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Oct 25, 2011

Cannot get enough Youth Lagoon

 
 


 
 
I cannot get enough of this song Montana by the band Youth Lagoon. The video by Tyler Williams is pretty damn fitting as well. I haven’t heard their album yet but the song is rocking my world.

Thanks Derbs for the rec as always.

 
 
Check out Pitchfork for more on the song and vid.

 
 

Posted by enderzero at 11:09pm on Oct. 25, 2011    
Oct 4, 2011

Fantastic Fest ’11 in the Rear View

Fantastic Fest 2011 is all wrapped up but plenty of nostalgia lives on. Movie fanatic Nirvana is the best way to describe Austin’s September celebration of all thing cinematic. Crazy incredible flicks, copious libations, and truly good times with great friends were had over the 8 sleepless days. We had WALL TO WALL coverage over at Twitch including over 70 reviews. You can check out the full recap in Twitch’s Super Festival Wrap and some other good stuff in Fantastic Fest in Photographs and our Great Fantastic Fest Open Preview. But here for your (well my) convenience is a list of everything I saw and my initial tweeted impression. Enjoy!

LET THE BULLETS FLY – My Grade: B-
LET THE BULLETS FLY features some great performances but it’s a bit long & subtleties too easily lost in translation.

SLEEPLESS NIGHT – My Grade: B+
SLEEPLESS NIGHT is a polished French actioner w/ solid fight seqs & a good story. Great intensity but could lose few mins.

POLVORA NEGRA – My Grade: D
When FantasticFest is over, I’ll remember nothing about POLVORA NEGRA.

MILOCRORZE – My Grade: B+
MILOCRORZE is charming, stylish & super schizophrenic. Ishibashi is exactly the kind of filmmaker I hope to discover at FantasticFest!
The future samurai world part of MILOCRORZE has some of the coolest costume/makeup/production design I’ve seen. Drank it up.

UNDERWATER LOVE – My Grade: B
UNDERWATER LOVE: It’ll make you wet. …anyone? Sorry.

THE CORRIDOR – My Grade: A-
Wow. THE CORRIDOR is the first absolute must see of FantasticFest! Pass. It. On.
Review

SNOWTOWN – My Grade: B
SNOWTOWN is an extremely impressive piece of cinema but wld have been just as effective & less exhausting w/ 30 mins trimmed.

ZOMBIE ASS – My Grade: B-
ZOMBIE ASS is basically live action tentacle porn w/ lots of fart jokes. So if that doesn’t sound awesome, u’ve been warned.

BEYOND THE BLACK RAINBOW – My Grade: B
BEYOND THE BLACK RAINBOW is a gorgeous color poem to 1980s sci-fi psychadelia but plot/trippedoutedness balance a bit off.
BEYOND THE BLACK RAINBOW could be edited into the greatest Chemical Brothers video of all time.

THE DAY – My Grade: B+
THE DAY is an excellent post apocalyptic actioner on a tiny budget. Lookin fwd to big things from new talent Luke Passmore.
Review

SMUGGLER – My Grade: D
Rly disappointed w/ Ishii’s SMUGGLER. Perfectly good crime actioner ruined by more disgusting torture porn. Whats wrong ppl?
Review

VERSUS – My Grade: B+
VERSUS is even more fun a decade later. Best Japanese zombie action extravaganza I’ve seen at FantasticFest (& I’m approaching dbl digits).

TAKE SHELTER – My Grade: A-
TAKE SHELTER a fascinating journey into a man’s soul. Brilliant filmmaking & acting. Exactly what I’d hoped to see.

PENUMBRA – My Grade: C+
It’s not unfair to call PENUMBRA an Argentine “Apartment of the Devil.” I liked it but wanted a bit more pace & originality.

CLOWN – My Grade: A-
CLOWN is pure Danish hilarity with way more heart than I expected. One of my faves so far at FantasicFest.

CARRE BLANC – My Grade: B
CARRE BLANC is a bold dystopian vision from to-watch newcomer Jean-Baptiste Leonetti.

HOW TO STEAL 2 MILLION – My Grade: C
HOW TO STEAL 2 MILLION is def not the best African film this year (see Viva Riva), but it is an impressive by-the-book debut.

