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By Ali Naderzad - November 29, 2010
How the mind wanders. I was getting ready to write about the latest Mike Leigh (pictured) movie since “Another Year” is coming out in December and it’s a film that deserves to be talked about. I saw it in good company at the Cannes Festival, and what a charming “Year” that was.
In it, two colleagues have haphazardly managed to keep a friendship going for two decades. Thing is, they’re very different. One is growing ever more desperate as 60 looms large. She’s also unabashedly attracted to her coworker’s son. The other is lucky enough to still live an idyll with her long-time husband.
Today I had a look at the trailer and then posted it in the sidebar. Then I read some of the comments on Youtube. The oft-frenzied feedback shooting in every direction, it’s clever, it’s sometimes a »
- Screen Comment
Former semi-professional skateboarder and Kids scribe Harmony Korine is making plans for his new film, and in doing so, he's turned to a rather unlikely lead. Marlon Wayans, best known for his famous family and goofy persona, has signed on to star in the Dogme 95 director's upcoming Twinkle Twinkle. The plot will follow a hitman who disguises himself in a dollar bill costume. Maybe not as weird as Gummo or Trash Humpers, but the upcoming project is definitely far from normal and thus falls well into the Harmony Korine wheelhouse. According to The Wrap, there's no word yet on when this might start shooting, but I'm already on board. Marlon Wayans has been nothing short of excellent in the dramatic roles he's chosen, and anyone who saw Julien Donkey-Boy can attest to just how powerful, scary and uncomfortable Korine's work can make an audience. Yes, the content's graphic nature and »
Pajiba has learned and confirmed with the representatives that Marlon Wayans has been cast in Harmony Korine's upcoming indie film "Twinkle, Twinkle." There's not much known about the movie, except that it revolves around a former hitman (Wayans) who dresses up in a dollar bill costume. Why he dresses up in the costume or whether that's even an important part of the story has yet to be unveiled. Korine always comes up with something unique like "Gummo" and "Trash Humpers." Unfortunately, I have found his movies incredibly difficult to sit through. Wayans, meanwhile, is looking for more roles to make fans forget about his "Scary Movie" days. »
Here's an extremely entertaining episode of some German TV series called Into the Night, in which notorious French filmmaker Gaspar Noé (Irreversible, Enter the Void) spends a night in Nashville with notorious American filmmaker Harmony Korine (Gummo, Trash Humpers). While Noé has directed some of the most shocking scenes of sex and violence ever filmed, it turns out he's never shot a gun! But that changes after he meets Korine at a "psychedelic" park in Nashville. But wait -- there's more. »
In the identikit world of the Hollywood leading lady, Chloë Sevigny defies convention. Her quirky looks, iconic sense of style and fearless approach to acting have made her the often controversial queen of the indie movie. Here she reveals why she regrets nothing
Chloë Sevigny's laugh is deep and honking, like a seal drunk on punch. Once I've heard it, I'm slightly preoccupied with the thought of hearing it again. First laugh: at the image of the "right man" eventually falling into her lap, "Like: 'Whoops!'" Second laugh: the thought of asking sex advice from her mother, Janine. Third: remembering Jay McInerney following her round Manhattan like a smell, researching the seven-page New Yorker profile of Sevigny, then 19, where he wrote that she was "the coolest girl in the world", the phrase that was, in turn, to follow her round for the rest of her life.
Now 35, she »
- Eva Wiseman
Harmony Korine is literally and figuratively seeking coins online to fund and release a new film. The director will produce and premiere his next film as part of the International Film Festival Rotterdam's Cinema Reloaded program. Launched earlier this year, The Cinema Reloaded platform allows filmmakers to connect directly with film fans worldwide for financing and distributing their new films online. Korine ("Gummo," "Trash Humpers") who is introducing the project today »
By now we're used to notable directors pausing from their cinematic schedules to whip some short and fancy advertisement for everything from perfume to cars. David Lynch. Martin Scorsese. Wes Anderson. Terry Gilliam. Kathryn Bigelow. Michel Gondry. Even Frank Miller got into the trend this year.
But there's one name you'd probably never expect to be linked to an ad -- a fashion short no less! -- Harmony Korine. The man who mused up Kids and then wrote and directed the likes of Gummo, Julien Donkey Boy, and Mister Lonely has crafted a short film for the fashion company Proenza Schouler called Act Da Fool.
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- Monika Bartyzel
Trash Humpers is a hilarious display of freakishness that finds director Harmony Korine dabbling in some of the same territory as early films like Gummo and Julien Donkey-Boy. The film's random flow of antagonistic imagery and lo-fi aesthetic -- the whole thing looks like it was cobbled together from degraded VHS tape -- combine to make Trash Humpers one of the more entertainingly depraved movies to emerge from the 2009 festival circuit.
