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Amazing First Images From Koen Mortier's 22Nd Of May!

19 November 2009 6:23 AM, PST | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

Good news for fans of Ex Drummer and director Koen Mortier!  Today is the final shooting day on Mortier's sophomore feature, the terrorism-themed 22nd of May, which means a look at some footage cannot be far off.  But footage or no, director of photography Nicolas Karakatsanis has posted a generous collection of shots from the set on his personal blog and these are flat out stunning.  There are more to be found over here but I've gathered a collection of my favorites below. 

... While everything around him is burning, Sam tries his best to help. He drags a woman outside against her will. She is screaming, struggling to get back inside to save her child. But Sam is already back on the scene, trying to rescue other victims, all of them just as helpless as he is. They are strewn over the floor, covered in blood, their clothes shredded to pieces, »

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[Movie Review] Ex Drummer

16 February 2009 10:00 PM, PST | | See recent JustPressPlay news »

Originally reviewed as part of the San Francisco Independent Film Festival.

Brutal. This Belgium film has been compared to Trainspotting for its depiction of the unruly lives as of society’s dregs, but one look at it and you’ll see why it makes the Danny Boyle classic look like West Side Story. Ex Drummer is Trainspotting on a cocktail of cocaine and steroids. It’s savagely violent, explicitly offensive, politically incorrect and boasts humor as black as Satan’s morning coffee.

To say that the four protagonists are misfits would be a crime of neglect, since they are much more dangerous than that. Ex Drummer tells the forming of the ironically named punk band The Feminists, consisting of three handicapped social outcasts who recruit successful writer Dries to be their drummer. Dries agrees out of amusement and boredom, reasoning that his bandmates would provide interesting material for a story. »

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