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Holiday Underground Shopping Guide 2010

6 December 2010 6:00 AM, PST | Underground Film Journal | See recent Underground Film Journal news »

“Ho Ho … What the hell is this?”

If that’s the type of reaction you want to get out of somebody — or everybody! — on your Christmas list, then pick something out of this collection of bizarro movies, gross-out flicks and mind-bending reads.

The New Underground Classics

Altamont Now, dir. Joshua von Brown

Chosen as Bad Lit’s 2008 Movie of the Year, this balls-out, punk-rockin’ apocalypse comes firing at you like a nuclear missile. (Seriously, it was filmed in an actual missile silo.) Part social commentary, part fame whore busting, part punk rock musical — and all freakin’ hilarious! (Review)

Every Other Day Is Halloween, dir. C.W. Prather

Screw Santa. Who you’ll really want to see on Christmas is Count Gore De Vol, Washington D.C.’s beloved TV horror host who for years thrilled late night viewers with scares and laughs before taking his act online for the whole world to enjoy. »

- Mike Everleth

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On DVD: Being Michael Madsen

10 September 2010 6:00 AM, PDT | Underground Film Journal | See recent Underground Film Journal news »

Actor. Poet. Lousy brother. Murderer? Michael Madsen spoofs his “tough guy” persona in Michael Mongillo‘s mockumentary Being Michael Madsen, which is now available on DVD from Midnight Releasing for sale or rent. (Amazon | Netflix) (Also on Blu-Ray.)

In the film, Madsen is accused by a tabloid magazine for having murdered a young actress and one particularly aggressive paparazzo is determined to prove it. Eventually, the hounded actor decides enough is enough and lays out an elaborate scheme to turn the tables on his pursuer and the tabloid media in general.

Combining faux documentary footage with sit-down interviews with Madsen, his sister Virginia and actors such as Daryl Hannah, David Carradine, Harry Dean Stanton and Lacey Chabert, director Mongillo has created a terrific satire on modern celebrity culture.

The film was reviewed on Bad Lit back in 2007 and my two favorite parts of it center not on the main subject, »

- Mike Everleth

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Michael Madsen Learns to Be, Zoe Kazan Explodes, and More New on DVD

7 September 2010 6:30 AM, PDT | ifc.com | See recent IFC news »

"Being Michael Madsen" (2010)

Directed by Michael Mongillo

Released by Midnight Releasing

While not as distinguished or meta as "Being John Malkovich," expect this mockumentary about the "Reservoir Dogs" star to be equally surreal as Madsen recruits sister Virginia and "Kill Bill" co-stars Daryl Hannah and the late David Carradine to co-star in this film that sees him accused of murder. Rather than sit idly by, Madsen turns the table on the paparazzi photographer fueling the allegations by hiring a trio of filmmakers to follow his every move.

"Beneath Clouds" (2002)

Directed by Ivan Sen

Released by Cinema Epoch

This Australian drama stars Dannielle Hall and the late Damian Pitt as Lena and Vaughn, a pair of strangers thrown together by circumstance to travel across the country to Sydney where Lena hopes to learn more about her long-absent father and Vaughn hope to leave behind his criminal past and see his ailing mother. »

- Stephen Saito

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