Cheap Thrills is one of my favorite films of the year so far — a simple, tightly contained and very vicious punch to the gut. Now we’d like to show you a clip from the making-of documentary that is on the new Blu-ray release. The film stars Pat Healy and Ethan Embry as two not-quite-friends who are down on their luck. Potential financial salvation arrives in the form of a couple, played by Sara Paxton and David Koechner, who are celebrating a birthday with a night on the town. But their night on the town isn’t like yours — they’re willing to pay ever-larger sums of money to see Healy and Embry do crazy things, all in the name of entertainment.
One of those crazy things (well, several of them, really) is beyond crazy — it goes into the realm of totally insane. Below, you can see a clip of how the sequence, and the prop associated with it, was put together. What follows is both a spoiler for the film, and not for the squeamish. Read More »
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Ari Folman‘s film The Congress is a strange and dazzling wonder in which Robin Wright (played by Robin Wright) sells her likeness to a movie studio. She gives up the rights to her name, image, and voice, and in return is given some measure of security for her family. The film tells this story through an unusual framework in which the transforming “reality” of Robin’s life — and the ways in which it is sold to an audience — is eventually envisioned through wildly imaginative animation. After playing festivals last year, the film will be released later this year in the US by Drafthouse, and we have the first US Congress trailer below. Keep an eye out for animated Tom Cruise.
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While we’ve seen footage from Michel Gondry‘s new film Mood Indigo over the past year, here’s a proper US trailer. This hits now because the film finally lands in US theaters this summer from Drafthouse Films. The movie adapts the novel by Boris Vian, with Audrey Tatou and Romain Duris starring in a love story that appears to have all the visual and emotional hallmarks of Gondry’s storytelling. Most of this trailer skips right over a big explanation of the plot, favoring instead a long montage of Gondry’s imagery. And we wouldn’t have it any other way, frankly. Check out the new Mood Indigo trailer below. Read More »
Why would a man want to remove his fully-functional, healthy penis? That’s the focus of an exclusive clip we’re proud to premiere from Jonah Bekhor and Zach Math‘s new film, The Final Member. The documentary, which expands in theaters Friday, is about the world’s only penis museum and the struggle to acquire a human specimen. Two men are in the race to have their penis be the first human penis in the museum and one, an American who has named his member “Elmo,” wants to donate it before he dies.
The film is endlessly surprising and entertaining as it explores this incredible story. Now, Drafthouse Pictures, which is distributing the film, has let /Film debut an exclusive clip. In this sequence, the reason for wanting to remove a live penis is discussed. The clip, visually, is 100% safe for work, but you might want to put in your headphones. Read More »
There are some wizards cutting trailers for Drafthouse Films, and this new Borgman trailer is quite good, and very chilling. The film is something of an enigma: a man fleeing a strange persecution turns up on the doorstep of a bourgeois family, and soon ingratiates himself into the family’s life, if not without a few difficulties along the way.
The story that follows is like the bastard child of Luis Buñuel and Michael Haneke, with the influence of Dogtooth by Yorgos Lanthimos — an unusual, unsettling, and violent demolition of accepted social politics. This trailer captures the film’s spirit; watch below. Read More »
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Here’s an exclusive set of photos from the very funny and oddly touching documentary The Final Member. The film chronicles the efforts of Sigurður “Siggi” Hjartarson to complete the permanent specimen collection at the Icelandic Phallological Museum — his museum dedicated to penises. Yeah, you read that correctly. The museum is missing one final member: a human specimen.
The film finds its heart in the competition between two men who both want to the the first to donate their member to the museum, and in so doing be enshrined for years to come. The concept is out there, but the film is sensitive and often hilarious. See a few new photos of the participants below. Read More »
In 2012 Fantastic Fest played a very entertaining documentary called The Final Member. The setting is the world’s only penis museum, located in Iceland. The museum is particularly well-endowed, as its creator, Sigurður “Siggi” Hjartarson, has collected nearly every possible example of the male organ. But there’s one missing, one “final member.” The museum needs a human penis.
The film traces the creation of the museum, and the surprising competition between multiple would-be donors to have their members enshrined in the place. This could almost be a horror film, but instead turns out to be a wry, surprising comedy. Check out a very funny trailer below. Read More »
I think Ben Wheatley, together with partner/writer/editor Amy Jump, is one of the most interesting directors working now. He makes genre films that are, thanks to Jump’s scripts, very sharp and perceptive, but also very weird, and not at all afraid to push audiences out of their comfort zones. A Field in England is emblematic of the films they make together. It’s a story about a few men during the English Civil War, some coerced to work for others, and how they all come together in a mad frenzy of power and influence.
I spoke to Wheatley a while ago about A Field in England, and for those who have seen the film, which is in US theaters and on VOD now, you might be happy to know that he explains a few plot points that might seem pretty obscure. But he also talks about why he doesn’t like explaining story elements, within his films or in interviews, and what he and Jump had in mind for audiences as they were putting this story together. Read More »
Last summer Ben Wheatley‘s film A Field in England started to see release, with a simultaneous drop in theaters, on disc, and on cable and VOD in the UK. It went on to play festivals and finally opened in the US last week. Along with the film’s UK release last year was a “digital masterclass” on the making of the movie — a thirty-minute behind the scenes doc that is really terrifically detailed. This isn’t fluffy filler, but rather a nuts and bolts look at making an indie movie with relatively few resources. It’s fantastic stuff, but loaded with spoilers (naturally) about the film.
So now is a great time to point it out to you once more, as the film is in release pretty much everywhere at this point. Below you’ll find a good deal of behind the scenes footage, and links to even more. Read More »