MELANCHOLIA – My Grade: A
Put me down in the huge-fucking-fan category for MELANCHOLIA. Thought it was brilliant even if it is long. Potential Top10.

RETREAT – My Grade: B-
RETREAT features some impressive performances but doesn’t go quite crazy enough to make a lasting impression.

HEADHUNTERS – My Grade: B
HEADHUNTERS is a Norwegian action caper with a weird mix of heart & humor. Many like it but it was too uncomfortable for me.

LOVE – My Grade: C-
Had an extremely hard time staying awake 4 Angels and Airwaves film LOVE. It’s pretty but too much/not enough a nod to 2001.

MOVIES ON FIRE: 80s HONG KONG ACTION – My Grade: B+
I was skeptical about going to Hong Kong On Fire final film tonight but @Marshy00 prevailed. Forever grateful. Action PACKED.

BULLHEAD – My Grade: A
Wow Wow Wow BULLHEAD! Wow Michael Roskam! Wow Matthias Schoenarts! Late to the party bus but taking a seat at the front.
BULLHEAD is a brilliant crime epic fully deserving of Belgium’s Oscar submission. This year’s Animal Kingdom?

A BOY AND HIS SAMURAI – My Grade: B+
A BOY & HIS SAMURAI is a charming Jp family comedy, a clever commentary on modern gender roles but a bit short of fantastic.

Posted by enderzero at 11:32am on Oct. 4, 2011    
Sep 20, 2011

TIFF ’11 Rounded Up


TIFF is in the books and you can head on over to Twitch to see my TIFF ’11 Festival Mega Wrap. My grades and links are also available on my IndieWire CriticWire page. Here’s a quick rundown of the films I saw at the fest with my initial reactions.

FROM UP ON POPPY HILL – Contemporary World Cinema – My Grade: B-
Goro Miyazaki’s From Up On Poppy Hill is a quaint & charming melodrama but little more. No magic = no magic.

THE RAID – Midnight Madness – My Grade: A
Forget Tony Jaa, Jet Li & even Tom Hardy. THE RAID is the best action movie in decades! Gareth Evans & Iko Uwais FTW!
Review

THE ARTIST – Special Presentation – My Grade: B+
Loudest applause I’ve ever heard at a film for Hazanavicius’s brilliant THE ARTIST. Its best Oscar bets likely actors.

OSLO, AUGUST 31ST – Vanguard – My Grade: A
OSLO, AUGUST 31ST is a beautiful, honest & unpretentious journey inside what it means to be a real person. Trier is a master.
Review

THE DESCENDANTS – Special Presentation – My Grade: A-
THE DESCENDANTS is a superb drama in Payne’s signature comedic style. Lock for Best Pic nom and Actor nom for Clooney.
Review

TRISHNA – Special Presentation – My Grade: B-
TRISHNA is a beautiful vision of India but the story far too rambling. Not one of Winterbottom’s more compelling.

HICK – Special Presentation – My Grade: B-
Probably a good book, HICK has good performances but ultimately too off beat as a film. Why does Moretz pick such uncomfortable roles?
Review

COMIC-CON EPISODE IV: A FAN’S HOPE – Real to Reel – My Grade: B+
Morgan Spurlock’s COMIC-CON doc is his best, most human film. It also has the least Morgan yet. Hmm.
Review

YOU’RE NEXT – Midnight Madness – My Grade: A-
Gigantic grin across every face in Ryerson after the home invasion thriller chiller major blood spiller YOU’RE NEXT!

TWIXT – Special Presentation – My Grade: B
Dreamy & weird, TWIXT plays w/ narrative & visual style w/ mixed results. Most interesting Coppola film in yrs.

MACHINE GUN PREACHER – Gala – My Grade: D
MACHINE GUN PREACHER is just as bad as I feared. Typical manipulative H.wood drivel from Forster & way too long.

PEARL JAM TWENTY – Special Presentation – My Grade: B+
Cameron Crowe’s PEARL JAM 20 doc is music filled treasure trove for fans of the band non rock fans need not apply.
Review

INTRUDERS – Special Presentation – My Grade: C
Fresnadillo’s Clive Owen starring INTRUDERS has some obvious flaws but should play pretty well for horror fans.

