Posts by Bryan Christopher

FANTASIA 2020: Class Action Park is a Fitting Monument to the Most Dubious Amusement Park of All Time

While I am a New Jersey native, I moved at a young age and spent most of my childhood in Pennsylvania. My parents still had a lot of friends and family back in Jersey so we’d go back regularly, and this being the early ‘90s I have vague memories from these visits of kids in the area wearing t-shirts for some theme park called Action Park, along with some pretty wild television commercials featuring mini-bungee jump platforms and leaping off cliffs into pools of water.   Having never gone myself, I didn’t hear about just how insane this place was until
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FANTASIA 2020: Fried Barry is Freaky Science Fiction by way of Grindhouse

From the moment I read the synopsis for Fried Barry and caught the phrase “acidic, piss-soaked cinematography with lo-fi visual effects,” I knew I was going to have to check it out. The older I get, the more I seem to appreciate weird shit, and Ryan Kruger’s debut film based on his 2016 short. Think the premise of Starman, but replace Jeff Bridges on a cross-country trip through the U.S. with a grizzled heroin addict in the dark alleys of Cape Town. Said heroin addict is the titular Barry (Gary Green), whose affinity for shooting up has left him indifferent
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FANTASIA 2020: Crazy Samurai Musashi Gets Right to the Fighting, for Better or Worse

In Crazy Samurai Musashi, director Yûji Shimomura pairs up with martial arts star Tak Sakaguchi for their third collaboration, this time for a film that features literally 2-3 minutes of plot. How is the remaining 77 minutes spent, you may ask? Through an extended, single-shot action sequence in which Sakaguchi’s Musashi battles several hundred swordsmen in his attempt to tear through an entire clan. It’s a movie that asks, “What if we cut out all the bullshit and got straight to the fighting, which is why you’re all here anyway?” A bold move, but does it pay off? The film
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Find the Beauty in WE ARE LITTLE ZOMBIES: Review

We Are Little Zombies, the feature length debut for Japanese director Makoto Nagahisa, is a glorious contradiction of a film that combines heavy, potentially depressing narrative with vibrant, invigorating filmmaking. While these competing elements could have made the film a tonal mess, Nagahisa weaves them together in a way that produces something truly special. The film opens with a group of four children who meet on what should be the worst day of their lives; all of their parents have just died. But they all seem to be able to take the deaths in stride. In fact, they don’t seem
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