See two of the most talked about flms from Fantastc Fest 2013.
It's been less than two weeks since Fantastic Fest 2013 has ended, but we couldn't wait any longer to bring Alamo audiences two of the fest's most talked about films. This Friday, ESCAPE FROM TOMORROW and THE DIRTIES come to Slaughter Lane.
You may know ESCAPE FROM TOMORROW as the film that was unthinkably filmed inside DisneyWorld and Disneyland. But it's much more than that.
When so many movies today, both in and outside of Hollywood, feel stale and uninspired ESCAPE FROM TOMORROW boldly cements itself as a true cinematic vision. Most have heard about the film because it's ballsy choice to covertly shoot inside Disney World and Disneyland and while that's beyond amazing in itself the film reaches new heights above its perceived gimmick.
Instead it relishes in its twisted, disturbing, hilarious story and characters as much as its setting.
The film focuses on a typical American family during its final day of vacation at Disney World. The father, Jim, just found out he lost his job, but decides to keep it to himself so his family can enjoy their last day of vacation.
But their trip into the world famous amusement park takes a turn for the worse as Jim starts having hallucinations, his wife, Emily, relentlessly nags him and his son keeps locking him out of their hotel room.
Everything culminates in surprising fashion and the best thing you can do is keep your arms and legs inside the ride at all times.
Technically the film is beautifully shot in black and white and is accompanied by an amazing score from Abel Korzeniowski. And the actors help the film pull off one difficult feat after another. The overall effect has you remain completely enthralled and amazed throughout.
ESCAPE FROM TOMORROW is original, irreverent, bold filmmaking that should be celebrated. (R.J. LaForce)
Another dark and entertaining piece of work, THE DIRTIES, is about Matt and Owen are a pair of generally well-meaning cinema-obsessed geeks who are far faster with a movie quote than any sort of word to a member of the opposite sex. They’re clumsy and awkward, quick-witted and funny, and very much a prime target for the roving gang of bullies that roams the school hallways – a group that they refer to amongst themselves as The Dirties.
The solution for the pair appears to be a harmless bit of escape fantasy, a film project in which they indulge their violent revenge against their tormentors. It really is harmless, but exactly the sort of harmless that schools tend to frown upon. So when the duo’s project is shut down, it triggers an escalating cycle of violence as the lines between fantasy and reality begin to blur and what was once a harmless school project begins to bleed into the real world.
It's a remarkable piece of lo-fi DIY filmmaking, a strikingly authentic and affectionate piece of work unafraid to go into some very dark places as it creates an unsettling portrait of schoolyard violence and those caught within it.
Though heavily improvised and imbued with a ramshackle charm, it quickly becomes obvious that there is a very deliberate plan at work here and that director-star Matt Johnson and his tight team of creative collaborators are a fiercely talented group who we’ll be hearing much, much more from in the future. (Todd Brown)