THE LADY – Gala – My Grade: B+
THE LADY is a heartwrenching tale of devotion with superb acting from Michelle Yeoh & David Thewlis. Magnificent job by Besson.

KILLER JOE – Special Presentation – My Grade: C
Aside from the major continuity issues and truly amateur editing, KILLER JOE has quite a few other problems.

DAMSELS IN DISTRESS – Special Presentation – My Grade: B
DAMSELS IN DISTRESS is quite enjoyable slapstick but feels a bit like a feature edited TV season slapped w/ a truly awful score.

Posted by enderzero at 9:37pm on Sep. 20, 2011    
Sep 7, 2011

Full Toronto Preview Series: TIFF 11 for ’11 Live on Twitch!

It’s about that time of year. The Hollywood tentpoles have been taken down and the circus is moving on. Autumn is beginning and that means the award hopeful films start to fill the cinemas. The unofficial beginning of awards season for North American audiences is the Toronto International Film Festival which kicks off TOMORROW! I’ll be going and I’ve just completed my preview series TIFF 11 for ’11 at TWITCHFILM. Check out all six parts at Twitch!
TIFF 11 for ’11 Part 1: The Big Launches
TIFF 11 for ’11 Part 2: The Fantastic Side of Things
TIFF 11 for ’11 Part 3: Pacific Rim Offerings
TIFF 11 for ’11 Part 4: Big Screen Reality
TIFF 11 for ’11 Part 5: The Films That Could
TIFF 11 for ’11 Part 6: The Best from Other Fests

 
 
 
 
Or see it all after the jump

Posted by enderzero at 1:46pm on Sep. 7, 2011    
Aug 30, 2011

The Art of Phil Noto

Everything from Game of Thrones to Marvel superhero art (I guess that isn’t the widest of ranges) is on display on the Tumblr home of very talented artist Phil Noto. I particularly like his series of drawings masquerading as candid celebrity photos of superheroes from different decades. Some very cool stuff over there.

Link

Posted by enderzero at 12:51am on Aug. 30, 2011    
Aug 17, 2011

Remember Hope?

President Obama toured the Midwest this week doing his best to redirect focus from his disastrous defeat over the debt ceiling to the issue that everyone outside of Washington wanted him to be concerned with: Jobs. But other than learning how great of a photo backdrop palettes make, we still know very little about how aggressive the president is going to be in this fight. What he has here is the perfect opportunity to push himself off the ropes and start finally swinging again.

Former Clinton labor secretary Robert Reich (@RBReich) has been way out front on the issue of a comprehensive jobs plan. Aside from proving he appears exactly like I imagine comedian Jon Benjamin’s father to look, Reich’s recent media tour and frequent substantive tweeting has distinguished him as the leading progressive voice on this issue at the moment. And guess what, Mr. Reich was also a member of Obama’s economic transition advisory board. I can only hope this means he has the president’s ear.

So what is Reich’s position? In a phrase, it’s be bold Mr. President. So far Obama’s presidency has been defined by a whole lot of pragmatism. Great. I’m all for a pragmatic approach to solving our nation’s issues. The problem is that Obama’s pragmatism is too easily trumped by the Right’s bully politics. The Republican strategy of fighting tooth and nail for every political ounce of flesh has driven the so-called compromise point far far away from any policy that resembles Obama’s vision; barely pragmatic.

What the president must do with his jobs package next month is deliver an opening salvo to the debate so dramatic that it galvanizes the Left and gives us something worth fighting for. A strong jobs package that includes a robust WPA style program for giving people immediate jobs, an infrastructure bank that is empowered to actually fund big ticket items, and real money going straight into state coffers to make sure teachers and other public employees don’t have to be laid off will send the message to all the people that voted for him that Obama isn’t afraid of the big bad Republicans. Obama needs to show his base that he knows how to lead; that he remembers that spirit that invigorated the nation and made us feel the sensation of something we seem to have forgotten in the months since. Hope.

If we have learned anything from the 112th congress it’s that the anti-Obama strategy is to not let any bill pass that has any chance of being perceived as a win for the President. In this political climate, the Republicans are going to bitch and moan and cry about whatever jobs package Obama puts forth. Come on Mr. President! It’s time to give them something to really cry about.

