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Most aspiring filmmakers who have sunk $400,000 of their own money into their first movie, and then have the chance to premiere it in a high-profile slot Sundance, do not want initial viewer reactions to be swift, violent and highly negative. They do not want reports that numerous audience members had walked, perhaps even ran, out of the theater in Park City during its first-ever showing, unwilling to tangle with some a movie that might be described "difficult," or "in-your-face," or "gross-as-fuck."
To be fair, however, most filmmakers are nothing like Steven Ellison, »
You know you’re in for something weird when the sight of Tim Heidecker, covered in boils, is the least-upsetting visual a new trailer has to offer. Such is the case for Kuso, the first film from Steven Ellison, a.k.a. rapper Flying Lotus. And while the trailer’s promo copy says it takes place in L.A., in the aftermath of a massive earthquake, in actual practice, it seems to be streaming straight out of someone’s Technicolor fever dream.
Honestly, we have no fucking clue what’s happening here; the trailer blends live-action, animation, and body horror into some sort of David Cronenberg-meets-Who Framed Roger Rabbit hybrid. Is George Clinton’s crazy-sounding doctor a good guy? Does that woman’s vagina have teeth? Can this movie congeal into something more than 90 minutes of out-there imagery and screaming? Hopefully, we’ll have a better idea when »
- William Hughes
"I survived, and I can barely believe it." Shudder has debuted a new trailer for the trippy new film made by musician Flying Lotus, making his feature directorial debut. Kuso is about a few events that occur after an earthquake destroys Los Angeles. The story is told through various discarded televisions and a number of quirky characters still left alive. It's described as having hallucinations that are "half-Cronenberg, half-Ren & Stimpy", though even that may not properly sum up the film. I heard nothing but weird things about this, as it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and seems to be an acquired taste, definitely not for everyone. The cast includes Hannibal Buress, Anders Holm, Tim Heidecker, as well as funk legend George Clinton, among others. It's a good trailer with all the crazy quotes, but I don't think I'll be seeing this film. Here's the official trailer (+ poster) for Flying Lotus' film Kuso, »
- Alex Billington
The sobriquet Sundance Movie conjures up some familiar elements: low budgets, a blend of drama and comedy, and usually some kind of predictably mapped out catharsis. However, when electronic musician Flying Lotus landed in Park City this year with “Kuso,” his film was genuinely uncategorizable. Weird, surreal, and gross, the movie prompted lots of raised eyebrows and walkouts, but has sustained as a must-see future midnight classic.
Featuring Hannibal Buress, Anders Holm, Tim Heidecker, and funk legend George Clinton, the plot, such as it is, looks at the lives at a bunch of twisted citizens in Los Angeles, but, really, “Kuso” is something you experience.
- Kevin Jagernauth
Brainfeeder Films earthquake story to launch in July.
The film will open day-and-date theatrically in Los Angeles and New York on July 21 and run on Shudder’s thriller, suspense and horror video streaming service.
Hannibal Buress, Anders Holm, Tim Heidecker and funk musician George Clinton are among the cast as Kuso recounts survival stories through a network of television screens in what the filmmakers describe as a hallucination-like effect. Eddie Alcazar served as producer.
Shudder’s previous acquisitions include Alice Lowe’s Prevenge. “Kuso pushes the boundaries of filmmaking and we’re delighted to be working with Steve on this highly unique film, as Shudder continues its commitment to bringing new and innovative programming to its »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
“Kuso” will be available on the Shudder suspense-horror streaming service and play theatrically in New York and Los Angeles from July 21.
“Kuso” marks the feature directorial debut from Steve, the filmmaking alter-ego of Steve Ellison, better known as music producer, DJ and rapper Flying Lotus. He’s released five studio albums and received two Grammy nominations including one for his work on Kendrick Lamar’s “To Pimp A Butterfly.”
“Kuso” depicts the aftermath of Los Angeles’s worst earthquake nightmare through music, special effects and animation to take a look at the dark history of America. The film is produced by Eddie Alcazar, and features Hannibal Buress, Anders Holm, Tim Heidecker and funk musician George Clinton. It includes an original »
- Dave McNary
As the June 9 release date for the long-promised deluxe reissue of Prince’s “Purple Rain” album approaches, the tracklist for the bonus discs has leaked, thanks to an enterprising soul calling themselves “The Violet Reality” who was tipped off that the songs had been registered and tracked down the Isrc codes.
A rep for Warner Bros., which is releasing the album, had not responded to Variety’s request for comment or confirmation. However, a source close to the situation confirmed the tracklist’s general accuracy.
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The first disc is presumably the original album, while the second contains edits, extended versions and B-sides from the five singles released from the album; the extended versions have long been out of circulation. The third disc — the really interesting one — contains all previously unreleased material from the era. Many of those songs have long been »
- Jem Aswad
Keep up with the wild and wooly world of indie film acquisitions with our weekly Rundown of everything that’s been picked up around the globe. Check out last week’s Rundown here.
– Kino Lorber has acquired the North American rights to Bill Morrison’s “Dawson City: Frozen Time,” about the true history of a collection of 533 reels of film (representing 372 titles) dating from the 1910s to 1920s, which were lost for over 50 years until being discovered buried in a sub-arctic swimming pool deep in the Yukon Territory. The film tells the unique history of a Canadian gold rush town and how cinema, capitalism and history intersect.
“Dawson City” had its world premiere at the 73rd Venice Film Festival and North American premiere at 2016 New York Film Festival. The film also played at the BFI/London Film Festival and the 2017 Rotterdam International Film Festival, and screened Thursday at the TCM »
- Graham Winfrey
The film centers on the role of Native Americans in contemporary music, featuring some of the greatest music stars of our time. “Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World” had its world premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, where it won the festival’s world cinema documentary special jury award for masterful storytelling.
