In a little over a week I will be experiencing Fantastic Fest for the first time. Being a fan of both Tim League and The Alamo Drafthouse, I am looking forward this, as many people have told me it will be the time of my life. The festival sounds amazing with the announcements that have been made so far, but the thing I am most excited for is of course the movies. So loving list the way I do, I am putting down the ten movies I am looking forward to seeing while there.
10. “Salt and Fire” This is the story about a scientist at odds with a large company who he suspects is responsible for an ecological disaster in South America. They must see through their differences as a volcano shows signs of erupting. The film stars Michael Shannon and Gael Garcia Bernal and is directed by Werner Herzog.
9. “Raw” This is the story of a young vegetarian who while at Veterinarian school undergoes a carnivorous hazing, which unleashes a taste for meat.
8. “Dog Eat Dog” This tells the story of three men who have to adapt to life outside prison. The film stars Nicolas Cage, Willem Dafoe, and Omar J. Dorsey and is written by Paul Schrader (Taxi Driver)
7. “Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children” A film directed by Tim Burton that looks a return to form. It’s the story of a boy who discovers clues to an event that spans different times and worlds. Staring Eva Green, Samuel L. Jackson, Rupert Everett, and Judi Dench.
6. “Rats” This is a documentary about the infestations of rats in major cities around the world from Morgan Spurlock.
5. “American Honey” A film about a teenage girl who joins a traveling sales group and gets caught up in law breaking and parting. The film stars Sasha Lane and Shia LaBeouf and is written and directed by Andrea Arnold.
4. “HeadShot” Is a story about a man who is found with a serious head injury. Not remembering a thing, he is brought back to health by a doctor in which after things get violent. Written by Kimo Stamboel and Timo Tjahjanto, the later also directing.
3. “24×36: A Movie About Movie Posters” I think the title gives this one away. Director Kevin Burke brings this documentary about movie posters and where they came from, and where we are now.
2. “Arrival” From director Denis Villeneuva comes this film about a linguist who is recruited to help translate alien communications. Staring Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker, and Michael Stuhlbarg.
1. “A Monster Calls” Tells the story, written by Patrick Ness from his novel, of a boy who seeks the help of a monster to help him cope with his ill mother. Staring Sigourney Weaver, Felicity Jones, Lewis MacDougall, and Liam Neeson.
Honorable mentions: Colossal and The Handmaiden