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Dodge City Daily Globe - Dodge City, KS
by Garon Cockrell
Film Reviews - Fantastic Fest Round Up - Day 4
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Sept. 23, 2013 5:05 a.m.

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Well we have reached the halfway point in Fantastic Fest 2013 and there is still so much more to look forward to. Let's get to it.









The Strange Colour of Your Body’s Tears<>






This is an unusual and immensely beautiful film. There’s

something of an homage to Argento in its visual style. The colors are rich and

the cinematography is spectacular. The whole movie is shot inside this wondrous

old apartment complex that is almost a character unto itself. The story follows

a man who returns from a business trip to find his house locked from the inside

and his wife missing. He hears a story from a neighbor about people

disappearing into the walls of the building. From there it descends into a

murder mystery worthy of Lynch and Depalma. I found myself transfixed and

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Nothing Bad Can Happen<>






This movie is about a young man in Germany who’s part of a

Christian youth gang called the Jesus Freaks. After an epileptic fit he is

rescued and taken in by a seemingly stable family, but they soon bring extreme

tests of his faith. Nothing Bad has a superb cast of actors, especially lead

Julius Feldmeier as Tore, who plays the role with a naiveté that would be easy

to spot and dismiss if it weren’t totally genuine. The plot is a deep

examination of good and evil and faith but not preachy or cliché. I left this

film with many good questions and things to ponder. I was captivated by Tore’s

struggle and found Nothing Bad to be a very uniquely intelligent piece of

cinema. This film has been picked up by Drafthouse Films and will be released

in 2014.<>










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Big Bad Wolves<>






Cutting edge Israeli Directors Aharon Keshales and Navot

Papushado return to Fantastic Fest this year with a stunning new revenge

thriller. The premise is a police detective and a victim’s father team up to

hold a private interrogation of the man they are convinced is a child killer.

Needless to say things do not go quite according to plan. Wolves is a departure

from their 2010 debut film Rabies and shows growth in their style and

storytelling. The plot is tense and interesting and there is plenty of torture

action to go around.  This is a great

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Mirage Men<>






Nifty documentary about government disinformation in the UFO

enthusiast community. The filmmakers examine a man named Rick Doty who was an

Air Force disinformation agent, and the people he fed lies to about aliens in

an effort to cover government projects. Famous incidents such as Roswell

apparently owe their fame to his stories. A couple of civilians he was in contact with were driven

to disgrace, madness, and suicide. Interestingly since the premise is about

disinformation, one has to question if his stories are covering other truths about

aliens. 




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Commando A One Man Army<>






Karan was a Commando in the Indian army until he was

abandoned by his government behind the Chinese border. Now he must get justice

and rescue a beautiful woman in the process. Take the plot of a Rambo film, add

cinematography shot Michael Bay style, and set the whole thing in India and you

have Commando. The plot is follows formula, but if you enjoy action and

explosions this is pretty solid movie (also Vidyut Jamwal who plays Karan

performs some amazing stunts). The film has a strong 1980’s action film

nostalgia (even a few nods to Indiana Jones) and it’s violence and dance

numbers make for a fun viewing experience.<>














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