Named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film” in the summer of 2007, no filmmaker has stuck to his guns like Calvin Lee Reeder. Embodying everything that makes Independent filmmaking dangerous and boundary pushing, Reeders’ short films and features dare audiences to think in a way mainstream cinema will never achieve, and his latest film The Rambler is absolutely no different. Delving into something full of mummies, gore, dark humor, and an endless journey, Reeder will no doubt challenge viewers to interpret the actions on screen in their own way, leaving a highly ambitious story completely up for full dissection.
I recently had the chance to chat with writer/actor/director Calvin Lee Reeder, and the result was an extremely honest dialogue about the inner workings of Independent cinema and how less and less filmmakers are willing to take that gamble on a surreal cinematic experience that explores the unknown. »
- Matt Donato
Been following the progress of the English-language remake of Patricio Valladares' Hidden in the Woods (En Las Afueras De La Ciudad) from Blanc/Biehn Productions? We have an update straight from the just concluded 2013 Cannes Film Market.
Blanc/Biehn announced in Cannes it has signed a deal with investor Hackybox Pictures to produce Hidden in the Woods, a remake of the 2012 Chilean horror film of the same name that will start shooting in early July in Houston, Texas.
The story follows two sisters raised by their abusive father in a remote locale who must answer to their drug baron uncle when their father is imprisoned.
Michael Biehn stars alongside William Forsythe, and original director Patricio Valledares takes the helm. Jennifer Blanc-Biehn produces with Loris Curci. The film's co-stars include Mma fighter Krxysztof Soszynski, Chris Browning ("Sons of Anarchy," The Book of Eli), Ricco Ross (Aliens) (Iron Man, Jeannine Kaspar (“House of Lies, »
- The Woman In Black
The fashionistas have invaded the Croisette.
The 66th Cannes Film Festival kicked off Wednesday night with a two-day celebration of the longstanding love affair between the film and fashion worlds rekindled by Prada-packed “The Great Gatsby” and Un Certain Regard opener “The Bling Ring,” about teens obsessed with Louis Vuitton, Versace, Louboutin and Dior, among other brands. The paparazzi will be happy.
Photos: Leonardo DiCaprio, ‘Gatsby’ kick off the Cannes Film Festival
But fashion houses in recent years have also started seeking out a different role within the movie world: one that goes beyond dressing stars for red carpets and parties, or designing costumes for their onscreen roles.
Prada, Gucci, Louis Vuitton and other venerated haute couture companies with mega global appeal are increasingly venturing into film from new, and seemingly philanthropic, angles such as film preservation, sponsoring film museums, festivals and schools, and also film production.
Some examples: Gucci, »
- Nick Vivarelli
Nothing Human Loves Forever: Cassavetes’ Feature Debut Gloriously Vintage
Xan Cassavetes joins the family directorial legacy with her feature debut, Kiss of the Damned, a deliciously vintage throwback to the erotic horror output of the Hammer studio heyday. Previously, this Cassavetes was responsible for a 2004 documentary Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession, and her fiction debut seems considerably removed both from her own work and that of the familial output. A visual feast with a killer sound design, she manages to invoke Stephanie Rothman and Jean Rollin, where naughty immortal creatures from the dark side explore a bloodlust as inextinguishable as their sexual desires.
Djuna (Josephine de La Baume), a beautiful, lovelorn vampire residing in a remote mansion in the Connecticut countryside spends her nights hunting animals in the surrounding woods and watching vintage cinema. The residence belongs to Xenia (Anna Mougalalis), an actress and older, wiser vampire, but the estate »
- Nicholas Bell
Here's what I'll tell you: I'd much rather watch videos like David Guetta, Ne-Yo and Akon's bizzaro "Play Hard" than a thousand others that feature girls in bikinis gyrating on a motorcylce and featured artists standing around trying to figure out what to do with their hands. In this music video, there's a loose theme of blue-collar living in a primarily Latino population, and then there's spasms of camera work, dance segments, a rodeo, unibrows, twerking, impossible boots, a beauty pageant and toy cars. I can't explain much beyond "surreal," like Quentin Dupieux was given the car keys and told "Drive... there's »
Time for a little exclusive action to get your Monday morning cooking as on tap for you right now is the exclusive premiere of the new one-sheet for the English language remake of Patricio Valladares' Hidden in the Woods (En Las Afueras De La Ciudad).