For more specifics on Robert Reich’s plan, visit RobertReich.org.

Posted by enderzero at 9:01pm on Aug. 17, 2011    
Jul 1, 2011

LAFilmFest 2011 Coverage Roundup

The LA Film Fest has wrapped up downtown – good thing because I’m pretty sick of Stella Artois. Here are the links to all my coverage of the fest at Twitch

LAFF 2011: A Chat with LAFF’s David Ansen and Doug Jones – My interview with the festival’s top two programmers.

LAFF 2011 Preview: The Low Down on What’s Up Downtown – My full preview – full text also after the jump.

Review: Linklater’s BERNIE is a Funny Mess

Review: Refn’s DRIVE is the No Nonsense Action Film You’ve Been Waiting For

LAFF 2011: Opening Weekend Wrap on a Raucous LAFilmFest – From Drive to drag queens, my thoughts on the fest’s opening weekend include details of the screenwriter and director panels.

Review: SENNA is This Year’s Most Exciting Doc

Review: NATURAL SELECTION is Indie Gold

LAFF 2011 – Narrative Feature Competition Wrap – Mini-Reviews of An Ordinary Family, Mamitas, How to Cheat, and The Dynamiter.

LAFF 2011 – Documentary Feature Competition Wrap – Mini-Reviews of Paraiso for Sale, Somewhere Between, Once I was Champion, and Unraveled.

LAFF 2011: Final Wrap on The Beyond and Fantastic Films of LAFilmFest – Mini-Reviews of Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, The Innkeepers, Entrance, Karate Robo Zaborgar, Eternity, and Attack the Block.

Full text of Preview here

Posted by enderzero at 3:27pm on Jul. 1, 2011    
Jun 9, 2011

Bijou Phillips Gets Bloody in Broken Social Scene Vid

No it’s not a feature or even a TV pilot, but it’s still pretty fun to watch Bijou Phillips tear into her lover with an axe in this gory video for Broken Social Scene‘s “Sweetest Kill.” I’ve had a sweet spot for her since James Toback’s criminally under-seen Black & White (“I was at the libary”) so it’s at least nice to see she’s still alive. The video is directed by up and coming director Claire Edmondson who also directed this very NSFW video for the band Austra. Put these two videos together and we might have a TV pilot after all.

Posted by enderzero at 9:53pm on Jun. 9, 2011    
May 31, 2011

Fincher’s Dragon Tattoo “Leak” Might Be Trailer of the Year

It looks pretty clear now that Sony was behind the “Cam Job” leak of the “International Version” red band trailer for David Fincher’s upcoming The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. It is a great marketing stunt and one we haven’t seen yet, though the real star of the show is the awesome trailer cut to the incredible rendition of Led Zeppelin’s Immigrant Song by Karen O and Trent Reznor. Yessss I cannot wait for that album and movie looks pretty damn badass too.

Discussion of the trailer rages on at Movies.com and there is a lively conversation about how this “Feel Bad Movie of Christmas” isn’t needed (which I whole heartedly disagree with) at Twitch.

Posted by enderzero at 12:40pm on May. 31, 2011    
May 20, 2011

SIFF 2011 Guide is Live on Twitch

My crazy in depth guide to this year’s Seattle International Film Fest is up now on Twitch.

LINK

(Or read it after the jump)

Posted by enderzero at 12:54pm on May. 20, 2011    
May 11, 2011

enderzero.net Film Coverage Moving to Twitch

Exciting news in enderzero.net land. As of this month, I will be taking on a larger role at the my favorite film website TWITCH.

I’ll be expanding my festival coverage you are used to seeing here with previews, reviews, and coverage of all the top film festivals — as well as following the most interesting movies as they make their way to a theater near you. The mandate it to expand the Twitch audience with coverage of a more mainstream indie film world. What does that mean? Help me to define it. Films that I love and want to share. Films you want to keep an eye out for. Films you might have missed and need to check out. It’s a very exciting opportunity and I’d love your input to help shape the coverage towards the kind of articles you know you don’t want to miss.

To start things off, check out my Twitchfilm.com Cannes 2011 Preview.

I’d love to hear your thoughts and SEE YOU AT TWITCH!

