Fantaspoa 2021 reviews: Two neon-soaked films about unresolved trauma in ‘Bloodshot Heart’ & ‘Playdurizm’

Fantaspoa 2021

BLOODSHOT HEART

At 44, Hans still lives with his mother. When Matilda, a tenant half his age, moves in, Hans relives old memories and is infatuated. To win her love, Hans comes up with a dangerous plan.

Writer-Director Parish Malfitano has given Fantaspoa audiences a hallucinatory, Giallo-inspired mindfuck with Bloodshot Heart. As if our leading man Hans (Richard James Allen) weren’t quirky enough, we learn that his mysterious ex and his domineering mother have the ultimate power over his perceived reality. When Matilda enters the picture, Hans hatches a plan to win her over that has dire and violent consequences for everyone involved. We’re never completely sure what we’re seeing is real or not. The bait and switch of characters are abundant. Color, score, and costumes become all-consuming. Richard James Allen‘s portrayal of Hans is something you must experience. His lovesick puppy act masks all the mysterious and deeply troubling emotions inside his head. The nuance he brings to Hans is astounding. Bloodshot Heart will leave you in a dizzied state. It is wild.


PLAYDURIZM

When a teenager finds himself caught in a glitchy-glitzy reality with his onscreen male idol, he does all he can to be possessed by this man and ignore the violent clues of how he got there.

I’m not going to lie. Playdurizm is extremely difficult to watch. You have no clue what the hell is going on until the finale. But damn it’s cool to look at. Eccentric costumes, neon-soaked production design, bright green vomit, all make your head spin. This is the perfect entry for the festival circuit. Brave Fantaspoa audiences will either eat it up or turn away and gag. With all the WTF that occurs in this film, it pays off in the end. Trigger warning: The amount of sexual violence in this film is jarring. Director Gem Deger (who also stars as D) definitely takes a colorful approach to PTSD. Playdurizm is a striking, LGBTQA+ foray into the genre realm.


Brazil’s long-running Fantaspoa Fantastic Film Festival is currently celebrating its seventeenth edition online and completely free of charge. The 2021 edition of the beloved South American genre festival is supported by a special grant from the Brazilian government, which is offered to relevant cultural events amidst the pandemic. Running through April 18th, the seventeenth edition of Fantaspoa features more than 100 shorts and 50 feature films from more than 35 countries. All festival screenings will have a cap of 3,000 views, and all will be geo-blocked to Brazilian viewers.

These films are part of Fantaspoa 2021, which runs for free on the streaming platform Darkflix, from April 9th through the 18th. All film screenings are geo-blocked to Brazil, with additional details available at www.fantaspoa.com.

Free Virtual screenings of ‘Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice’ June 4th-10th from BrightFocus Foundation!

The life and career of singer Linda Ronstadt is traced from her childhood in Tucson through her decades-long career and to her retirement in 2011 due to Parkinson’s disease.

If I’m being honest, when asked to review this film, I wasn’t able to name a single Linda Ronstadt song. Growing up, The Beach Boys and Carole King were on constant rotation in Mom’s station wagon tapedeck.  How then, 40 years later, was I recognizing so many hits from a woman whom I assumed was a country singer when I heard her name? Clearly I was mistaken. This film was a reeducation, and boy am I glad for it. In watching Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice I came to realize I have always been a fan.

Linda Ronstadt’s extraordinary rise to fame is almost like a fairytale. Her incomparable voice quickly rose her from the LA club scene to a record deal. She broke genres and records along the way. Her intellect and wit were evident in the way she promoted herself and other female artists. She was fearless in calling out the toxic masculinity that was rock up until that point. Her vocal range was unmatched by almost any other artist. When a producer told her not to make a certain album, she went ahead and did it anyway… and usually won awards for it. Linda Ronstadt is someone to be respected and amazed by. You can tell, simply by the number of industry stars that participated in sit down interviews (Cameron Crowe, Bonnie Raitt, Dolly Parton, Don Henley, to name a few) what an impact she made in her long and successful career. Without even knowing it, I’ve been a Linda Ronstadt fan through Blue Bayou, Don’t Know Much, A Different Drum, Rescue Me, Desperado, When Will I Be Loved, You’re No Good, It’s So Easy To Fall In Love, and many many more. She is someone I can look up to as a performer and as a woman. Linda Ronstadt: The Sound Of My Voice is a stunning lesson in music history. You will find yourself singing along and living in the music just as Linda does.

