FanTasia Fest Recap- This Time It’s Really a Cut to the Credits

This is it guys, the final chapter in Dominic Marceau’s book about FanTasia Festival 2004 in Montreal, Canada. You can read everything you missed by clicking here. Inside you’ll find Dom’s awards for five best movies of the fest along with his thank yous and other jibber-jabber that you love so much. Read on and say goodbye…

FANTASIA FESTIVAL RECAP or “What a long, strange trip it’s been…”
By: Dominic F. Marceau
Dom’s full coverage here.

It’s been two days since my last trip to downtown Montreal and my body still hasn’t gotten used to the lack of stress and chaos. Things are back to normal. Even the ungodly heatwave that had us Montrealers “Sweatin’ to the Oldies” for more than a month, has finally subdued and has now been replaced by a nice cool breeze. Things aren’t the same anymore. For twenty-six days (minus my Chinese food-induced break), the Ubisoft 2004 FanTasia Film Festival was my reason for living. It was the only thing on my mind. It was a drug, and now, I’m going through withdrawal. The days appear endless and I just want to go back to that life I was living. At least, my wife is happy to have me at home and Henry, my cat, whom I had neglected during the festival, is starting to show me affection again. He had been giving me the cold shoulder ever since my return (I don’t know… Do cats even HAVE shoulders?). Things are indeed back to normal, but the only thing that’s on my mind is going back to that life. Being that I don’t have a wacky doctor friend with an overhauled a Delorean, I’m stuck in the present. So lets reminisce, shall we? I’m not one to be melancholy, but damn it, I had such a wonderful time! I thought I’d tell you about it…

I could give it to you day by day, but I’ve already done that! Since the FanTasia film festival is an event that focuses on films and filmmakers, I thought I’d give you my personal list of films that made this reporter’s summer, one that he will remember for the rest of his life.

5. “Nothing” (full coverage)
This film, directed by Vincenzo Natali, was a breath of fresh air in an otherwise sweat-inducing Sunday afternoon. It was something that really made me think, while making me laugh my ass off. Everything about this film was spot-on. Every joke was inspired, every situation was unpredictable. I wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone who wants his or her brains, and funny bones, tickled.

4. “The Uninvited” (review)
This film messed me up in a way that I didn’t think was possible. It has literally crept under my skin and still freaks me out every time I think about it. Yes, it’s overlong and the pacing is slower than a Jim Jarmusch film, but I adored it anyway. You’ll find yourself thinking about that film years after seeing it. I know I will…

3. “Shaun of the Dead” (review, Dom’s report)
Not since the original “Return of the living dead” has a zombie comedy been more respectful to the genre. In case that wasn’t enough, they threw in some romantic elements into the mix for a truly unique film experience: a “rom-zom-com” i.e. “A romantic comedy, with zombies”. But this isn’t “My boyfriend’s back”. Oh, Hell no! It is a respectful ode to this much-maligned sub-genre. And now that zombie flicks are hot again, you’ll be able to experience all the love (and dismembering) for yourselves… in a theatre near you!

2. “Ginger Snaps Back: the Beginning” (review)
I’ve never seen a more beautifully shot horror film, ever. Period. But, nice pictures alone don’t make a good film! Unforgettable performances, an unbelievably spooky setting, and gore a-plenty (for a period film, at least!) make this film an truly enjoyable trek through the woods. Compared to this film, M. Night Shyamalan’s “The Village” (and all its overblown hype) looks like “Little Red Riding Hood”. “GSB: the beginning” is a film that will please history-buffs and gorehounds alike. A first, I think…

…And now, the moment that you’ve all been waiting for…

My favorite film of this year’s FanTasia film festival is…

…Dramatic pause… (In case you didn’t know by now…)

1. “Freak Out” (review, Dom’s report)
Here is a film that will make all of you want to go out and rent a movie camera. Everybody that saw “El Mariachi” and wondered “Hey! I can do this!”; everybody that saw “Clerks” and thought “Hey! I can write stuff like this!”; everybody that saw “Bad Taste” and asked themselves “Hey! He did it. Why can’t I?”: listen up! Somebody did just that. And his name is Christian James. Him and co-screenwriter Dan Palmer have crafted this year’s ultimate crowd pleaser. This is a film that gives all of us film geeks hope. There ARE people out there that have fresh ideas, a biting wit, a profound knowledge of cinema, and the talent to pull it off! This film has changed my life for the better. It can do the same for you.

So there it is. But before I let you go, there are some people that I absolutely MUST thank. Here they are.

First off, the FanTasia staff:

* Pierre Corbeil: For your generosity and for never giving up the good fight!
* Marc Lamothe: For proving to the world that Devo fans ARE the coolest people out there!
* Mitch Davis: For being Mitch…
* Cindy Canavan: For being “Our Queen”, for everything and anything. I love you, Sweetie!
* Sara Duda: For your smile and for giving me a new appreciation for Karaoke!
* Jonathan Doyle: For making us all discover the gem that is “Freak Out”!

And now, for my interviewees:

* Emily Perkins: For being the Angel that you are (…and not looking like Brigitte!)…
* Paula Devonshire: For your dedication and your humor…
* Michael Marshall: For the “purty” pictures and for being the “Epitome of Cool”…
* Udo Kier: For an “unforgettable” birthday!
* Brett Sullivan: For being so candid (and SUCH a dude!)…

…And finally…

* Christian James, Dan Palmer, and Yazz Fetto: For challenging my tolerance for alcohol, for your amazing singing voices, and for showing me that Trans-continental love is possible!

If it weren’t for all of you, I would be having a pretty boring summer, complaining about the heat, and taking “Big Brother” seriously. Because of you, I will remember this last month for the rest of my life. I thank all of you from the bottom of my caffeine-and-nicotine-impaired heart.

“I’ve had the time of my life, and I’ve never felt this way before, yes I swear, it’s the truth, and I owe it all to you!”

Ok. This is really scary. I’ll let you go before I quote another cinematic atrocity…

Cut to credits.
Dom

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