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by Garon Cockrell
Film Reviews - Fantastic Fest Round Up - Day 5
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Sept. 24, 2013 5:20 a.m.

By Adam Ruhl
In the second half of Fantastic Fest the tone changes a little bit. There are a few secret screenings that pop up, the other films get their second showings, and the crowd migrates from industry folks to more fan based. I use the second half to pick up odd films that I missed in the first half and have good word of mouth. I also caught a secret screening so let's start with that.
The Green Inferno<>
After a six year hiatus Eli Roth is back with another gory feature
romp, this time through the Amazon rainforest. This was a secret screening at
Fantastic Fest with Eli himself in attendance. The film is beautiful with some
of the best rainforest photography Iíve seen since Medicine Man. In some
respects I found the story to be an extension of the earlier Hostel films.
Again we have a group of young twenty-somethingís that run afoul in a foreign
land with bloody results. There is plenty of mayhem to watch and overall I would
call this film Rothís best since Cabin Fever.<>
 
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Greatful Dead<>
Every year Fantastic Fest needs at least one really good,
over the top, sexual, violent, funny film from Japan. This year the film with
the best show of all those elements is Greatful Dead. The movie is about a
young woman who is ignored throughout her whole childhood so she resorts to
some rather extreme measures to get attention. The female lead has a great
presence and personality that helps carry the movie. It sounds like Dead is
pretty early in its festival run, itís a small budget film thatís not even
opening in Japan until next year. There may be quite a wait for a US release
but it is definitely worth seeing. <>
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Ragnarok<>
Ragnarok is great fun for a couple reasons. First off it
addresses a lot of Viking history and mythology. Second, the popular sentiment
around the festival was that this film was reminiscent of early Spielberg films
and itís true. You can see a lot of great action-adventure elements and at
times has a  Jurassic Park vibe. Finally,
among the festival films it is a rare picture that is family friendly. Thereís
not a bunch of language or on screen violence and the story is interesting
enough not to bore adults. This is a great film to watch with the kids, still
have a good time, and for them to start learning Norwegian. <>
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Septic Man<>
Jack (Jason David Brown) is the titular Septic man who
starts out as just a regular plumber. When the townís water becomes polluted to
the point of needing to evacuate the populace; Jack is hired to find and
correct the cause. When he does find the source of the problem he inadvertently
becomes trapped in the cityís septic system. Thus starts the story that is correctly
being described as ĎBuriedí meets ĎThe Toxic Avengerí, only a lot gooier. This
movie definitely requires a strong stomach as it attempts to answer what
happens to a man trapped in a feces tank and what objects will accidently land
in his mouth before the film is done. <>
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 The Congress<>
This was an interesting little bittersweet sci-fi satire
worth seeing a couple of times. Robin Wright plays a fictional version of
herself who receives an offer by the studio to be scanned into a computer. The
studio will make movies with her digital self and she is free to do anything
but act. What follows is a spectacular and slightly terrifying vision of a
future that while fantastic may hold a few accurate prophecies. This movie is
so warm and the leads are amazing, both Robin Wright, Jon Hamm, and Harvey
Keitel give stunning performances. The Congress is an animated wonder from Ari
Folman, director of Waltz with Bashir.
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