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A totally awesome fan video I found for The Fountain, with music by Ashley Simpson! We could make hours into years, it’s like I’ve known you from before…
I put together this little trailer mash-up for a video contest at my college (go University of Colorado at Boulder!). It’s a spin on the classic 1996 film Multiplicity… if Michael Keaton’s clones were to continue expanding to a catastrophic degree.
Seth Rogen, of the upcoming comedy Pineapple Express (also written by Evan Goldberg and directed by David Gordon Green (…?)), confirmed that Huey Lewis was contracted to create an original song for the film. Fondly remembered for his plot-specific tracks “Power of Love” and “Back in Time” in the Back to the Future movies, Lewis’s new song is expected to not only sound similar to those, but to be even more titular insofar as the chorus will be built around the words “pineapple express.”
And if you haven’t already seen it, take a look at the first clip from the movie.
Check out the new trailer for Michael Haneke’s Funny Games. It’s a remake of 1997′s Funny Games which Haneke also wrote and directed. Both films follow a family vacationing at their lakeside summer home who get taken hostage by two young, well dressed men masquerading as friends of the neighbors. What follows is a violent, slow building suspense film that experiments with narrative as well as audience interaction and expectation. Expect a limited U.S. release on February 15, 2008.
Below is the trailer for the 1997 version which, when paired with the new trailer, seems to imply Haneke created a nearly shot-for-shot remake of the film… and cryogenically froze the actor who played the son.
Picture this: You’re a young girl, inexperienced not only with boys, but with your own body. You think that everything about you is normal. Eventually, you get older and start getting involved with the opposite sex, only to find maybe you’re not as normal as you thought.
So begins to story of Teeth, a film about a young woman who discovers she’s been cursed with vagina dentata, or a toothed vagina, during a rape. The story is every boy’s worst dream. I’ve been reading a lot about this movie, and how disturbing it is. What I find most strange is how it’s being called a dark comedy even though the trailer comes off as more of a teen angst piece.
Teen angst or comedy doesn’t change one fact. I need me some of those pearly whites down there. There’s some guys out there who deserve a little nip every now and then.
Troll 2 somehow gained one heck of a following for a film of such low quality. If you take a look at the production levels of some of the more famous cult films, none even come close to being this poor. But something about its sincerity draws us back. I didn’t get a chance to see this movie until a few years ago when my older, and much wiser, brother introduced me to it. It’s got everything you would need in a cheesy movie: bad acting, bad make-up, limited sets, cheesy one-liners, all far beyond the scope of what they could have reasonably accomplished.
And wouldn’t you know it, someone has finally made a documentary on this well-deserving disaster of a film. Best Worst Movie gives us an inside look at the cult sensation following Troll 2, as well as what was going on in the heads of the people who produced the #1 worst film of all time (as ranked by the IMDB). One key thing separating this documentary is that it’s written, produced, and directed by Troll 2‘s lead actor Michael Stephenson. Take a look at the trailer here.
So everyone, grab a bowl of green goo, call up all your Goblin-loving friends, and get ready for one hell of a fright night because as we all know, “You can’t piss on hospitality!”
It appears the picture of the The Joker, slowly being unveiled at Empire Online, has been revealed a bit early.
I’m not sure how I feel about the hype surrounding these photographs. Any fan of Batman knows that the Joker is one of the greatest villains of all time. He’s psychotic, erratic, violent, and worst of all unpredictable (probably even to himself). This is why when I first heard he’s being played by Heath Ledger, I had some major reservations (me and the rest of the comic-loving world). After hearing him in the trailer though, I began to ease up. These pictures are more or less how I would have imagined him to look given the casting circumstances (although I would have preferred someone a bit more gaunt and straggly).
Either way, I can’t wait to see him in action. He almost looks like a disgruntled golfer. Anyone else curious how he’ll be playing it?
Wedding Daze, written and directed by Michael Ian Black, arrives on DVD January 15, 2008. Previously known as The Next Girl I See and The Pleasure of Your Company, it was an oft-delayed title which never found a substantial release in theaters. But don’t let that deter you! As per the IMDB description:
After losing the woman of his dreams, Anderson is convinced he’ll never fall in love again. But at the urging of his best friend, he spontaneously proposes to a dissatisfied waitress named Katie and an innocent dare evolves into the kind of love that both have been looking for all along.
The trailer is harmless enough, and alludes to the brand of underlying absurdity one hopes to see from Michael Ian Black. And at the very least, the outlandish, post-everything premise does not appear to be lost on the cast. Also, Jason Biggs reminds me of my ex-boyfriend.
The Criterion Collection has released a restored and remastered version of Berlin Alexanderplatz in its entire, 15 1/2 hour glory. Writer/director Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s epic is an adaptation of the Alfred Döblin novel, and is considered the longest narrative film ever created (though it originally premiered in the United States as a television miniseries). Pick it up if you like sharp, foreign melodramas or just want to be able to say you saw it.
Born out of footage from the two years spent assembling Inland Empire (2006), Lynch is a documentary on the director considered long overdue by many of his critics. That being said, judging from the handful of available reviews, it is no more a documentary in the traditional sense than his own films could be considered off beat dramas or mysteries. The fact that the 82-minute Lynch (whose director is credited as “Blackandwhite”) is focused on all things Inland Empire, causes it to feel more like a supplementary feature to the 2006 film than a standalone, panoptic look at the artist’s life according to The New York Time’s review. Then again, with a filmmaker like Lynch, this observant, fly on the wall approach is probably more interesting than strict talking heads and exposition on his personal history. It seems as if it will play more like Derrida than anything else.
You can find the trailer and information on its limited release at the official site.
I’ve noticed Martin Arnold tends to slip through the cracks in conversations about outrageous experimental films. If you ask me, his method of reworking old found footage brings about a creepy awareness of the depths (and limitless content) hidden within every moving image. That’s right, imaginary readers. That is what I think.I’m dying to get my hands on his two most recent projects [Deanimated and Jeanne Marie Renée]. You can find more information on those at Amour Fou Filmproduktion.
Update: Just found a brand new Martin Arnold short!
As many of you know, for the past few days several shoddy, cell-phone captured versions of the most recent Cloverfield trailer have been circulating the web. Finally, following all the spurious interpretations and misread clues, I’m happy to point you in the direction of the official (and completely visible) Cloverfield trailer.
A few things are finally cleared up. The movie is actually titled Cloverfield. Not Monstrous, not Overnight, not 01-18-08 – but Cloverfield. One clever bit shows a character’s face blurred out as further proof that the story is told completely (or at least primarily) via found footage. Lastly, we finally get a glimpse of the creature. It is NOT the silhouette of two hulking shapes dragging away a screaming woman as previously thought (that seems to be nothing more than two men in hazard suits), but a massive, apparently Godzilla-inspired beast which appears for a few frames about 3/4 of the way through.
Otherwise, not much has changed. I remain interested primarily because of the Lost staffers involved.
And did anybody else recognize Lizzy Caplan as the female lead? She played Lohan’s artsy, loner pal in Mean Girls. She was responsible for the haunting, guttural line “I guess it’s probably because I’ve got a big *lesbian* crush on you! Suck on *that*! AY-YI-YI-YI-YI-YI!”