Director Karyn Kusama returns this year with The Invitation, which impressed the hell out of me when it debuted in the Midnight program at the recent SXSW film festival. The film watches as a couple (Logan Marshall-Green and Emayatzy Corinealdi) heads to a dinner party thrown by the guy’s former wife and her new partner (Tammy Blanchard and Michiel Huisman), where signs quickly begin to suggest that things are very much off with the hosts. They seem to have been recruited into a cult of some sort, but is their new mindset actually a problem, or just kinda weird?
The Invitation is a gripping thriller with a really ominous tone and a terrific ending. Now Drafthouse Films has picked up the movie for worldwide distribution. Read More »
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The surprising and totally freaky film Spring opens this week after winding its way through a few festivals, including TIFF and Fantastic Fest, and making fans along the way. The film will be in some theaters, and on VOD and even available via BitTorrent Bundle, making it the second film distributed in that manner. But with more films available to viewers every week, even a unique film has to take every chance it has to reach out to new people. Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead, the directors of Spring, have put together their own little video showing off their grass-roots promotion for the film; check it out below. Read More »
“No animals were harmed in the making of this movie. 70 members of the cast and crew were.” That’s the most eye-catching tagline we’ve seen in years, and it is for the movie Roar, originally released in 1981 and set to return to theaters via Drafthouse Films in April. The Roar trailer will give you a good first look at the movie, and probably make you wonder who was insane enough to make it. Read More »
Spring was one of the movies that had the most people talking at Fantastic Fest last year, and it was the one I was most bummed to miss. It comes from writer/directors Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead, who previously made the intense and unsettling film Resolution, and features Lou Taylor Pucci as an American backpacker who meets a beguiling young woman (Nadia Hilker) in Italy… and then discovers that she has secrets that set her apart from every other girl he’s ever met. This Spring trailer is pretty great, starting off with a pretty normal tone before getting really weird. Check it out below. Read More »
Posted on Friday, January 30th, 2015 by Angie Han
Martin Starr has been all over the place since Freaks & Geeks, but more often than not he’s relegated to a supporting role as a geeky weirdo. It’s a treat, then, to finally see him take center stage in Amira & Sam. And as a straightforward romantic lead, no less.
The charming trailer features Starr as an Army vet trying to re-adjust to civilian life in New York City. He befriends and then falls for a lively Iraqi woman (Dina Shihabi) suffering immigration troubles. Check out the Amira and Sam trailer after the jump.
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Why Don’t You Play in Hell is the biggest, weirdest, most joyous ode to genre moviemaking you’ll see this year. Sion Sono created this film as a blend of hyper-violent gangster pictures, coming of age stories, and romantic comedy. It follows a group of amateur filmmakers who call themselves the Fuck Bombers as they encounter the most unusual yakuza clan battle you’ve ever seen. As the filmmaking gets get in the middle, they find themselves with the opportunity to film the gangsters in action — and on 35mm, no less.
The film opens today and to celebrate we’ve got an exclusive Why Don’t You Play in Hell clip, featuring a scene that really needs no setup or explanation. There’s also the red-band trailer, which will explain a bit more of the story, inasmuch as there’s any way to explain it. Read More »
It’s easy enough to describe the story in Sion Sono‘s Why Don’t You Play in Hell — a skin-of-the-teeth filmmaking group calling itself the Fuck Bombers gets involved in a yakuza rivalry, and is given the opportunity to make the ultimate gangster movie by filming the collision between two gangs. But it is almost impossible to describe the total whackadoo spirit of the film, in which nothing seems out of bounds, and in which Sono never casts aside an idea as too difficult or out there. The Why Don’t You Play in Hell trailer only starts to get across just how fervent, energetic and entertainingly indulgent this movie can be, but it’s a good start. Read More »
You know Rodney Ascher from his documentary Room 237, which gave theorists the chance to air their oddball concepts about meaning in Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. In between prepping his next film, a documentary about sleep paralysis, Ascher took the time to shoot a segment for The ABCs of Death 2.
The sequel to last year’s genre anthology is a massively-improved collection of horror, sci-fi, and flat-out weird short films. It features Ascher’s contribution at the two-thirds break, and we’ve got an exclusive still from his story, just in time for the film to premiere on VOD.
(Note: as the headline implies, the pic isn’t work-safe for some people.)
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For some, Joshua Oppenheimer‘s film The Act of Killing failing to win the Oscar for Best Documentary was the biggest travesty of awards season. The fascinating, frightening look inside the minds of the men responsible for the mass slaughter of hundreds of thousands in Indonesia was one of the most jaw-dropping films of the year. Not only because of its subject matter, but because the filmmaker actually got the film made at all. In the end, it definitely felt like there was more to this story. Now the director is returning to the subject, from a different angle.
A companion piece called The Look of Silence is about to hit the fall festival circuit and Drafthouse Films and Participant Media just picked up the U.S. rights. The film, set for 2015 release, will tell the same story as The Act of Killing from the opposite side of the violence — that is, from the perspective of the victims who not only live with the horror, but are forced to live near the people who committed the killings.
Read more about The Look of Silence, executive produced by Errol Morris, Werner Herzog and André Singer, and see the poster below. Read More »