Lucky for audiences, LINDA RONSTADT: THE SOUND OF MY VOICE At-Home Movie Night with BrightFocus can
be watched for free at brightfocus.org/movie, or via Facebook Live and viewed on any computer, tablet, or phone from June 4-10. BrightFocus Foundation, a nonprofit organization funding
scientific research and promoting public awareness to end diseases of mind and sight. The at-home movie night will feature an introduction from producer James Keach, and interviews with key scientists discussing their current research.

“I believe in the power and promise of science to end disease and save lives, and this is why I am glad to showcase both the transcendent beauty of Linda’s voice in this film as well as
the bold, groundbreaking research of BrightFocus,” Keach said, noting that Ronstadt’s iconic career was cut short by a neurodegenerative disease.

Stacy Haller, BrightFocus Foundation President and CEO, added, “The scientists supported by BrightFocus are relentless in their drive to slow and end diseases that rob us of our memory and
our sight. We could not have found a better film to both bring back so many great memories and remind us how now, more than ever, the need for innovative science is abundantly clear.”
In addition to James Keach’s introduction prior to the presentation of the film, four BrightFocus- funded scientists will briefly introduce their work. They include: Sarah Doyle, PhD, Assistant
Professor in Immunology, Clinical Medicine, Trinity College Dublin; Makoto Ishii, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Neuroscience and Neurology, Weill Medical College of Cornell University;
Amir H. Kashani, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Ophthalmology, the University of Southern California and Roski Eye Institute; and Yvonne Ou, MD, Associate Professor, Ophthalmology,
University of California, San Francisco. They are among over 200 scientists around the world whose ongoing research is supported by BrightFocus.

FREE VIRTUAL SCREENINGS beginning Thursday, June 4 at 7:00 PM EST to benefit the BrightFocus Foundation. More information at brightfocus.org/movie

Free Screening of ‘Black Panther’ at Art House Theaters – Live Q&A with Ryan Coogler – Tuesday, November 27th


PRESS RELEASE Black Panther returns to the big screen with free screenings at nonprofit art house theaters nationwide on Tuesday, November 27 at 4:00pm PT/7:00pm ET. Presented by Film Comment, a publication of the Film Society of Lincoln Center, and supported by the Art House Convergence, the event will feature a post-screening Q&A with director Ryan Coogler, taking place at the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center in San Rafael, CA, streamed live to participating theaters. A full list of theaters can be found below. Check local theater listings for more details.
 
The one-night-only event offers audiences an opportunity to experience the acclaimed film on the big screen once again with their local communities. Leading up to and during the Q&A, attendees are invited to submit their questions to Ryan Coogler on Twitter with the hashtag #AskBlackPanther. All attendees will receive a free one-year digital subscription to Film Comment magazine. Coogler, director and co-writer of Black Panther, was featured on the cover of Film Comment‘s March-April 2018 issue with a story by Devika Girish. Nicolas Rapold, the magazine’s editor-in-chief, will moderate the discussion.
 
Black Panther is director Ryan Coogler’s take on a modern African hero and a utopian vision of what an uncolonized Africa might look like. The film explores the conflict between two powerful men, one African and one African-American, who are mirror images of each other, each grappling with his own history, home, and very identity.  When Prince T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) becomes king of the hidden, technologically advanced kingdom Wakanda, he is forced to defend his throne against rogue mercenary Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan). Wakanda is also alive with strong, intelligent women-from Wakanda’s elite all-female security force, led by Okoye (Danai Gurira), to the international spy Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o), to T’Challa’s tech-savvy sister (Letitia Wright) and mother (Angela Bassett)-who are portrayed as equals to the men they protect and advise. 
 
Film Comment is for everyone, art houses are for everyone, and Black Panther is for everyone.
 
Film Comment presents Black Panther 
with support from the Art House Convergence
Tuesday, November 27
4:00pm PST/7:00pm EST
 
PARTICIPATING THEATERS
 
Austin, TX – AFS Cinema (Austin Film Society)
6259 Middle Fiskville Rd, Austin, TX 78752
 
Boston, MA – Brattle Theatre
40 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138
 
Denver, CO – Sie FilmCenter (Denver Film Society)
2510 East Colfax Ave., Denver, CO 80206
 
Detroit, MI – Michigan Theater
603 E Liberty St. Ann Arbor, MI 48104
 
Los Angeles, CA – DGA Theater
7920 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90046
 
