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In today's roundup of goings on in the States and abroad, we gather previews and videos related to a Bill Morrison retrospective, Jon Ronson's documentary on the thousand or so sealed boxes Stanley Kubrick left behind, exhibitions of photographs by Chris Marker and Werner Herzog, a new Super 8 film by Steve McQueen, a series of Argentine cinema programmed by Matías Piñeiro, an exhibition about the artist known as Cameron, a muse for Kenneth Anger and Curtis Harrington, and a series of films by Satyajit Ray. » - David Hudson »
This year’s European Film Awards are officially out of the gates with a not so lean 50 film submissions to select from. The 27th edition collects titles that date back to last year’s Venice and Toronto Int. Film Festivals moving into Sundance-Rotterdam-Berlin and finally Cannes of ’14. Among the 31 European countries represented, we’ve got likes of the Palme d’Or winner Nuri Bilge Ceylan leading the huge pack of contenders including Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin and Pawel Pawlikowski’s Ida. Here’s the complete list of 50!:
Directed By: Milko Lazarov
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- Eric Lavallee
Written by Jon Ronson and Peter Straughan, Lenny Abrahamson's Frank (2014) is based on the memoir by Ronson himself. It's a fictional story loosely inspired by Frank Sidebottom, the persona of cult musician and comedy legend Chris Sievey, as well as other outsider musicians like Daniel Johnston and Captain Beefheart. To celebrate the home entertainment release of Frank this coming Monday (15 September), we've kindly been provided with Three DVD copies of Abrahamson's oddity to give away, courtesy of the hardworking team at indie cinema specialists Curzon Film World. This is an exclusive competition for our Facebook and Twitter fans, so if you haven't already, 'Like' us at facebook.com/CineVueUK or follow us @CineVue before answering the question below.
- CineVue UK
People over a certain age in the UK will always remember Frank Sidebottom, he was that right kind of odd to stick in your memory forever. This is one reason that seeing his papier-mâché head make an appearance in a film that really isn’t about him is a bit odd. In truth though Frank is a film that is kind of based on memories of Sidebottom and if anything Jon Ronson and Peter Straughan’s writing has captured the spirit of what Frank actually represented.
When Jon (Domhnall Gleeson) a wannabe musician finds himself playing keyboard in an eccentric band, he becomes infatuated with the enigmatic front man Frank (Michael Fassbender). His face hidden behind a papier-mâché head he wears Frank is the inspiration for »
- Paul Metcalf
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
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
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
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
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. »
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
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 »
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).
- Brian Brooks
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
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
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
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, ComingSoon.net 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. »
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. »
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
Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled: Dave, 10pm
"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
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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