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'Frank' (2014) Movie Review

22 August 2014 10:10 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

I guess I can accept the the official plot synopsis description of Frank, calling it "wildly quirky", but I absolutely cannot find the subsequent "comedy" added to that description within this film's short running time. I also see where the film wants to question the clash of popularity and eccentricity, the question of whether or not something can be appreciated by the masses as a curiosity alone or must it conform to general norms, thus losing its soul, before it can be wholly acceptedc However, I'd just rather read that last sentence and discuss it than watch a bunch of people make nonsense music and bad decisions, which is pretty much all Lenny Abrahamson's Frank was to me. Written by Jon Ronson (The Men Who Stare at Goats) and Peter Straughan (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), Frank could first and foremost be looked at as a loving tribute to the »

- Brad Brevet

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Frank Movie Review

18 August 2014 12:01 AM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Frank Magnolia Pictures Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes Grade:  B Director:  Lenny Abramson Screenplay:  Jon Ronson, Peter Straughan, based on Jon Ronson’s original newspaper article Cast:  Michael Fassbender, Domhnall Gleeson, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Scoot McNairy, François Civil Screened at:    Review 2, NYC, 6/9/14 Opens:  August 22, 2014 Here in New York, the city with the world’s most diverse population, you’re lucky if one day passes without your spotting at least one crazy out of our seven million people.  But I’ve never seen a guy wearing a large plaster mask covering his entire face, hair painted on top, fitted so he is unable to take solid nourishment.   [ Read More ]

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- Harvey Karten

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Frank is a high concept, heartrending film

16 August 2014 9:36 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »


Directed by Leonard Abrahamson

United Kingdom, 2014

The pitch for Frank sounds like it might fall somewhere between Rubber and Kevin Smith’s upcoming Tusk: films that seem predicated on a dare, a bet, a drunken night. But Frank is a high concept film masquerading as low concept.

Jon (Domhnall Gleeson) is a middle-class, It-by-day, aspiring musician who blames his inability to write compelling lyrics on his lack of a dark, crippling past. He lucks into a gig as a keyboardist for a band headed by the charismatic but enigmatic Frank (Michael Fassbender) – a vocalist who wears a giant paper maché head at all times – and enters a mysterious, sometimes dangerous, world of musician dynamics.

Frank is hard to categorize. To call it a drama feels cheap: that or “independent” so often the label for the unlabelable. It’s funny but it isn’t a comedy; it’s dark »

- Neal Dhand

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Review: Michael Fassbender's performance anchors the eccentric 'Frank'

15 August 2014 4:45 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

It's safe to say that I won't see anything else like "Frank" this year, because I don't think there's a chance anyone's going to make anything else like "Frank" this year. Written by Jon Ronson and Peter Straughan, who previously collaborated on the adaptation of Ronson's book "The Men Who Stared At Goats," this is the story of an ambitious young musician named Jon (Domhnall Gleeson) who is struggling to define his own voice as a songwriter. He crosses paths with Soronprfbs, a very strange band as he watches their keyboardist try to drown himself, and thanks to that meltdown, Jon is given a chance to play with them. What he doesn't realize until he gets to the run-through is that their lead singer, Frank (Michael Fassbender), performs wearing a giant sculpted head. More than that, though, he wears it everywhere, all the time. No one in the band says »

- Drew McWeeny

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15 August 2014 8:10 AM, PDT | | See recent Rolling Stone news »

The droll wit and formal daring of Frank start with the casting. Michael Fassbender has been an X-Man, a gladiator (300), a sex addict (Shame) and an Oscar nominee (12 Years a Slave). Also a hottie, whose posters get drooled over on dorm walls. So why cast Fassbender as a cult-music icon in the title role in Frank and then ask the swoony bugger to cover his head in plastic for 99 percent of the movie?

Don't ask. I'll tell. Because the role is the kind of risk the reliably ballsy Fassbender likes to take. »

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Uncomfortable truths pierce through the mask of ‘Frank’

14 August 2014 9:01 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »


Written by Jon Ronson and Peter Straughan

Directed by Lenny Abrahamson (as Leonard Abrahamson)

UK/Ireland, 2014

The look of Frank’s title character is based on English musician and comedian Chris Sievey’s guise Frank Sidebottom, very much a cult figure in the UK during the 1980s and 90s but virtually unknown outside of the island. (International audiences may recently have got a glimpse of the late Sievey’s material as Sidebottom in one memorable sequence of Filth.) Lenny Abrahamson’s film, however, is not the story of Frank Sidebottom, with co-writer Jon Ronson instead taking inspiration from his own time as a keyboardist for Sievey in order to explore fictional territory.

