Trailer Tuesday – Fantasia 2021

The 2021 edition of the Fantasia International Film Festival is just around the corner and MMC! is happy to report that it will be covering this year’s FIFF once again! Fantasia’s full slate of films and special events are now lined up and its merch store is online and ready to take your money. MMC! will provide round-ups of the Festival like last year as well as find some worthy titles for potential spine-numbering, but ongoing coverage can be found at my Letterboxd list for the Fest. (I’ll try to set up a separate list for short films but there’s sooooo many short films being shown at Fantasia…)

In the meantime, let’s check out a few trailers from FIFF’s various programs that have piqued MMC!’s interest!

“The titan Takashi Miike takes us back to the magical world of the Yokai as a war threatens to destroy Tokyo. An irreverent fairytale!”

Fantasia’s “Cheval Noir” section is its flagship, juried competition and MMC! can’t help but be drawn to Takashi Miike’s The Great Yokai War – Guardians. The film returns Miike to the wacky world of his 2005 movie The Great Yokai War and features a pair of boys who discover they are the last descendants of a legendary fighter and the only hope to save some gentle demons and the city of Tokyo. And in an elegant bit of programming, Fantasia has slotted Miike’s latest to close the 2021 Festival, book-ending it against the director’s earlier film that opened the 2006 Festival.

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Fantasia 2021 Announces Its Second Wave of Titles!

Aw yeah! The Fantasia International Film Festival has announced its second wave of titles and it’s full of intriguing movies. Fantasia’s emphasis on Japanese cinema really becomes clear with this latest batch of announcements and MMC! is particularly impressed with the array of animated titles in this year’s edition! Cryptozoo! Junk HeadPompo: The CinéphilePoupelle of Chimney TownFortune Favors Lady Nikuko! The Spine of Night! And a documentary on the great Satoshi Kon — Satoshi Kon, The Illusionist!

Here is Fantasia‘s press release for its second slate of announcements!

Wednesday, June 23, 2021 // Montreal, QC​ — The Fantasia International Film Festival will launch its 25th edition this summer as an exciting virtual event composed of scheduled screenings, on-demand library, panels, and workshops, taking place from August 5th to August 25th. The festival will be accessible across Canada, geo-locked to the country, and will maintain unique film admittance quantities in line with the cinema experience.

Fantasia is thrilled to reveal a second wave of programming and will return in late July with a third and final line-up announcement, including features, virtual events, and juries.

In celebration of Fantasia’s 25th anniversary, the international film festival will be hosting a special event screening of the eagerly awaited Warner Bros. Pictures superhero action adventure THE SUICIDE SQUAD. The in-person screening will be held on August 4 at Montreal’s historic Imperial Theater (birthplace of the fest) and tickets will be available to the public. The film releases in theaters on August 6.

THE SUICIDE SQUAD is written and directed by long-time Fantasia friend James Gunn, who first attended the fest in 1997 and whose previous comic book blockbuster GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY made its Canadian Premiere at Fantasia in 2014. Gunn’s no-holds-barred take on the DC team-up finds Super-Villains Harley Quinn, Bloodsport, Peacemaker and a collection of cons incarcerated at Belle Reve prison joining the super-secret, super-shady Task Force X as they are dropped off at the remote, enemy-infused island of Corto Maltese.

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Fantasia 2021 Announces Its First Wave of Titles!

Last year, MMC! had an absolute blast with the Fantasia International Film Festival’s virtual edition and so it’s exciting to see the Fest return in 2021 with another online edition. FIFF’s first wave of title announcements arrived today and things look very promising with films teased across the Festival’s various sections. And with an added emphasis on Japanese cinema for this 25th edition of Fantasia (and adorable Lone Wolf and Cub-inspired art), August can’t come fast enough for MMC!

Here is Fantasia‘s press release for its initial slate of announcements!

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You Cannot Kill David Arquette (David Darg and Price James, 2020) – Fantasia International Film Festival

FROM STUMBLING TO RUMBLING!

