Fantastic Fest Audio Reviews: 'Kevin' & Adam Wingard's 'You're Next'
by Tim Buel
September 25, 2011
Hello again! Tim from The Golden Briefcase with your Fantastic Fest 2011 Day 3 audio reviews! We saw quite a few great films but we primarily wanted to bring you word on We Need to Talk About Kevin and Adam Wingard's You're Next. The former is the new film from Lynne Ramsay about Tilda Swinton & John C. Riley's born-evil son Kevin, played by Ezra Miller. You're Next is the new film from the team behind last year's Fantastic Fest champion, A Horrible Way to Die, and puts an awesome spin on the home invasion horror sub-genre. Both films were very highly anticipated by everyone at the fest and I think it's safe to say that no one was disappointed whatsoever by either offering!
We Need to Talk About Kevin was a film that was met with very high praise coming out of this year's Cannes Film Festival and was actually added to the line-up here in Austin mid-fest. Jeremy was very anxious to check it out and I was open minded to what appeared to be a family drama. The film is riveting in every sense of the word. I honestly can say that I have not been emotionally drained by a movie in quite a while and we needed something light afterwards in order to clear our heavy hearts. Tilda Swinton gives an Oscar deserving performance and truly shows the emotional breakdown of a woman in her situation. The true highlight performance was young actor Ezra Miller playing the titular character of Kevin. He brings so many nuances to the character with his eyes and smirk, all of which bring nothing but chills to the viewer.
We were also joined after the screening again by colleagues Brad McHargue (@BradMcHargue) from Mile High Cinema/Bloody-Disgusting and Alan Cerny (@NordlingAICN) from AICN to share some thoughts, including Alan's input as a father. Listen here:
Our final film of the night was the new film from writing/directing team Simon Barrett and Adam Wingard, You're Next. The film played at midnight and was shown to a sold-out house for its only showing in the US before being distributed by Lionsgate. We were thrilled to be included in this special event and had to be there to give everyone at home immediate reactions to the movie. The film seems conventional home invasion at first, yet as thing progress throughout the movie, you soon realize that Wingard and Barrett have much more up their sleeves and unleash a throwback horror comedy that will surely become a cult classic. The performances are also brought with gusto, some standouts including Fest favorite AJ Bowen, horror icon Barbara Crampton and the most excellent Sharni Vinson.
With gore and laughs a plenty, You're Next is already my potential favorite film I have seen in the festival and one I absolutely cannot wait to see again. We were joined after the screening by Sam Zimmerman (@samdzimmerman) of Fangoria and Brian Collins (@brianwcollins) from Badass Digest/Horror Movie a Day to share some thoughts on the film. Listen here:
Day 3 was a standout with awesome films seen all day including Sean Hogan's The Devil's Business which we both greatly enjoyed. We have a bit of a slower day for Day 4, but we will definitely have content for you including audio reviews of Take Shelter and midnight horror film Juan of the Dead. As always, follow the rest of our ongoing coverage live from Fantastic Fest 2011 at the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, and follow our main Twitter account @GoldenBriefcase for more audio reviews and opinions. You can also follow @timbuel and @JeremyKKirk for updates straight from Austin. Teaser photo above is from You're Next.