Joe Leydon gave the film a strong review for Variety: “Although its reach occasionally exceeds its grasp, Catherine Bainbridge’s ‘Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World’ earns respect as much for its achievement as its ambition, while offering a celebratory examination of the often-underappreciated role played in the development of American popular music by singers, musicians, and songwriters of Native American ancestry.”
- Dave McNary
Nearly every year at the Sundance film festival, some out-there entry ekes a modicum of press attention from reports that viewers fainted, barfed, or walked out en masse. This year, that film would be Midnight selection “Kuso,” though so far the drama hasn’t escalated beyond walkouts (an apparent sizable minority at public screenings, a majority at the press screening attended). Instead of deterring everyone, such notoriety inevitably whets the appetite of people who 50 years ago would have been lining up for their 10th viewing of “Mondo Cane” — the sort of audiences forever on the lookout for something weirder or more extreme to make them go, “Ewwwww!”
Those viewers, as well as some among the habitually-stoned, will constitute the primary fans of this first feature by “Steve,” aka Steve Ellison, better known as electronic musician, producer, and deejay Flying Lotus. Everybody else is going to want to take a wide »
- Dennis Harvey
The midnight screening of “Kuso” was not well received by some Sundance Film Festival attendees.
Audience members began walking out of the theater after just “10 minutes of boil-bursting, pus-oozing revulsion,” according to Variety reporters.
Chris Plante, a reporter for The Verge, chronicled the exodus:
“I’ll start with the footage of an erect penis being stabbed. As with most footage of an erect penis being violently gored by a long steel rod, it’s certainly unexpected. A large chunk of the audience left my screening early, when a boil-covered woman choked a man with a strap until he covered half her face with semen that looked like a muted version of Nickelodeon slime. But the walk-outs continued in a consistent stream up to the final scene. Some gross-out films are one-note, but ‘Kuso’ finds new ways to test viewers’ fortitude. Some folks stuck around after a woman chewed on concrete until her teeth disintegrated, »
- Lawrence Yee
More than a dozen people walked out of a screening of Flying Lotus’ “Kuso” at the Sundance Film Festival, Pitchfork reports. The feature debut for the musician, whose real name is Steve Ellison, “Kuso” is a psychedelic dream movie set in Los Angeles after a devastating earthquake. The film premiered last Saturday in Sundance’s Midnight section.
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“Kuso’s” grotesque humor and trippy animated sequences proved to be too much for certain audience members at Sundance. Still, Lotus tweeted that the amount of people who left the screening was not significant given how many people were in attendance.
It was only like 20 people out of like 400 who walked out. Wasn’t as dramatic as they make it out to be. I tried to warn folks. https://t.co/j3GTtO906o
— Flylo (@flyinglotus) January 26, 2017
- Graham Winfrey
After an earthquake shakes up the lives of Los Angeles residents, things get strange and surreal for survivors in the official, Nsfw trailer for Kuso, the new film from Steven Ellison, aka Flying Lotus, that will have its world premiere at Sundance.
Synopsis: “Broadcasting through a makeshift network of discarded televisions, this story is tangled up in the aftermath of Los Angeles’s worst earthquake nightmare. Travel between screens and aftershocks into the twisted lives of the survived.”
Kuso makes its world premiere on Saturday, January 21st at the Sundance Film Festival. Stay tuned to Daily Dead for our live Sundance coverage from Park City, and click here to see when and where Kuso will be screening at the fest.
The post Sundance 2017: Eerie Aftermath of »
- Derek Anderson
It was just last week that Screen Anarchy premiered the poster for Sundance selected bit of weirdness Kuso, noting at the time that the imagery was - to put it mildly - a little bit odd. Well, you aint seen nuthin' until you've seen the trailer. Directed by Steven Ellison - credited here simply as steve but better known in musical circles as Flying Lotus - and starring Hannibal Buress, George Clinton, Anders Holm, Tim Heidecker, and Zach Fox (aka Bootymath), Sundance describes it like this: Broadcasting through a makeshift network of discarded televisions, this story is tangled up in the aftermath of Los Angeles's worst earthquake nightmare. Travel between screens and aftershocks into the twisted lives of the survived. This does not prepare you...
[Read the whole post on screenanarchy.com...] »
Last year, filmmaker Eddie Alcazar and musician Flying Lotus, also known as Steve Ellison, screened their short film “Fuckkkyouuu” at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. Now, the experimental artist is returning to Park City to debut his feature film, “Kuso,” a bizarre and trippy tale starring George Clinton.
Ahead of its Sundance premiere, taking place on January 21, Deadline has shared the first trailer, in which “unbridled imaginations plunge the audience into a magical mix of filth-covered fables and hypnotic animations to reveal a film rotting from the inside out.”
Co-written by David Firth and Zach Fox, the “mind-altering freakshow” follows a group of survivors after a devastating earthquake hits Los Angeles. The trailer is nothing short of strange and psychedelic, something that Flying Lotus fans can appreciate.
The film also features performances by Hannibal Buress, »
- Liz Calvario
Exclusive: When you have the iconic George Clinton in your feature directorial debut, you know the movie is going to get funky and surreal – and Kuso surely does that, as this mind-bending trailer above reveals. Premiering on January 21 in the Sundance Film Festival's Midnight slate, Kuso goes deep and vividly into the aftermath of a devastating earthquake that hits L.A. But that's just where the fever dream movie from Steve Ellison and Brainfeeder Films starts. The… »
16 items from 2017
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