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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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 Tuesday, October 6th, 2015 by Jacob Hall
Jeremy Saulnier‘s Green Room is the cinematic equivalent of getting your face bashed in. In a good way, of course. This take-no-prisoners thriller has been making the festival rounds throughout 2015, sucker-punching unsuspecting audiences from Cannes to Toronto. It’s a mad and brilliant movie… and it’s already been picked up by A24, who have officially given this gruesome instant-gem a release date.
For details on the Green Room release date, hit the jump!
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Son of Saul is a significant achievement made all the more astonishing by the fact that it is the director’s debut feature. This intimate story from within the Holocaust avoids World War II movie cliches, turning away from convention to embrace an unflinching vision of one man’s quest for redemption in the inferno of Auschwitz.
The phrase “Holocaust movie” may inspire an instinct to avoid rather than rush towards a film; in this case please don’t give in. Son of Saul approaches its subject without gingerness or caution, but this film’s spirit never falls into exploitation. More important, focusing on one man’s experience does not trivialize the weight of the story’s context. Seeing the Holocaust through Saul’s own personal mission gives us a view of the genocide that is unlike any other in cinema. Read More »
The guy who made Bronson and Drive wants to take you on a trip to the 42nd Street of ’60s and ’70s New York City. As a guidebook, he offers a collection of lurid and strange movie posters.
Of course Nicolas Winding Refn, a writer and director, and a participant in The American Genre Film Archive, is a wildly knowledgable cinephile. He has an incredible collection of exploitation movie posters that is now being published as the book Nicolas Winding Refn: The Act of Seeing. Guided by Refn and written by Alan Jones, the founder of Film 4 Fright Fest, The Act of Seeing gives museum treatment to posters that were thought of as anything but art when they adorned the windows of grindhouse theaters decades ago.
I spoke to Refn about his collection and the appeal of the films these posters represent, even when the posters are less than honest about the movies they’re selling. Our conversation ranged into the raw basement design of bootlegged images for stolen films, and the appeal of the 1961 Dennis Hopper film Night Tide. Read More »
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The second MondoCon begins in just over a week, following immediately on the heels of Fantastic Fest. When MondoCon 2015 kicks goes down on October 3 and 4 at the Marchesa Hall & Theater in Austin, TX, one of the prints available will be a dramatic art deco-styled poster for The Rocketeer, from artist Martin Ansin. Check out both the regular and variant Rocketeer MondoCon posters below. Read More »
The final wave of Fantastic Fest 2015 announcements is here, and this set of films features a few recent festival standouts and some great genre entries. Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson will attend the fest with their stop-motion animation film Anomalisa, which just broke brains at Telluride. The Cannes Grand Prix winner Son of Saul will play, as will the new film from Gomorrah director Matteo Garrone, Tale of Tales.
Then there’s Camino, with Zoe Bell and Nacho Vigalondo (playing a religious psychopath) and a few repertory screenings, including Evilspeak (complementing the Satanic Panic book release) and the Godon Liu Hong Kong classic Eight Diagram Pole Fighter. Check out the full list below. Read More »
The lineup for this year’s Fantastic Fest looks incredible. The first wave of announcements included some really impressive recent festival faves such as Karyn Kusama‘s great movie The Invitation and the one-take thriller Victoria, and the premiere of the Kurt Russell film Bone Tomahawk.
The second wave of Fantastic Fest 2015 programming, however, really kicks things into gear. There’s Jeremy Saulnier‘s Green Room, the thriller which pits a punk band against a white-supremacist gang in a battle for survival, and there’s also High Rise (above) from Ben Wheatley, with Tom Hiddleston, Elisabeth Moss, and Luke Evans in an adaptation of J.G. Ballard’s novel of class warfare within an apartment building. The Lobster is coming to Fantastic Fest, as is Sundance favorite The Witch. And if all that isn’t enough there are over two dozen more additions to the festival’s program, and even a special screening of Ridley Scott’s The Martian. Read More »
The first wave of programming and events for Fantastic Fest 2015 is here, and the September festival, located at the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, TX, has a great slate set up. If this year’s fest was just this first wave, it would still be worth the trip. Why? How about the world premiere of Bone Tomahawk, the cannibal western starring Kurt Russell, who will also be present for the fest’s closing night party?
There’s also a set of recent festival faves such as Karyn Kusama‘s great movie The Invitation and the one-take thriller Victoria, and a slate of weird ’70s Turkish pop cinema including Tarkan vs the Vikings, which is one of the weirdest movies I’ve ever had the pleasure of showing to friends, and The Deathless Devil. There’s a lot more in store for Fantastic Fest 2015, including a book signing from Nicolas Winding Refn; get more details below. Read More »