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A look at what's new on DVD today:
Directed by Lars von Trier
Released by Criterion Collection
From its incendiary debut at Cannes to becoming a cult hit defined by the meme "Chaos Reigns," Lars von Trier's psychosexual horror film about a married couple (Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg) that repairs to a cabin in the woods to grieve over the death of their young son is receiving the Criterion Collection treatment. Video interviews with von Trier, Gainsbourg, and Dafoe, making-of vignettes and a documentary about the Cannes premiere accompany the feature. (Aaron Hillis' interview with von Trier is here.)
"The Battle of River Plate" (1956)
Directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger
Released by Hen's Tooth Video
Despite being Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's most financially successful film, it has been a rare commodity in America on home video, where people have had to buy the British »
- Stephen Saito
Filed under: Free Movies Online
Disappointed that Prop 19, the California ballot proposition to legalize marijuana, was defeated at the polls?
You may find some solace in the 2007 movie 'Totally Baked' -- which, though not a sequel to the Dave Chappelle pot-movie classic 'Half Baked,' is touted in the promotional copy as a "hilarious, totally offbeat, cannabis comedy in the tradition of 'Half-Baked,' guaranteed to give you the munchies."
A "pot-u-mentary" that's meant to mock anti-marijuana laws, this movie could be seen as a courageous stance against an uptight and wrong-headed establishment; or, an immoral movie encouraging corrupt and dangerous behavior; or, an excuse for filmmakers and viewers to get stoned.
We're not advocating any of the above theories or practices. But since marijuana is still illegal -- and watching movies isn't -- feel free to grab your munchies of choice and check out this comedy, totally free (unlike, »
- Moviefone Staff
Being the son of a legendary attorney, who represented some of America’s largest corporations such as Warner Bros and served as the U.S. Senate’s lead counsel in the Iran/Contra investigation, allowed the young Doug Liman to meet a variety of powerbrokers and celebrities. “He was very connected in [the] entertainment [industry],” stated the American director, referring to his father Arthur Liman. “Through him I met Steven Spielberg [Jaws] and got rides on his private plane to California. I’d see Spielberg’s people reading scripts. I was like, ‘That’s what I want to be when I grow up.’” The elder Liman was uncomfortable with the idea. “He thought I should be a studio executive. He wanted me to get married.” Attending Brown University, »
First time director, John Stalberg has crafted a fun and breezy stoner comedy that this critic suspects will find a devout fan base whenever it finds distribution and gets released. High School is destined to become requisite dorm room screening fare ala Dazed & Confused, Half Baked, Super Bad, and Harold & Kumar. You're hearing it first here, this is going to be a huge sleeper hit and nearly every frat boy in the U.S. is gonna have a DVD of this in their collection right next to Old School.
The film takes an overused one note comedy routine we've seen hundreds of times before and builds it into an epic and brilliant premise. We've seen plenty of films where unsuspecting straight edged characters accidentally get high in public spaces via magic brownies or other mind altering substances. Flirting with Disaster, Death at a Funeral, and even Transformers 2 utilized this gag. »
Tamra Davis Last week, I saw two of the best films I have seen all summer. One was Edgar Wright's Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, a film I beg you all to see before it gets shunted out of theaters in the next two or three weeks. The other film was Tamra Davis's new doc Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child.
Radiant Child is one of those films that often flies under the radar during this crowded summer season that deserves more attention than it is currently getting. It debuted earlier this year at Sundance along with the much more hyped Banksy film Exit Through The Gift Shop, and the comparisons are obvious. Jean-Michel Basquiat is the blueprint for an artist like Banksy and a cautionary tale as well.
But the similarities stop there. Both films are great. Probably the two best docs you'll see this year. But Banksy »
- Bill Cody
A film titled Dahmer vs. Gacy doesn't seem the type to be garnering awards at film festivals across the country, but that's exactly what's happening. It just won "Outstanding Cast Performance" at the Action on Film International Film Festival in Pasadena, California, and earlier this year the film also was voted "Audience Choice Award" winner at the Bare Bones Independent Film Fest in Muskogee, Oklahoma.
Produced and directed by Ford Austin from a script by Chris Watson and Andrew Rausch, Dahmer Vs. Gacy stars Ford Austin and Randal Malone as Dahmer and Gacy in a slaughter-filled rampage that includes appearances by Harland Williams (Half Baked), Art Lafleur (The Replacements), Steven Adler (Guns 'N Roses), Ethan Phillips (Star Trek: Voyager), Felissa Rose (Sleepaway Camp), Jerry Maren (Wizard of Oz), Bonnie Aarons (Drag Me to Hell), Irwin Keyes (House of 1000 Corpses), Jed Rowen (Acts of Violence), Lee Perkins (Live Evil), Brooke Lewis (iMurders), and many more! »
- Uncle Creepy
Paul Vasquez (Hungrybear9562) saw a double rainbow from his yard in Yosemite National Park and decided to grab his video camera to record the meteorological phenomenon. Interesting enough, but not the sort of thing set to become a YouTube hit, let alone one that inspires a song. The video's true value — and reason for its viral success — is this dude's reaction to seeing the double rainbow.
