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Obscuring the terrifically expressive and sometimes terrifying (“12 Years a Slave”) face of actor Michael Fassbender may seem like sacrilege, but that’s just what director Lenny Abrahamson (“What Richard Did”) does in “Frank,” a film that premiered atSundance but is—appropriately, for reasons that will be explained—also playing this week at South By Southwest. Screenwriters Jon Ronson (“The Men Who Stare at Goats”) and Peter Straughan (“Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy”) have expanded on a memoir by Ronson to create a wholly unique, comi-tragic portrait of one band’s evolution. Fassbender stars as the titular Frank, an offbeat pop musician who wears (all the time) a giant plastic head with big blue eyes and a slightly open mouth. Frank leads an American band with an unpronounceable name (the Soronprfbs) who play radically creative but (deliberately) off-putting music (read our review here). While touring the U.K., the band—including Clara (Maggie Gyllenhaal), Nana (real-life drummer. »
- Kristin McCracken
• Watch Michael Fassbender in the trailer for Frank here
• More SXSW reviews here
The music came from the drizzle. Witty songs of parochial eccentricity writ large and delivered from within a giant papier-mache head. Frank Sidebottom, the fantastically strange pop star created by the late comedian Chris Sievey, was odd in a uniquely British way. Lenny Abrahamson's Frank, based loosely on the experiences of his former keyboard player, Jon Ronson, makes the man in the mask American, but it reinvents the reality in line with Sievey's unpredictable spirit.
Michael Fassbender plays Frank from inside the mask. Domhnall Gleeson takes on the guise of Ronson. His character, Jon Burroughs, is a commuter-belt drone, dawdling over writing awful songs about surburbia, until he gets a call to come and play keyboards with Frank's band. »
- Henry Barnes
Title: Frank Directed By: Lenny Abrahamson Starring: Michael Fassbender, Domhnall Gleeson, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Scoot McNairy, François Civil, Carla Azar Screened at SXSW 2014 Frank is essentially a character with one sole, lifeless facial expression yet his journey comes with more vivacity, passion and poignancy than the large majority of performances that don’t require the actor to have a gigantic fake head covering his face. “Frank” focuses on Domhnall Gleeson’s Jon, a cubical dwelling button pusher during the week and an aspiring musician in his free time. Jon’s passionate about his craft and does have ability; he just can’t seem to tap into it enough to produce a decent song. When [ Read More ]
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- Perri Nemiroff
In Lenny Abrahamson’s lovely film ‘Frank,’ Jon (Domhnall Gleeson) is a would-be musician who works an office job by day. It’s possible that he doesn’t have that much talent. He struggles with trite lyrics in his head and with equally trite tunes on his keyboard. One day he happens to be on the beach at the right moment (“right” being relative, mind you) when the keyboardist for an eccentric pop band is attempting to drown himself. Thus Jon is invited to become the new keyboardist. He heads up to a bucolic Irish cottage to help record a new album with the band, which includes Don (Scoot McNairy), Clara (Maggie Gyllenhaal) and the mysterious if affable Frank (Michael Fassbender), who wears a gigantic, smiley helmet-mask over his face and apparently never takes it off.What seems like the opportunity of a lifetime turns out to be much different than that, »
- Beth Hanna
The first thing most people will hear about Frank is that Michael Fassbender is in it, wearing a giant papier-mâché head, so I might as well start there. After all, that’s the only part of the movie I was aware of before sitting down to watch it. Luckily for director Lenny Abrahamson, there’s a lot more going on than just that odd (but somehow perfect) casting choice. Though Fassbender will almost certainly be what reels audiences in, Frank is less about the actor’s performance and more about what the character, an enigmatic band leader who pulls brilliant lyrics out of thin air and demands nothing less than his own unique vision of musical perfection, represents.
Taken at face value (or mask value, in this case), Frank is the tortured artist, capable of producing great beauty but only out of terrible pain. A lonely childhood, social anxieties, you name it, »
- Isaac Feldberg
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
Michael Fassbender features in the first full trailer for upcoming comedy Frank.
Maggie Gyllenhaal and Domhnall Gleeson also star in the project, which is centred around the papier-mâché-headed character and journalist Jon Ronson, who briefly performed in Sidebottom's band in the 1980s.
Directed by Lenny Abrahamson, the film follows Jon (Gleeson), who joins eccentric band Soronprfbs, led by Frank.
Frank premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January, and will arrive at cinemas in the UK on May 2.
