It’s weird that talking people into seeing a film about “a tae kwon do-themed synth-rock band called Dragon Sound and the group’s 10-fisted battle against an evil Florida empire of cocaine-dealing motorcycle ninjas” can be difficult. Where did all these pro-ninja crazies come from?
Hopefully in the past 24 hours you’ve stumbled across the great piece from Alamo Drafthouse programmer Zack Carlson at Wired, where he takes on the idea of films that are “so bad they’re good.” Carlson’s argument, in a nutshell, is that if a film provokes a genuine reaction, then it is entertaining, and therefore of value, full stop. No need for a qualifier. No matter if a film isn’t The Incredibles or Schindler’s List. If a film has an audience in its pocket at the end, the film is a success.
Miami Connection is amateurish. It isn’t The Incredibles; it sure as hell isn’t Schindler’s List. But the film works; holy shit, it works. It was masterminded by motivational speaker and Tae Kwon Do teacher Y.K. Kim, who also stars, and who reportedly had only seen a handful of films before putting his money on the line to make this one. And he didn’t mess around: the film features Kim as the leader of a synth-pop band called Dragon Sound, the members of which are all tae kwon do students. They run afoul of another band, also comprised of martial artists, and have a bit of trouble with a criminal gang, and with ninjas.
In the spirit of the fact that Miami Connection offers genuinely effective movie moments, not to mention a violently emotional climax of ninja-killing rage, we present a “for your consideration” ad featuring perhaps the film’s most memorable amateur actor, Maurice Smith. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll say “OMG!” And if you’re new to the film, check out the trailer below, as well. Read More »
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The Summer of 2012 has been pretty light on comedy. Ted was certainly funny and 21 Jump Street, a few months back, was a welcome surprise but so far we’re still searching for that breakout, quote with your friends, insane laugh fest that Superbad, The Hangover and others have been in recent years. For your consideration, I present Klown.
The Danish film from director Mikkel Nørgaard follows two men, played by Frank Hvam & Casper Christensen, who leave their lives for a raunchy weekend getaway. Things go from inappropriate to downright offensive, though, when the 12-year-old son of one of their girlfriends joins them on the trip. It’s on track to get a Todd Phillips/Danny McBride remake in the future.
Klown is being released in New York, Los Angeles, Austin as well as Video on Demand this Friday, July 27, and to commemorate the occasion, Mondo has commissioned artist Alan Hynes to do a very limited screen print. You can check that out after the jump, along with a video showing a special event where fans took canoes down a river, just like in the movie, to see the movie. Read More »
Revealed to US audiences at Fantastic Fest 2011, the Danish comedy Klown (aka Klovn, or Clown) quickly made a name for itself as a confrontational, explicit comedy. Based on a Danish TV comedy series, Mikkel Nørgaard‘s film stars Frank Hvam and Casper Christensen as two friends on a “Tour De Pussy” getaway trip. Just in case that doesn’t make things clear, consider that the film and show have been compared to Curb Your Enthusiasm thanks to a use of uncomfortable humor, and then take note of the title of this article.
Todd Phillips and Danny McBride have already targeted this one for a remake, and Drafthouse Films picked up the movie for distribution last year. Drafthouse Films has quickly made a name for itself as a label interested in artfully unusual films — look at Four Lions, The FP, and Bullhead — but Klown may be the ne plus ultra of artfully unusual films from the label so far.
A red-band trailer has just been released; check it out below. And I really mean what the headline says. Read More »
This is the point where I admit that I really don’t ‘get’ The FP. The film from the Trost Bros appears to be some sort of view into a world where The Warriors and Rocky were funneled through a Dance Dance Revolution machine. Somehow, what emerged is a story of “the deadly arena of competitive dance-fighting.” It’s a comedy, but one where everyone involved seems to be really, really determined to play for a strange, hardcore set of laughs.
All of that means that the Drafthouse Films release might not be for everyone, but the people who do like it are probably going to like it a hell of a lot. I’m very interested to see if the full film follows through on the very odd premise.
We’ve shown you the film’s trailer and even the first ten minutes. Now we’ve got three exclusive character posters showing a trio of the film’s most important combatants. And, should The FP look like a movie that is right up your alley, you can now start to use the Tugg movie booking service that we recently highlighted to set up a local screening. Read More »
The FP has been on our radar for almost a year when it first premiered at South by Southwest 2011. The 2012 version of that festival is now just around the corner and, finally, the Trost Bros‘ Dance Dance Revolution action comedy is getting a proper release on March 16 ( you can get the full theater list here.) If you’re still on the fence as to whether this wild film is for you, click below and watch the first 10 minutes of the movie. Read More »
Drafthouse Films found itself in an interesting predicament recently: the label picked up rights to distribute the film Bullhead a couple months ago, and has been planning a rollout. But then the movie snagged a nomination for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. Suddenly there’s reason to get Bullhead into theaters sooner rather than later, and the Drafthouse team went into overdrive to make that happen.
A poster for the film debuted earlier this week, and now we’ve got the first US trailer. Watching this I can see why the film did well at Fantastic Fest and why Drafthouse Films was eager to pick it up. There is undeniably a fighting angle to the movie, but Bullhead is really a crime thriller that looks like it has one hell of a physical performance from Mattias Schoenaerts. The trailer is oppressive as hell, with an atmosphere that made me a bit uncomfortable in the span of a mere two minutes.
Check out the trailer below. Read More »
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