If you’ve ever taken an introductory psychology class, you’ve probably heard of the infamous Stanford Prison Experiment. The idea behind the experiment was to take student volunteers and put them into a simulated jail where some of the students were made to be prisoners and others were made to be guards. The intention was to study human nature, but those conducting the experiment didn’t realize the humanity part of the experiment would go out the window so quickly.
The aptly titled indie The Stanford Prison Experiment chronicles the results of the test as the unfold, and the result is an unnerving drama that shows you how prison, whether you’re a prisoner or a guard, can change a person entirely.
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Has writer/director Tom Six gone full Sharknado with The Human Centipede 3 [Final Sequence]? This latest Human Centipede 3 trailer shows that this second sequel to the conceptually-disgusting original film is not only self-referential (Tom Six is even in this one) and histrionic, but deliberately goofy and tongue-in-cheek. I guess that’s better than the tongue being lodged somewhere else, as this trailer will show.
Note: This isn’t a red-band trailer but it is a trailer for a Human Centipede movie, so you’ll have to apply your own wisdom with respect to watching at work. Read More »
The highly anticipated third season of Orphan Black premieres in the US on IFC and BBC America at 9 p.m. Saturday April 18. Before that, if you haven’t seen the first two seasons, it’s easier than ever to see catch them all for free.
IFC will air a marathon of the first two seasons starting on Friday April 17 and Amazon will allow people to stream the first season for 24 hours starting at Friday, starting at 12:01 a.m. PT Friday. Read more about the Orphan Black free streaming options below. Read More »
The Human Centipede returns, and it is still ridiculous, and still pretty disgusting. Tom Six‘s latest film, which he has said “will have a lot of self-mockery and will be the most darkly comical” of the series, also looks cheaper and somehow even nastier than the rest of the films.
This time the setting is a prison, where an overbearing warden (Dieter Laser, returning to the fold) literally gets prisoners in line by, well, you know the drill by now. You can see the Human Centipede 3 trailer below, if that’s what you’re into — it’s technically a red-band trailer, thanks to a bunch of shots of writhing prisoners. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, April 8th, 2015 by Angie Han
The most gleefully disgusting trilogy of all time is finally coming to an end. IFC has just set a spring release date for The Human Centipede Part 3 (Final Sequence). Dieter Laser (from the first film) and Laurence R. Harvey (from the second) return as all-new characters determined to create a 500-person chain.
Eric Roberts also joins in on the fun, for the first time, and writer-director Tom Six has a small role as himself. Get the Human Centipede 3 release date and synopsis after the jump.
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One of the films I enjoyed at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival but didn’t get around to reviewing is The D Train. Directed by Jarrad Paul and Andrew Mogel, the new indie dramedy tells the story of a loser (Jack Black) who believes he’ll win his way into the cool kids club if he can convince Oliver Lawless (James Marsden), the most popular guy from his high school who’s now the face of a national Banana Boat ad campaign, to show up with him to their class reunion.
Remember when we use to love Jack Black? He’s back at full force in this new film, but the spotlight shifts to James Marsden. The film is very traditional in execution (as you’ll see in the trailer) but the story takes some interesting swerves you wouldn’t expect from a big screen comedy (unfortunately the trailer strongly hints at the more compelling turns). IFC has released The D Train trailer, and you can watch it now embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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One of the biggest complaints we hear about Richard Linklater‘s Boyhood is that it doesn’t have a story. There’s no real strong narrative. If made this script in 12 weeks instead of 12 years, it would be terrible. Maybe all of that is true. But the movie was made over 12 years. It’s not a movie about the story. It’s a slice of life, a film whose form is saying as much, if not more, than the narrative. Either you buy into that or you don’t and that’s probably the line between people who think Boyhood is a masterpiece, or a piece of something else.
The Honest Trailer team seems to fall into that latter camp. There’s some appreciation in their Boyhood Honest Trailer but, mostly, it’s judging the film for something it isn’t. Nevertheless, they’ve made a pretty funny parody of the song Hero by Family of the Year that makes the Boyhood Honest Trailer worth watching. Check it out below. Read More »
If you’re tempted to think “oh, whatever, a documentary about an old piano player,” based on the subject of this film, I urge you to watch this trailer for Seymour: An Introduction. I guarantee you’ll see it differently. Ethan Hawke has been part of Richard Linklater’s association with IFC thanks to Boyhood, and now he’s made a really tender doc that IFC will distribute later this year. Seymour follows pianist Seymour Bernstein, who quit a concert career in order to teach. Ethan Hawke profiles Bernstein, following not just his life, but his attitudes about life, performance, and priorities.
Watch the Seymour: An Introduction trailer below. Read More »
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We’ve praised The Babadook since Sundance. It landed on Angie’s “Best Performances of 2014” list and our “50 Great Movies From 2014” list, and (spoiler) it’ll be on my ranked top ten of 2014, too. In short: see it! (Even Stephen King and The Exorcist director William Friedkin would tell you that.)
The film is on VOD now and in some theaters, too, so you can see it for yourself. If you haven’t seen it yet and are still on the fence, however, maybe a little friendly greeting will get you to give it a shot. This is just like the Charlie Brown Christmas special, only a lot darker. (OK, maybe not quite like that, but it’s still fun.) Read More »
As I’ve worked on a “Top Ten Films of 2014” list I’ve gone back and forth on whether or not to include movies I saw at festivals, but which aren’t yet in general release. If I decide to go the festival route, The Duke of Burgundy will be in my top three for this year. If not, it is likely to be in the top few spots of next year’s list. This ravishing movie is a gorgeous visual experience, as the trailer below will indicate. But the film is also a wonderfully nuanced portrait of a relationship — one which is made seemingly more exotic by its daily particulars, but which, in the end, fraught with the same issues everyone faces. Check out The Duke of Burgundy trailer below.
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