7 items from 2016
Skrillex and French producer and filmmaker Mr. Oizo have teamed up for a new collaboration, delivering a bouncy single titled “End Of The World.”
“End Of The World” features a unique post-garage sound, kicking off with shuffling breakbeats, stuttering vocal samples and offbeat synth stabs. After a brief introduction, the beat drops out and a retro chord progression takes over while a distorted voice provides the apocalyptic themes referenced in the title. Moving into the drops, plucky bass slaps carve out a persistent rhythm over jangling percussion elements.
Skrillex and Mr. Oizo try some new things on “End Of The World” and while the unique production points are largely serviceable, the drops wind up feeling a bit underwhelming with their use of simple bass riffs and drum loops. “End Of The World” serves as the first single for Mr. Oizo’s upcoming album All Wet, which is set to be »
- Connor Jones
Daniel Radcliffe is a dead body that gives life in the infinitely strange and terminally unsatisfying “Swiss Army Man.” The feature directorial debut from inventive and successful music video directors the Daniels (real names: Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert) teams Radcliffe with Paul Dano. It edges into the non-sequitur weirdness of Quentin Dupieux (“Rubber,” “Wrong“) […]
- Russ Fischer
“Let Me Make You a Martyr” follows Larry Glass (Mark Boone Junior), an abusive father, drug dealer, and pimp who hires hit man Pope (Marilyn Manson) to kill his rebellious adopted son Drew (Niko Nicotera) and his lover and adopted sister June Glass (Sam Quartin). The film also stars Michael Potts (“Conspiracy Theory”), Slaine (“The Town”), William Lee Scott (“Pearl Harbor’), Michael Shamus Wiles (“Fight Club”), and more. Watch the exclusive new trailer above.
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Marilyn Manson is best known as the frontman of the Marilyn Manson band, whose music garnered much controversy from politicians and the public for their nihilistic lyrics, graphic imagery, and provocative statements. Manson got tied up in the aftermath of the deadly Columbine shooting when he was blamed by politicians and the media for inciting the violence with his music. Manson has appeared in many films including David Lynch’s “Lost Highway,” Michael Moore’s “Bowling For Columbine,” in which he discussed the media’s interest in scapegoating rather than focusing on broader societal issues, and a recurring role on FX’s “Sons of Anarchy.”
Mark Boone Junior is best known for his role on “Sons of Anarchy,” along with his performances in Christopher Nolan’s “Memento” and “Batman Begins,” Terrence Malick’s “The Thin Red Line,” and David Fincher’s “Seven.” He will soon appear in Nate Parker’s “The Birth of a Nation,” about Nat Turner, the leader of a slave rebellion in Southampton County, Virginia in 1831.
“Let Me Make You a Martyr” will premiere at Fantasia Film Festival in Montreal next month. Manson will be in attendance.
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- Vikram Murthi
Grease is the Word: Hosking’s Repellant Debut Revels in Grotesque
There’s a certain insane glee lurking within Jim Hosking’s directorial debut, The Greasy Strangler, a film set to confuse, irritate, or dismay audiences outside of a select few masochists who prefer to be repulsed by their cinema. Basically, it’s a tale about a very bizarre, dysfunctional father and son living in an unfashionable swath of Los Angeles, bitching and moaning at each other about greasy food and the women unlucky or foolhardy enough to walk into their disgusting little universe. And, oh yeah, one of them may be the man wandering around the city dipped in used cooking grease murdering people. Though this sounds like it has a certain amount of potential, all expectations are bashed into the trash heap with endlessly repetitive, highly objectionable visuals. Salacious sequences exist merely to prove the filmmaker’s staunch »
- Nicholas Bell
Daniel Radcliffe is a dead body that gives life in the infinitely strange and terminally unsatisfying "Swiss Army Man." The feature directorial debut from inventive and successful music video directors the Daniels (real names: Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert) teams Radcliffe with Paul Dano. It edges into the non-sequitur weirdness of Quentin Dupieux ("Rubber," "Wrong") and the fantastical romantic yearning of Michel Gondry ("Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind") but doesn't persuasively mint a uniquely "Daniels" brand of oddity. "Swiss Army Man" is a big swing — there's no denying the risk in putting two well-known actors in a film where one plays a barely-mobile corpse — but also a big whiff that rarely connects its characters and situations to humor or empathy. Read More: Sundance Exclusive: Photos Of 'Swiss Army Man' Starring Paul Dano, Daniel Radcliffe, And Mary Elizabeth Winstead Dano »
- Russ Fischer
Despite the initial anticipation or dismay for every annual major film festival line-up, Sundance remains an inherent conjurer of new breakout talent. Though we prefer the more daring, provocative features which tend to filter through the increasingly visible Next section (last year items like James White, Tangerine, and Nasty Baby premiered there first), Sundance returns with a surprising auteur heavy Premieres section (usually the fest’s weakest line-up), featuring names like Kelly Reichardt, Whit Stillman, Anne Fontaine, Ira Sachs, and Kenneth Lonergan, among others. And that’s just the most superficial layer of what promises to be a notable year. Here are five of my most anticipated items this year, each from a different program. [Follow Nicholas Bell during Sundance on twitter/instagram]
- Nicholas Bell
Paris– Realitism Film is on board to produce Hubert Woroniecki’s “Casablancas – The Man Who Loved Women,” a hybrid documentary feature portraying the glamorous and colorful life of John Casablancas, the New York-born creator of the Elite modeling agency.
Budgeted at $800,000 and sold by Films Distribution, the docu is narrated by Casablancas based on an interview which he gave to Woroniecki two years before passing in 2013. The doc weaves exclusive archive stills from Casablancas’ life, footage from TV interviews and animation.
Casablancas launched the careers of such supermodels as Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford and Claudia Schiffer, Linda Evangelista and Kate Moss. Through the Elite agency, Casablancas turned these models into pop culture icons.
Diane Jassem, Christine Ponelle and Grégory Bernard are producing at Paris-based Realitism Film, the shingle behind Rodolphe Marconi’s “Lagerfeld Confidentiel” which played in Berlin in 2007 and Quentin Dupieux’s movies such as “Wrong Cops” and “Realité. »
- Elsa Keslassy
7 items from 2016
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