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PARTY DOWN (SEASON 2)
Last time I wrote of the brilliance of this series, I begged people to watch and support it. My pleas were in vain, it would appear, as the show was canceled due to its low ratings failing to pick up over the course of its second season. Truthfully, I’m stunned it even made it past its first season, and for that alone I am grateful. Season 2 continues some time after the first left off, and a lot has changed since then. The new character dynamic takes a few episodes to find its footing, but once it does, it results in some of the funniest scenes the show has to offer. (The final moment of this scene in particular makes me bust up laughing every time I think about it.) While it’s sad to see such a biting, cynical satire vanish from the air, the series provided us with two knockout seasons, a perfect note to close the show on, and one of the few honest (read: depressing) portrayals of the costs of trying to lead an unorthodox lifestyle in modern society. It is, for my money, one of the best comedies to have ever been on television. Before I begged you to watch it; now I’m begging you to buy it.
Available on Blu-ray? No.
Notable Extras: A gag reel.
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If you haven’t already seen the UK trailer for Michael Winterbottom‘s The Killer Inside Me, go watch that now. Then come back here. Because IFC has released a domestic trailer and poster for the film, which adapts Jim Thompson‘s daylight noir novel of the same name, but this new trailer isn’t nearly as effective as the UK version. Read More »
Michael Winterbottom‘s adaptation of Jim Thompson‘s novel The Killer Inside Me has long seemed like one of the best bets of 2010. There was the lead casting: Casey Affleck as secretly sociopathic sheriff Lou Ford could be perfect . And then that sales trailer that suggested all the actors, including Jessica Alba and Kate Hudson, might be just right. Festival reactions made the film out to be a truly serious and possibly horrifying affair, which is just as it should be. (Check out David Chen’s review.)
And now there is a trailer, and it’s just a fantastic piece of work that makes the film look enthralling and scary as hell. Read More »
Despite a level of violence that has proved controversial within the context of the Sundance Film Festival, IFC Films has purchased Michael Winterbottom‘s new film The Killer Inside Me, and will distribute the film within the United States. (Check out David’s review of the film.)
No release date has been set for the film, though in the company’s press release about the deal IFC Entertainment President Jonathan Sehring said, “We are incredibly excited to be working with Michael and Andrew Eaton again and we look forward to bringing this film to America via our theatrical and video-on-demand platforms.”
Based on the novel by Jim Thompson, the film stars Casey Affleck as Lou Ford, a small-town sheriff’s deputy within whom a dark, violent instinct has awakened. The controversy around the film arose due in particular to two graphic killings, and we don’t yet know if IFC will request any edits to those sequences, or indeed to the film as a whole. (You can get some idea of the tone of the film here.) The company did release Lars Von Trier’s violent and controversial Antichrist uncut, so there’s reason to expect we’ll see a version of The Killer Inside Me very similar to the one that played Sundance. [Screen Daily]
Every film festival should have at least one controversial film. The outcry so far this year is coming in response to Michael Winterbottom‘s adaptation of the Jim Thompson novel The Killer Inside Me, starring Casey Affleck, Jessica Alba and Kate Hudson. Comments so far peg the film as incredibly violent, perhaps on par with previous festival firebrands Irreversible and Antichrist. The worst violence is perpetrated against women, leading to questions of misogyny.
Now Winterbottom has spoken about about the controversy. Read what he’s got to say after the break.
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Posted on Tuesday, January 26th, 2010 by David Chen
Based on the novel by Jim Thompson, The Killer Inside Me tells the story of Lou Ford, an unassuming sheriff who finds himself surrounded by growing pile of murder victims. The film was directed by Michael Winterbottom, a man whose films have spanned many genres (some of which defy categorization). I was excited to see Winterbottom’s take on film noir and curious about reports that the film’s violence had sparked outrage among audiences. Hit the jump to hear my thoughts and to watch a video blog I did with Katey Rich from Cinemablend, in which we discuss the film.
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I’ve really been looking forward to footage from Michael Winterbottom‘s adaptation of the Jim Thompson novel The Killer Inside Me. I’m a massive Thompson fan, and adaptations of his novels have about a .500 average. (I’m the guy that doesn’t like The Grifters much; I infinitely prefer a movie like Tavernier’s Coup de Torchon.)
The cast here seems to be on the money — Casey Affleck as the duplicitous small-town sheriff deputy Lou Ford, Jessica Alba and Kate Hudson as the women in his life, and supporting work from Ned Beatty, Bill Pullman and Elias Koteas. Now there’s a rough long-form sales trailer that makes the concoction look fairly potent. See it after the jump. Read More »
I’m excited for any new adaptation of the novels of Jim Thompson (who also dabbled in screenwriting, collaborating with Kubrick and Peckinpah) so it stands to reason that I’m excited to see what Michael Winterbottom is doing with his version of The Killer Inside Me. Thompson’s book follows small town Texas sheriff Lou Ford, who isn’t quite as dumb and grinningly affable as he seems. Murderous impulses lie beneath the lawman’s surface. Casey Affleck plays Ford; Kate Hudson plays the schoolteacher that wants him to marry her, and Jessica Alba is the prostitute that Ford keeps on a leash instead of running out of town. Now we’ve got some pics of the cast in character and a couple of producer interviews from the set. Read More »
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Posted on Friday, November 7th, 2008 by David Chen
Michael Winterbottom will direct Casey Affleck and Jessica Alba in a film adaptation of The Killer Inside Me, the classic novel by Jim Thompson. The original book was told in first-person and chronicled the life of Lou Ford, a seemingly normal small-town sheriff who happens to be a paranoid-schizophrenic harboring murderous tendencies. Affleck will play the lead role, while Alba will play a prostitute that Ford gets involved with. The book was previously made into a film in 1976, directed by Burt Kennedy with Stacy Keach playing Lou Ford.
I haven’t always enjoyed Michael Winterbottom’s work, but regardless, his films have always been bold and interesting, so I’ll be curious to see how he handles what I’m guessing will be a modern update to the story. Affleck star looks to be on the rise, with his recent roles in the Ocean series as well as Gone Baby Gone. While I though he was pitch-perfect in The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, there was nothing in his performance that truly struck the fear of God into me, which it seems like would be necessary for a portrayal of Lou Ford (for an example of what I’m talking about, see Christian Bale’s breakout performance as Patrick Bateman in American Psycho, a book/film that probably took a lot of tips from Thompson). The guy clearly has talent to spare, though, so I’m willing to give him the benefit of the doubt. As for Alba, it looks like this role has the potential to let her mine darker psychological depths than her roles in films past.
Discuss: Can you picture Casey Affleck as a sociopathic killer?