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INFESTATION: Fantastic Fest 2014 Part 1

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And so that time of year has come again, the time for the best festival in the world, I’m talking about FANTASTIC FEST in Austin, Texas. If you’re a poor unfortunate who still doesn’t know what Fantastic Fest is, for one week every year, a single location, The Alamo Drafthouse on South Lamar, becomes ground zero for the weirdest and coolest genre films to see in the world. Sci-fi, horror, mystery, martial arts, and just plain odd all make the rounds here, carefully chosen by the Alamo owner Tim League and his team of experts.

As has been the tradition since pretty much year two of the festival, and this is year ten, Christopher and Brian are lost amidst the madness of the movies, carousing, dangerously heavy drinking, and such, but their heads popped up for a moment, long enough to record this first look at a few of the movies they’ve seen, namely “Dead Snow 2”, “VHS Viral”, and “ABC’s of Death 2”.

Take a look at some of the films you’ll be hearing reviews on soon that showed at Fantastic Fest:


Keanu Reeves is a grieving widower whose world is even more shattered when gangster thugs follow him home and steal his car, wreck his house and kill his dogs. But you should probably feel sorry for the gangsters. As one person puts it, John isn’t the Boogeyman, he’s the guy you call when you want to kill the Boogeyman…


Kevin Smith gets weird as his film “Tusk” features Justin Long as a shock-podcaster who runs into the WRONG dude to interview; Michael Parks. I don’t want to say too much here, but somebody becomes a walrus.


The director of “Grave of the Fireflys” and Studio Ghibli bring you a heart-warming and bittersweet animated tale of the little girl from the moon who was adopted by a poor bamboo cutter and grew up to become a princess, even if all she wanted to do was be in love and play in the fields. The Ghibli label means gorgeous and intelligent animation and this is no exception.

and lots, lots, LOTS more.


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Born in the wilds of northern Virginia, in 1992 Chris managed to put all of his survival skills to use and barely escaped with his life to Austin Texas, where ever since he’s dabbled in everything from plumber’s assistant to sandwich maker, from band to bar management. An opportunity to see theatrical release films for free, by becoming a critic on a local public access show called “The Reel Deal”, turned into a full time job when Chris and his friends decided to take it to the internet. They built the site, adding multiple podcasts and animated features, to no small amount of success. During this time, a fortuitous friendship sprung up between Chris and young Brian Salisbury, who was also a local film critic, and they merged their forces of will, and their laundry list of ideas for shows, to eventually build this paradise you see before you.