When the Sundance Film Festival announced their impressive short film program for 2011, a few stood out from the pack. One was The Terrys from cult comedy duo Tim Heidecker & Eric Wareheim. If you don’t know Tim and Eric, then you probably don’t watch TV past 11 p.m. They not only just finished the fifth and final season of their own television show, Tim and Eric Awesome Show Great Job, but have appeared on HBO’s Funny or Die and are behind John C. Reilly’s amazing character Dr. Steve Brule, who also has his own show. Tommy Wiseau’s The Room probably wouldn’t be the hit it is without them either, as they famously championed the film and had Wiseau direct an episode of their show.
Anyway, a trailer for their latest short film, The Terrys, has now shown up online and it absolutely, positively has that Tim and Eric feel. If you don’t find this amusing, then you probably aren’t going to like their brand of humor. They’re an acquired taste for sure. Check out the trailer for The Terrys, as well as some other choice Tim and Eric clips, after the jump. Read More »
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“Telephone,” the newly released and incredibly hyped music video from avant-garish pop star Lady Gaga, sees her teaming Thelma and Louise-style with Beyonce in the hot yellow Pussy Wagon from Kill Bill. Why? We guess it’s relative to Gaga’s appreciation for renegade female empowerment, something Quentin Tarantino‘s bloody classic expresses like few films before or since.
According to Wikipedia, it’s the same Pussy used in the film, which, if memory serves, remains proudly owned by QT. Over the vid’s nine minutes, the truck gets more than a cameo, including a close-up of the name plate key chain in the ignition. The vid is also infused with a somewhat dated hyper-Japanese street culture sensibility that begs the question: why didn’t QT direct the video and knock it out of the park? Surely he would have been into the idea. Insert: priceless shots of bedazzled Gaga toes. Also, QT would have made sure the video—which doesn’t hit the 2010 epic wow mark—had tighter editing.
Another movie the vid pays homage to in its first mins is Caged Heat, the catty 1974 women-in-prison grindhouse flick directed by Jonathan Demme and produced by Roger Corman (recent recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Oscar). It’s also interesting to see the stylistic influence of Eric Wareheim, of [adult swim]‘s Tim and Eric, shine through in scenes with bad-cable-signal effects and schizo flourishes lifted from his cooler music videos for Major Lazer and other artists. The entire video and more screenshots after the jump. We welcome your thoughts.
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Almost a year ago, we pined over the freakishly original, disorienting and bizarre trailer for Totally 4 Teens, a proposed series for [adult swim] that appropriated the zany format of a vintage Nickelodeon kid’s show and then aspired to melt viewers’ faces off. You may remember that we recently interviewed the show’s creator and frizzy-haired host, Derrick Beckles, about his psychedelic workout tape and a music video he directed starring fresh-faced pal and fan Michael Cera.
Well since that time, the last we heard about Totally 4 Teens was that [adult swim] didn’t know what to do with it, and that other cable networks were interested. We love [adult swim] and practically inject Tim and Eric and Superjail into our morning cereal, but the idea that we would never see T4T (not to mention Neil Hamburger’s filthy ode to Family Feud) on the infamous programming block put pollen in our manly eyes. I mean, other visionairies behind T4T include a guy who produced The Daily Show and the weirdo who is the voice of Towelie on South Park and created Wonder Showzen.
But wait. There is hope yet. We can all vote for Totally 4 Teens—today and today only—to become a reality on the regular. Better still, the show has flirted with putting two members of the /Film staff on the program if it wins the entire contest! (If it wins today, it goes on to the quarter-finals and so forth, just like in sports.) You can go to the official voting site, where you can watch the full pilot episode, and place your vote! Check out the full trailer and a clip after the jump…
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When compiling a list of the best and most important films of 2009, one must never forget to include Tommy Wiseau‘s The Room, even if it necessitates creating a lone, mutant category. Sure, the cult classic shit champion was originally released in 2003, and was probably advertised on L.A. billboards years before that (joke), but 2009 was the year that The Room said “Hi doggie!” to the pop culture brain cave like a Centurion slug. To celebrate this achievement, Patton Oswalt has donned a Wiseauian wig in a new vid of spoof-offs like The Veranda, The Hallway, and (NSFWinedrinkers) The Bubble Bath. There’s also a secret cameo. Hint: “Oh, hi Don Draper!”
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UPDATE: The pilot episode of Delocated can now be streamed online. Check it out.
So, I just finished viewing the first two episodes of Delocated, the new live-action series on [adult swim] about a family in the witness protection program that “delocates” to NYC to star in a reality show. The series’ creator and and star is funnyman Jon Glaser, best known for his work as a writer on Late Night with Conan O’Brien and a compadre of Human Giant. To describe what I just watched in one word: (f)uncomfortable. In 29: After I stopped laughing at the “Bar Mitzvah” episode, a strange darkness overcame me when I wondered what would happen if Delocated suddenly appeared in the Cleavers’s living room.
As gleefully expressed in the above image, the show’s family of “Does” is required to wear ski masks in public at all times, but also in private due to constant filming. Even more bizarrely, the family’s voices are surgically disguised with “harmonizers.” This adds a “crime show confession” paranoia to their casual back-forths, bouts of flirting, arguments and more formal elocution (re: the son’s ska-themed bar mitzvah). My favorite aspect so far is that each family member—the dad, the mom and son—address each other and everyone they encounter under an alias. As the opportunistic father, Glaser goes by “Jon.” We aren’t given their real names or a surname, and the warped detachment allowed these masked characters—if it holds—will only intensify and irk viewers as the show progresses.
Paul Rudd (and his filmography) makes a cameo in the pilot episode and comedian Eugene Mirman stars in the series as a Russian hitman out for revenge and—evidently not “or”—a career in stand-up. Clearly, Delocated is the next step for [adult swim] in the direction of live-action in addition to being a splattery platform for the ongoing sonic comedy boom in our pop culture; Many diehard messageboarders have and will continue to angrily attest that the programming on [as] is moving away from its roots in subversive animation and anime to secure a higher and more lucrative profile. You may or may not know that actor John C. Reilly is on deck for a live-action spin-off for his Dr. Steve Brule character from Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! Chances are if his show was on NBC you would.
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For this NYE edition of the Movie Playlist, we chatted with Mr. Neil Hamburger, the Hollywood legend and stand-up comedian. It did not go so well.
Earlier this year when I caught Mr. Hamburger’s live show, America’s economic recession was clearly taking a toll. He grotesquely referred to an audience member as a “fucking pig person!” and proceeded to shoot off a clip of horrible Heath Ledger jokes that instigated a violent wave of “boo’s” and thrown Pabst bottles. Nevertheless, Mr. Hamburger has performed to a packed Madison Square Garden and appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! His new comedy album, …Sings Country Winners , is out now on Drag City.
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