Ronson’s fictional stand-in in Frank is, appropriately enough, named Jon, and is played by Domnhall Gleeson. He is a small-town office stooge who dreams of escaping his humdrum life with musical pursuits, despite an apparent lack »

- Josh Slater-Williams

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'Frank' TV Spot Starring Michael Fassbender | Exclusive

14 August 2014 7:09 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The peculiar life of musician Frank Sidebottom comes to life on the big screen this weekend with the new indie comedy Frank. To help get fans ready for this unique experience, we have an exclusive TV spot which shows some of the nation's critics offering big praise for director Lenny Abrahamson's adaptation of Jon Ronson's book.

Although you can hardly tell from the footage, Michael Fassbender stars as the title character, an eccentric music genius whose identity is concealed by a massive paper mache head that he wears at all times. Domhnall Gleeson, who also stars in next year's highly-anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII, plays a young musician who joins Frank's band. Take a look at the new footage before Frank opens in limited release August 15.

Frank is a comedy about a young wannabe musician, Jon, who discovers he's bitten off more than he can chew when he »

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Specialty Box Office Preview: ‘The Trip To Italy’, ‘Frank’, ‘Jealousy’, ‘Life After Beth’, ‘Fort McCoy’

14 August 2014 6:29 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

In this weekend’s specialty box-office debuts, IFC Films hopes to replicate the critical and commercial success of Michael Winterbottom’s first amusing little travelogue/talker of a feature, The Trip, with a semi-sequel, The Trip To Italy. The second Trip again stars Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon; the entertainingly garrulous pair on yet another jaunt across restaurants, countryside and philosophy. The latest Trip will bow in NYC and La this weekend after a successful Australian run earlier this summer (or their winter).

Frank, a British-Irish-American drama from Magnolia Pictures featuring Michael Fassbender that had runs at Sundance and SXSW, bows in only one U.S. theater this weekend. Frank centers on an eccentric band, giving Fassy fans a chance to hear the Oscar-nominated actor sing, albeit from behind a mask (he’s not bad, actually).

Other notable new films include Philippe Garrel‘s Jealousy, which Distrib Films will expand »

- Brian Brooks

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Michael Fassbender, Domhnall Gleeson, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Lenny Abrahamson and Jon Ronson Talk Frank, Frank Sidebottom, Masks and More

14 August 2014 4:21 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

When you cast Michael Fassbender as your title character, the last thing you’d probably think to do is put a giant mask over his head so you can’t see his face throughout the film, but that’s exactly what director Lenny Abrahamson chose to do in his latest, Frank, and it pays off quite well.  Domhnall Gleeson plays Jon, a guy who takes a risk and follows his dream of becoming a musician only to wind up in a remote cabin with an eccentric band called the Soronprfbs, led by a guy who sings with a mask on and never takes it off – ever. With Frank making its way into theaters for an April 15th limited release, Abrahamson, Fassbender, Gleeson, Maggie Gyllenhaal and writer Jon Ronson all sat down for a press conference to discuss the unusual music featured in the film, performing with that head on, the »

- Perri Nemiroff

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‘Frank’ Review: More Than Just Michael Fassbender Wearing a Giant Fake Head

14 August 2014 7:50 AM, PDT | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Frank is full blown indie quirk. That heightened sensibility is often insufferable to sit through, but what makes potentially grating quirks work is what director Lenny Abrahamson and screenwriters Jon Ronson and Peter Straughan say with each of the film’s eccentricities. While certain oddities may appear fun and harmless at the start, they turn into real pain by the end. Our eyes and ears in Frank is Jon (Domhnall Gleeson), a young musician who may not have the talent to make a career out of it. He dreams of making it big, so when he’s asked to play the keyboard for the band Soronprfbs, he jumps at the chance. No money is involved, just the chance to play music with a group Jon thinks could be the next big thing. The problem is, Soronprbs is made up of a group of unreliable hipsters, led by the charming, kind, and »

- Jack Giroux

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Kenny’s Five Best and Worst Films of Fantasia 2014

13 August 2014 5:52 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Covering Fantasia for the first time was a hectic, enjoyable experience.  They give you a badge with your name on it and everything.  However, as for this year’s lineup, I have a little trouble being enthusiastic.  With some major exceptions like Guardians of Galaxy, not listed here only because it’s appearance at the Festival seemed more coincidental than prestigious, a lot of the hyped up releases played weakly.  Also, I’ve been no stranger to openly criticizing Fantasia audiences as a whole, more than willing to behave as sheep (or, in this case, cats) and applaud even the weakest of films due to a genre-note or laugh –however unintentional.  So I found respite in some of the quieter films, and maybe a few major ones. No matter; Here are five things that truly deserve to gain wider audiences.

