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Thursday, May 2, 2013

Top Picks for the LA Film Fest 2013

Here are my top picks for the LA Film Fest starting June 13. You can check out the film guide here. Times and dates haven't been listed yet.

Goodbye World

★ World Premiere: When a mysterious cyber-attack cripples civilization, a group of old college friends and lovers retreat to a remote country cabin, where they must cope with an uncertain future while navigating the minefield of their shared past

The Act of Killing

(This is coming out state side through Drafthouse films, they same group that gave us Miami Connection. Thought this might be funny, the dark realization of the men your watching are all real killers might make you wonder what the hell is wrong with them)

In this acclaimed, bone-chilling documentary, former members of Indonesian paramilitary death squads—unrepentant for horrors inflicted nearly fifty years ago—revisit their past through reenactments that conflate their history of violence with the gangster and action movies they revered in their youth. (Denmark/Norway/UK)

Lesson of the Evil

(Takashi Miike's work seen out of Japan, that's wonderful news. I wonder if we'll ever get his live action version of Ace Attorney.)

★ US Premiere: Mr. Hasumi is the perfect teacher: young, intelligent, popular and cute. He’s also a psychopath, a fact that doesn’t bode well for anyone who crosses him. Takashi Miike directs this violent high school thriller, and shows off a sense of humor that’s as black as dried blood. (Japan)

The Fifth Season

When time-honored traditions fail in a remote village in the Ardennes Forest, nature falls out of order and the villagers slowly drift from reality, waiting for a spring that may never come, in this strikingly stylized, playfully surreal fable. (Belgium/Netherlands/France)


★ World Premiere: In this unnerving chiller, a young couple agrees to document their first pregnancy for a reality show, but when unexplained events start to plague the production, they suspect something might be wrong with their unborn bundle of joy.

You’re Next

(How can you resist classic horror done so right?)

Home sweet home becomes a little less so when murderous mask-wearing maniacs invade. One of the sharpest horror movies in recent memory, You’re Next is as fun as it is thrilling, boasting an energy that doesn’t flag until the final kill.