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“You’re Next” wins big at the Fantastic Fest Awards

“You’re Next” wins big at the Fantastic Fest Awards (photo)

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Acquired by Lionsgate and pulled from all but one of its screenings at the festival, the crowd-pleasing horror-comedy “You’re Next” still killed at the Fantastic Fest 2011 Awards. The story of a couple trapped in a remote house by crazed animal-mask-wearing killers won four awards: Best Horror Feature, Best Director (Adam Wingard), Best Screenplay (Simon Barrett), and Best Actress (Sharni Vinson). Unofficially, it also won my award for Best Defacement of the Alamo Drafthouse. Look for this one from Lionsgate, probably sometime late in 2012.

The other big winner of the night was “Bullhead,” which made a huge splash in the AMD & Dell Next Wave Spotlight Competition devoted to emerging filmmakers. The dark character study of a steroid-taking Mafia enforcer won Best Picture, Best Director (Michael R. Roskam), and Best Actor (Matthias Schoenaerts). According to IMDb, the film does not yet have a US distributor.

Choosing the winners in any of the categories couldn’t be easy. I saw fourteen films in four and a half days at Fantastic Fest 2011, and most of them were great. I was very pleased to see that one of my favorites, the Danish film “Clown,” garnered awards for Best Comedy Picture and Best Comedy Screenplay. This “Curb Your Enthusiasm”-ish road movie with Farrelly Brothers-ish gross-out sexual humor is uproariously funny; maybe the funniest movie I’ve seen in a theater this year. Here are the rest of my top five favorites:

Matt Singer’s Best of Fantastic Fest 2011
“Sleepless Night,” directed by Frédéric Jardin
“Clown,” directed by Mikkel Nørgaard
“Headhunters,” directed by Morten Tyldum
“Elite Squad 2: The Enemy Within,” directed by José Padilha
“Knuckle,” directed by Ian Palmer

The awards are over and I’m heading home, but the festival rolls on for three more days. So does our coverage. Look for more reviews and interviews from Fantastic Fest all this week on IFC.com. Here’s the full list of winners:

AUDIENCE AWARD (Presented by Maxwell Locke & Ritter)
“A Boy And His Samurai” (Yoshihiro Nakamura)
Runners Up: “You’re Next,” “Juan Of The Dead”

AMD & DELL “NEXT WAVE” SPOTLIGHT COMPETITION
Best Picture: “Bullhead”
Best Director: Michael R. Roskam (“Bullhead”)
Best Screenplay: Josh MacDonald (“The Corridor”)
Best Actor: Matthias Schoenaerts (“Bullhead”)
Best Actress: Jessica Cole (“Aardvark”)
Special Jury Award for Boldness Of Vision: “Beyond The Black Rainbow’

HORROR FEATURES
Best Picture: “You’re Next”
Best Director: Adam Wingard (“You’re Next”)
Best Screenplay: Simon Barrett (“You’re Next”)
Best Actor: Sean Harris (“A Lonely Place To Die”)
Best Actress: Sharni Vinson (“You’re Next”)

FANTASTIC FEATURES
Best Picture: “Milocrorze: A Love Story”
Best Director: Noboru Iguchi (“Karate Robo Zaborgar”)
Best Screenplay: Olafur Egilsson, Grimur Haonarson (“Summerland”)
Best Actor: Julián Villagrán (“Extraterrestrial”)
Best Actress: Sawa Masaki (“Underwater Love”)

GUTBUSTER COMEDY FEATURES
Best Picture: “Clown”
Best Director: Steffen Haars, Flip Van Der Kuil (“New Kids Turbo”)
Best Screenplay: Casper Christensen, Frank Hvam (“Clown”)

SHORT FUSE: HORROR SHORTS
Winner: “How To Rid Your Lover Of A Negative Emotion Caused By You” (Nadia Litz)
Runner-up: “The Unliving” (Hugo Lilj)
Special Jury Award for Outstanding Achievement in Special Effects and General Badassery: “Brutal Relax” (David Muñoz, Rafa Dengrá, Adrián Cardona)

FANTASTIC SHORTS
Best Fantastic Short: “Decapoda Shock” (Javier Chillón)
Runner-up: “All Men Are Called Robert” (Marc-Henri Boulier)
Special Jury Mention for Acting: Robert Picardo (“The Candidate”)

DRAWN AND QUARTERED: ANIMATED SHORTS
Best Animated Short: “Last Norwegian Troll” (Pjotr Sapegin)
Runner-up: “Lazarov” (NIETOV)
What Fantastic Fest award winner are you most looking forward to seeing? Tell us in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”


Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”


But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.

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It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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