Now that the both the festival and theatrical run has wound down, Trash Humpers will soon be available for home consumption. Drag City is releasing the film on Region 0 DVD on September 21st in the U.S. A digipak version and an autographed limited edition will be available.
UK distributor Warp Films is also geaing up for a release, but their plans are a little more unorthodox. In addition to a Region 0 DVD, Warp will offer Trash Humpers in »
After Harmony Korine's horrendous Trash Humpers which was a pretentious and forced piece of garbage, I'm a bit hesitant posting this, but considering I loved Kids (which he wrote) and Gummo (oh wait, nothing good anytime recent!) I'm going to going to have to keep giving him the benefit of the doubt. This short film will premier on both the IFC and Sundance channels this September and revolves around "girls who sleep in abandoned cars and set things on fire. It’s about the great things in life- stars in the sky and lots of malt liquor."
So go ahead and make fun.
Gallery after the break. via Gatw
Head to Quiet Earth to see the stills. »
It’s a short film titled Act Da Fool, produced by unconventional and some time controversial filmmaker Harmony Korine, for high-end women’s fashion brand Proenza Schouler.
I’m more of a fan of Korine’s written works (those he didn’t direct), than I am of the films he wrote and directed. For example I’d take Kids, which was written buy Korine, but directed by Larry Clark, over Gummo or Julien Donkey Boy, which Korine both wrote and directed. I haven’t seen his latest, Thrash Humpers, and the trailers and write-ups for the film haven’t at all encourage me to do so.
This short film for Proenza Schouler (Act Da Fool) will debut next month on the IFC and Sundance channels, if you’ve got them.
So, what’s it about? According to Korine himself, via The Playlist: “It’s about girls who sleep in abandoned »
Have you ever wondered what are the films that inspire the next generation of visionary filmmakers? As part of our monthly Ioncinephile profile (read here), we ask the filmmaker the incredibly arduous task of identifying their top ten list of favorite films. This August, we profile David Michôd, who when asked to be profiled was (still is) in the midst of a lengthy promotional screening/press junket tour for his directorial debut, Animal Kingdom which will receive a limited release in New York, Los Angeles on August 13th via Sony Pictures Classics. We'd like to thank David for his time, and before you get an eyeful of his favorite ten films, read David's disclaimer right below. Disclaimer: This list is inadequate, (a) because I don't consider myself a cinephile - there are enormous lazy gaps in my cinema knowledge of which I am fully aware, (b) because if you were »
As a corrective to Hollywood, former enfant terrible Harmony Korine returns. Well, the director of Gummo is not an enfant any more, certainly, but what this nightmarish piece signifies is unclear. Shot on old VHS, as if found somewhere by the roadside, its home video-style images show a group of screeching oldsters rubbing themselves up against garbage bins and metal fences, cackling and drinking and masturbating. It's not really a film, as such, maybe more of a Paul McCarthy-type art piece headfuck.
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- Jason Solomons
The film director's latest project, Trash Humpers, sees him return to the rebellious excesses of his youth. Where he's in good company
If you ever needed a reminder of just how important the disposable income of children is to the film industry, the summer release schedule should set you straight. Here, amid the just-about-pubescent whiff hanging over The A-Team and The Karate Kid and all the rest of it, is proof that when it comes to pulling in the serious money, much of it comes from the pockets of 12-year-old boys. But then, for those of us with high-falutin' ideas about film, there's another breed of young male we're just as beholden to: the enfant terrible, that species of director with a loud mouth and youth on their side.
- Danny Leigh
In this paper, Deborah Orr recently recounted an argument she had after seeing Chris Morris's Four Lions. "Satire is supposed to afflict the comfortable and comfort the afflicted," her companion raged. "Who did that comfort and who did it afflict?" Well, Harmony Korine's new film, Trash Humpers, afflicts everyone, the afflicted and the comfortable. It is a continuous, 78-minute afflict-a-thon. It sendeth acid rain on the just and the unjust. It is a downpour on those who admire good taste, and those who admire bad taste. George Clooney fans will have a fit of the vapours; old school John Waters fans will be yearning for a reprise of the Good Morning Baltimore number from Hairspray. It is an exercise in experimental provocation and in pure insolence, while sometimes being horribly funny and fascinating, »
- Peter Bradshaw
Harmony Korine has described Trash Humpers not as a film but something you might find in a ditch, with blood on, perhaps in a zip lock bag. Korine is right, this is not his new film, it is a fictionalised artefact of twisted Americana, a VHS document of a very strange collection of people doing very strange things.
