Justin Waldman

My earliest movie memory, outside of my home theatre in my basement, was going to the local Video 99 and wanting to rent ET only to be told by the shop owner it was playing down the street in theatres. My love for cinema has been alive for as long as I can honestly remember. I would frequent the cinema minutes down from my house daily. It was a second home. Movies are an escape from the everyday world, a window into the soul, a distant friend. If I’m not watching a movie, I’m probably watching a tv show, if I’m doing neither I’m asleep.

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The Beta Test – Fantastic Fest 2021

What happens when a Hollywood hot shot gets a secret invitation to a no strings attached sexual encounter? What happens when he takes advantage of that invitation and have a mental breakdown over the incident that leads into a word of chaos, infidelity, and terrifying data hacks. Jim Cummings and PJ McCabe both co-direct, write and star in The Beta Test. It is one of the craziest, wildest, blackes...[Read More]

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Homebound – Fantastic Fest Review

Sebastian Godwin delivers a terrifying, horrifying, almost too realistic thriller in his first feature Homebound which uncovers a tale of lies, deceit, and genuine horror. What could possibly be more terrifying than bringing your new fiancé to your ex-wife’s house to meet your children? Arriving and having your ex-wife not be there, and your children not having the slightest idea where their mothe...[Read More]

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Alone with You – Fantastic Fest Review

Sign me right up for whatever Emily Bennett and Justin Brooks are planning on writing and directing from here on out, Alone with You is a masterclass in suspense, thrills, and acting. Eighty-three minutes of edge of your seat thrills, with terrifying undertones keeping you involved throughout the entire film, it is a rare occurrence to have something that engaging and captivating in today’s landsc...[Read More]

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Who Killed the KLF? – Fantastic Fest Review

The KLF were one of the biggest British electronic bands on the globe in the 1980s and 1990s and then out of nowhere they vanished off the face of the planet. This documentary explores what their music meant to the audiences, what it stood for, what happened to Bill Drummond and Jimmy Cauty. They had the rich and fame, they wanted to destroy the establishment that built them and implemented their ...[Read More]

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Baby Assassins – Fantastic Fest Review

What would happen if you took the charm of Booksmart and made the movie about teenage assassins instead? Well, you’d have Baby Assassins, this smart, funny, buddy cop assassin yakuza action movie that is choreographed so well, when the action gets going you get vibes of Tony Jaa. Chisato played by Akari Takaishi and Mahiro played by Saori Izawa are two high school girls about to graduate. However,...[Read More]

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Nr. 10 – Fantastic Fest Review

Alex Van Wamerdam has a following for his work, and anyone who is a fan of his work or is used to his style of storytelling will most likely be satisfied with his newest outing, Nr. 10. The film mainly focuses on Gunter played by Tom Dewispelaere, as he is leading a life as a stage actor, raising a daughter, and having an affair. Gunter, never cared about his past or wanted to know about his past ...[Read More]

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Let the Wrong One In – Fantastic Fest Review

What happens when you discover that your brother is a vampire? What is your moral obligation to your family at that point, do you save your brother and help him safely quench his thirst or do you slay him to protect society? Let The Wrong One In is the right amount of vampire, comedy, and absolute over the top gore that brings together this hilarious film to a tightly packed film. The film focuses...[Read More]

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The Found Footage Phenomenon – Fantastic Fest Review

Phenomenon, defined as a fact or situation that is observed to exist or happen, especially one whose cause or explanation is in question. The Found Footage Phenomenon is exactly that the genre begs the question of what is happening, how is it happening, why is it happening? Whether the movie is a lower budget success like Blair Witch Project or something on the higher end budget like Cloverfield, ...[Read More]

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There’s Someone Inside Your House – Fantastic Fest Review

There truly is nothing more terrifying and creepier than having that eerie feeling that someone is watching you. Well, maybe being hunted and murdered by someone wearing your face can take the cake on that horror, and that is exactly what happens in There’s Someone Inside Your House. Someone is taking out the graduating class of Osborne Highand before doing so, makes sure to expose their deepest d...[Read More]

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Titane – Fantastic Fest Review

Titane is one of the most profoundly psychologically messed up and beautiful films I have ever seen. It is nothing shy of unadulterated perfection, that will leave its audience absolutely speechless, a monument in film making and star power that captures beauty in tragedy while also delivering one of the biggest jaw dropping moments in film this year. It is one of those films that you just have to...[Read More]

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The Eyes of Tammy Faye – TIFF Review

Tammy Faye Bakker, maybe that name means something to you, maybe it doesn’t, what you will know though is that Jessica Chastain becomes Tammy Faye Bakker and that alone is enough to get you to see The Eyes of Tammy Faye. The televangelist was a household name in the 80s, with her meteoric rise, tragic fall, and redemption throughout the later years of her life. The performances from the cast and t...[Read More]

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Dear Evan Hansen – TIFF 21 Review

Since late 2016, audiences have indulged in and mostly fell in love with stage musical Dear Evan Hansen. Now if you know absolutely nothing about the show, which the movie is 95% replicating, then let me tell you the titular character is incredibly flawed. However, there is something about the character, despite his very questionable choices, can resonate with audiences. There is no denying that t...[Read More]

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