This weekend, you can catch The Death of Dick Long, a dark comedy with some oddball charm directed by Daniel Scheinert. The filmmaker is best known for working with fellow director Dan Kwan as a duo known as DANIELS. And here’s a piece of trivia: instead of continuing to give us more wholly original and peculiar movies after their 2016 breakout film Swiss Army Man, the duo had an opportunity to meet with producers that could have led to them directing Deadpool 2. Since director David Leitch ended up being at the helm of the comic book sequel, they obviously didn’t get the job. But why? Well, DANIELS had a very good, respectable reason for not taking the meeting for the meta Merc with a Mouth’s sequel. Read More »
Pink Freud, the fictional band in The Death of Dick Long, consists of Dick, Zeke, and Earl – three Alabama rednecks who stumble their way through covers of songs like Staind’s 2001 hit “It’s Been Awhile.” One night after band practice, Dick poses a fateful question to his pals: “Ya’ll motherfuckers wanna get weird?”
After a late-night montage of shotgunning beers, blasting cans with shotguns, and launching fireworks from between their legs, there’s a hard cut to a few hours later, when Dick has been horrifically injured. Zeke and Earl drop him off outside the emergency room, but it’s not long before they learn Dick didn’t make it – and the audience spends the first hour of the movie wondering exactly how he died as the survivors dig themselves bigger and bigger holes with their ill-conceived lies to cover up the events of the previous night. When the reason for Dick’s fate finally arrives, the movie takes a turn away from its comedic roots and becomes a more disturbing, melancholy exploration of masculinity. Read More »
The Crazy Rich Asians effect is continuing to take over Hollywood. Michelle Yeoh and Awkafina, who both starred in the groundbreaking Asian-led hit, are reuniting in a film that is worlds away from that luxe rom-com. Yeoh and Awkafina are teaming up with Swiss Army Man directing duo Daniels for a sci-fi action film titled Everything Everywhere All At Once.
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Posted on Friday, June 24th, 2016 by Angie Han
Note: With Swiss Army Man in limited release this weekend, we’re re-running our review from the Sundance Film Festival.
About five minutes into Swiss Army Man, you’re faced with a choice. By this point in the film, you’ll have seen Hank (Paul Dano), a man stranded alone on a desert island, try to hang himself. His suicide attempt is interrupted by the arrival of a corpse (Daniel Radcliffe) that proves to be a prolific farter. Hank opts not to kill himself, and instead rides “Manny” like a flatulence-powered jet ski in the direction of civilization.
The scene is weird, and absurd, and crude, and dark, but kind of beautiful, too, and it’s at this point you have to make a decision: Either you’re willing to go with a movie that delights in all of those unsavory qualities, or you’re not. If you decide you’re not, know that Swiss Army Man will only get stranger and ruder, and you’re probably better off putting it back on the shelf until you’re in the mood for it. If you decide you are, however, you’ll discover a unique, oddly gorgeous adventure anchored by a superb performance from Radcliffe as a dead body (no, really). Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, May 10th, 2016 by Angie Han
Last month brought us the first trailer for Swiss Army Man, Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert‘s (in)famous Sundance dramedy about a desperate man stranded all alone on a desert island (Paul Dano), until he stumbles across a flatulent corpse (Daniel Radcliffe). With a description like that, Swiss Army Man‘s marketing was never going to be appropriate for polite company — but if you walked away thinking that first green-band trailer was still a bit too tasteful, today we’ve got the Swiss Army Man red-band trailer to share with you.
This cut of the Swiss Army Man trailer actually does a better job of capturing the utter rudeness and surprising poignancy of Swiss Army Man, though it arguably also gives away too much. Manny (as Radcliffe’s dead body is called) first proves useful when his farts help propel Hank (Dano) across the surf, but it turns out this “multi-purpose tool guy,” as Hank calls him, has a lot of other tricks up his sleeve as well. Watch the Swiss Army Man red-band trailer below. Read More »
Posted on Monday, April 4th, 2016 by Angie Han
Every year at Sundance, there are a small handful of films that get hyped up sight unseen: your Boyhoods, your The Raid 2s. A few others come out of seemingly nowhere to become the toast of the town, a la Beasts of the Southern Wild or Birth of a Nation. Dozens more still fly under the radar the whole time, flitting to the next festival in hopes of building more buzz elsewhere.
And then there are the films propelled to international headlines on a burst of pungent corpse farts, prompting walkouts at the premiere, arguments for the rest of the fest, and head-scratching queries from everyone following along at home. I’m talking, of course, about Swiss Army Man, Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert‘s weird (and weirdly beautiful) buddy dramedy about a stranded man (Paul Dano) and the dead body (Daniel Radcliffe) that may just be the key to his salvation. A24 picked up this oddity at Sundance and are now prepping it for a summer release, so check out the first Swiss Army Man trailer after the jump. Read More »
The headlining trio of Paul Dano, Daniel Radcliffe and Mary Elizabeth Winstead is all the sales pitch I really need to be interested in a new film, but the plot of their new project Swiss Army Man sounds particularly odd.
The three actors have all signed on for the film which will be directed by the team of Daniel Kwan & Daniel Scheinert — if you don’t know those two names, you may know the name Daniels, under which they’ve directed many music videos and short films. If you don’t know the name Daniels, you probably know at least one example of their work, since they did the video for ‘Turn Down for What.’
And this film, which will be their first feature, is about a guy who befriends a dead body. I guarantee you want to know more about this one, because it sounds nuts. Read More »