Once again Valladares is at the helm with a stellar cast including Michael Biehn (The Terminator, Aliens), William Forsythe (The Devil's Rejects), Mma fighter Krxysztof Soszynski, Chris Browning ("Sons of Anarchy," The Book of Eli), Ricco Ross (Aliens) (Iron Man, Jeannine Kaspar (“House of Lies,” “Nip/Tuck”), Andy Mackenzie (Sushi Girl, "True Blood"), Electra Avelan (Grindhouse, Machete Kills) Mark Burnham (Quentin Dupieux's Wrong and Wrong Cops), Jennifer Blanc (The Victim, Wrong Cops), and Richard Gunn (“Granite Flats,” “Dark Angel”) along with Caitlin Keats (Broken English, Kill Bill Volume 2, Treachery), Matthew Alan (Red Tails, "Sons of Anarchy"), J. Michael Trautmann (Here Comes the Boom, »
- Uncle Creepy
TromaDance returns to terrorize Asbury Park, NJ for their 14th annual edition, which will be held — for free! — at Asbury Lanes on April 12-13. It’s two days and nights of gonzo short films from all over the world, plus a few low-budget feature-length genre excursions and one documentary.
But, the big highlight of the fest will be a special workprint preview screening of Troma daddy Lloyd Kaufman’s latest epic of grotesqueness and debauchery: Return to Nuke ‘Em High Vol. 1, the fourth trilogy-busting entry in the classic Nuke ‘Em High series. This will screen on the 13th at 8:00 p.m. and will be preceded by a Q&A with the always entertaining Kaufman himself.
Other features include Quentin Dupiex’s 2nd flick, the missing dog comedy Wrong; angry birds of prey return to terrorize L.A. in James Nguyen’s Birdemic 2; werewolf soldiers invade NYC in Battledogs; a »
- Mike Everleth
The 14th Annual TromaDance Film Festival will invade Asbury Park, New Jersey on April 12th and 13th. We have the official schedule for both days, and details on the recently announced secret screening of Return to Nuke ‘Em High: Volume One:
“TromaDance is the first film festival wholeheartedly devoted to filmmakers and fans. Unlike every other film festival, TromaDance does not charge filmmakers to submit their films. Entrance to all screenings is free and open to the public. Also, there are no VIP reservations or preferential treatment regarding films, panels, or parties of any kind given. The organizers of TromaDance believe films are meant to be seen, especially when it comes to new filmmakers. Art – in all its forms – is for the people!
TromaDance features a range of films made independently, usually without big stars, big money and far removed from the Hollywood studio system. The official selections of TromaDance »
- Jonathan James
By Callie Caywood Schuette
Filmmaker Quentin Dupieux has already acquired a cult following the likes of which is rarely seen so early in a career. Recently he visited Alamo Drafthouse Village in Austin for a double feature of his first feature-length films, Wrong and Rubber. When he asked who in the audience of the sold-out screening had already seen both movies about to be shown, more than a quarter of the theater eagerly raised their hands. This is no doubt in large part due to the fame he's garnered as his experimental-electro alter ego, Mr. Oizo. While Dupieux is still a budding name in film, Oizo has been heard around the techno scene for over 15 years. A history like that is bound to breed some seriously dedicated fans.
Two more actors have signed on for active duty in the upcoming Hidden the Woods, and we've got the skinny for you on the whos and whats right here. Why? Because we're almost like real journalists and can do stuff like that!