The Top Five Films of Fantasia

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- Kenny Hedges

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Exclusive: Domhnall Gleeson Says What He Can About Star Wars: Episode VII

7 August 2014 3:05 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Right now, everyone wants to know whatever they can find out about J.J. Abrams' Star Wars Episode VII, currently shooting at London's Pinewood Studios, a project so veiled in secrecy that it makes journalists even more eager to ask the cast about it, fully knowing the results.

While interviewing actor Domnhall Gleeson (About Time) for Jon Ronson and Lenny Abrahamson's semi-autobiographical Frank, their tribute to avant-garde British comedian and musician Frank Sidebottom, tried to throw in a few innocent questions about "Star Wars" in hopes Gleeson might crack under the pressure of keeping it all a secret. It didn't really work although the resulting conversation was kind of fun. »

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Michael Fassbender Is a Music Guru in Second 'Frank' Trailer

20 June 2014 12:10 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Following the first trailer that debuted in March, Magnolia Pictures has released the second trailer and two new posters for the upcoming comedy Frank. Based on the life of musician Frank Sidebottom (a.k.a. Chris Sievey), and the biography written by Jon Ronson, Frank explores the life of the enigmatic title character (Michael Fassbender), who never takes off his mask, and the young musician (Domhnall Gleeson) who joins the band. Maggie Gyllenhaal and Scoot McNairy co-star in director Lenny Abrahamson's comedy, arriving in theaters August 15.

Frank is a comedy about a young wannabe musician, Jon, who discovers he's bitten off more than he can chew when he joins a band of eccentric pop musicians led by the mysterious and enigmatic Frank and his terrifying sidekick, Clara. Frank's uniqueness lies in the fact that he makes music purely for the joy of creating...and because he wears a giant fake head. »

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What to Watch: Tonight's TV Picks - Game of Thrones, Made in Chelsea

16 June 2014 6:58 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Tigers About the House: BBC Two, 8pm

The first in a three-part documentary that follows zookeeper Giles Clark as he raises Sumatran tiger cubs for the first four months of their lives.

Tonights episode gives an insight into the care that goes into keeping this endangered species alive during their first few weeks.

Game of Thrones: Sky Atlantic, 9pm

In tonight's season finale, an arrival from north of the Wall shakes things up.

Meanwhile, Daenerys faces up to reality, and Bran learns more of what his future holds.

Made in Chelsea: E4, 9pm

Series seven draws to a close tonight with Binky and Alex giving their relationship one last try, much to the displeasure of their friends.

Elsewhere, Louise snogs Fordy and Stephanie goes back to L.A, leaving Stevie heartbroken.

Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled: Dave, 10pm

Qi panellist Alan Davies launches his new comedy chat show tonight, »

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Instead of Ranting About 'Anti-Social' Media, Check Out This Interactive Documentary 'Seven Digital Deadly Sins'

9 June 2014 9:12 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

"I hate that my friend always looks so good in her Instagram photos."  "Facebook elevates social nicety to an art form."  "As soon as you hit 1,000 likes or views, it grips you - it's become something more."  If any of this sounds kind of familiar, you'll really enjoy watching a couple of comics and filmmakers commenting on the fakability of Facebook, the laziness of online dating, what happens when Twitter becomes your boyfriend, and the habit of Instagraming food.  The Nfb and the Guardian launched "The Seven Digital Deadly Sins," an interactive documentary divided into a clickable map of the seven deadly sins, with brief activities and articles grouped topically according to sin (Lust, Sloth, Wrath, Pride, Gluttony, Greed, and Envy). The doc features appearances from singer-songwriter Billy Bragg, comic Mary Walsh, novelist Gary Shteyngart, comic Josie Long, Bill Bailey, writer and filmmaker Jon Ronson and comic Ophira Eisenberg.  Here's an. »

- Taylor Lindsay

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Jon Ronson: 'I looked for UFOs with Robbie in Snoop Dogg's plane'

4 June 2014 12:02 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Jon Ronson has described his experience of UFO hunting in Nevada… with Robbie Williams… in Snoop Dogg's plane.

