"Yo, it's Sunday...!" Here's the perfect bit of evening entertainment for Sunday, courtesy of a new short film by Childish Gambino, aka Donald Glover. The short is titled Chicken and Futility and comes direct from a big Complex mag interview and feature he's a part of. It's a fun little short where Glover, and a few of his friends, are discussing weed, a moth's existence, Chick-fil-A and more while playing video games one Sunday. Childish Gambino's last album, Because the Internet, was released in December and he has been touring nationwide with concerts/shows as well. It's a fun short film to keep promoting Childish Gambino.
My city, my home, my love. In late 2012 I moved to New York City, one of the best decisions in my life, and I've fallen madly in love with the city and everything it has to offer. Many prominent filmmakers call NYC their home as well, and one of those filmmakers is Martin Scorsese, who has made a number of films set in/around New York. House of Nod has put together a quick 3-minute video featuring clips from 14 of Scorsese's movies, from After Hours to Gangs of New York to Goodfellas to Mean Streets to Raging Bull to Taxi Driver in a piece they call "Scorsese's New York". It's a wonderful tribute to the place I now call home.
There's plenty of praise to go around for Spike Jonze's fantastic love story Her, even if the box office receipts haven't been all that great. Our awards expert Joey Magidson even made the plea for the Academy to give it some love in their Oscar nominations, and the film walked away with several nods, including Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay. Now The Creators Project and Jonze's own friend and collaborator Lance Bangs has created a doc about love inspired by the film called Her: Love in the Modern Age. Interviews include co-star Olivia Wilde, writer Bret Easton Ellis and many, many others. In full below.
Last year, A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas director Todd Strauss-Schulson delivered a darkly funny short film called Valibation that had flares of David Cronenberg. This year, the filmmaker is back with another short film, but this one is a little more personal. All's Fair... stars Thomas Middleditch (who you might recognize as a prominent bowtie-wearing broker from The Wolf of Wall Street) as a man whose relationship has just crumbled before him. As he has fantastical flashes of how his ex-girlfriend's new relationship is going, he decides to pay a prostitute for some company, but not in the way you might think.
If the Tomb Raider films starring Angelina Jolie just didn't satisfy your appetite as a fan of the Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics video game franchise, then a new fan film just might give you what you need. Trevor Addie directs and co-wrote Croft, a 20-minute short film based on female adventurer Lara Croft. Complete with a bow and arrow (which was added to the video game around the same time The Hunger Games made the weapon prominent again in mainstream action), Cassandra Ebner plays the title hero as she tries to save a young girl held hostage in the mountains by a group of mercenaries. It's pretty bad ass.
"A critic is a warrior." This short is surprisingly on-point. Actor Shia LaBeouf has been experimenting in filmmaking and one of his latest creations is a short film titled HowardCantour.com (which played in Cannes) that is, interestingly enough, a brutally honest take-down of internet movie critics (like the one currently writing this post). Jim Gaffigan gives a perfect deadpan performance as movie critic "Howard Cantour", spending his time flirting with freelancer cutie Dakota, played by Portia Doubleday. The film actually says some great things about cinema, but also does a nice job making fun of the movie critic world. That said, it's actually quite well done without being too condescending and an enjoyable watch. Have fun.
It's the most wonderful time of the year. No, not awards season (in fact much of the talent behind the films we love would probably agree it's one of the worst times of year), but Christmas. Whether you celebrate the holiday or partake in Kwanzaa, Chanukah, Festivus or Merlinpeen, it's just a great time for family, fun, hot chocolate, and some great movies. To ring in the holiday season, we've got this charming short documentary called Mr. Christmas, which follows Bruce Mertz, a Christmas enthusiast who decks out his home in Concord, California for people to check out form all across the country. It's perfect for Christmas. Watch!