Posted by enderzero at 3:22pm on May. 11, 2011    
May 10, 2011

Cannes 2011 Guide is Live on Twitch

My Guide to this year’s Cannes Film Festival is live now on Twitch.

LINK

(Or read it after the jump)

Posted by enderzero at 6:15pm on May. 10, 2011    
May 9, 2011

Google WebGL Globe


(Globe moved to after the jump for performance reasons)

Check out Google’s awesome new 3D globe chart. The project is part of an open API that you could potentially use to show any sort of world data. Lovin it.

Thx to Alex for the link. You gotta check out his new blog.

See the full working Globe after the jump

Posted by enderzero at 12:44pm on May. 9, 2011    
May 5, 2011

After McKee’s Story Seminar – 15 To See/Read

I had the great pleasure of attending Robert McKee’s Story Seminar this past weekend – four super intensive days of lecture by story master Robert McKee. No joke, this man is a pro (you may remember him from as the role Brian Cox portrayed in Adaptation. The seminar wasn’t about how to sell your script in Hollywood or how to put this event on that page – it was about the fundamentals of story and why the audience feels emotions when certain events take place. I highly recommend anyone interested in screenwriting or any narrative art at the very least read his book and seriously consider taking his seminar if you get a chance.

Now, for the sake of my memory (and entertainment), here is my list of 15 movies to see or books to read coming out of the seminar:

1. Ju Dou – Gong Li stars in this 1990 film by Zhang Yimou that (for me) somehow slipped through the cracks. IMDB | Amazon

2. Week End – This hard to find 1967 offering by Godard is used by McKee to exemplify some odd characteristics of anti-plot. IMDB | Amazon

3. The Fisher King – I’m embarrassed to have never seen this 1991 Terry Gilliam classic that stars Jeff Bridges. IMDB | Amazon

4. The Big Chill – After landing his first job rewriting The Empire Strikes Back, Larry Kasdan went on to write Raiders of the Lost Ark, Body Heat and Return of the Jedi before penning this film widely considered his finest work. IMDB | Amazon

5. The Verdict – Paul Newman stars in this 1982 courtroom drama directed by Lumet and penned by Mamet. IMDB | Amazon

6. Tender Mercies – Horton Foote’s screenplay for this 1983 Robert Duvall starrer wins the award for most discussed script by McKee (after Casablanca). IMDB | Amazon

7. Carnal Knowledge – I had sadly never even heard of this 1971 Mike Nichols film starring Nick Nicholson that earned Ann-Margret a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nom. IMDB | Amazon

8. The Ragman’s Son – After penning this highly respected autobiography, Kirk Douglas turned to Robert McKee to give him the knowledge of story needed to continue his new career as a novelist… at age 73! Amazon

9. Leaving Las Vegas – The only film on the list I have previously seen, Mike Figgis’s 1995 masterpiece deserves a rewatch for the ways it uses characters around the protagonist to drive the story forward even though Cage’s character’s desires never change. IMDB | Amazon

10. Kramer vs. Kramer – Robert Benton’s 1979 Best Picture winner is used over and over by McKee to exemplify character motivation and story structure. IMDB | Amazon

11. Ordinary People – Robert Redford’s directorial debut was this 1980 film which McKee examines in great detail for its use of overlapping plots. IMDB | Amazon

12. The Art of Fiction – Henry James’s collected thoughts on writing. Amazon

13. The In-Laws – Peter Falk and Alan Arkin star in this 1979 action-comedy about two soon to be in-laws rushing off to Central America to save the International Financial System. IMDB | Amazon

14. Alice – This 2005 Portuguese film by Marco Martins comes highly recommended by McKee. IMDB | Amazon

15. Beat the Devil – John Huston’s 1953 film based on Truman Capote’s script stars Bogart in yet another towering performance. IMDB | Amazon

One final quick shout out for a book that has influenced me greatly (as many of you know). I’ll continue to read Steven Pressfield’s The War of Art all through my life. McKee actually wrote the book’s forward and recommends it just as whole heartedly as I do. If you are looking for inspiration to put behind you all life’s distractions and focus on what you really want to do, read this book! Amazon

Posted by enderzero at 11:40am on May. 5, 2011    
Apr 14, 2011

Tribeca Film Festival ’11 Preview

Dropping on the Isle of Manhattan on 4/20 is the 10th edition of the Tribeca Film Festival. This is the hippest of New York’s chance to see some of the best of the past few fests and, as demonstrated by this program, catch the premieres of a whole hell of a lot of new films. Here is a look at what caught my eye.