The journalist and documentary maker ended up UFO-watching with the Swings Both Ways singer in the middle of the Nevada desert.

How did it all come about? Watch the video below:

Ronson discussed the events on Alan Davies' new show As Yet Untitled, which comes to Dave on Monday, June 16 at 10pm.

Williams has previously confessed that it was an obsession with UFOs that made him "weird and fat", after the demands of his music career took their toll.

"I got a bit burnt out and I was looking for something else. I thought that something else was making documentaries about UFOs," he explained.

"But that wasn't going to work out for me. It just made me weird and - at the time - fat. Weird and fat, looking at UFOs. »

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‘Frank’ Review

12 May 2014 9:41 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Michael Fassbender, Domnhall Gleeson, Scoot Mcnairy, Maggie GyllenhaalTess Harper, Hayley Derryberry, Mark Huberman | Written by Jon Ronson, Peter Straughan | Directed by Lenny Abrahamson

Frank, the latest film from the supremely promising Lenny Abrahamson, is perhaps one of the most passive-aggressive films ever made. A film which brings people in with the promise of Michael Fassbender only to have him wear a giant Frank Sidebottom head throughout. A film which seems to have been given permissions and access by the oh-so-hip SXSW festival and the titan of social media, Twitter, only to have the film acidically mock and berate those who attend and use them respectively. A film that casts the likeable Domnhall Gleeson as our narrator through its crazy journey only to have him succumb to ever higher levels of being an awful human being, albeit one who feels like he could be just like many members of the audience (hey, »

- Ian Loring

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Frank Review

10 May 2014 2:17 AM, PDT | | See recent TheMovieBit news »

Don’t forget you can listen to our exclusive interview with Frank’s director, Lenny Abrahamson by clicking here When last we saw director Lenny Abrahamson, he brought us the powerful and harrowing What Richard Did. For his latest film, he has taken a much different tack, delivering the wonderfully offbeat and whimsical Frank. Partly inspired by comedian Chris Sievey's creation, Frank Sidebottom (co-written by Jon Ronson, former member of Sievey's band), the movie takes us into the strange world of Frank (Michael Fassbender), an eccentric musical genius, clad in giant paper mache head he refuses to take off. Jon (Domhnall Gleeson), an unhappy office drone with a strong interest in music, is our guide through this world, having been invited to play keyboard for Frank's band, 'Soronprfbs', after witnessing the former keyboard player attempt to drown himself. What follows is a beautifully weird, sometimes dark, and always absorbing »

- (Tom White)

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Frank Movie Review, Trailer, Pictures & News

9 May 2014 6:02 AM, PDT | Sky Movies | See recent Sky Movies news »

Writer Jon Ronson (The Men Who Stare At Goats) draws on his experience as keyboard player for off-the-wall Mancunian frontman Frank Sidebottom in this bittersweet comedy. Michael Fassbender plays the eccentric Frank, a mentally ill loner who constantly hides behind an expressionless papier-mache mask at all times. Lending support are Maggie Gyllenhaal as a bitchy fellow band-member while Ronson's part is played by Domhnall Gleeson, who provides the wry commentary on Frank's descent into despair. »

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Frank, The Canyons, The Wind Rises and Next Goal Wins The Guardian Film Show video reviews

9 May 2014 1:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Andrew Pulver and Peter Bradshaw join Xan Brooks for our weekly round-up of cinema releases. This week the team get in tune with Frank, a comedy inspired by Jon Ronson's experience touring with Frank Sidebottom; head for the depths of Hollywood satire The Canyons; take to the skies with Hayao Miyazaki's final film The Wind Rises; and cheer for the biggest underdog as the world's worst football team strive for victory in Next Goal Wins. Plus, interviews with Frank star Domhnall Gleeson and writer Jon Ronson

Want to blank Frank? Listen to the audio-only version of this week's show

Watch the full-length Frank interviews Continue reading »

- Xan Brooks, Peter Bradshaw, Andrew Pulver, Henry Barnes, Richard Sprenger and Thibaut Remy

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