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The 2nd Annual iCMFF: Just Before Dawn

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The 2nd Annual iCMFF: Just Before Dawn

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Post by outdoorcats » November 1st, 2018, 11:38 pm

Welcome to the 2018 iCheckMovies Film Festival!

Festival Dates: Nov. 1-30

Please rate the films the films you've seen on a scale from 1-10 to help contribute to this year's Audience Award.
(Ratings are due by the end of the month to be counted)

This is the thread where all users can rate and discuss the films in this year's Just Before Dawn section (horror, dark thriller, martial arts and other "midnight movies"):

A Dark Song dir. Liam Gavin. 2016, 100 min. :imdb::ICM:
A grieving woman contacts an occultist to help contact her dead son, but his cruel and dehumanizing techniques might push her to the breaking point in this disturbing twist on the seance movie.
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Dearest Sister dir. Mattie Do. 2016, 101 min. :imdb::ICM:
In this eerie horror film from Laos with a feminist twist, a village girl is forced to become caretaker for her rich cousin, whose deteriorating condition leads to frightening apparitions.
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Fast Convoy dir. Frédéric Schoendoerffer. 2016, 102 min. :imdb::ICM:
In this highway-set, nail-biting neo-noir, a cannabis-shipping convoy in southern Spain's route is derailed after a shootout and the kidnapping of a tourist, and the closing net of the law forces the criminals to become increasingly desperate.
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Hounds of Love dir. Ben Young. 2016, 108 min. :imdb::ICM:
In late '80s Perth, a teenage girl is kidnapped by a husband-and-wife serial-killer pair, realizing she has to find a way to drive a wedge between them if she has any chance of escaping in this debut from rising talent Ben Young.
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Let the Corpses Tan dir. Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani. 2017, 92 min. :imdb::ICM:
Cattet and Forzani, the team behind Amer and previous festival Best Film winner The Strange Color of Your Body's Tears, return with another hyper-kinetic, hyper-stylized and hyper-aesthetic visual embarrassment of riches--but where their previous features homaged giallo, this one uses violent Italian crime films of the '70s as its touchstone.
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The Lure dir. Agnieszka Smoczynska. 2015, 92 min. :imdb::ICM:
In this much-acclaimed genre hybrid, "The Little Mermaid" is given a horror/musical twist as mermaid sisters disguised as humans become hit nightclub singers in 1980s Poland.
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The Transfiguration dir. Michael O'Shea. 2016, 97 min. :imdb::ICM:
Milo is a disturbed teenager living in a NYC housing project with an obsession with vampire movies as well as an extremely dark hobby. When he meets an equally isolated neighbor in Sophie, their emerging bond threatens to reveal how far his obsession goes.
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Post by mightysparks » November 2nd, 2018, 4:24 am

Just two left to see out of this bunch. I wish Hounds of Love had been filmed anywhere but Perth because then it wouldn't have received as much praise. Pretty average film and I saw it at a Q&A with the director, who was such a pompous asshole that I dislike the film even more now.
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Post by Ivan0716 » November 2nd, 2018, 12:15 pm

Let the Corpses Tan - 5/10


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Post by peeptoad » November 14th, 2018, 1:09 pm

The Transfiguration- 6/10

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Post by lynchs » November 14th, 2018, 1:56 pm

hum.. none! none? :)

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Post by outdoorcats » November 14th, 2018, 4:03 pm

You have two more weeks to watch them all lynchs. ;)

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Post by lynchs » November 14th, 2018, 6:02 pm

Sure outdoorcats :) but they're not my kind of beer, but who knows? maybe I'll catch one or two on TV'

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Post by peeptoad » November 17th, 2018, 12:08 pm

A Dark Song- 6/10

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Post by ralch » November 21st, 2018, 8:34 pm

Dearest Sister -- 6/10

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Post by RogerTheMovieManiac88 » November 24th, 2018, 1:36 am

'A Dark Song' - 5/10
'The Transfiguration' - 7.5/10
That's all, folks!

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Post by joachimt » November 25th, 2018, 3:22 pm

The Lure 7/10
This was really weird, so it's on the right official list. Don't know how to write a review on this.

