Though the trailer goes out of its way to convince me that Explicit Ills is another stereotypical indie exploring unity and humanity through melodramatic penitence, the film continues to be passionately endorsed by the it-scene players involved. In fact, when Peter viewed the film at last year’s SXSW, where it won an audience award, it was humorously noted that the film’s sizable entourage filled out the theater and the majority of voter ballots. Watch the trailer after the jump.
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The 2005 Jim Jarmusch film Broken Flowers is now available for free to American web surfers on Hulu. The film stars a post-Lost in Translation Bill Murray as a man named Don who is dumped by his latest girlfriend and receives an anonymous pink letter informing him that he has a son. Don must examine his past relationships and goes on a cross-country search to try to figure out which of his old flames might be the mother. I haven’t watched this indie since it was in theaters a few years ago, but I remember enjoying it a bunch. Fans of Murray’s more dry sense of humor will probably enjoy this flick. Video embedded after the jump.
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While watching There Will Be Blood, I found that I was drawing thematic, musical and enigmatic comparisons to Jim Jarmusch‘s American study Dead Man. It would make for an interesting essay. Jarmusch’s films are always unpredictable meditations and the director’s next movie, The Limits of Control, due in 2009, doesn’t look to break the mold. Bill Murray has signed on to star, marking his third film with the New York visionary, after Coffee and Cigarettes and Broken Flowers, which I found to be so-so efforts from both talents. Actress Tilda Swinton, hot off Michael Clayton and a Broken Flowers co-star, is also on board alongside Gael Garcia Bernal (The Science of Sleep). Their roles have not been identified as of yet, and a few star cameos are said to be expected.
The film is set in Spain and follows “a mysterious loner as he attempts to complete a criminal job.” Memorable actor Isaach De Bankole, who played the French ice cream man in the director’s classic Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai, will play the loner.
Murray will next be seen in this summer’s Get Smart, followed by October’s ambitious fantasy City of Ember, which we haven’t seen much from as of yet. He’s also doing voice work for Wes Anderson’s The Fantastic Mr. Fox, which I have incredible hopes for. As for a Ghostbusters 3, animated or otherwise, Ivan Reitman was recently quoted as saying “don’t bet on it.”
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