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: I celebrate all levels of trailers and hopefully this column will satisfactorily give you a baseline of what beta wave I’m operating on, because what better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? Some of the best authors will tell you that writing a short story is a lot harder than writing a long one, that you have to weigh every sentence. What better medium to see how this theory plays itself out beyond that than with movie trailers?
Posted on Tuesday, May 26th, 2009 by David Chen
In this episode of the /Filmcast, David Chen, Devindra Hardawar and Adam Quigley evaluate their familiarity with the character of Bazooka Joe, wonder why someone bothered buying the rights to the Battleship board game, get cynical about the new Sherlock Holmes trailer, and try to make sense of the time travel mechanics of Terminator Salvation. Special guest Jeff Cannata joins us from the Totally Rad Show!
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Posted on Tuesday, May 19th, 2009 by Peter Sciretta
Seattle-based short film and commercial filmmaker David Russo (director of the Sundance film The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle) has been hired to direct a Blue Man Group movie, which will be distributed in IMAX 3D. The film is not just a recording of the group’s stage performance, and will actually be a fictional story scripted by Lisa Robinson.
Posted on Monday, February 2nd, 2009 by Peter Sciretta
One of the films I saw at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival was a twisted little indie titled The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle. By far, the strangest film I screened at the fest, the film is directed by first time feature director David Russo, who as I wrote in my Sundance review, “uses his experience in animated short films to create a cinematic acid trip, which might be so strange and different that it might alienate.” Little Dizzle tells the story of a young man who is forced to join a group of misfits who clean office buildings during the night time hours and become addicted to chemically-altered cookies which have some strange side effects. It only gets stranger, but I think that explaining exactly who Little Dizzle is might be revealing too much. A trailer for the film has been released online, and is available after the jump.
Posted on Thursday, January 22nd, 2009 by Peter Sciretta
The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle is by far the strangest film I’ve seen this year at the Sundance Film Festival. After he quits his high paying computer job, Dory (Marshall Allman) is forced to take a night janitor job to pay the rent. He joins the group of misfits who clean office buildings during the night time hours.
One of the offices that they regularly clean is a company that runs test studies.They find a batch of cookies in the trash which contains a new chemical that is supposed to make the cookies taste warm, like they had just come out of the oven (which is such a great idea in itself). The janitors become addicted to the chemically-altered cookies, and they soon learn of some strange side effects. It only gets stranger, but I think that explaining exactly who Little Dizzle is might be revealing too much.