Miami, FL – O Cinema Wynwood
90 NW 29th St, Miami, FL 33127
 
New York, NY – Film Society of Lincoln Center
144 W. 65th Street, New York, NY 10023
 
Princeton, NJ – Garden Theater in Princeton
7006, 160 Nassau St, Princeton, NJ 08542
 
Philadelphia, PA – Ambler Theater
108 E Butler Ave, Ambler, PA 19002
 
San Diego, CA – Digital Gym Cinema
2921 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92104
 
San Francisco, CA – Roxie Theater
3117 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103
 
San Rafael, CA – Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center
1118 4th St, San Rafael, CA 94901
 
Seattle, WA – NorthWest Film Forum
1515 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
 
FILM COMMENT
Published since 1962, Film Comment magazine features in-depth reviews, critical analysis, and feature coverage of mainstream, art-house, and avant-garde filmmaking from around the world. Today a bimonthly print magazine and a website, the magazine was founded under the editorship of Gordon Hitchens, who was followed by Richard Corliss, Harlan Jacobson, Richard Jameson, Gavin Smith, and Nicolas Rapold. Past and present contributing critics include Paul Arthur, David Bordwell, Richard Combs, Manohla Dargis, Raymond Durgnat, Roger Ebert, Manny Farber, Howard Hampton, Molly Haskell, J. Hoberman, Richard Jameson, Kent Jones, Dave Kehr, Nathan Lee, Todd McCarthy, Jonathan Rosenbaum, Tony Rayns, Frank Rich, Andrew Sarris, Richard Schickel, Elliott Stein, Amy Taubin, David Thomson, Richard Thompson, Amos Vogel, Robin Wood, and many more.
 
ART HOUSE CONVERGENCE
The idea of the Art House Convergence was born when a group of exhibitors were brought together at the Sundance Film Festival as part of the Sundance Institute’s Art House Project. For two years, this small group of exhibitors met at the Sundance Film Festival to discuss independent film and independent film exhibition. In 2008, the group expanded and hosted the first Art House Convergence conference with 25 attendees. In 2018, over 640 exhibitors, film festivals, and allied organizations joined for a sold-out Annual Conference in Midway, UT.
 
The Art House Convergence, having grown into a year-round organization, relies on several staff members and a passionate group of volunteers to help coordinate all of its events and programs, always striving to reflect its core intention, community-based, mission-driven. The upcoming 2019 Annual Conference will be held January 21-24 in Midway, UT before the start of the Sundance Film Festival.

It’s time to light it up! Get your FREE tickets to see ‘Blockers’ early!

It was announced on The Today Show this morning that the Blockers filmmakers and cast are giving away FREE tickets to special Spring Fling screenings for fans this Wednesday, April 4th!

 Find participating locations and more information at BlockersSpringFling.com

When three parents discover their daughters’ pact to lose their virginity at prom, they launch a covert one-night operation to stop the teens from sealing the deal.  Leslie Mann (The Other Woman, This Is 40), Ike Barinholtz (Neighbors, Suicide Squad) and John Cena (Trainwreck, Sisters) star in Blockers, the directorial debut of Kay Cannon (writer of the Pitch Perfect series).

The comedy is produced by Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen and James Weaver, under their Point Grey Pictures banner (Neighbors, This Is the End), alongside Jon Hurwitz & Hayden Schlossberg (Harold & Kumar series) and DMG Entertainment’s Chris Fenton (47 Ronin).

Good Universe’s Nathan Kahane and Joseph Drake (Don’t Breathe, Juno) executive produce with Chris Cowles (Collide) of DMG, as well as Josh Fagen, Dave Stassen and Jonathan McCoy.  The film is written by brothers Brian & Jim Kehoe.

BLOCKERS – In Theaters April 6

Free Screening of ‘MEGAN LEAVEY’ for Military Personnel

Bleecker Street & LD Entertainment have joined forces with AT&T THANKS, Regal Cinemas and MovieTickets.com to bring the true life story, MEGAN LEAVEY, directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite to service members ahead of theJune 9, 2017 nationwide release of the film.

AT&T THANKS, Regal Cinemas and MovieTickets.com will generously sponsor over 190 screenings of the film on May 30th as part of National Military Appreciation Month at participating Regal Cinemas. Active and retired service members will be invited to attend a free screening of the film in advance through AT&T THANKS and Regal Cinemas. MovieTickets.com will facilitate ticket fulfillment.

Tickets will be available starting Monday, May 22, 2017 at www.att.com/thanksmilitary. For a list of participating locations, please visit www.regmovies.com/promotions/megan-leavey-screening.