Here at Reelz, we're split. The cynics say it's a shrewd attempt at grabbing an audience, perhaps even an audition tape of sorts; while the romantics simply see a burly-man broken down to his rawest emotions by nature's beauty. One thing we can agree on is that odds are good Hungrybear9562's screen de plume might hint at a certain recreational habit. Which got us thinking it might be fun to do a little re-casting, especially given Hollywood's relentless release of sequels and remakes. »
- reelz reelz
Jean-Michel Basquiat gave the world thousands of pieces of art but very few interviews. His friend, filmmaker Tamra Davis (director of the cult films "CB4" and "Half Baked), recorded one of the rare ones in a room at the L'Ermitage Hotel in Beverly Hills in June 1986. Basquiat died two years later of a heroin overdose and Davis, worried she might be taking advantage of her friend's legacy for personal gain, left the footage in a drawer for over 20 years. She was finally convinced to share it with the world, first in a 20-minute short film and now as part of the new feature documentary, "Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child."
Davis' candid interview with Basquiat is only a small (albeit crucial) element of her 93-minute film. The rest is a mixture of archival footage of late '70s, early '80s New York and reflections from Basquiat's friends, collaborators, contemporaries, clients, »
- Matt Singer
Last week we launched voting in our 4th Annual Hot 100 poll which lets the gay and bisexual male readers of AfterElton.com declare who they think the hottest men in the world are. Just as in year's past, we've asked some past Hot 100 honorees and other AfterElton faves to tell us who they think the hottest men on the planet are and one or two of the reasons for their choices.
We've already featured the picks of John Amaechi, Cheyenne Jackson, Brad "Cheeks" Bell, Nick Adams, and Nick Rodriguez. Up today is the man who put the "ish" in Kish! It's Ae favorite and former star of "that show which will not be named" (until they beg him to come back), Scott Evans. Here are Scott's top ten eleven hotties, plus some honorable mentions.
Btw, a date with Scott will be auctioned off Tuesday night, with proceeds going to the Big Apple Dodgeball League. »
There's an old saying that two heads are better than one, and that's certainly the case in a wide variety of movie types ranging from the romantic comedy to the buddy cop flick. But without two solid leading roles, these movies simply wouldn't be as special. Just try and think about "Back to the Future" with only Michael J. Fox — it doesn't work!
It's much the same for a variety of "stoner comedies," movies like "Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle" and "Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back." Those movies are only as good as the partnerships between the two main characters.
Today is April 20th, and as such, it seems like some people have stoner comedies on the brain. In honor of that, here are five of our favorite fictional stoner duos of all time!
Harold & Kumar
Between an epic quest to feast on White Castle burgers to a daring escape from Guantanamo Bay, »
- Josh Wigler
Call them "cult classics." "Guilty pleasures." "Comfort movies." We all have a mental rolodex of flicks that may not be terribly popular but, for one reason or another, they resonate in a very special way. Maybe you saw it at the right moment. Maybe you just see gold where everyone else sees feces. Whatever the case, these are the special favorites that you keep stashed away for sick days. Here are some of ours.
April 20, known among the pot-smoking nation (and among people who write the date numerically) as 4/20, is the unofficial holiday celebrating the usage of marijuana. And while MTV does not in any way endorse breaking the law, we certainly acknowledge that a sizable population of people are out there who simply disregard that law. And since you're out there, I figured I'd take a moment to run through some of my favorite flicks to zone out to. »
- Adam Rosenberg
I am not a stoner. I say that not to preempt any accusations, but to qualify a strange liking I have for stoner comedies. Granted a good chunk of the stupid ones tend to play straight to the pothead base and no one else (here's looking at you, Sex Pot and Evil Bong 2), but there is one quality a lot of smoke-heavy comedies have that I do admire; the stoner odyssey. Screenwriters owe the plant a great debt for being such a simple cinematic MacGuffin. The quest for more pot is basically a free pass to work in all kinds of zany characters and outrageous scenarios.