A young wannabe musician finds himself out of his depth when he joins an avant-garde pop band led by the mysterious and enigmatic Frank
Lenny Abrahamson directs an offbeat comedy about a young wannabe musician, Jon (Domhnall Gleeson), who finds himself out of his depth when he joins an avant-garde pop band led by the mysterious and enigmatic Frank (Michael Fassbender), a musical genius who hides himself inside a large fake head, and his terrifying bandmate Clara (Maggie Gyllenhaal).
A new trailer for director Lenny Abrahamson's (What Richard Did) upcoming comedy Frank has arrived online, which is based on the memoir by Joe Ronson (The Men Who Stare At Goats) and tells a fictional story loosely inspired by Frank Sidebottom, the alter ego of comedian Chris Sievey, who's played in the film by Michael Fassbender (if you're not familiar with Mr. Sidebottom, he's the one with the giant paper mache head). Take a look at the trailer below....
"Frank is an offbeat comedy a young wannabe musician, Jon (Domhnall Gleeson), who finds himself out of his depth when he joins an avant-garde pop band led by the mysterious and enigmatic Frank (Michael Fassbender), a musical genius who hides himself inside a large fake head, and his terrifying bandmate Clara (Maggie Gyllenhaal)."
Frank is set for release on May 2nd in the UK.
- Gary Collinson
The 33rd Istanbul Film Festival has unveiled its line-up of features including the 11 films that will go head-to-head in its international competition.
The competition titles include:
Frank, Lenny AbrahamsonMetalhead, Ragnar BragasonTracks, John CurranTom at the Farm, Xavier DolanMe, Myself and Mum, Guillaume GalliennePapusza, Joanna Kos, Krzysztof KrauzeThose Happy Years, Daniele LuchettiThe Reunion, Anna OdellTriptyque, Pedro Pires, Robert LepageViolette, Martin ProvostBlind, Eskil Vogt
The 10 titles in its Human Rights in Cinema Competition include:
Rags and Tatters, Ahmad AbdallaTransX Istanbul, Maria BinderMy Love Awaits Me by the Sea, Mais DarwazahAi Weiwei the Fake Case, Andreas JohnsenThe Voice of The Voiceless, Maximón MonihanThe Missing Picture, Rithy PanhLa Jaula de oro, Diego Quemada-DíezTangerines, Zaza UrushadzeThe Verdict, Jan VerheyenFor Those Who Can Tell No Tales, Jasmila Zbanic
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
The first trailer has arrived online for Lenny Abrahamson’s offbeat comedy, Frank, in which Michael Fassbender stars as an enigmatic musician who never removes his oversized model head. Loosely based upon the story of Frank Sidebottom, the new film looks genuinely hilarious, with Fassbender helping his bemused bandmates understand how he’s feeling by describing his facial expressions out loud. Newest member Domhnall Gleeson is the most perplexed by proceedings, but eve he has to admit that the man in the mask is hugely charismatic,...
- George Wales
Yep, it's that Sundance flick where Michael Fassbender wears a giant apier-mâché head. And by the looks of its first trailer Irish director Lenny Abrahamson's flick feels down right delightful if you ask me. Our own Jason Gorber reviewed the film and had this to say: All the ingredients are her for me to adore Frank. You've got a quirky premise surrounding a bunch of musical fun, a standout performance by one of the world's best actors, a mix of the somber and the slapstick all coming together with a bunch of memorable one-liners.Yet for all its pieces, I'm not sure Frank adds up to what it could have been. It comes close enough to being a masterpiece that it's a bit frustrating, its ending...
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Sundance 2014 had a loaded schedule of top notch films, Lenny Abrahamson’s pleasantly weird dark comedy Frank, among them. Frank is the story of Jon, played by Harry Potter alumn Domhnall Gleeson, a young songwriter brought into the fold of a quirky noise rock band called Soronprfbs, led by singer Frank (Michael Fassbender), who perpetually wears a giant papier-mâché head. Quirky and whimsical as he is, the talented Frank is saddled with some pretty heavy issues. Jon moves to Ireland to record an album with the band, posting rehearsal videos on social media, with the aim of getting Frank and his musical cohorts a spot at Austin’s South by Southwest. Check out the trailer below. Abrahamson’s film is a fictionalized portrayal of the late English musician and comedian Chris Sievey’s stage persona, Frank Sidebottom, co-written by Sievey’s bandmate Jon Ronson, who also penned the novel The Men Who Stare at Goats, which »
- Dustin Hucks
SXSW 2014 (March 7th – March 16th)
There’s a certain kind of energy that permeates the air when a festival rolls into town. Austin, already know for its eccentricities, is infused with an additional burst every March as South By Southwest (SXSW) gears up. With this year’s edition running from March 7th to March 16th, the annual festival celebrates all things creative from music to technology but most of all, film.