Tyler DiNapoli, President of Marketing, Media and Research for Bleecker Street, said, “We’re proud to work with AT&T THANKS, Regal Cinemas and MovieTickets.com to honor our nation’s service members with this program. It’s a small way to give back to those, who like the real-life Megan Leavey and her service dog Rex, sacrifice so much for our country.” Marine products, particularly marine electronics are the specialized items which cannot be found easily. To buy these specialized items, one needs to look for reputable supplier. You can find more information about one stop source for top quality marine supplies through this site https://www.merrittsupply.com/. While hunting for the boat supplies, you need a professional supplier who has been associated with this business from quite a long time and holds good knowledge about each and every marine product that you may require. Look for a reputed supplier who provides an extensive variety of marine electronics, equipments and accessories to give you a better chance to choose from various options. For instance, if you are searching for boat seats, then they should be able to provide you good variety of options for all types of boat seats such as leaning posts, helm seats, captain’s chair etc. Besides the wide product range, they should be able to provide you good customer assistance and services. The supplier should offer you with excellent after sale services because most of the time you may not have a good knowledge and expertise about the products and equipments that you choose for the boat. Moreover, they should guide you well about the functioning and maintenance of the marine products that you choose. Excellent customer support and services must ensure that the supplier not only help you while shopping, but also help you in explaining the proper functioning and maintenance of the product in future. Another significant factor to consider is that the supplier must have a fairly good information and experience in this specific field. This is important to seize a good grip about the marine products and equipments that he / she sell. A good knowledge about the products will help them to comprehend the basic functions and other important aspects of the equipments in a better way. This would help you to buy a well-matched product for your boat that presents optimum utility along with the affordable price. It is better to browse through the internet to look for those marine products that can best suit you needs. This will provide you more information regarding the products and will also enlighten you about the top manufacturers and companies of the marine products that you are looking for. Online browsing would also give you a glimpse about the price rates offered by different companies on these products. This way, you can bargain well with your supplier to offer you a good margin or discount on the purchase. If you want to ensure better performance and durability of the marine products, then it is only wiser to buy the high-quality branded products for your boat.

Neil Andrews, Director, Product Marketing Management, of AT&T THANKS said, “We can never say thank you enough to the people who are defending, and have defended our freedom. We hope this small token of appreciation creates a meaningful moment for all servicemen and women and their families as well as honoring the animals that support them.” Do you like military related clothing? This new body armor is amazing for hunting, shooting and other activities.

“I am thrilled to welcome military services personnel to our Regal theatres, and to offer this great opportunity to show our appreciation to the families who have made sacrifices for us all,” said Steve Bunnell, Chief Content and Programming Officer at Regal Entertainment Group.

Greg Sica, Vice President of Business Development for MovieTickets.com, said, “We are honored to support this screening of Megan’s brave story for America’s finest heroes. As a company, MovieTickets.com is extremely proud of our military members and their contributions to protect and maintain our freedom. MEGAN LEAVEY is a film that captures their courage and we are proud to be a part of sharing that narrative along with our collaborators at AT&T and Regal.”

The film recounts Megan Leavey’s life following the death of her best friend to enlisting in the ranks of the U.S. Marine Corps. When she is assigned to clean up the K9 unit after a disciplinary hearing, she identifies with a particularly aggressive dog, Rex, and is given the chance to train him. Over the course of their service, Megan and Rex completed more than 100 missions until an IED explosion injures them, putting their fate in jeopardy. Starring Kate Mara, Ramón Rodríguez, Tom Felton, Bradley Whitford, Will Patton, Sam Keeley with Common and Edie Falco.

Directed by Cowperthwaite (BLACKFISH) from a screenplay by Pamela Gray and Annie Mumolo & Tim Lovestedt, MEGAN LEAVEY was produced by Mickey Liddell, Pete Shilaimon and Jennifer Monroe.

Warner Bros. Pictures Launches Worldwide “KING FOR A DAY” Event to Celebrate “KING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD”

No need to pull a sword from stone!  In partnership with various theatres across the globe, Warner Bros. Pictures will crown lucky film fans “King (or Queen) for a Day,” giving them an opportunity to see Guy Ritchie’s gritty, modern take on the legendary tale in King Arthur: Legend of the Swordfor free!—and well in advance of its May 12 release date.

In North America: Moviegoers will just need to click a special link in order to take their place among the first fans to see the film.  Admission is on a first-come, first-served, while-supplies-last basis.