"You always think you'd seen everything, you always think you would run out of stuff, but it's just not possible." While Blockbuster may be dead, the "video store" still lives on thanks to independent shops like Cinefile Video in LA, Kim's Video in New York and Scarecrow Video in Seattle. You may not be familiar with that last one, but this fascinating short doc/video will get you up to speed with Scarecrow. Produced by David Chen of SlashFilm, the video takes us inside the doors of the self-proclaimed "largest independent video store" in the world, exploring their massive collection with the help of enthusiastic employees. Enjoy!
"We're in the same boat, man!" To follow up all the Sundance announcements, here is a very cool action-thriller short film titled Proximity, or spelled PROXiMITY in the short, directed by up-and-comer Ryan Connolly (@ryan_connolly). The concept is key here, and it's all about messing with your mind as they're messing with the characters' minds. There's a good twist at the end and more than anything it's just a well done, super low budget little short showcasing the talent of Connolly and his cast/crew. He says there are over 50 VFX shots in the short, but you can barely tell. View the 11-min film in full and get more info below.
For those who don't know the name Janusz Kaminski, he's the go-to director of photography for Steven Spielberg, shooting films like Lincoln, Catch Me If You Can, Minority Report, Saving Private Ryan, Schindler's List and more. Now New York Times Magazine has commissioned the cinematographer to direct 11 different short films from various writers like J.C. Chandor, Spike Jonze, Evan Goldberg & Seth Rogen and Before Midnight trio Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke and Richard Linklater. Their job was to write a single line of dialogue, and then a short film was created based around that writing, featuring stars like Bradley Cooper, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michel B. Jordan, Robert Redford and more. Watch!
Considering the outlandish nature of the comic book series, it's very likely that fans will never see a big screen version of the Marvel Zombies limited series. The five-issue run is set in an alternate universe where the world's superhero population has been infected with a virus which turned them into zombies. Therefore, it's even less likely that we'll see that other five-issue comic book series that followed: Marvel Zombies vs. Army of Darkness. That comic book series brings Bruce Campbell's Ash character from the third film in Sam Raimi's horror series into the Marvel zombie world, and makes for some epic horror mash-up goodness. Now someone has taken the time and passion to craft a fan film bringing the series to life. Watch!
Music video weekend. If you're in the mood for something a bit flashy and fun this weekend, queue up these two back-to-back music videos from Broken Bells that together form a short titled After the Disco (found via SlashFilm), directed by Jacob Gentry (Last Goodbye, The Signal, My Super Psycho Sweet 16) for The Creators Project. The videos star actors Kate Mara (127 Hours, Iron Man 2, Transcendence) and Anton Yelchin (The Beaver, Fright Night, Star Trek) in a sci-fi romance involving an adorable fallen astronaut. These have cool colorful visuals, two quirky lovers, and some disco fun, so fire 'em up and have a good time.
For anyone who doesn't want to know anything about Alfonso Cuaron's incredible film Gravity, then don't read any further, because there will be some spoilers from here on out. You've been warned. In the sci-fi film, Sandra Bullock's character Ryan Stone ends up by herself inside a Russian space capsule, on the verge of giving up. While at her lowest point, she tries to use the vessel's radio, and ends up communicating with a foreign guy who has a dog and a baby with him. Well, Jonas Cuaron, son of the filmmaker, co-wrote the feature screenplay and directed this companion film called Aningaaq that follows the man on the other end of the radio, an Inuit fisherman stationed on a remote fjord in Greenland. Watch!
"My story is a tail of scientific intrigue." Jamie Foxx tries his hand at directing with a short titled And She Was My Eve part of Canon's Project Imagination. The 15-minute short is about a man who tries to build the "perfect mate", but ends up with more than he bargained for. Tyrin Turner & Samantha Nagel star. I can't say there's much to admire, but it is unlike anything I've ever seen. And She Was My Eve is about a man scarred early in life by an unrequited love who works to attain the perfect mate. An intrusive neighbor questions his mysterious lifestyle and the uncertainty of the outside world brings his dreams to a halt. Yep.