ENJOY THE MOVIES
The Mondo Gallery opened in Austin, Texas during SXSW 2012, and with it came movie poster heaven. The theme for the gallery's opening event was science fiction. Some of the greatest artists in the world came with their designs for the best sci-fi movies of history. Movie posters for films like Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kahn got a reworking by artist Tyler Stout. Phantom City offered a creative take on the most famous image from Melies' A Trip to the Moon. Jason Edmiston's acrylic on wood panel of Flash Gordon's Ming the Merciless is a thing of sinister beauty. Even Duck Dodgers got his own poster from Tom Whalen.
Thank God for Bobcat Goldthwait. While many other directors are culling together banal statements — sometimes not even a statement — and hack representations on how they think the world should go, Goldthwait is saying something. What he says isn't always said subtly. More often than not, it's said in the most unflinching, some call it abrasive, ways imaginable. When Goldthwait isn't subtle, his art suffers for it. Case in point, God Bless America, a film ten times more interesting than the cliched image pushing we so often get with today's filmmakers. Even when Goldthwait speaks off key, his voice is a welcomed departure
What can you say about a film that begins by revealing its climax, one of the most fulfilling of its kind, from scene one? Little can be said about Cabin in the Woods, especially if one is so inclined to worry about things like spoilers. You shouldn't know much about this film. Know that five friends trek to an abandoned cabin for some rest and relaxation—I'm sure that's all—and things don't go as planned. Things get quite horrific, in fact, and, as with the best horror, nothing ever goes as expected. Beyond that, there are only so many ways one can say it's the most intelligent, enjoyable and satisfying horror to come along in years. Maybe ever.
It's that time of year again. Yes, that time of year, when moviegoers, music lovers, and all walks of hip life flock to Austin, Texas for South by Southwest (SXSW) to see the newest films, hear the latest bands, and tech the latest tech. Or whatever you do with tech. Experience. That's it. But we're not worried about tech or games or being the earliest of adopters when it comes to entertainment gadgetry. Instead, we're looking at the films, those beautiful, little wonders in 70-120-minute packages. Every year people are looking for the next Duplass, but we're just looking for some great films, and we've got a list of 13 that we're excited about.
After making a bit of a comeback with a supporting role in The Descendants, actor Matthew Lillard (Scream), is now putting on a different hat by making his directorial debut with an indie called Fat Kid Rules the World, based on K.L. Going's novel of the same name, starring Jacob Wysocki from the Sundance selected film Terri with John C. Reilly. The film will have its premiere at SXSW tonight (stay tuned for Jeremy's coverage through the next week) and now THR has debuted the red band trailer. It looks like a fantastic coming-of-age film allowing both Wysocki and Lillard to break out even further. Watch it!
Beware the slug. If you're a big fan of Mondo Tees and their fantastic posters, which seem to arrive every week, we've got some great news. It looks like Mondo is opening a gallery in Austin during SXSW in March and has been teasing it with cryptic invites. Last week, a few bloggers were sent invites in the mail featuring this same artwork (see below). Now they've officially announced that it's coming and this is the public secret sneak preview event (via @MondoNews). The invite art can be seen in full below and includes an address as well as a date and time, the public opening. "We're hre to shed a little light… but not much." Take a look!
The official line-up for the 2012 SXSW Film Festival, held in Austin as part of the SXSW conference, has already been revealed with 130 feature films playing in the festival, with some Sundance hold-overs, new premieres, and plenty of surprises. We've already highlighted the midnight releases hitting the festival (including the horror anthology V/H/S/ which we loved at Sundance last month), and now the festival has just rounded out its selections with an additional small batch of films in various categories including other Sundance favorites like Sleepwalk with Me and Safety Not Guaranteed. See the new additions below!
The 2012 SXSW Film Festival has announced another 11 films as part of their "Midnighters" line-up this year. We covered their reveal of the first 130 features selected for SXSW in Austin starting on March 9th, but these midnights are as exciting as they feature some of the more buzzed-about horror/genre titles. There's even one that says "Super Secret Screening" without any hints as to what it could be. Maybe it's just [REC] 4 to follow-up [REC] 3? I'm sure we'll find out soon. Our own Jeremy Kirk will be covering the fest. If you're also attending or curious, check out the midnight selection, some potentially fantastic films in here.
The official line-up for the 2012 SXSW Film Festival, held in Austin as part of the SXSW conference, was revealed today. SXSW announced 130 feature films playing in the festival, with some Sundance hold-overs, new premieres, and plenty of surprises. The two big Hollywood movies getting their world premiere there are 21 Jump Street, with Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum, and Drew Goddard's long lost The Cabin in the Woods, which Lionsgate is finally releasing in April. Our own Jeremy Kirk will be covering the festival. If you're attending or just curious, there is quite a fantastic line-up of films to be found from the list below.
For the limited opening of The Beaver this weekend, we are re-posting Jeremy's full review from SXSW.
Walter Black (Mel Gibson's character in The Beaver) has issues. Husband, father, and head of a toy manufacturing company, he suffers from severe depression, so much so, in fact, that he has alienated his family from any real connection. Walter is at the end of his rope, or tie, quite literally when he stumbles upon a stuffed puppet, a beaver, laying in a dumpster. Walter takes the puppet and begins communicating through it to his family and colleagues. He sees the puppet and his voice through it as the only way to
I first took notice of actress Michelle Monaghan in Shane Black's 2005 hip detective film Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. She plays the tough crush of the film's faux detective protagonist, played by Robert Downey Jr. Over the years, Monaghan has played tough characters who find themselves mixed up in mysteries that they don't quite understand. This is the case again in Source Code, where she plays a woman on a train that only has eight minutes before it explodes. I got the opportunity to sit down with Monaghan during SXSW and discuss working with Duncan Jones and Jake Gyllenhaal and the process of recreating the same scene over and over.
In The Beaver, Porter is a character who hasn't found a definition for himself yet. He is caught in a world where he hates his father but finds himself growing more and more like him every day. It took a strong actor to pull off such a role convincingly, and Jodie Foster found the right one. Anton Yelchin has been making a name for himself ever since Hearts in Atlantis in 2001, with major roles in Terminator Salvation and J.J. Abrams' Star Trek. I luckily caught up with Yelchin at SXSW and talk for a bit about working on The Beaver, acting alongside veteran actors like Mel Gibson and Jodie Foster, and playing against a beaver hand puppet.