When the Sundance Film Festival announced their impressive short film program for 2011, a few stood out from the pack. One was The Terrys from cult comedy duo Tim Heidecker & Eric Wareheim. If you don’t know Tim and Eric, then you probably don’t watch TV past 11 p.m. They not only just finished the fifth and final season of their own television show, Tim and Eric Awesome Show Great Job, but have appeared on HBO’s Funny or Die and are behind John C. Reilly’s amazing character Dr. Steve Brule, who also has his own show. Tommy Wiseau’s The Room probably wouldn’t be the hit it is without them either, as they famously championed the film and had Wiseau direct an episode of their show.
Anyway, a trailer for their latest short film, The Terrys, has now shown up online and it absolutely, positively has that Tim and Eric feel. If you don’t find this amusing, then you probably aren’t going to like their brand of humor. They’re an acquired taste for sure. Check out the trailer for The Terrys, as well as some other choice Tim and Eric clips, after the jump. Read More »
“Telephone,” the newly released and incredibly hyped music video from avant-garish pop star Lady Gaga, sees her teaming Thelma and Louise-style with Beyonce in the hot yellow Pussy Wagon from Kill Bill. Why? We guess it’s relative to Gaga’s appreciation for renegade female empowerment, something Quentin Tarantino‘s bloody classic expresses like few films before or since.
According to Wikipedia, it’s the same Pussy used in the film, which, if memory serves, remains proudly owned by QT. Over the vid’s nine minutes, the truck gets more than a cameo, including a close-up of the name plate key chain in the ignition. The vid is also infused with a somewhat dated hyper-Japanese street culture sensibility that begs the question: why didn’t QT direct the video and knock it out of the park? Surely he would have been into the idea. Insert: priceless shots of bedazzled Gaga toes. Also, QT would have made sure the video—which doesn’t hit the 2010 epic wow mark—had tighter editing.
Another movie the vid pays homage to in its first mins is Caged Heat, the catty 1974 women-in-prison grindhouse flick directed by Jonathan Demme and produced by Roger Corman (recent recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Oscar). It’s also interesting to see the stylistic influence of Eric Wareheim, of [adult swim]’s Tim and Eric, shine through in scenes with bad-cable-signal effects and schizo flourishes lifted from his cooler music videos for Major Lazer and other artists. The entire video and more screenshots after the jump. We welcome your thoughts.
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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?
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