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funny people posterIn this week’s episode of the /Filmcast, Dave Chen, Devindra Hardawar and Adam Quigley assess their conflicting feelings on new trailers for A Serious Man and The Fantastic Mr. Fox, get excited for Spielberg’s next film, praise the third season of Dexter, and wonder if there’s any value to the works of Gregg Araki. Special guest C. Robert Cargill from Aint It Cool News joins us for this episode.

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Nacho Vigalondo

Steve Zaillian and Mandate Pictures will produce Nacho Vigalondo’s comedy Gangland. Almost everyone I know has raved about Nacho’s feature directorial debut Timecrimes (which I have still yet to see, despite it being a time travel story), and you may have seen some of Vigalondo’s short films previously on this site (check out Choque if you have a few minutes).

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VOTD: Nacho Vigalondo’s Choque

Choque directed by Nacho Vigalondo

The Pitch: “The follies of youth are lost on the old.” Written, directed and starring Nacho Vigalondo (Timecrimes) as a man driven over the edge at an arcade. I saw this film as part of a short film retrospective at Fantastic Fest 2008.

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Timecrimes Movie Trailer #2

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Magnolia/Magnet has released another trailer for Nacho Vigalondo’s time travel thriller Timecrimes (you can check out the previous trailer here). I have yet to see the film but I’ve heard nothing but great things about it. United Artists is already hard at work developing a English-language remake with Children of Men scribe Timothy J. Sexton penning the script. And last we heard, David Cronenberg was interested in helming the remake. The new trailer begins with a very comical vibe to it, possibly due to the soundtrack. I’ve heard that the film is more sci-fi/horror than anything else. I’ll be seeing the film either way as I’m a sucker for time travel flicks.

Official Plot Synopsis: Lauded short film director Nacho Vigalondo makes his feature debut with this tense, unstoppable vision of science and natural law gone awry.

Hector (Karra Elejalde) is relaxing on a lawn chair outside of his new country home, surveying the nearby hillside through a pair of binoculars, when he catches sight of what appears to be a nude woman amidst the trees. Hiking up to investigate, he is attacked by a sinister figure whose head is wrapped in a grotesque, pink bandage. Fleeing in terror, he takes refuge in a laboratory atop the hill, where a lone attendant (director Nacho Vigalondo) ushers him in to a peculiar scientific contraption. He emerges what seems to be moments later, only to find that he has traveled back hours in time, setting in motion a brain-twisting, horrifying chain of events when he inadvertently runs into himself.

Drawing from the best traditions of classic science fiction and crime fiction, TIMECRIMES plays games with the genre and the audience, giving the protaganist a Russian-doll like shell of identities that are shed so often that Hector can be playing one of any number of whodunit archetypes at any given moment as he becomes increasingly more complicit in the complicated mess that he’s trying to fix.

Says director Vigalondo: “TIMECRIMES comes from my love of classic science fiction and crime stories. Writers like James Cain, Philip K. Dick, or directors like Fritz Lang. The idea of building a tragic paradox with such few elements is my attempt to going back to the classics and trying to bring back something new.”

Awards: Best Film, Austin Fantastic Fest, Sundance Film Festival, Sitges International Film Festival, Fantasia Film Festival

Timecrimes US Movie Trailer

I was sitting in a theater at the Alamo Drafthouse watching Nacho Vigalondo‘s short films when I got a text message from a friend alerting me that the domestic movie trailer for Vigalondo’s Timecrimes was now online. I have yet to see Timecrimes, but I’ve heard nothing but good things about it. United Artists is already hard at work developing a English-language remake with Children of Men scribe Timothy J. Sexton penning the script. And last we heard, David Cronenberg was interested in helming the remake. Magnolia’s genre label Magnet is finally releasing the film in December. Check out the official US trailer below. Tell me what you think in the comments!

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Official Plot Synopsis: Lauded short film director Nacho Vigalondo makes his feature debut with this tense, unstoppable vision of science and natural law gone awry.

Hector (Karra Elejalde) is relaxing on a lawn chair outside of his new country home, surveying the nearby hillside through a pair of binoculars, when he catches sight of what appears to be a nude woman amidst the trees. Hiking up to investigate, he is attacked by a sinister figure whose head is wrapped in a grotesque, pink bandage. Fleeing in terror, he takes refuge in a laboratory atop the hill, where a lone attendant (director Nacho Vigalondo) ushers him in to a peculiar scientific contraption. He emerges what seems to be moments later, only to find that he has traveled back hours in time, setting in motion a brain-twisting, horrifying chain of events when he inadvertently runs into himself.

Drawing from the best traditions of classic science fiction and crime fiction, TIMECRIMES plays games with the genre and the audience, giving the protaganist a Russian-doll like shell of identities that are shed so often that Hector can be playing one of any number of whodunit archetypes at any given moment as he becomes increasingly more complicit in the complicated mess that he’s trying to fix.

Says director Vigalondo: “TIMECRIMES comes from my love of classic science fiction and crime stories. Writers like James Cain, Philip K. Dick, or directors like Fritz Lang. The idea of building a tragic paradox with such few elements is my attempt to going back to the classics and trying to bring back something new.”

Awards: Best Film, Austin Fantastic Fest, Sundance Film Festival, Sitges International Film Festival, Fantasia Film Festival

Time Crimes to be Remade by United Artists

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“…and it’s really that easy.”

Chances are you haven’t yet seen the Spanish science-fiction film, Time Crimes (aka Timecrimes; Los Cronocrimenes), but if you check out the early reviews, prepare to flip on your monitor’s praise-wipers. Tom Cruise’s United Artists just purchased the remake rights, marking the studio’s first deal since cutting a deal with the WGA. Writer-Producer Steve Zallian (American Gangster) will produce the film. Time Crimes is currently at the Sundance Film Festival, where it continues to pick up a far amount of the aforementioned praise stuff.

The film, from writer-director Nacho Vigalondo, centers on a middle-aged man who views a naked lady in the woods one day, decides to investigate and soon finds himself in a time machine. And as you probably know from personal experience, this leads to a string of crimes.

If you are wondering about the fate of more adult, brainier sci-fi these days in lieu of action-filled PG-13 popcorn stuffers like Next and Jumper, the genre seems to be festering nicely on the indie circuit. Low budget flicks like Time Crimes, Primer, A Scanner Darkly and the granddaddy, Pi, continue to grow in frequency and popularity, replacing loud spectacle with thrilling internal dissonance, paranoia and eternal questions. Are there any other movies that fit into this promising niche that you’ve enjoyed or loathed?

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