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Post by Muellwind » November 26th, 2018, 6:03 pm

A Dark Song- 5/10

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Post by outdoorcats » November 27th, 2018, 2:13 am

Fast Convoy - 7
Let the Corpses Tan - 9

Sorry I've been too burnt out to do reviews or write-ups. Happy to discuss either title though if anyone has any questions/conversation-starters.

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Post by mightysparks » November 27th, 2018, 2:29 am

A Dark Song (2016) 7/10
A great slowburn horror focusing on the discipline and the patience of attempting a seance, which was very refreshing from the usual type of seance films. The ending was a letdown though.

Dearest Sister (2016) 6/10
Was honestly expecting this to be terrible as I usually dislike Asian horror, but it was pretty decent and I liked the characters. Though, again, the ending just went in a weird direction that kinda sizzled out, though still kinda worked.

Fast Convoy (2016) 6/10
Man this film was just a pain in the butt to find, then to find subs that were synced, and then the damn file didn't work with my TV. And the subs were apparently Google translated subs so it was frustrating to read, 'it' instead of 'he', 'he' instead of 'she', and a whole bunch of stuff I didn't get. Anyway, the film itself was a pretty average drug smuggling action/thriller. It was entertaining enough, but lacked tension and the characters could've been a bit more interesting rather than generic macho silly boys.

Hounds of Love (2016) 6/10
This is ok, and has some good moments, but overall is pretty lackluster with bad characters and acting (particularly the girl they kidnap, who was totally unconvincing, the 'bad dudes' were alright). The director noted at the Q&A that he intentionally didn't want to show anything they did because what you imagined would be worse, but really it felt like it was just to create sympathy for Emma Booth's character because if we really saw her engaging in these terrible acts we would not buy into her redemption storyline. So it felt pretty hamfisted and dumb most of the time. However, it did capture late 80s/early 90s Perth pretty well (the set design was the standout feature. Also, a girl that went to my Tafe was in this film in a PHOTOGRAPH and used it as her headline acting film everywhere lol.

Let the Corpses Tan (2017) 7/10
Dunno if they've just made better films or I've been changing, but I've been increasingly enjoying Cattet & Forzani's films though I didn't like Amer (need to revisit!). Took a while to get into, but loved the style, their use of sound is amazing, editing is great, some really powerful moments and turned a pretty generic and dull crime story into something really awesome.

The Lure (2015) 6/10
This was fine, but weird and it would lose me in parts and then pick up and intrigue me again and then repeat.

The Transfiguration (2016) 5/10
Totally forgotten this now, which I guess says enough.
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Post by mightysparks » November 28th, 2018, 9:04 am

Top 3 picks:

1. Let the Corpses Tan
2. A Dark Song
3. Dearest Sister

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4. The Lure
5. Fast Convoy
6. Hounds of Love
7. The Transfiguration
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Post by Straka » November 29th, 2018, 9:07 am

Not sure if I am late for this:

Fast Convoy (2016) 5/10

Hounds of Love (2016) 8/10

Let the Corpses Tan (2017) 8/10

The Lure (2015) 8/10

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Post by outdoorcats » November 29th, 2018, 11:00 am

Nope, you're not late and if you want you can still watch more films and post ratings up until the Dec. 1st, 2 AM U.S. EST. And of course discussions of the films in the question remains open indefinitely. ;)

If you finish any of the sections before tomorrow night you can also help pick the award winner for that section.

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Post by Straka » November 29th, 2018, 2:55 pm

It is all what I had "accidentally" seen already at several festivals in the last two years. Unfortunately I do not have time to watch more in these last few days.

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Post by flaiky » November 30th, 2018, 9:10 pm

Ratings (only one)

Dearest Sister - 9
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Post by sacmersault » November 30th, 2018, 11:49 pm

Didn't finish the section, but here are my ratings for the Audience Award:

In Order:
The Lure 9/10
A Dark Song 8/10
The Transfiguration 7/10
Let the Corpses Tan 4/10 I honestly hated this film. It was so arrogant and full of itself.

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