EVERYTHING MUST GO
Will Ferrell, Rebecca Hall, and Laura Dern star in Dan Rush’s feature debut about one man’s epic breakdown.

DETACHMENT
Tony Kaye has directed four films since 1998’s American History X but all have failed to really break through. Maybe this film which stars Adrien Brody as an influential substitute teacher will finally bring out the audiences.

A GOOD OLD FASHIONED ORGY
Jason Sudeikis stars along with Will Forte and Nick Kroll in Peter Huyck and Alex Gregory’s debut feature about, well…

THE BANG BANG CLUB
Ryan Phillippe stars in Steven Silver’s dramatization of a group of photographers risking their lives during the violence of the first elections of post-Apartheid South Africa. The film opens concurrently in LA at Laemmle’s Sunset 5.


LIMELIGHT
Billy Corban tackled the Miami drug world in his 2006 docu Cocaine Cowboys. Here he turns his attention to the destination of all the smuggled coke – the 1980s New York club scene. The film particularly focuses on the rise and fall of now deported club owner Peter Gatien against the backdrop of a maturing Manhattan.

REVENGE OF THE ELECTRIC CAR
Chris Paine is back with a follow up to his hit 2006 docu Who Killed the Electric Car. Keep an eye out for his 2014 doc, The Electric Car: Refueled!

CATCHING HELL
Alex Gibney’s second film this year (after Sundance Kesey doc Magic Trip) is an ESPN 30 for 30 that focuses on the Steve Bartman and the Chicago Cubs inability to ever, ever win a World Series.

THE UNION
Cameron Crowe’s first film since the 2005 bomb Elizabethtown is a documentary about the collaboration between Elton John and Leon Russel. The film is being shown for free as the opening night gala with a concert afterwards by Elton John.


UNDERWATER LOVE
Take a Japanese softcore porn musical monster movie and put long time favorite cinematographer Christopher Doyle behind the lens and you have what might be the most outrageous sounding arthouse film of the year. I can’t wait.

LET THE BULLETS FLY
Last year it was Fang Xiaogang’s heart heavy Aftershock that was touted as China’s highest domestic grossing film of all time. It seems we might be seeing that every year now as China’s domestic market continues to grow. This year the new honor belongs to actor/director Jiang Wen’s (Warriors of Heaven and Earth) 1920s comic Western. The film stars Wen alongside Chow-Yun Fat and none other than Fang Xiaogang.

DETECTIVE DEE AND THE MYSTERY OF THE PHANTOM FLAME
Tsui Hark may be one of the most famous HK action directors of all time, but the title of his latest film sounds like a Harry Potter reject. The “fantastical steampunk version of ancient China” might help bring out an audience from Williamsburg.

NEON FLESH
If this high octane action crime thriller ends up as good as the trailer suggests, people might just start calling director Paco Cabezas the Spanish Guy Ritchie. [However it appears that may not be the case.]


JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI
For the love of the fish! This competition documentary about an 85 year-old sushi master looks to be some seriously raw food porn.

FIRE IN BABYLON
Call this the most exciting cricket documentary of the year. Stevan Riley’s film explores the wildly successful West Indies team who dominated the sport through the national liberation and Black Power movements of the 70s and 80s that saw the international press represent the team as brutal terrorists.

SPLINTERS
This incredible looking doc from first time director Adam Pesce takes you behind the scenes with the contestants in the inaugural Papua New Guinea surf championship. Check out the trailer and you’ll probably want to add this one to your list.

THE JOURNALS OF MUSAN
This interesting looking doc by first-timer Jungbum Park follows a North Korean defector as he tries to make a life on the streets of Seoul.

MARATHON BOY
This docu screening in competition follows the story of a four year-old boy as he is groomed to become India’s greatest marathon runner.

