Posted on Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016 by Jacob Hall
I’ve previously written about how much I enjoyed Klown Forever, the very good and very funny follow-up to 2010’s Klown (which just so happens to be one of the funniest and most offensive movies ever made). Now, we’re pleased to premiere this new clip from director Mikkel Nørgaard‘s sequel, which is set to arrive in limited theatrical release and on VOD next month from Drafthouse Films.
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Posted on Thursday, August 4th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
There are certain film screenings that brand themselves upon the brain, never to be forgotten. I still remember every detail of seeing Klown, director Mikkel Nørgaard‘s big screen adaptation of the Danish sitcom of the same name, and even if I wanted to scrub it from my brain, I could not. It’s there. It’s there forever. Every mortifying, vile, evil, brilliant, hilarious, unapologetic second of it. Klown belongs on the short list of the funniest movies I’ve seen in the past decade, right up there with In the Loop as a movie I giggle about often despite feeling very guilty over what I’m giggling about.
But with the sequel arriving soon, this is the part where I say “Go see Klown – it’s offensive and humiliating and brilliant.” In the meantime, here’s the trailer for Klown Forever.
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Posted on Wednesday, June 15th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made is one of the most purely entertaining documentaries you will see this year, a tribute to the joys of cinema and the agonies of childhood. Directors Jeremy Coon and Tim Skousen tell the story of Chris Strompolos and Eric Zala, two childhood friends who set out to remake Steven Spielberg‘s Raiders of the Lost Ark. When they were eleven years old. In 1982. Their efforts resulted in Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation, which has found a cult following over the years. Raiders! pulls double duty, exploring the making of the original fan film and the modern attempt by Strompolos and Zala to actually finish what they began as children and complete the one scene they never managed to film: the famous brawl on the German Flying Wing.
With the film currently touring around the country for the rest of the summer (you can check out the schedule and purchase tickets here), I sat down with Chris Strompolos and Eric Zala to talk about their experiences in making “the greatest fan film ever made,” their future filmmaking endeavors, and whether or not they’re sick and tired of Raiders of the Lost Ark at this point.
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This year marks the 35th anniversary of Raiders of the Lost Ark, and there’s already a way to celebrate with a new print by Laurent Durieux available for purchase at Bottleneck Galley. But if that’s not enough, this summer also marks the release of Raiders! The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made, a documentary about a group of kids who set out to make a shot-for-shot remake of the Steven Spielberg classic. Their endeavor spans decades, and we get to learn all about their process as they set out to finally finish it.
In honor of the release of Raiders! and the 35th anniversary of the film that inspired its subjects, Alamo Drafthouse has released a shot-for-shot recreation of the original movie’s trailer using footage from Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation. It shows you just how dedicated these kids were to their project and how impressive their low budget work and passion still is.
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For years we’ve been hearing about Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made. The fan film at the center of the documentary is famous for being a passionate shot-for-shot remake of Raiders of the Lost Ark created by some of the most loyal and dedicated Indiana Jones fans, and now we’re going to learn every gritty detail about how it was made.
Chris Strompolos, Eric Zala and Jayson Lamb began working on Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation when they were just kids, but they wouldn’t finish it until 20 years later. Raiders! tells the story of how they made their film, lost their aspirations to become filmmakers, and reunited to finish the movie once and for all once it became a cult hit on the web.
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Director Karyn Kusama made her directorial debut in 2000 with the critically acclaimed Girlfight. Her sophomore effort was the 2005 adaptation Æon Flux, which she didn’t have enough creative control over. Kusama’s third feature, 2009’s Jennifer’s Body, while divisive, isn’t without its fans. Since making that horror-comedy, Kusama has directed episodes for Halt and Catch Fire and The Man in the High Castle, but after a six-year wait, the director’s newest film, The Invitation, is now opening in theaters.
The unsettling thriller shows a dinner party gone wrong, told from the perspective of a potentially unreliable narrator, Will (Logan Marshall-Green). Written by Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi, Kusama’s film is driven by an emotional and unsettling atmosphere, an uneasy sense of dread and loss we discussed with the director.
Below, read our Karyn Kusama interview.
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Without a doubt, we won’t witness another comedy quite like Men & Chicken this year. I was lucky enough to see the film at Fantastic Fest a few months ago, following its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, and it’s an offbeat story about family that grows richer and funnier with time.
Below, watch the Men & Chicken trailer.
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It’s fair to say most of us snuck into R-rated movies before we reached the magical age of 17. It’s easy to do, and you’d almost have to go out of your way to get caught, unless you went to a really strict movie theater. While plenty of kids and teens snuck in to see Deadpool this weekend, there’s another movie in theaters right now that a certain director thinks they should attend next.
Below, Michael Moore (Sicko) explains how anyone under the age of 17 can see his new documentary Where to Invade Next.
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Posted on Thursday, February 11th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
If you’re the kind of person who already hates parties and social gatherings, Karyn Kusama‘s The Invitation is going to press your buttons in a very specific and unsettling way. This small-scale, slow-burning, intense gem is a special kind of cinematic nightmare – the one-location thriller where escape simply isn’t an option.
Drafthouse Films has released a new trailer for The Invitation and it’s a good one, playing up the film’s mystery and tension while side-stepping its various twists and turns.
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