Next to join the cast is Chris Browning (pictured; "Sons of Anarchy," The Book of Eli) and Ricco Ross (Aliens). Award-winning actor Michael Biehn (who worked with Ross in Aliens), under his Blanc/Biehn Productions shingle, has begun pre-production and casting for the company’s latest project, the remake of the controversial film Hidden in the Woods (En Las Afueras De La Ciudad).
William Forsythe (The Rock, “Boardwalk Empire”) will play Uncle Costello, and also part of the cast is Mma fighter Krxysztof Soszynski, who recently worked with Michael Biehn on the Mma film Tapped. Biehn will also star in the film.
“I have never seen such a »
- Uncle Creepy
#62. Djinn Carrenard’s Making Love
Gist: Filmed on the outskirts of Paris, Faire l’amour is about a mother who leaves prison in search of her daughter and about a handicap artist in search of inspiration.
Prediction: No ink has been spilled on this site with concerns to this Diy filmmaker whose debut film Donoma (it won the prestigious Prix Louis-Delluc for Best Film) cost about the price of lunch at the Croisette’s Carlton hotel. We don’t often talk about the other Cannes sidebar – but he premiered his debut film in 2010 at the (Acid) sidebar. Prod. co Realitism Films is backing the project and they have been relatively successful bringing new stuff to the sidebars – with a pair from Quentin Dupieux. Best suited for he Directors’ Fortnight, this could go as high up in the festival as the Un Certain Regard section.
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- Eric Lavallee
The relationship between man and dog is a fascinating one. Canines are man’s best friend and when something drastic happens that comes between both species, decisive action must be taken. This is the premise of the very weird indy comedy Wrong which tells a very simple story in a very bizarre and somewhat confusing way. Filmmaker/musician Quentin Dupieux (Rubber, Steak) has put together a film that will not only entertain but will leave you scratching your head and wanting more.
- Randall Unger
Watching a Quentin Dupieux film is always an adventure – albeit a quirky, absurd, and existential adventure. Most of the time you have absolutely no idea what’s going on, but for some reason you keep watching in an almost hypnotic state as your eyes are inexplicably glued to the screen. That’s exactly how I watched Rubber, taking in every visually confusing segment one by one which eventually created a mind-blowing final revelation come the epic conclusion (think of it as a really f*cked up jigsaw puzzle), and that’s the exact same experience one can expect from Wrong.
On the surface, Wrong is about a man named Dolph (Jack Plotnick) whose dog, Paul, has gone missing. There are no clues, no signs, and no information as to where Paul could be, but Dolph is deeply disturbed by the disappearance of his dog. As more time goes by and Dolph becomes increasingly more worried, »
- Matt Donato
It's not often that you interview a writer or director and they say they're not a very good writer or director. Sure, many crack jokes in a self-deprecating way, but that's not what Quentin Dupieux does in the below interview. He's refreshingly candid about the extent of his skills, but it's important to understand that none of this makes him a bad filmmaker. It's just him acknowledging that he doesn't have the patience or the technical prowess it takes to be a traditional Hollywood director. That's perhaps to be expected from the man who gave the world Rubber, a movie about a sentient tire that kills people with psychic powers. His second film is Wrong, and while its premise about one man's increasingly weird search for his missing dog might not...
