The Alamo Drafthouse’s Top 10 Films of 2011

It’s no secret that the Alamo Drafthouse is the best theater chain in the country. Sure, it’s small, but the passion they have to create the perfect environment to watch a movie is unparalleled. Case in point, their hugely popular No Texting public service announcements, incredible in-theater food selection, stunning repertory screenings and so much more.

As the new year begins, the entire staff of the Drafthouse voted on their favorite films of 2011 and selected /Film as the outlet to exclusively premiere their list. It’s extremely eclectic (The Muppets, Beginners and 13 Assassin all made the cut) but you’d be hard pressed to find a better cross section of the best 2011 had to offer. Check it out after the jump. Read More »

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Is killer tire movie Rubber, the last film from Quentin Dupieux (aka Mr. Oizo) incredibly pretentious or pure fun wacky silliness? I go with the latter, though I guess I can see why the very self-aware film could rub some people the wrong way and lead to an accusation of pretension. I’m all for Dupieux taking his particular approach to filmmaking, however, as we’ve got more than enough super-serious horror films. Rubber made me laugh, a lot, and that was all that mattered in the end.

Dupieux has finished his next film, which is called Wrong, and which is about a man’s search for his dog. But just as Rubber wasn’t a typical horror/sci-fi film, Wrong doesn’t look at all typical. We’ve seen one teaser trailer that shows off some of what we can expect out of the movie, and now here’s a minor clip in anticipation of the film’s Sundance debut. Check it out below. Read More »

By now many of you have had ample opportunity to check out Rubber, the movie from Quentin Dupieux that hit last year. Yeah, the one about the sentient tire that develops psychic powers and uses them to blow the heads off animals and people. I liked Rubber a lot — thought it was funny and entertaining in a simple, almost too-self aware way — and have been looking forward to his next movie.

Dupieux has been at work on a relatively secretive follow-up, called Wrong. The movie is in the Sundance 2012 lineup, as announced not long ago, competing in the World Cinema program. To go along with that formal announcement, here’s the teaser trailer for Wrong.

I’ll be honest: just going off this footage I have no idea what the hell is going on in this movie. But it has William Fichtner sporting facial scars and something like a rattail; Steve Little (Eastbound and Down) looking like a perfectly slouchy detective, and Jack Plotnick, the Accountant from Rubber, in perhaps a central role. Check it out below. Read More »

/Filmcast Ep. 154 – Horrible Bosses

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This week, Dave, Devindra, and Adam continue the discussion over Terence Malick’s Tree of Life, praise indie films like Another Earth, Insidious, and Rubber, and ponder the state of television as art.

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Cool Stuff: Crazy 4 Cult 5 Preview #1

This Friday, Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles will hold the fifth Crazy 4 Cult art show, an annual exhibition which I’ve called the super bowl of pop culture art. I am so jealous of all my fellow Los Angelans who are able to attend this week. I’ll be away in Texas, but I can’t complain as I’ll be bringing back my girlfriend with me (the big move, exciting). The great guys at G1988 have given me a bunch of art from the show to premiere on the site.

After the jump you will find part one of our preview, which includes a new Back to the Future-inspired piece by the great Eric Tan, Monster Squad and Better Off Dead pieces by /Film favorite Dave Perillo, an incredibly multi-level Scott Pilgrim vs. The World piece by Jim Horwat, Alex Pardee‘s tribute to a new cult classic, Rubber, and more. So what are you waiting for?

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‘Rubber’ Red Band Trailer

Magnet is going to open the very strange-sounding film Rubber in theaters in April, but the movie is already playing On Demand. All those I know who have been watching the film (and who have seen it at festivals) love the picture, and I can’t wait to see it. Now there is a red-band trailer to whet your appetite in case the other trailers and the Olly Moss and Boris Vallejo posters didn’t do the trick. Read More »

It can’t be all that easy to sell a movie about a killer tire, but Magnet is really making an effort with Quentin Dupieux‘s movie Rubber, which has played several festivals over the last nine months and is available On Demand as of this past weekend. (Check out the trailer here.)

One of the best ways to sell it might be to key in on the simple stuff, like women and the sense of strange that pervades the movie. We’ve already seen a poster for the film, created by Olly Moss for Fantastic Fest, but this is an image in a totally different direction. Boris Vallejo was famously the cover artist for fantasy and sci-fi paperbacks, and has done occasional movie poster work over the years. (The first two Vacation movies, and the Aqua Teen Hunger Force movie, for example.) Now he’s back to sell Rubber, and his image would have made me wonder what the hell the movie is all about, and that’s probably exactly the point.

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You’ve already seen a short teaser trailer for Quentin Dupieux’s killer tire movie Rubber but now that its April 1 release date is fast approaching, Magnet has released the real deal: a two-and-a-half minute glimpse at one of the most unique films to get a release in recent years.

Having experience this movie first hand, here’s my 2 cents on this trailer. It gives away a lot. You don’t know it’s doing so, it just looks like a bunch of really weird images edited together, but if any of those images stick in your head, they could hypothetically taint your enjoyment of this absolutely original, you-don’t-know-where-it’s-going film. Still, a lot of you don’t care about that sort of thing and if you don’t, you’re gonna love this trailer. Check it out after the jump. Read More »

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