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 »
Posted on Saturday, September 21st, 2019 by Jacob Hall
(Welcome to The Fantastic Fest Diaries, where we will be chronicling every single movie we see at the United States’ largest genre film festival.)
Welcome to Fantastic Fest 2019, day two. In this entry, Reflections of Evil is one of the most insane movies ever made, The Death of Dick Long is a surprisingly tender movie about idiots, and Color Out of Space is the wild H.P. Lovecraft movie we’ve been waiting for.
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Things get weird in the trailer for The Death of Dick Long, a new dark comedy from director Daniel Scheinert. Scheinert is one half of DANIELS, the filmmaking team responsible for Swiss Army Man, aka “the farting corpse movie.” Armed with that knowledge, you can safely assume Dick Long is going to be a bit off the wall. After Dick Long dies, his bandmates struggle to avoid the truth of what happened from getting out. Easier said than done. Watch The Death of Dick Long trailer below.
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Summer is almost over, and while that means blockbuster season is winding down and awards season will soon heat up, it also means another Fantastic Fest is almost upon. This year marks the milestone 15th anniversary for the festival that brings us an array of genre films from across the world, ranging from comedy to horror to sci-fi and even more in-between. And Fantastic Fest 2019 will be kicking off with a movie that feels truly worth of the festival: Taika Waititi‘s Jojo Rabbit, featuring the director himself as a bullied boy scout’s imaginary friend Adolf Hitler.
In addition, Jim Mickle will bring the world premiere of his serial killer thriller In the Shadow of the Moon, director Vincenzo Natali returns with an adaptation of Stephen King & Joe Hill’s novella In the Tall Grass, and fillmmaker Brad Anderson lets Sam Worthington try to act again in the mysterious Fractured. But that’s not all Fantastic Fest 2019 has to offer. 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 »