- Peter Hall
With total disregard for Hollywood convention, oddball writer-director-musician Quentin Dupieux last made a mark with his gonzo killer tire horror pic "Rubber." The Frenchman is now back with "Wrong," an even more eccentric vision about one man's journey to find his missing dog that takes so many detours it plays like several mind-bending shorts all strung together into one absurd whole. The film premiered at last year's Sundance Film Festival where Indiewire' Eric Kohn called it "'Groundhog Day' remade by Luis Buñuel," and finally opens in select theaters today via Drafthouse Films (it's also currently available on VOD). Indiewire called up Dupieux to discuss his latest absurdist foray, his love for Monty Python and his upcoming follow-up "Wrong Cops," which features many "Wrong"' cast members. This might seem like a redundant question, but given the unpredictability of the story you tell in "Wrong," I want to know what inspired the film. »
- Nigel M Smith
Note: Rob Hunter’s review originally ran during Fantastic Fest 2012, but we’re re-running it now as the film opens in limited theatrical release. Weirdness has its place in cinema. It can be a fun element in everything from comedies to horror films or used to add a lighter texture to serious topics, but the one thing it can’t be is the only thing. Quentin Dupieux‘s first feature, the innocuously titled Rubber, is one of the most absurd films of the past several years. Its core plot follows a tire that comes to life and begins exploding peoples’ heads via telekinesis, but it’s also an extremely smart commentary on consumer and audience expectations. The goofiness just makes it funnier. Dupieux’s follow-up is equally weird with random character dialogue and actions that make zero sense, visual gags that go unexplained and plot story threads that go nowhere in particular. A »
- Rob Hunter
From writer/director Quentin Dupieux (Rubber), the low-budget comedy Wrong follows Dolph Springer (Jack Plotnick) after he wakes up one morning to find that he has lost his dog, Paul. Desperate to reunite with his best friend and to set things right, Dolph embarks on an awkwardly funny journey that is often bizarre and absurd, but always oddly entertaining. During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, filmmaker Quentin Dupieux talked about what led him to become a filmmaker, finding the links between random elements, how his main goal as a writer is to entertain himself, why he wanted to address themes of love through the relationship between a man and his dog, maintaining the perfect balance between comedy and anxiety, and why he likes to be his own cinematographer. He also talked about when the idea for Wrong Cops (about a group of bad cops looking to dispose of »
- Christina Radish
As a fan of Quentin Dupieux's delightfully Dadaistic 2010 feature Rubber, I had high hopes for his new film, Wrong. I envisioned a movie just as quirky as Rubber, but with a more mainstream plot about a man searching for his lost dog.
I was, well, wrong. (Sorry -- I couldn't resist.) Wrong certainly is quirky and absurd, but it lacks the endearingly odd humor, cool factor and narrative originality of Rubber. It's weird, but not engaging.
Wrong is the story of Dolph Springer (Jack Plotnick), who awakens one morning to find that his dog, Paul, has gone missing. What happens next probably will make no more sense in written form than it does on screen, so I'll just say that while looking for his beloved pet, Dolph embarks on journeys both physical and mental.
Along the way, Dolph encounters a host of strange situations and oddball characters, among them a flaky pizza restaurant employee, »
- Don Clinchy
[This is a re-post of my review from the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. Wrong opens today in limited release.] In 2010, Quentin Dupieux's Rubber hit the screen to critical acclaim. The acclaim was mostly along the lines of "The best killer tire movie you'll ever see." Despite its odd-ball premise and protagonist, Rubber did seem to have cohesive subtext about criticizing the audience and purposely messing with their expectations. By contrast, Dupieux's new movie, Wrong, is all killer tire and hardly anything to say. That's doesn't make it a bad flick. Strangeness along the lines of a killer tire can still be pretty funny, and Wrong's off-kilter reality offers plenty of laughs. It's just too silly and devoted to strangeness to make any exploration of a convoluted subtext worth considering. Somewhere in all the bizarre behavior is a comprehensible plot. Dolph (Jack Plotnick) has lost his dog Paul and is desperate to find him. That's about as tethered as the movie gets to our reality. Around this understandable »
- Matt Goldberg
Explain to people that one of the most interesting films of the last couple of years involved a sentient tire who was blowing up people's heads with the power of its mind, and you leave many of those people with, well, their minds blown. But that was the story of "Rubber," the 2012 movie from Quentin Dupieux, the French director also known by his DJ name, Mr. Oizo. Dupieux is back now with "Wrong," a film that's perhaps even harder to wrap your brain around than "Rubber," because it has so much going on. Dolph (Jack Plotnick) wakes up one morning to discover that his dog Paul has gone missing. His gardener, Victor (Eric Judor), informs him that a palm tree has turned into a pine, and the girl who answers the phone at the pizza place has fallen in love with him. He's still going to work in an office where it rains, »
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