BOMBAY BEACH
From the looks of this competition doc’s trailer, this verite exploration of the communities struggling to survive along Southern California’s Salton Sea is going to be stunning.

SHAKESPEARE HIGH
Alex Rotaru’s docu lets us watch as a bunch of high school drama nerds try to put their tumultuous pasts behind them to fight for the crown of biggest drama nerds in Southern California

A MATTER OF TASTE
This SXSW holdover docu by first timer Sally Rowe follows haute cuisine chef Paul Liebrandt as he fights to regain a place in New York’s cooking elite.

TALIHINA SKY: THE STORY OF KINGS OF LEON
Kings of Leon get a bad rap for being radio friendly but from the looks of this docu’s trailer, the story of three brothers and cousin that break free of a heavy religious upbringing as evangelical gypsies to become rock stars might just make a worthwhile film.

THE SWELL SEASON
This docu tracks real life stars of Once Marketa Irglova and Glen Hansard as they navigate love, music and fame after the release of their hit film.

BEYOND THE BLACK RAINBOW
There isn’t much info out there on Panos Cosmatos, but from the looks of the trailer for his directorial debut, he’s got a lot of style. Set in a dystopian 1983, the film “is a Reagan-era fever dream inspired by hazy childhood memories of midnight movies and Saturday morning cartoons.” Sign me up.

BLACKTHORN
Abre Los Ojos, Vanilla Sky and The Sea Inside screenwriter Mateo Gil’s second directorial feature stars Sam Shepard as an elder Butch Cassidy adventuring in 1920s Bolivia.

LAST NIGHT
Keira Knightley and Sam Worthington star in this New York City romantic drama that premieres at the fest before opening from Miramax on May 5th.

THE ROADIE
Michael Cuesta made a splash in 2001 with his controversial ultra indie L.I.E. which marked the arrival of Paul Dano and won both Cuesta and Dano Indie Spirits. Cuesta returns to features after much success directing for cable (Six Feet Under, Dexter, True Blood) with this film about a roadie returning home after 20 years touring with Blue Oyster Cult. The film stars Ron Eldard and co-stars new fave Bobby Cannavale (Win Win).

THE TRIP
Michael Winterbottom has compressed his 6 part BBC mini-series following Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon around the English countryside down to a more palatable 100 minute feature for us easily distracted yanks.

TREATMENT
Mumblecore stalwarts Sean Nelson and Steven Schardt team up to co-direct their first feature which is probably about some sort of mundane part of real life with an ironic twist (just guessing). The film co-stars mumblecore stalwarts Josh Leonard, Ross Partridge, Katie Aselton, and the not so stalwart John Hodgman.

Other festival circuit notables making a repeat performance at Tribeca include Vera Farmiga’s Higher Ground, and Brendan Gleeson and Don Cheadle Sundance fave The Guard.

Posted by enderzero at 6:13pm on Apr. 14, 2011    
Apr 12, 2011

A Very Late Wrap on SXSW’11

It’s been a number of weeks now since the yanks went back to New York City (say like the old Pace Picante commercials) and the streets of Austin have surely been turned back over to the masses of long horns lookin to hook it up by now. But that just gives us plenty of perspective to look back now at the films that caused a stir at the hippest fest of the year.


NATURAL SELECTION
Without a doubt, the big hit of the competition was old pal Robbie Pickering’s Rachael Harris starring middle-aged road tripper. The film picked up the awards for Best Narrative Feature, Best Editing, Best Score/Music, Best Screenplay, two Best Breakthrough Perfomrances, and the Audience Award for narrative feature. Jeeez. Huge congrats to Robbie! I can’t wait to see it.


ATTACK THE BLOCK
The other movie out of SXSW that I am most looking forward to seeing is Joe Cornish’s London hoodlum alien invasion comedy. Critics were in love with this midnighter and twitter has been awash with controversy on whether or not subtitles for the thick English accents will be necessary for us slow hearin American audiences.


DRAGONSLAYER
Tristan Patterson’s docu about some skateboarder kids in Fullerton, CA won both jury awards for Best Documentary and Best Cinematography. The trailer linked above definitely does look pretty.


