Fantastic Fest is the largest genre film festival in the U.S., specializing in horror, fantasy, sci-fi, action and just plain fantastic movies from all around the world. This unique film festival is taking place from September 19th-26th at the Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline location.
Synopsis: A murdered man reincarnates as a fly to wreak vengeance on the villain who took his life and his lover. EEGA is an inventive, insane take on a revenge story unlike anything you've seen before.
Thoughts: The first thing that struck me about this film was the very vivid colors coming out of the wardrobe department as well as the locations of scenes. Second was the camerawork. Once the reincarnation takes place the fly’s-eye view playfully whips you around. The editing superbly puts the right take at the right angle together for a seamless storyline.
The plot is a bit hokey, and the initial presentation is a little soap opera-ish (except everyone can actually show what they are feeling instead of dryly saying it). Eega is corny, but a good corny. I never thought a fly could cause so much frustration, chaos and destruction; even if it is the reincarnation of a love sick man. This movie is a guilty pleasure because it can give you some spirit & snickers. I've notice a significant presence of Indian films at Fantastic Fest 2013, and if this is the quality that we can expect as that country's export I say send us some more.
Eega - ★★★1/4
Film: Nothing Bad Can Happen
Synopsis: Tore, a member of the counter-culture Christian movement Jesus Freaks, is befriended and taken in by a family who play an increasingly cruel, violent game and push his capacity to love to its limits.
Thoughts: To say it was difficult to watch first time director Katrin Gebbe’s film is an understatement. Her pure-hearted protagonist Tore was severely subjected to the torment of Benno (the family’s matriarch). The middle aged father of two was evil just for the sake of being evil. Gebbe used foreshadowing early on; letting you experience the growth of Benno’s envy towards the completely harmless & innocent Tore. Nothing Bad Can Happen gets rid of the gothic building with stained glass windows and replaces it with a club that strangely reminded me of the old Emo’s location on 6th Street (a more hygienic Emo’s that is). This film is striking, supremely haunting, and makes you want to turn away.
Nothing Bad Can Happen - ★★1/2