Bob Odenkirk in Girlfriend's Day trailer

Greeting card writers don’t get a whole lot of movies made about them, but maybe they should. Between (500) Days of Summer and now Girlfriend’s Day, I’m starting to suspect their lives are actually super exciting.

Directed by Michael Paul StephensonGirlfriend’s Day stars Bob Odenkirk as Ray, the former “Bill Shakespeare of romance cards,” who finds himself stuck in a miserable rut. When a politician establishes a new holiday called “Girlfriend’s Day,” and announces a contest for the most romantic card, Ray decides to put himself out there… and soon finds himself tangled in a web of conspiracy and intrigue. Watch the Girlfriend’s Day trailer below.  Read More »

All you may need to hear about Zero Charisma is that it follows a tabletop RPG dungeon master who isn’t well-adjusted enough to deal with real life in any fashion. But the film has a great pedigree: Best Worst Movie and The American Scream director and Troll 2 actor Michael Paul Stephenson is the exec producer, and this one was co-directed by Best Worst Movie and The American Scream cinematographer Katie Graham and editor Andrew Matthews.

And then there’s the general approach of the film, which was just programmed as part of SXSW.

Fittingly for the team that brought us the two aforementioned docs, this looks like a film that in many ways provides an insider’s take on games such as Dungeons & Dragons, even as it accepts that the stereotypical vision of adult players is rooted in some sort of reality. From there, it gets a little bit crazy, and the trailer outlines a movie that starts off as a big nerd love letter before turning into something that be more suited to play alongside Big Fan. Read More »

One of my favorite films at this year’s Fantastic Fest was a small documentary called The American Scream, in which Best Worst Movie director Michael Paul Stephenson heads to Fairhaven, MA to look at the lives of three families who spent untold hours building backyard haunted houses. As you might expect from people with this particular obsession, the three families profiled have a certain degree of eccentricity, but Stephenson’s sensitivity towards them, and towards their driving interest, keeps the film grounded. In fact, The American Scream is gentle, even touching, and is recommended seasonal viewing.

US release dates for the film have just been announced, along with a new trailer, which you can see below.  Read More »

In 1989, unwitting Utah actors starred in the undisputed Worst Movie in History: TROLL 2. Two decades later, Michael Paul Stephenson, the legendarily inept film’s child star unravels the improbable, heartfelt story of an Alabama dentist-turned-cult movie icon and an Italian filmmaker who come to terms with this genuine, internationally revered cinematic failure.

This is the plot synopsis for the documentary Best Worst Movie, which is an official selection of the 2009 SXSW Film Festival. I’ve always loved the concept of fandom, especially when groups of people come together in appreciation of something that is so bad that it is fun. This film looks like a absolute blast. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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