The Pez Outlaw 2023 Movie Review
In Eastern Europe in the early 1990s, a bearded American man, poorly dressed, arrives at a factory manufacturing individual plastic Pez candy dispensers. He is received with open arms. Employees even give him articles refused by the management of the American company, which is a completely different legal entity from the European one. Returning to the United States, Steve Glew managed to clear all these distributors through customs because the American company was not registered in this international trade register.
As the title of the section points out, the documentaries presented at Fantasia are on subjects in the margin or are animated by a different spirit. The Pez Outlaw by the couple Amy Bandlien Storkel and Bryan Storkel thus narrates the almost unknown and rather unlikely story of this factory mechanic in Michigan who found his way into the world of collectors. He thus managed for a certain time to amply provide for the needs of his family. The production uses the artifices of the spy film to bring the viewer back to the post-Cold War era through usually playful reconstructions. Steve Glew also won the prize for actor in a documentary at the SXSW festival, which is already an incongruous achievement.
Marc Joly-Corcoran’s approach to the Quebec community of strong fans of the Star Wars series is more personal. The camera of Let the fan be with you penetrates the interiors and witnesses sometimes harsher exchanges between volunteers from organizations bringing together people of all ages, yesterday collectors and today also participating cosplayers in costumes and costumes. agreements. The director thus captures, with Malgus, Steve and Jeff, moments of joy and pain that illustrate the place that this passion can take in an existence otherwise regulated by the things of life.
A Briton discovers, in the boxes of his deceased grandfather, a video cassette titled A Life on the Farm. He is surprised, amused, offended or taken aback by the moments of life he sees. Charles Carson, a farmer recorded them with his video camera by staging himself in the 1990s in a small village in Somerset in the west of England. Oscar Harding managed to contact Carson’s former neighbors, a colleague at the agricultural college where he taught, and other resource people. A rather comprehensive overview of this yesterday’s anonymous existence in which the works and days, the illnesses of parents and spouse are thus archived with disarming immediacy to be broadcast in a few copies., Episodes of black humor and sequences eccentrics also show the value of these tapes which go beyond the exegesis that some speakers are willing to attribute to it.
These are some of these documentaries which, in a beautiful way, gave a voice to other passionate people. A scheduling conflict prevented me from seeing Alexandre O. Philippe’s Lynch/Oz which, we can assume, will be screened in theaters or online at a later date.