Legion M is taking on Fantastic Fest, and we want to see you there!
Our own San Francisco Bay-area Jeff Annison and Los Angeles native Terri Lubaroff will be there from 9/20 - 9/25, along with me, Terri Piñon, flying in from NYC. This will be a reunion of epic proportions between T1 and T2 (will the battle of the 5-foot Terri’s ever happen?!?) and Legion M East vs. Legion M West! The ground might shake, y’all! If you're in the area, DON'T MISS OUT!
This Fest always has a strong line-up of odd, unusual and unique movies from around the world. We're excited to check out some of the interesting films curated this year, and shhh… we just might be looking for leads on our next picture!
As usual, we've prepped ahead of time and would love your insights on some of the films we have targeted as “must see’s.” To that end, we’re hosting a Legion M viewing party for Fantastic Fest trailers this Sunday, 9/17 at 1 p.m. PST at https://www.rabb.it/LegionM. Please join us and become part of the conversation.
***UPDATE 9/17: In case you missed the viewing party for FANTASTIC FEST and still want to watch the trailers and vote, here are the links! Help us decide which films the Legion should consider being a part of to develop into feature films!
Whether you have time to join the viewing party or not, check out the below list and let us know what you think. If there’s a film that is not on this list you think we should see, please don't hesitate to let us know ASAP. We want your input and value your insight!
For those of you in the area, don’t worry if you don't have passes to catch us inside! We'll be scheduling a couple of meetups outside the Fest to mingle with as many local members as possible. Let's talk movies. Let's talk Legion M. Jeff is even going to learn to say “y’all" and “fixin’ to” in proper Texas sized sentences! For example, Jeff will say, “Hey, y’all, I’m fixin’ to eat some bar-b-que tonight!”
On that note, see you in Austin!
Gerald’s Game - Flanagan unites with master of the macabre Stephen King for his cinematic interpretation of King's beloved GERALD'S GAME. Starring Carla Gugino and Bruce Greenwood, GERALD'S GAME delivers pitch-perfect performances in a faithful adaptation where the horrors of the mind are much worse than what's in front of you.
Brawl in Cell Block 99 - S. Craig Zahler (BONE TOMAHAWK) returns with his sophomore feature, BRAWL IN CELL BLOCK 99. An exhilarating exercise in analog violence, CELL BLOCK follows the brutal exploits of a former boxer who finds himself incarcerated after a drug deal goes wrong. Trapped in a maximum security facility, he must fight to stay alive and to protect those he loves.
3 Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri - A grieving mother takes drastic measures in an attempt to catch her daughter's killer. Challenging the police to solve the case, she posts a series of billboards that threaten the fabric of rural, Missouri.
Downsizing - Everyman Paul Safranek (Matt Damon) and wife Audrey (Kristen Wiig) decide to abandon their stressed lives in Omaha and move to a new downsized community in Alexander Payne's brilliant social satire.
The Killing of a Sacred Deer - The life of a brilliant surgeon is thrown into disarray when his friendship with a bizarre teenager threatens the lives of his entire family. Faced with a frightening choice, the man will be forced to assess all that he's ever done.
My Friend Dahmer - This is the story of Jeffrey Dahmer, a high school loner whose life would shape up to be something far more frightening than anyone could have imagined.
Professor Marsten and the Wonder Women - In a superhero origin tale unlike any other, this film is the incredible true story of what inspired Harvard psychologist Dr. William Moulton Marston to create the iconic Wonder Woman character in the 1940s.
Applecart - An idyllic weekend vacation to a secluded cabin turns deadly when the Pollack family discovers an unconscious woman whose sinister plans will pit the family members against each other.
Before We Vanish - Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s latest film is a sci-fi thriller about an alien invasion in which aliens must come to understand humanity through understanding human emotion—most importantly, our collective capacity for love.
Bodied - Adam is a grad student with an obsessive but academic interest in the world of battle rap. When a chance encounter brings him into that world he discovers a savage side to himself he never knew existed.
Five Fingers for Marseilles - A troubled young man returns to the town he fled as a youth and is forced to confront his past (and the town's difficult future) in this gorgeous Sesotho language western.
Good Manners - When lonely nurse Clara is hired as a nanny by wealthy Ana, she hardly expects anything like the friendship she finds with the lonely, pregnant woman. However, both women have dark secrets which will engulf all that they hold dear.
Jupiter's Moon - The most ambitious science fiction film of the year is also perhaps the most visually stunning. Aryan is a refugee who finds himself with the power to levitate after being shot. Stern is a disgraced, corrupt doctor. The two will meet and alter the entire world.
Les Affames - In the remote Quebec countryside, things are not well. A plague has infected the land, affecting almost all the residents of a small village. The survivors have to navigate their new existence as well as deal with the infected with an appetite for flesh.
Letterkenny - The spiritual successors to STRANGE BREW's Bob and Doug MacKenzie, the rural residents of the fictitious town of LETTERKENNY deliver a hysterical slice of Canadiana in the comedy phenomenon chronicling the daily problems of hicks, skids, hockey players and Christians.
Rabbit - After a full year, Maude is still stricken by visions of her sister Cleo's kidnapping. Believing that Cleo is still alive, Maude undergoes a suspenseful journey to find her in this stunning, atmospheric feature debut from Luke Shanahan.
SALYUT-7 - Based on a true story, SALYUT-7 is the little-known mission to dock with an unmanned space station in order to stop it from crashing into Earth, a feat never before attempted in space history.
The Cured (just sold, but we’ll see it anyway, too!) - A zombie virus has hit the world… but it has been cured. What's next for the ex-zombies who have returned to normal? David Freyne's debut feature throws lots of food for thought into the mouth of your mind.
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Mom and Dad - Selma Blair and Nicolas Cage are seemingly ideal parents until an unknown force causes their town's adults to murder their offspring. Read more on this film.
Anna and the Apocalypse - Anna's life is dominated by the typical concerns of her youthful peers until the Christmas season in her small town brings not Santa, but an outbreak of the undead in this genre-mashing holiday horror musical. Yep. Musical. Read more on this film.
Juvenile - The emotionally powerful story of Billy, an angry youth who spends his evenings stealing cars with best friend Mikey while attempting to cultivate a stable relationship with his girlfriend Jules. Read more on this film.
Maus - Yayo Herrero's directorial debut is a couple's nightmare journey into the heart of darkness. A superlative horror parable, this shocking film is an indictment of modern history, war and the difficulties of reconciliation. It is a story for our times. Read more on this film.
Tabula Rasa - The first three episodes of a gripping Belgian psychological TV thriller about a young female amnesiac who’s the key subject in a man’s disappearance. Read more on this film.
Tigers are Not Afraid - When her mother suddenly disappears with no one to care for her, young Estrella ends up on the street and joins a gang of children, triggering a dangerous and tragic chain of events in the third feature from Mexican filmmaker Lopez. Read more on this film.
VIP - A notorious serial killer who happens to be the son of a defecting DPRK official sends South Korea's National Intelligence, police from both states and even international brass into a mad political scramble in this thrilling neo-noir. Read more on this film.