If The Invitation had been released last year, it would’ve made my top 10 films of the year list. I saw Karyn Kusama‘s unsettling thriller at last year’s Fantastic Fest, and for the past few months, I haven’t been able to shake it. Not just because it’s a rather unnerving experience, but because of how expertly structured, acted, and shot it is. This is a movie that fires on all cylinders.
After the jump, watch The Invitation trailer.
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Posted on Wednesday, January 6th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
I have a soft spot for Drafthouse Films, one of the few film distribution companies whose ongoing mission statement seems to be “Oh, this movie is really good and/or weird, let’s buy it.” How else do you explain their astonishing library of movies, which includes everything from The Look of Silence and Miami Connection to The Overnighters and Dangerous Men? Now, they’ve gone and picked up another winner: Raiders! The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made.
Raiders! is a documentary chronicling the kids who spent seven years shooting a shot-for-shot remake of Steven Spielberg’s Raiders of the Lost Ark, only to abandon the project with one sequence left. Then, decades later, they reunite to finish their project. It’s warm, sweet, funny, and surprisingly melancholy. Find additional details, including an early trailer for the film, below.
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Posted on Wednesday, November 11th, 2015 by Jacob Hall
I’ve seen Dangerous Men twice now and it’s just as brain-breaking as the trailer implies. John Rad‘s mesmerizing B-movie cocktail of sex, violence, and revenge brought the house down at this year’s Fantastic Fest and it will soon start collapsing movie theater roofs all over the nation (in a purely metaphorical manner, of course). There are a ton of great “bad” movies out there, but this film, shot over 26 years by a bootstrapping Iranian immigrant, is top-notch, grade-A insanity. There has never been anything else quite like it – it has no right to exist or to be seen in any format beyond a crummy VHS tape passed along from one curious set of hands to another. But here it is.
We’re pleased to present an exclusive new clip from Dangerous Men, which is being re-released by Drafthouse Films, a company that has a habit of rescuing odd and unusual films from oblivion. These 60 seconds represent only a tiny fraction of the movie’s pleasures. Know that the fight scene depicted in the video below isn’t even the most bizarre fight scene in the movie. There’s a lot more where this came from.
Prepare to have your psyche annihilated by the new Dangerous Men clip after the jump.
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Posted on Thursday, October 15th, 2015 by Jacob Hall
Dangerous Men is a very strange, very special beast that has to be seen to be believed. Although you could be forgiven for thinking it was written and shot by aliens who had never seen a movie (but had a few described to them), it’s actually the one and only film of the late John S. Rad. It’s a singular, glorious, totally unbelievable, jaw-droppingly bizarre, wonderfully tone-deaf slice of pure, uncut insanity. We can debate Rad’s lack of technical merits all day long, but Dangerous Men is bursting with imagination and life. Like Edward D. Wood Jr., here is a “bad” filmmaker whose work is cleverer and more brimming with personality than most movies made by professionals.
Now Drafthouse Films, the company that has previously resurrected long-lost masterpieces of total insanity like Miami Connection, The Visitor, and Roar!, has acquired Dangerous Men and plans to unleash it upon on an unsuspecting public.
Experience the Dangerous Men trailer for yourself after the jump.
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This year marked my first time attending the the Austin-based Fantastic Fest, and I’m glad I went. How good is the festival? Well, the first film I saw, which is no. 1 on this list, blew my socks off. The movies I saw after that grand introduction, for the most part, didn’t make for a downhill slope. After the jump, read about the 12 best films at Fantastic Fest 2015.
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Posted on Wednesday, September 30th, 2015 by Angie Han
We’ve got a lot of ground to cover today, so let’s hit it. After the jump:
- Get details on the Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation home video release
- The Olsen twins are “always welcome” to drop by Fuller House
- Drew Goddard says the studio really wanted a Cabin in the Woods 2
- Mia Wasikowska says the Alice in Wonderland sequel has less CG
- Drafthouse Films picks up Klown Forever for distribution in the U.S.
- Now Homeland‘s Damian Lewis is the subject of “next James Bond” rumors
- Exactly how many Aston Martin DB10s were destroyed in the making of Spectre?
- Blade Runner 2 director Denis Villeneuve would like to make a Bond film
- The Art of Kung Fu Panda 3 reveals another look at the sequel
- The cast of Resident Evil 6 shares more photos from the set
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Brit Marling and Hailee Steinfeld star in Daniel Barber‘s twist on the Civil War drama, with Muna Otaru, Sam Worthington in supporting roles. The story, written by Julia Hart, follows Marling and Steinfeld as sisters who defend themselves and their home against assault by Yankee soldiers determined to get in towards the end of the war.
But things aren’t so simple; the two young women are slave owners, with Muna Otaru playing the woman who is bound to the home, and who is in just as much danger as the other two women, even if she isn’t part of their family. So the film has the ingredients to be a tense and possibly uncomfortable thriller with situations that go beyond the basic “survive a siege” plot. Check out The Keeping Room trailer below. Read More »
The Tribe is a very unique film. It’s the story of a deaf young man who moves into a new boarding school for the deaf, only to be pulled into the criminal activities organized by a student gang. The film has no spoken dialogue as the characters communicate entirely through Ukranian sign language, which is not subtitled or translated. Watching this film is indeed a demanding experience, but it is one that left me thinking about the movie for months afterward.
Now, Austin, Texas-based poster house Mondo will soon release a new way to keep the film in mind. A poster, The Tribe by artist Alan Hynes. Check out the full design and get all the specs and on-sale info below. Read More »
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I saw The Tribe last September, and still think about the movie pretty much every day. No other film has impressed me quite like this one did with its unique creation of drama via sound and image. Few other performances have been as devastating and courageous as those from leads Grigoriy Fesenko and Yana Novikova.
Taking place at a boarding school for the deaf, the film features no spoken dialogue; the characters communicate in sign language and outbursts of violence. There are no subtitles for the sign language, but those communications come through just as clearly as the intent behind the violence. This debut feature from Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy is as confident as they come, and shocking in its unblinking frankness.
Check out the excellent The Tribe trailer below. Read More »
Joshua Oppenheimer follows his Oscar-nominated documentary The Act of Killing with The Look of Silence, which continues to explore the aftereffects of the 1965 Indonesian Genocide, and you can see a very powerful Look of Silence trailer below.
While The Act of Killing focused primarily on some of the surviving ringleaders of the genocide, The Look of Silence focuses more specifically on one man, Adi, whose brother was killed during the genocide, and who discovers the identities of his brother’s murderers, and confronts them. More intimate in scope but no less effective and terrifying than The Act of Killing, Oppenheimer’s new companion doc is viewing every bit as essential as his first exploration of the subject. Read More »