Just a few years ago, Tim Heidecker starred in a bleak and strangely amusing look into the life of a comedian with the indie The Comedy, a Sundance selected film from director Rick Alverson. This time it’s Gregg Turkington, better known as stand-up comedian Neil Hamburger, taking us into the tortured psyche of a stand-up comedian, stuck in comedy purgatory.
Alverson is back behind the camera again with Entertainment, and the first trailer for the indie film has just arrived, showcasing Turkington’s oddball movie about an aging comedian still struggling as a small-time performer. It’s odd and fascinating, but doesn’t look like it’s going to be everybody’s cup of tea. Watch the Entertainment trailer after the jump! Read More »
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This past week, the reboot of Vacation hit the big screen, but it’s not a National Lampoon production anymore. The once thriving name in laughs has since become mostly a comedy memory, known for introducing us to bold and controversial material, future film and television stars, and a film franchise that took us into one of the craziest fraternities and also on one of the best road trips in the history of cinema.
Now a new documentary called Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of National Lampoon is on the way to theaters and VOD after a premiere at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, and the first red band trailer is now online. Watch the National Lampoon documentary trailer after the jump! Read More »
Victoria started doing the rounds at festivals early this year, and I’ve talked to more and more people who really admire it, and at times even love it, after it plays each successive festival. What’s the big deal? In this case, it’s that the film was captured in one single shot, running over two hours. And, while part of me thinks 2+ hours is a long time to watch a single-take experiment, the rest of me is totally game for it.
Here’s what the distributor is saying as part of the official blurb for the film: “This film is not a movie; it’s not about a bank robbery. It is bank robbery. “Victoria” was shot in one single take. Two hours and eighteen minutes. No cuts. No CGI. No cheap tricks. No expensive ones, either. Just one shot.” Does that work? The new Victoria trailer has the advantage of cuts, so you won’t exactly be able to tell from this footage, but have a look anyway. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015 by Angie Han
British actor Craig Roberts first came to our attention as the offbeat teen lead in Submarine, Richard Ayoade’s directorial debut. Now Roberts is all grown up and starring as the offbeat teen lead in Just Jim, his own directorial debut.
Roberts’ Jim is a lonely 16-year-old whose life is upended by a new American neighbor, Dean (Emile Hirsch). At first Dean’s arrival seems like a gift, as he takes Jim under his wing and brings out the cool in him, but eventually Dean’s dark side emerges. Watch the Just Jim trailer after the jump. Read More »
Epic Pictures Group has released a new poster for Turbo Kid, the Mad Max-inspired Sundance crowdpleaser. Hit the jump to see the Turbo Kid poster, as well as the previously released Turbo Kid trailer.
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Posted on Friday, July 17th, 2015 by Angie Han
After finding success with low-key, naturalistic indies like Drinking Buddies and Happy Christmas, Joe Swanberg is back with what appears to be his biggest film yet. But because he’s Joe Swanberg, it’s still a pretty low-key, naturalistic indie. Digging for Fire stars Jake Johnson and Rosemarie DeWitt as an L.A. couple still getting used to parenthood.
While housesitting for a friend one weekend, the husband digs up a bone and a gun, sending him on a quest for answers. Meanwhile, the wife sets off on her own adventure involving a handsome stranger played by Orlando Bloom. Watch the Digging for Fire trailer after the jump. Read More »
After premiering at SXSW earlier this year, the indie comedy 7 Chinese Brothers will put Jason Schwartzman (Rushmore, Moonrise Kingdom, Scott Pilgrim vs. The world) back into unlikeable mode next month. But thankfully, he doesn’t seem to be anywhere near the arrogant prick that he played in the Sundance selected Listen Up Philip.
This time the Wes Anderson favorite plays Larry, a slacker bartender who was just fired for drinking on the job (he favors the drink anytime really). But he might be able to turn things around when he gets a job at a nearby tire and lube shop, even though he doesn’t really have the skills to complete his everyday tasks.
Watch the 7 Chinese Brothers trailer after the jump! Read More »
Even if you call yourself a fan of stand-up comedy, there’s a good chance that you may never have heard of Barry Crimmins. The outspoken, sometimes controversial, and smart comic made waves in the 1970s and 1980s, and while his rage against the machine brought comedy, it eventually also helped bring about change and justice.
At a time when the internet was accessed predominantly by way of America Online, he uncovered a horrifying community online that was bolstering sexual abuse and child pornography, and used his voice, anger and personal horrifying experiences as a child to make a difference. And director Bobcat Goldthwait chronicles all of this in his documentary Call Me Lucky, and the trailer has just arrived.
Watch the Call Me Lucky trailer after the jump! Read More »
Making its way to theaters this summer after a premiere at the 2015 Sundance film Festival is the indie, coming of age tale Brooklyn starring The Lovely Bones, Hanna and The Grand Budapest Hotel star Saorise Ronan.
Set in 1950s New York City, the film follows a young Irish immigrant girl, fresh off the boat and hoping for the opportunity that America is known for across the world. Life isn’t easy at first, but then a budding romance enters the picture and everything changes. And if the trailer is any indicator, this one should be a touching charmer. Watch the Brooklyn trailer after the jump! Read More »