Branded as the most hated man in professional wrestling after winning the WCW World Heavyweight Championship in 2000, actor David Arquette attempts a rocky return to the sport that stalled his promising Hollywood career. Despite having two stents in his heart, being under treatment for depression and anxiety, and exhibiting functioning alcoholism, the 47 year-old actor dangerously commits himself reclaiming his self-respect in the squared circle. Arquette’s journey takes him to the backyards of amateur wrestling in Virginia, the fast-paced style of Tijuana’s lucha libre shows, and near-fatal hardcore deathmatches. Along the way, he puts his health, his credibility, and his marriage on the line, but Arquette’s determination to earn a respected place in the world of pro-wrestling cannot be denied.

Part car-wreck, part inspirational Rocky-docky, You Cannot Kill David Arquette is a fascinating look into the closed world of pro-wrestling and a portrait of the physical toll and unbridled passion required to perform in its peculiar brand of theatre. Appearing alongside David Arquette are his wife/producer Christina McLarty Arquette, his siblings Patricia, Rosanna, and Richmond, his ex-wife Courtney Cox, and wrestling legends including Ric Flair and Diamond Dallas Page.

Special Edition Contents:

  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
  • 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio and Uncompressed Stereo PCM
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Two feature-length audio commentaries, one with directors David Darg and Price James and one with David Arquette and Christina McLarty Arquette
  • Full matches between David Arquette and Nick Gage, RJ City, Mr. Anderson, Jungle Boy, and others, with introductions and alternate commentaries by Arquette and City
  • Outtakes and extended interviews
  • This is the End, a new interview with wrestling historian Dave Meltzer on David Arquette’s reign as WCW Heavyweight Champion
  • New video tribute to the song “You Cannot Kill David Arquette” by The Black Math Experiment
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Reversible sleeve featuring two artwork choices

FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Collector’s booklet featuring new writing by wrestling critic Andy Murray

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The 2020 Saskatoon Fantastic Film Festival is Coming!

Great news out of the Paris of the Prairies – the 2020 edition of the Saskatoon Fantastic Film Festival will be returning to the Broadway Theatre from November 23-28 and its socially-distanced line-up looks … fantastic! Dinner in America, a personal favourite, will make an appearance on “punk night” (with very enjoyable Uncle Peckerhead), and the SFFF has programmed films like Psycho Goreman, Black Bear, and Bloody Hell, all titles highly anticipated here at MMC! HQ. The current global situation will prevent MMC! from attending this year [insert fist-shaking], but anyone who can attend should be sure to sanitize, mask-up, and enjoy another great year of genre cinema.

For more information, check out the SFFF’s press release below:

11th annual Saskatoon Fantastic Film Festival is live this month at the Broadway Theatre

Saskatoon – November 3, 2020 ­– The Saskatoon Fantastic Film Festival, Saskatchewan’s largest feature film festival, returns for its 11th edition at the Broadway Theatre on November 23-28, and will bring the best in international independent cinema to Saskatoon.

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The 2020 Frightening Ass Film Festival is Coming!

This year marks the 10th edition of the Frightening Ass Film Fest (FAFF); the Chattanooga Film Festival’s seasonal festival held in and around Halloween. Slated for October 30 and October 31, FAFF will be an exciting mix of short films, new indie features, and carefully curated cult classics. Organizers are also putting together a series of live events, similar to the events that made CFF’s virtual edition in May an interactive fan-friendly experience.

Frightening Ass Film Fest (FAFF) All Access Badges are available now for the price of $25 with individual tickets for certain films being made available closer to the event. Attendees will be able to access all films beginning 12:00 am EST October 30, and access ends 6:00 am EST the morning of November 1st. This yearly event functions as a fundraiser for the Chattanooga Film Festival, a 501c(3), with all proceeds benefiting the staging of the 2021 edition of the fest.

Frightening Ass Film Fest (FAFF) also marks the return of Chattanooga Film Festival collaborators Media Team and Silver Scream FX Lab along with the much-anticipated return of fan-favorite characters Bubz, Professor Morte, and Guna, who will be on hand to host the weekend’s live offerings.

OFFICIAL FILM SYNOPSIS

76 HORROR BOOKSTORE: TIN OF FEAR | Directors David Chuang & Hung Tze-Peng
Taiwan, 2020
FAFF 10 is proud to present all four episodes in the first series of this bonkers Tawainese anthology series.

2011 | Director Alexandre Prieur-Grenier
Canada, 2020
The daily life of a night owl video editor working in his apartment, gradually slides into anxiety when a mysterious neighbor, whom he never meets, but whose presence is constantly felt, gradually torments his existence.

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