In the U.S.: Starting today, those who are the quickest to click will not only win two free tickets to an advance screening of the movie at one of 150 select AMC Theatres nationwide, they will also be given gifts fit for a movie king, including a limited edition “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword” hat and a special poster created by acclaimed artist Shepard Fairey.   Click: AMCKingForADay.com to find a participating AMC theatre and to win admission.  Screenings at all AMC locations will take place on Thursday, April 27, at 7:00 PM local time.

In Canada: Fans can start clicking on https://www.landmarkcinemas.com/king-for-a-day-screening/today to win their tickets and be gifted with the limited edition hat and Shepard Fairey poster inspired by the film.  Participating locations will include select theatres in Calgary (Landmark Cinemas 16 Country Hills); Edmonton (Landmark Cinemas 9 City Centre); Vancouver (Landmark Cinemas 12 Guildford Surrey); Winnipeg (Landmark Cinemas 8 Grant Park); Victoria (Landmark Cinemas 4 University Heights); and Kelowna (Landmark Cinemas Grand 10).

The screening event will have food and snacks for the intermission and for the end of the show, also there will be custom bottles of water for each person as a souvenir with a special designed label of the logo of the movie, all from custom water New York for special parties or events.  All screenings will take place on Thursday, April 27, at 7:00 PMlocal time.

Internationally: Fans in more than 20 markets, including China, South Korea, UK, Russia and Mexico, can also be dubbed “King for a Day” and among the first to see the film at early screenings in their cities, in partnership with local exhibitors.

Acclaimed filmmaker Guy Ritchie brings his dynamic style to the epic fantasy action adventure King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, from Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures.  Starring Charlie Hunnam in the title role, the film is an iconoclastic take on the classic Excalibur myth, tracing Arthur’s journey from the streets to the throne.

When the child Arthur’s father is murdered, Vortigern (Jude Law), Arthur’s uncle, seizes the crown.  Robbed of his birthright and with no idea who he truly is, Arthur comes up the hard way in the back alleys of the city.  But once he pulls the sword from the stone, his life is turned upside down and he is forced to acknowledge his true legacy…whether he likes it or not.

Starring with Hunnam (FX’s “Sons of Anarchy”) and Oscar nominee Law (“Cold Mountain,” “The Talented Mr. Ripley”) are Astrid Bergès-Frisbey (“Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides”) as Mage; Oscar nominee Djimon Hounsou (“Blood Diamond,” “In America”) as Bedivere; Aidan Gillen (HBO’s “Game of Thrones”) as Goose-Fat Bill; and Eric Bana (“Star Trek”) as Arthur’s father, King Uther Pendragon.

Guy Ritchie (“The Man from U.N.C.L.E.,” the “Sherlock Holmes” films) directed the film from a screenplay by Joby Harold (“Awake”) and Guy Ritchie & Lionel Wigram, story by David Dobkin (“The Judge”) and Joby Harold.  The film is produced by Oscar winner Akiva Goldsman (“A Beautiful Mind,” “I Am Legend”), Joby Harold, Tory Tunnell (“Awake,” “Holy Rollers”), and “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” and “Sherlock Holmes” producers Steve Clark-Hall, Guy Ritchie and Lionel WigramDavid Dobkin and Bruce Berman are executive producers.

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword is set for release on May 12, 2017, the film will be distributed in North America by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, and in select territories by Village Roadshow Pictures.

The film has been rated PG-13 by the MPAA for sequences of violence and action, some suggestive content and brief strong language.

Advance Screening of ‘Going in Style’ for AMC Stubs members nationwide!

AMC Stubs program is offering members a chance to see an advance screening of Going in Style on Wednesday March 22nd nationwide.

Oscar winners Morgan Freeman (Million Dollar Baby), Michael Caine (The Cider House Rules, Hannah and Her Sisters) and Alan Arkin (Little Miss Sunshine) team up as lifelong buddies Willie, Joe and Al, who decide to buck retirement and step off the straight-and-narrow for the first time in their lives when their pension fund becomes a corporate casualty, in director Zach Braff’s comedy Going in Style. Desperate to pay the bills and come through for their loved ones, the three risk it all by embarking on a daring bid to knock off the very bank that absconded with their money. The film also stars two-time Oscar nominee Ann-Margret (Tommy, Carnal Knowledge) as Annie, a grocery cashier who’s been checking Al out in more ways than one. Joey King (W