TAD 2012: Day 7

TAD is crazy. If you haven’t been able to attend, I hate to break it to you but you’re missing out. I’ve been hitting up the festival non-stop and my birthday is tomorrow! Hence, very little time to write. Regardless, here are some films you should definitely check out…

Citadel was unlike anything I could have imagined it to be. Warning: do NOT watch the trailer for this movie. It makes it look totally awful and the experience is all the better without it. I wanted to go in knowing nothing, but unfortunately TAD has a tendency to play trailers for upcoming movies and as I result I had low expectations. However, a few minutes into the movie and I those presumptions were gone. A simplistic plot warrants serious action as an agoraphobic father (Tommy), played masterfully by Aneurin Barnard, is stalked by a group of hooded hoolgians. The film very nicely shows the descent into paranoia Tommy endures as he’s plagued by memories of his pregnant wife’s assault.

First time feature length director Ciaran Foy does well to envelop the viewer into the world of Citadel. The slums where Tommy and his infant daughter reside are downright creepy and keep an aura of discomfort throughout. The threat in this film is very unique and developed enough to make it rather believable. Barnard’s gripping performance as an anxiety-ridden dad will cause any viewer to feel his panicked state. If you’re looking for a thrill, Citadel delivers.

The movie follows Michael (Peter Cilella) who imprisons his best friend/junkie, Chris (Vinny Curran), to help sober him up. Weird shit starts to appear in the form of film reels, vhs tapes, digita video files and picture slides. That’s all I can say about it, really.

As the filmmakers of Resolution tried to describe their film, they were at a loss for words. As you can see, I too am having difficulties on choosing how to portray this film without ruining anything. The movie keeps being compared to Cabin in the Woods which I think is an unfair representation. Yes, the movie is self-reflexive. But that comparison unintentionally sets Resolution up to be something that frankly, it’s not. The movie absolutely stands on it’s own as a really cool and self-aware flick that challenges viewer’s preconceived notions on the horror genre. Maybe even in saying that I’ve said too much, but there’s really no way for you to tell until you see it…

The film is totally funny, gripping, and creepy when it’s needs to be. The two protagonists carry the film almost completely on their own and have stellar chemistry. It’s hard to not become invested with such well-written characters. It also doesn’t hurt that filmmakers Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead are charming as fuck and have a great sense of humor that really shines through in the script. If you’re looking for a “genre-smoothie” flick with some good laughs, Resolution is a must-see.

Okay, so I’m cheating with this last pick here. No, I have not yet seen Dead Sushi, but I decided I’d use this blog entry as a plug for you to come see it. Tonight. Yes, that’s right. Dead Sushi is on at 9:45 this evening, and you’d be a fool to miss it. Do you enjoy campy films where the FOOD eats the PEOPLE? Do you like Japanese things? Do you want to be cooler than your friends? Well then, you should probably attend the screening of Noboru Iguchi’s film tonight. Yup, the master behind all that weird Japanese porn you secretly like along with films like Mutant Girls Squad and RoboGeisha has a new movie out about killer sushi. What’s that you say? You have homework? Well, so do I but anything with this guy’s name on it automatically permits procrastination.

You know what? Fuck it. For once, you should watch the trailer and I’ll see you tonight.

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