Posted on Wednesday, September 7th, 2016 by Angie Han
That slight chill in the air means we’re right at the time of year when thousands of teenagers begin descending on college campuses across the country. Some will meet new friends or mentors or discover new passions. A not inconsiderable proportion of the population will join the Greek system. And a few of those kids might find themselves subject to the kind of brutal hazing depicted in Andrew Neel‘s Goat.
Scripted by David Gordon Green and based on the memoir by Brad Land, Goat premiered at Sundance earlier this year to promising reviews. Ben Schnetzer (last seen casting spells in Warcraft) stars as Land himself, a 19-year-old college kid who pledges the same fraternity his older brother (Nick Jonas) already belongs to. But the protection and friendship Brad was promised come at a steep cost, as the hazing rituals get more and more intense, with painful results. James Franco also stars, as an alum who can’t quite seem to let go of Phi Sigma Mu. Watch the NSFW Goat red-band trailer below. Read More »
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Posted on Thursday, July 7th, 2016 by Angie Han
It’s no secret that fraternity hazing can be an nasty and demeaning experience. Even films and TV series that show Greek life in an affectionate light feature at least a few scenes of pledges undertaking painful or humiliating tasks. But Andrew Neel‘s Goat, which premiered at Sundance earlier this year, reveals just how ugly it can get.
Based on a memoir by Brad Land, the drama stars Ben Schnetzer as a 19-year-old college student recovering from a brutal assault. He decides to rush a frat that his slightly older brother (Nick Jonas) already belongs to, and soon finds himself surrounded by a toxic stew of violence, aggression, and abuse even more traumatizing than the earlier attack. David Gordon Green helped with the script, James Franco has a cameo as an alum who can’t let go of his frat boy days, because it’s not a real indie drama unless James Franco is rattling around in there somewhere. Watch the first Goat trailer after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Friday, February 5th, 2016 by Angie Han
For a few days last fall, the big watercooler pop culture event wasn’t yet another premium cable antihero drama or $200 million superhero blockbuster, but a 148-tweet epic of a stripper’s Florida road trip gone dramatically awry. The true-ish tale of Aziah “Zola” Wells followed two sex workers, a violent pimp, and a very sad boyfriend through a drug- and sex-fueled odyssey that eventually involved betrayal, kidnapping, a suicide attempt, and even a murder.
Naturally, the story immediately won over the internet and had fans clamoring for a movie adaptation, and now it’s actually getting one. From director James Franco, of course, because if a feature film based on a sordid Twitter rant doesn’t sound right up Franco’s alley, what does? Read More »
Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week we let Ira Glass talk us into giving him $5, have another go at a teen handicam comedy, see something truly unique about a man with a sketchy past and even blurrier future, and end it all with a story about a drummer who has an anger management issue.
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