Now hoping to join the stoner odyssey legacy is High School, the feature film debut of director John Stalberg. And judging from its premise and cast, it might just have what it takes to be remembered fondly alongside Up in Smoke, Half Baked, and »
- Peter Hall
ABC has repeats of FlashForward and Castle CBS has Ncaa Basketball Tournament: Second-round games Fox is new with Cops and America's Most Wanted NBC has repeats of Parenthood, Law & Order, and Law & Order: Svu E! has Half Baked FX has The Simpsons Movie and Grandma's Boy MTV has repeats of America's Best Dance Crew and Spring Break 2010: Fist Pumpin' Top 20 With Jersey Shore, and has Deep Blue Sea VH1 has repeats of Sober House With Dr. Drew, Jessica Simpson's Price of Beauty, and Transform Me Late-night highlights include Sigourney Weaver and the Ting Tings on a repeat of Saturday Night Live on NBC »
Don't get me wrong, I loved Kick-Ass. From beginning to end the film is a joy, a pleasant surprise to someone like me who had been massively unimpressed with Matthew Vaughn's previous movies, Layer Cake and Stardust. Both those films seemed to be the work of a director who had surrounded himself with a highly talented cast and crew while displaying no directorial presence himself: as a director he made a great producer. While they seemed smug and complacent in their competence, Kick-Ass is far more assured, with much more verve and character. It's up there with Iron Man and The Dark Knight as one of those superhero movies that does so much right that it'd be churlish to even mention any shortcomings. So, this is me being churlish.
- Phelim O'Neill
It is probably accurate to say that there aren’t too many actors who could convincingly play the utterly ruthless, borderline psychotic gang leader Po Boy in the just released Cop Out and be just as completely believable as the much more gentle gay nurse Angel on NBC’s Mercy. But actor Guillermo Diaz has just that ability which has allowed him to work steadily in both television and movies for the past fifteen years.
Probably best known for his role as Guillermo on Showtime’s hit series Weeds, the thirty-four-year old Diaz has also played a punk rocker, a drag queen, and a surfer just to name a few of his many roles. And it's that ability to slip in and out of so many varied characters that likely ensures the out and proud New York City native will be working for many years to come.
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There has been a lot of talk this week of stoner comedies, what with Natalie Portman developing the female answer to Harold & Kumar, a pot-centered road movie titled Best Buds. And rumors have (again) been circulating about sequels in the works for both Pineapple Express and the grandfather of cult cannabis classics, Up in Smoke. None of these are certainties, mind you, but given the apparent hotness of the concept at the moment, may I suggest Universal get things lit up for...
12 years have passed since Half Baked hit theaters -- successfully I might add (Hollywood barely noticed because Titanic was still the box office sensation at the time) -- and it's only become more popular as a cult favorite, partly due to Dave Chappelle's rise in fame through his popular sketch comedy show. The movie actually saw some continuation through The Dave Chappelle Show with Jim Breuer »
- Christopher Campbell
Premise follows “...two best female friends who take a road trip to their friend’s wedding in order to save her by bringing her weed.”
The screenplay is said to be in a similar vein as the comedies "Harold & Kumar" and "Half Baked".
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- Michael Stevens
Natalie Portman will star in a new stoner road comedy It seems that Natalie Portman will be hitting the road with two different kinds of buds for her next film project. According to Pajiba, Portman will be starring in and producing the film Best Buds.
The script comes from actress/writer Jamie Denbo and centers on two female friends who embark on a journey to save their friend from her wedding with weed. The film was said to be similar to stoner classics Half Baked and Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle.
The site reports that her production company, Handsome Charlie Films, is currently seeking a director for the project. It was said that Portman would line up that project after Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, which Portman will start filming after she wraps on Thor. »
Up to this point in the stoner comedy lexicon, women haven't exactly gotten their fair shake. Be it Mary Jane in Half Baked, Angie in Pineapple Express, or even Maria in Harold and Kumar, they never seem to play central characters, and when they do they are almost always playing it straight while the guys go off and get high. Anna Faris gave it a shot in Smiley Face, but that movie was so underseen it may as well have never existed. America is a country where women share equal rights and are about to pass men in the work force, so isn't it time that they lead their own weed flick? Natalie Portman thinks so. The actress has signed on to star in Best Buds, where Portman and a friend travel to their friend's wedding "in order to save her by bringing her weed," according to Pajiba. The script »
Though he shares a name with his character on Showtime's hit "Weeds," actor Guillermo Diaz is nothing like a shady, menacing drug dealer. In real life, he's closer to his other current television character: the sweet and funny Angel on NBC's drama "Mercy." Diaz has a long résumé, respect from indie-film fans as well as comedy lovers (including this writer, who often quotes his character's lines from "Half Baked"), and a villain role in Kevin Smith's upcoming film "Cop Out" with Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan. For Diaz, it all began by picking up a copy of Back Stage. Growing up in Washington Heights, N.Y., Diaz didn't know he wanted to be an actor until he was 17. During a high school talent show, he lip-synched to a medley of Beastie Boys songs as rapper Mike D. The performing bug bit and never went away. He started buying Back Stage »
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