Walking around the vicinity of the Austin Convention Center, under the Texas sun, there’s a feeling of familiarity for returning festivalgoers, but mistake not. Past the familiar product lounges and food trucks around every single corner, there’s also a sense of anticipation.
- David Tran
It's odd how things come together. A while back there was news that Michael Fassbender was in a new black comedy where he plays the titular Frank, a musician who wears a head he never takes off. It seemed weird but it's a movie; strangeness is somewhat expected. So imagine my surprise while watching Filth (which, by the way, is very good) to come across the same head featured in Lenny Abrahamson's Frank. What the hell!?
Turns out Frank Sidebottom is really a thing, or more accurately, the persona of musician and comedian Christopher Mark Sievey. What, if anything, that has to do with Abrahamson's movie about a dude that wears a replica of Frank's head and leads a band on the brink of success is not clear but then, I don't need it to be. It's Michael Fassbender. Need I say [Continued ...] »
A really fun trailer has been released for Michael Fassbender's very odd new movie Frank. What's interesting about this is Fassbender is wearing a giant head through the whole movie. They took the biggest star of the film and covered up his face. I didn't get a chance to see the film when it was showing up at Sundance, but there seemed to be a good amount of positive buzz.
The offbeat looking comedy was directed by Lenny Abrahamson, and the story follows "a young wannabe musician, Jon (Domhnall Gleeson), who finds himself out of his depth when he joins an avant-garde pop band led by the mysterious and enigmatic Frank (Michael Fassbender), a musical genius who hides himself inside a large fake head, and his terrifying bandmate Clara (Maggie Gyllenhaal)."
- Joey Paur
Today we have the official trailer for the upcoming "Frank," which stars Michael Fassbender, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Domhnall Gleeson, and is loosely inspired by Frank Sidebottom, the persona of musician/comedian Chris Sievey. Check out the trailer below. Plot: The story is about a young wannabe musician, Jon (Gleeson), who discovers he's bitten off more than he can chew when he joins an eccentric pop band led by the mysterious and enigmatic Frank (Fassbender). The new movie is directed by Lenny Abrahamson. A release date has yet to be announced. Trailer: »
Michael Fassbender plays a musical genius who can’t seem to face life “face on” in the film Frank.
The offbeat comedy directed by Lenny Abrahamson premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and tells the story of the avant-garde pop band led by the mysterious and enigmatic Frank (Fassbender) as they travel to perform at the South by Southwest Festival in Texas. Domhnall Gleeson and Maggie Gyllenhaal star as Frank’s bandmates. The story, written by Jon Ronson (The Men Who Stare At Goats) and Peter Straughan (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), is loosely inspired by Frank Sidebottom, the »
- Jake Perlman
The legendary career of musician Frank Sidebottom (a.k.a. comedian Chris Sievey) is put on display in the first trailer for Frank. Although you can't tell just from watching the footage, Michael Fassbender stars as Frank Sidebottom, who became notorious for always wearing a paper mache head, years before Daft Punk gained notoriety for never revealing their faces. This dark comedy is loosely based on the memoirs written by Jon Ronson (Domhnall Gleeson), who joins Frank's eclectic band. Maggie Gyllenhaal and Scoot McNairy co-star in director Lenny Abrahamson's bizarre comedy, which doesn't have a domestic release date set at this time, but will debut in U.K. theaters May 9.
Frank comes to theaters in 2014 and stars Michael Fassbender, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Scoot McNairy, Domhnall Gleeson, Lauren Poole, Hayley Derryberry, Mark Huberman, Travis Hammer. The film is directed by Lenny Abrahamson. »
Michael Fassbender isn’t a name that many would associate with the comedy genre. The actor is best known for period dramas like 12 Years a Slave, A Dangerous Method and Jane Eyre, and even in more outlandish films (like X-Men: First Class) he tends to play fairly serious and straight-faced characters.
As the lead in Lenny Abrahamson’s offbeat indie comedy Frank, however, Fassbender’s face isn’t his face at all. The titular character is a strange but visionary musician called Frank, who wears a large papier-mâché head that he never takes off. Domhnall Gleeson (About Time) plays a young wannabe musician who joins Frank’s pop group and is taken under his wing in a very unconventional program of rehearsals and training.
The new trailer for Frank is pretty much the entire genre of indie movies crystallized ...
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- H. Shaw-Williams
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