In a Q&A after Trash Humpers Korine described a time in his childhood when his neighbours would dump their old VHS tapes in his trash, which he would recover and watch and although the labels might say ‘Pee-Wees’s Big Adventure’, the tape would actually be a home-made porno of his neighbour’s having sex. Clearly inspired by this event Korine has made his own video to be found in the trash by an impressionable young mind. The difference of course being that Trash Humpers is fictional and allows Korine to »
- Craig Skinner
Yes, we're excited to see "Iron Man 2," "Inception" and God help us, "Predators." But what we're really looking forward to spending a few hours in the company of an undertaking Bill Murray ("Get Low"), an Italian-speaking Tilda Swinton ("I Am Love") and a toga-wearing Rachel Weisz ("Agora") in the comfort of air-conditioned theater over the next three months. (Either that or we'll be enjoying them from the comfort of home online, on demand or on DVD.)
There are no less than 114 independently produced movies arriving in theaters this summer to compete with the big studio blockbusters and we've compiled this helpful guide that covers all of them. Yet realizing that the latest arthouse and foreign fare is subject to changing dates, particularly if you don't live in Los Angeles or New York, we've also included links to follow the films on Twitter, Facebook and release schedules where available, so »
- Stephen Saito
From the disconcertingly funny, weirdo Americana of "Gummo" to the vaudevillian drama of a celebrity-impersonator commune in "Mister Lonely," the beautifully grotesque films of indie auteur Harmony Korine always become, without fail, cult treasures that get audiences talking. Whether you think his is the work of an insincere hipster or an eccentric provocateur, you can't deny his originality, especially in his scuzzy, unsettling new curiosity "Trash Humpers." If we're laughing, can we call it a comedy?
Possibly, although his latest won the top prize at last year's prestigious Cph:dox (yes, an international documentary festival), and even the filmmaker himself doesn't exactly consider the project a movie. A seemingly elderly, or deeply facially scarred, quartet of cretins (played, in part, by Korine and his wife Rachel) terrorize a suburban wasteland of parking lots, alleyways and apartment complexes, boozing and demolishing and, occasionally, dry-humping garbage. Shot with antiquated VHS equipment, "Trash Humpers »
- Aaron Hillis
Summer is fast approaching and Harmony Korine—the polarizing Nashville-based filmmaker irresponsible for directing Gummo and scribing Kids---has returned to combat the season’s flabbier atrocities. For everyone’s information, Korine believes his latest movie, Trash Humpers, should not be referred to in the press or elsewhere as “a movie” or “a film.” I think I see his point. I mean, after all Humpers doesn’t contain a shirtless Vince Vaughn tripping over models in Ibiza or Egyptian robot rockets penetrating a CGI brick wall that turns into sand. But since the not-a-movie is receiving a theatrical release this summer, I asked him to elaborate. Korine said Humpers might as well be projected into a toilet bowl or mailed anonymously to a closeted politician. And then he said something profound about granny’s undergarments and snickered like an asthmatic hick with dementia. It’s the same asthmatic snicker heard in Trash Humpers, »
- Hunter Stephenson
Director: Harmony Korine Writer: Harmony Korine Starring: Rachel Korine, Travis Nicholson, Brian Kotzur, Harmony Korine Shot in handheld Pov – as if someone found an old VHS tape from the 1980s – Trash Humpers follows a gruesome threesome of elderly sexual deviants. Okay, let’s not beat around the bush – the title is quite literal – these old perverts have a strange penchant for grinding on trash cans and other inanimate objects. They also drag baby dolls from their bicycles, tap dance in parking lots, and kill televisions (they must be fans of Ned’s Atomic Dustbin). Every film by Harmony Korine has a few “what the fuck?” moments; but Trash Humpers is the first to be one long, uninterrupted “what the fuck?” moment. I have taken a lot of time to chew on this review; but, over a month later, I still find Trash Humpers to be lodged in my stomach impenetrable by digestive fluids. »
- Don Simpson
I told my brother I was reviewing a film called Trash Humpers, and he said, "Oh, they're probably using 'hump' to mean carrying or hauling, like, 'I gotta hump this trash out to the landfill.'" And I told him that knowing what I do about the filmmaker, no, it's probably about people who literally hump trash. In fact, I said, I should be grateful if the trash humping is the least unpleasant thing that happens.
The filmmaker is Harmony Korine, who wrote Larry Clark's Kids and Ken Park and made his own Gummo, Julien Donkey-Boy, and Mister Lonely. He's a provocateur, a mix of John Waters, Werner Herzog, and Lars von Trier, only (in my opinion) not as talented as any of them. Trash Humpers is not only pointless but, it would seem, intentionally pointless, a tedious slog that appears to have been made for the express purpose of annoying the audience. »
- Eric D. Snider
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