The crazy-but-true story of the Norwegian black metal band Mayhem takes center stage in Jonas Åkerlund‘s brutal drama Lords of Chaos. From humble beginnings to arson and murder, Lords of Chaos paints a not-very-pretty picture of the infamous black metal scene of the 1980s and 1990s. Rory Culkin stars as Øystein Aarseth, aka Euronymous, one of the founders of the Norwegian black metal scene. Watch the Lords of Chaos trailer below.
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Lords of Chaos is your classic “young friends become enemies” tale, but with a few shocking twists. For one, the friends in question were in bands that helped define a metal subgenre that is now an established cornerstone of the metal scene. They were also linked to a rash of arson cases — specifically, the burning of churches in Norway. Hanging over it all is murder.
That’s all part of the story of Varg Vikerns, of the one-man band Burzum, and Øystein Aarseth, a.k.a. Euronymous (above right), of the band Mayhem. Their story is chronicled in the book Lords of Chaos. A Lords of Chaos movie has been in development for years, and now Jonas Åkerlund is going to direct it, with Rory Culkin and Caleb Landry Jones in the lead roles. Read More »
They said Spring Break was forever and maybe they were right. A sequel to Harmony Korine’s controversial film Spring Breakers, called Spring Breakers: The Second Coming, will be up for sale at Cannes. The package doesn’t come with Korine or any of the original film’s stars, but it does come with a script by Irvine Welsh (Trainspotting, Filth) and Jonas Åkerlund (Spun, Small Apartments) as the director. Read the log line and more for the Spring Breakers sequel below. Read More »
Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week we take a ride on a pirate ship, soak ourselves in some William Fichtner/melty face goodness, gaze into the alopecia smoothness of Matt Lucas, and say su-su-sussidio to a very annoyed Phil Collins.
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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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I’m not sure why there’s been so little word about Jonas Akerlund’s The Horsemen. Judging from this trailer, it looks like a decent enough B-level thriller that could work well in theaters on a slow weekend. Oh yah, and it stars Dennis Quaid and Ziyi Zhang—not exactly unknowns.
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