two stumble over Volker (Til Schindler) who is obviously in trouble with the law. Hilde is hesitant about what to do: men are the enemy, but so is the police. Isolde convinces her to bring Volker back with them and hide them in the basement of the school building that serves as the home of their group. Hide him not only from the police, but also from their own leaders, the Sisters.

The Misandrists is an interesting attempt in second wave feminism that doesn’t work in many and definitely problematic ways but at least it’s always interesting to watch.

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The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016)

The Autopsy of Jane Doe
Director: André Øvredal
Writer: Ian B. Goldberg, Richard Naing
Cast: Brian Cox, Emile Hirsch, Ophelia Lovibond, Michael McElhatton, Olwen Catherine Kelly
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 6.5.2017
[Review by cornholio.]

Plot:
Tommy (Brian Cox) and his son Austin (Emile Hirsch) work together as coroners. One night, they get the body of a young woman (Olwen Catherine Kelly) that was just found and suspected to be a homicide victim, although there was no clear indication for the cause of her death. As Tommy and Austin get to work quickly, so the police can face the press with an update in the morning, they realize that something is very strange with that body indeed.

The Autopsy of Jane Doe was tense, effective and well-acted – and had such a stupid ending and was so infuriating in its depiction of women that it almost ruined the film entirely for me. But up until those last 20 minutes, I really enjoyed it.

[SPOILERS]

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Without Name (2016)

Without Name
Director: Lorcan Finnegan
Writer: Garret Shanley
Cast: Alan McKenna, Niamh Algar, James Browne,
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 6.5.2017
[Review by cornholio.]

Plot:
Eric (Alan McKenna) is a land surveyor who is sent to measure a remote forest. Exactly what he measures the forest for is unclear to Eric, but he doesn’t really care as it affords him the perfect opportunity to get away from his family for a bit. Which is particularly attractive because Eric is accompanied by his student and assistant Olivia (Niamh Algar) with whom he is having an affair. But instead of romantic seclusion, what they find is strange occurrences in their hut and in the forest itself.

Wow. Without Name absolutely blew me away. The film, its strangeness and above all its atmosphere really got under my skin. I’ve thought often about it since I saw it, and I get goosebumps every time I do.

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Nova Seed (2016)

Nova Seed
Director: Nick DiLiberto
Writer: Joe DiLiberto, Nick DiLiberto
Cast: Joe DiLiberto, Nick DiLiberto, Shawn Donovan, John Jellinek, Julie Kirkelos, Joel MacMillan
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 6.5.2017
[Review by cornholio.]

Plot:
In a crumbling world, a NAC – Neo Animal Combatant, a mix between lion and human – is on a mission: he has to free, and protect, the Nova Seed. It is an incredibly powerful being that can create or destroy, depending on the hands that control it. And currently it is very much in the wrong hands – the hands of Doctor Mindskull.

As the passion project of one guy – who drew every single frame of this animated film by hand – I expected Nova Seed to be much more unconventional than it was. Unfortunately the story behind the film is better than the story in the film.

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Another WolfCop (2017)

Another WolfCop
Director: Lowell Dean
Writer: Lowell Dean
Sequel to: WolfCop
Cast: Leo FafardYannick BissonAmy MatysioJonathan CherrySerena MillerDevery JacobsKris BlackwellAlden Adair
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 6.5.2017
[Review by cornholio.]

Plot:
Lou Garou (Leo Fafard) is a cop in the small town of Woodhaven, but also an alcoholic and a werewolf. Even though he likes to spend most of his time alternately getting drunk and nursing hangovers, crime doesn’t sleep. And when a mysterious, probably alien plot unfolds in Woodhaven, that involves a impregnating beer from a microbrewery, it’s up to Lou to save everybody.

I wasn’t particularly taken with the first WolfCop and this one repeated all the mistakes of the first film and had the additional disadvantage of not being a new idea anymore.

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Prevenge (2016)

Prevenge
Director: Alice Lowe
Writer: Alice Lowe
Cast: Alice Lowe, Gemma WhelanKate DickieTom DavisJo HartleyKayvan NovakMike WozniakTom Meeten
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 5.5.2017
[Review by cornholio.]

Plot:
Ruth (Alice Lowe) is seven months pregnant and rather lonely. Also, of course, nervous. When the midwife (Jo Hartley) tells her that there’s no need to be nervous, the baby will let her know what she has to do, Ruth listens. And her baby does speak to her, telling her to kill. And Ruth listens to that as well, going on a rampage that should get finished before her baby is actually born.

I really loved Prevenge. It’s funny, cleverly and surprisingly understated, has a great concept and an excellent performance by Lowe in all the many jobs she did for the film.

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El bar [The Bar] (2017)

El bar
Director: Álex de la Iglesia
Writer: Jorge Guerricaechevarría, Álex de la Iglesia
Cast: Blanca SuárezMario CasasCarmen MachiSecun de la RosaJaime OrdóñezTerele PávezJoaquín ClimentAlejandro Awada
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 5.5.2017
[Review by cornholio.]

Plot:
In a small bar in Madrid run by Amparo (Terele Pávez) and her cook Sátur (Secun de la Rosa), a group of people comes together who couldn’t be more different. They all plan to go their separate ways when a shot rings out in the streets, striking down one of the customers who just left. A rescue attempt also ends deadly. As they don’t dare to leave anymore, they try to figure out what is going on inside the cafe which quickly leads to them turning on each other.

When I saw El Bar at the festival, it hit me at a bad time and I slept a lot during the film. The parts I saw weren’t really to my liking, and my track record with de la Iglesia is spotty to put it mildly. Nevertheless when I saw that the film had hit netflix, I decided to give it another try. Just to be fair. I shouldn’t have bothered.

[SPOILERS]

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Ron Goossens, Low Budget Stuntman (2017)

Ron Goossens, Low Budget Stuntman
Director: Steffen HaarsFlip Van der Kuil
Writer: Steffen Haars, Flip Van der Kuil
Cast: Tim HaarsBo MaertenMichiel RomeynHenry van LoonMaartje van de WeteringWaldemar TorenstraTygo GernandtDennie ChristianThomas Acda
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 5.5.2017
[Review by cornholio.]

Plot:
Ron (Tim Haars) didn’t amount to much in his life. He does have a wife, Angela (Maartje van de Wetering), he at least used to like at some point, but by now his life mostly consists of getting drunk and getting involved in a dangerous stunt while inebriated. But when one of his stunts is filmed, put online and becomes a viral sensation, Ron finds himself in high demand as a stuntman who costs little and risks a lot. When Ron discovers that Angela slept with pretty much everybody and isn’t interested in him anymore, he wants to try everything to get her back. So Angela tells him he needs to prove his manliness by seducing Bo Maerten (Bo Maerten), the biggest filmstar around.

Ron Goossens, Low Budget Stuntman is the kind of film that should leave you laughing while you ponder the tragedy of Ron’s existence. But that concept didn’t really come together for me, so the film fell a little flat, despite quite a few strengths.

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