Joey Fantana

Joey Fantana

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'80s kid with a particular love for '90s cinema.

Favourite genres are Crime, Thriller, Sci-fi and Western.

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  • The Trial of the Chicago 7

    The Trial of the Chicago 7

    ★★★½

    Points to myself for recognising a Sorkin joint before I knew he was even attached.

    And I've never seen a single episode of West Wing...!

    This was sharp, well played, balanced and rewarding. Cohen and Rylance standouts. Great watch.

    7.5

  • A Lonely Place to Die

    A Lonely Place to Die

    ★★½

    I imagined what this film could have been, had it been graced with;

    - a bigger budget
    - more dynamism
    - better direction
    - better equipment
    - better lighting
    - better characters
    - bigger names
    - better script
    - intermittent brevity

    That was a fun and worthy thriller, like a blend of Cliffhanger, the Rock, the Guard, and Bacarau. That film had cult following potential. Chutzpah. Had an on form Elisabeth Moss playing point and Riz Ahmed chewing the scenery…

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  • The Wolf of Snow Hollow

    The Wolf of Snow Hollow

    ★★★★

    Loved everything about this, from the Orion production logo, to the cinematography, to the gloriously nuanced script, peppered with little character inflections and moments of humanity, to the perfect balance of dark comedy and dramatic tension, to the structure, the lighting and the fact it could even be classed as a Christmas film!

    Best werewolf movie since Dog Soldiers.

    Best serial killer movie since Zodiac.

    Best snow-driven, eccentric crime movie since Fargo.

    Perfect blend of all three.

    8.5

  • Night Hunter

    Night Hunter

    ★★★★

    Surprised by the negativity around this one. I'd been waiting a long time to see it as the logline sounded intriguing and played to my proclivity for a good crime thriller. Looks like the budget was quite low but I was impressed with how much they wrung out of it to be fair, would disagree with anyone who says this looks cheap. Cinematography and direction are fairly solid and given it's Raymond's first feature, I'd be keen to see what…