What happens when a powder-blue suited luchador, a shotgun-blastin’ motel clerk, and an Aryan ex-con stereotype join forces? Not even half the amount of crazy that’s loaded into Ryan Prows’ grungy thriller Lowlife. Critics and festival audiences from Montreal’s Fantasia to NYC’s What The Fest!? have been slathering praise on thick, loudly drawing comparisons to Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction given the film’s chaotic crossroads storyline.
Now, we’re debuting a new clip from this must-see film.
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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 second guess a serial killer, discover I really might have ADHD, look back and judge a judge, witness the mother of all filmmaker team-ups with Steven Soderbergh and Flying Lotus, and then finish the week by getting in tight with a luchador. Read More »
Rarely does a film live up to its title as well as Lowlife. Equal parts absurd comedy and surrealist bloodbath, it’s a shocking and often-hilarious story of a bunch of derelicts told over a few days in Los Angeles.
You know you’re in for a rough time when the film starts with an apparent ICE agent bursting into a motel room in the dead of night and grabbing all the undocumented immigrants inside. The owner, Crystal (Nicki Micheaux) tries to stop them and almost gets shot for her efforts. The ICE agent takes them to the basement of one Teddy ‘Bear’ Haynes (Mark Burnham having a lot of fun with the role), the owner of a taco shop who has a far more nefarious business going on downstairs. A good-looking woman is separated from the men and you immediately know that something worse than deportation is about to happen. It does, although a survivor is happy when Teddy mentions El Monstruo (Ricardo Adam Zarate), and believes that he’s someone who will save them.
But it turns out El Monstruo works for Teddy.
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