For every film festival movie that hits all the expected cliches, whether it’s troubled romance, coming-of-age, or dysfunctional families, there’s always one movie that goes against the grain of everything. And that’s where The Greasy Strangler comes into play.
From The ABCs of Death 2 segment director Jim Hosking comes a positively nuts feature film debut that feels like the insanity of Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim turned up to 11 and made even more gross and revolting. Honestly, I have no idea what’s going on in this movie or why, and that’s probably why I’ll end up watching it.
See The Greasy Strangler teaser trailer after the jump, but beware, it’s NSFW due to nudity. Read More »
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Everybody Loves Raymond creator Phil Rosenthal says, “Television can basically be broken down into two parts: before Norman and after Norman.” The “Norman” in question is none other than Norman Lear, the iconic producer behind groundbreaking television shows such as All in the Family, Good Times, The Jeffersons and Maude. The new documentary Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You debuted earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival and now the riveting documentary about the man and his impact on television is coming to theaters this summer.
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Even though Whiplash came out back in 2014, it’s one of those movies that it doesn’t hurt to talk about every so often simply because it’s so damn good. One thing that makes the movie so outstanding is the incredible jazz soundtrack. But not everyone is a fan of the orchestral musical style, so Eclectic Method’s Johnny Wilson and 16-year-old DJ/producer Genranon decided to take the jazz, pump some high energy electronic music into it. The real catchy part comes from J.K. Simmons’ dialogue being remixed into the music as well, including all the yelling about rushing and dragging.
Listen to the Whiplash remix tune after the jump. Read More »
This summer, you’ll finally get to see the movie that was the talk of Sundance, the farting corpse movie Swiss Army Man. The film was bashed by some critics (a few even walked out of screenings) while those who stuck around to find the deeper meaning behind the nonsense were rewarded with a wholly unique story about love, friendship and loneliness.
If you’re still on the fence about this movie, a new Swiss Army Man music video features a montage of all the ways Paul Dano finds Daniel Radcliffe‘s flatulent corpse to be useful. It’s all set to the original music written by Manchester Orchestra members Andy Hull and Robert McDowell, who were behind the film’s wonderful soundtrack. But if you’re already planning on seeing this movie, I would avoid watching this and save the craziness for the theater. Otherwise, watch the Swiss Army Man music video after the jump. Read More »
If Captain America: Civil War didn’t give you enough Paul Rudd for the summer, Netflix has the remedy. The streaming service picked up the indie comedy The Fundamentals of Caring from the Sundance Film Festival, and now it’s debuting exclusively on Netflix next weekend.
Paul Rudd stars in the adaptation of Jonathan Evison’s novel The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving as a man coming to terms with his divorce and looking to have some kind of value and purpose in life. Enlisting in a new job as a caregiver for those who can’t take care of himself, Rudd ends up being assigned to a sarcastic, vulgar 18-year old boy (Craig Roberts), and of course they have plenty to learn from each other. The Fundamentals of Caring trailer has just arrived online, and you can watch it below. Read More »
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The life of an aging rock star can be a depressing one as the raging lifestyle of sex and drugs begins to turn into a lonely, quiet time of reflection. That’s exactly what Rhys Ifans experiences in the new drama Len and Company as his son (Jack Kilmer) seeks his father’s approval for his own musical career.
The first Len and Company trailer has debuted, showing a pretty typical family drama from the festival circuit. But with music at the heart of the story, it should have a pretty decent soundtrack. Watch below. Read More »
This year will be my fourth attending the Seattle International Film Festival, and it remains an intense and overwhelming experience. Spanning 25 days, this year’s festival will include over 420 films representing 85 countries, making it the largest film festival in the United States. Here at /Film and on the /Filmcast, I’ll do my best to keep up with some of the highlights of the fest, and let you know what films might be worth checking out when they hit wide release.
After the jump, you can read a few of my mini-reviews of Weiner, The Last King, and Tickled. If you see me at the festival, feel free to say hi, and leave comments below if you think there are any films on SIFF’s full calendar that one should not miss this year.
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Posted on Friday, May 20th, 2016 by Angie Han
Mike Birbiglia started out as a stand-up comedian before transitioning into filmmaking with 2011’s loosely autobiographical Sleepwalk With Me, based on one of his stand-up acts. It was solid and sweet and lots of fun, but it’s his second film, Don’t Think Twice, that should really mark him as an indie director to watch.
The dramedy, which premiered at SXSW this spring and is now headed for a summer release, follows the members of a scrappy New York improv troupe played by Birbiglia, Gillian Jacobs, Keegan-Michael Key, Chris Gethard, Kate Micucci, and Tami Sagher. The close-knit circle finds itself in disarray when one of their number gets catches a huge break. It’s laugh-out-loud hilarious and painfully honest and above all, deeply empathetic, and it’ll ring all too true to anyone who’s ever found themselves feeling stuck in life. Watch the Don’t Think Twice trailer after the jump. Read More »
It’s bold and risky to hype a movie by using Mad Max to describe it, especially after the action masterpiece that was Mad Max: Fury Road was nominated for Best Picture. But that’s exactly what a new sci-fi movie called 2307: Winter’s Dream is doing, and once you watch the trailer for the movie, you’ll see that it’s at least accurate in terms of the style of the movie — but unfortunately, not the quality. However, it does look like it would be a fun discovery if it were sitting on the shelf of a video rental store.
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