CONAN O’BRIEN CAN’T STOP
Rodman Flender goes behind the scenes of Conan’s 32-city comedy tour to paint an intimate portrait of one of today’s most beloved celebrities. The film was picked up in a hybrid distribution deal by AT&T which will see it released later this year in some form of theatrical (Abramorama) & VOD/home video (Magnolia) as well as an obvious U-Verse exclusive run yet to be determined.


BEGINNERS
Ewan McGregor, Melanie Laurnet, and Christopher Plummer star in Mike Mills’s first narrative feature since 2005’s Thumbsucker. Focus bought the film at last year’s Toronto Fest and it is expected to hit theaters in limited release the first week of June.


DETENTION
Music video director Joseph Kahn’s feature debut is a teen slasher comedy that received mixed marks at the fest.


BELLFLOWER
Evan Glodell’s feature debut is a wild a ride through a post-apocalptic-ish southland that didn’t quite break through at Sundance but killed at Southby. The film was sold to Oscilloscope by the handsome team at CAA and should make its way to theaters in late summer.


ARMADILLO
Janus Metz’s Danish Afghan War Docu won the grand prize at last year’s Cannes International Critics’ Week and has been called by some the Danish Restrepo.


A MATTER OF TASTE
This competition docu takes a trip inside the haute cuisine kitchen of Paul Liebrandt as he struggles to regain his title of New York’s next hot chef.


THE SOUND OF MY VOICE
Brit Marling’s other Sundance film (as opposed to Another Earth) has gained a lot of popularity since that fest and that train hit SXSW at high speed. Directed by Zal Batmanglij, the film takes you into the crazy world of a San Fernando Valley cult.


BRIDESMAIDS
The of buzz over this Apatow produced Kristen Wiig maid-of-honor comedy was around whether it was indeed a “work in progress.” But when director Paul Feig (Freaks and Geeks) announced it was the final cut, the buzz switched to disappointment from the assembled critics that the film wouldn’t be getting any better. Look for it to be released by Universal on May 13.


THE INNKEEPERS
Ti West’s follow up to 2008’s The House of the Devil is a haunted inn comic-horror that Gabe Toro of The Playlist compared to Scooby Doo.


UNDEFEATED
This verite doc by Dan Lindsay and T.J. Martin focuses on an inner city Memphis high school football team as they attempt to win their first playoff game in 110 years. The movie was bought by the Weinstein Company.


FLY AWAY
A final quick shout for Janet Grillo’s competition film Fly Away. I couldn’t quite get through the trailer, but my boy Matty was the APOC so here it is.

There were also a whole host of festival holdovers that played as part of the Festival Favorites or other programs. Some notables included NYT Doc Page One: Inside the New York Times, Steve James’s Chicago crime doc The Interrupters, Oscar nom’d French-Canadian fave Incendies, and everyone’s favorite Rutger Hauer as a hobo film, Hobo with a Shotgun.

Posted by enderzero at 4:36pm on Apr. 12, 2011    

Hollerado’s Americanarama Video is Quite Clever

A little good ol human pixilation – with a few very ingenuitive twists – and executed to perfection. This video by Greg Jardin won the Jury Prize for Best Music Video at last month’s SXSW.

Posted by enderzero at 1:50pm on Apr. 12, 2011    
Mar 28, 2011

Games Over

Great game deaths mash up by BoingBoing. Love the Mad World score.

Thx Joel.

Posted by enderzero at 9:58am on Mar. 28, 2011    
Mar 24, 2011

Keira Knightley’s best role? Joe Wright’s new Coco Mademoiselle spot

Pride & Prejudice/Atonement director Joe Wright’s new spot for Chanel’s Coco Mademoiselle stars Keira Knightley as a sultry biker babe in what might just be her best role to date. Good timing as Wright is set to release his first action pic Hanna due out next month. Gotta love what Chanel is doing putting together big stars and big directors in their commercials. Hey if you’ve got the budget…

Posted by enderzero at 9:53am on Mar. 24, 2011    
Mar 16, 2011

Very Cool Film Art by Justin Van Genderen

Really digging this art by Justin Van Genderen. Other faves include his Metropolis poster, and Cosmonaut series.

Check out his Imagekind gallery and a lot more on his site and flickr.

thx Grant

Posted by enderzero at 10:54am on Mar. 16, 2011