By the early ‘60s twin brothers George and Mike Kuchar pioneered and lead New York’s underground film scene. They were known as the “8mm Mozarts” for their command of “low-fi” filming, and unconventional storylines and plots. Between the two they are responsible for directing over 200 works including: The Thief and the Stripper (1959), I was a Teenage Rumpot (1960), and Confessions of Babette (1963).
Director Jennifer M. Kroot documents the lives, relationship, craft and impact the Kuchars have on underground film in It Came from Kuchar. Through interviews, archived footage, and humor, Kroot offers insight to the bizarre world of brotherhood and film with George and Mike Kuchar.
September 15: Sydney queerDOC09
September 24: Cambridge International Film Festival
Kuchar retrospectives: September 24th at 11:30pm/Friday, September 25th at 9pm
September 24: Atlantic Film Festival
Nine Director: Rob Marshall
Cast: Daniel Day-Lewis, Marion Cottilard, Penelope Cruz, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Kate Hudson, Nicole Kidman, Sophia Loren, Judi Dench, Fergie
Opening: 25 November 2009
Distributor: The Weinstein Company
Leave it to Daniel Day-Lewis to flummox fans. After winning the Oscar for his bravura performance as a wily turn of the century oil baron in There Will Be Blood, the unconventional actor has now jumped headlong into Rob Marshall’s big screen adaptation of the Broadway musical take on Fellini’s 8 1/2. That’s right, it’s a singing and dancing Day-Lewis who’ll be helping the Chicago helmer bring this baffling tuner into obvious Academy attention. And as the ladies in the fictional filmmaker Guido Contini’s life? Well, we have none other than Marion Cotillard, Nicole Kidman, Penelope Cruz, Judi Dench, Kate Hudson, Stacy Ferguson, and Sophia Loren. There’s over seven little gold statues among the cast alone. While some fear that Marshall is a one hit wonder (the Chicago follow-up, Memoirs of a Geisha, was less than successful at the box office), the talent involved should pull him through. Should.
In 1983, Mark Rosman sat in the director’s chair of an extremely low-budget horror film, The House on Sorority Row. Filmed on a shoestring budget of $425,000, the movie flopped when it was originally released on January 21 of that year. However, a month later, the film found a place in the heart of fans of the slasher film genre, and had generated over $4 million in box office revenue.
More than 20 years later, the film is being recreated for horror lovers. Paying homage to Rosman by naming the university after him, the movie has a similar premise to the 1983 version. Six sorority sisters decide to get revenge on one of their cheating boyfriends by faking the death of one of their own. In doing so, the prank goes horribly wrong as the person is actually killed. The survivors decide to hide the body and never speak of that night again. Eight months later, someone has found proof of their misdeed and begins to stalk them with the evidence, killing them off one by one. The group, which gets smaller and smaller, must band together to find out who the perpetrator of these crimes might be, as well as fight for their right to stay alive.
Since 1987’s Cobra Verde, Werner Herzog has directed just two feature films in the ensuing twenty two years—Invincible (2001) and Rescue Dawn (2007), preferring to focus increasingly upon documentaries. It appears he made the right choice as these features were met with general indifference both critically and at the box-office, while his documentaries have garnered multiple awards and almost universal praise. However, with My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done?, Herzog’s interest in the fiction format appears to have been reignited, with two features completed (the other being his Bad Lieutenant reimagining) and yet another soon to begin filming.
Now, for those of you who upon seeing the title card David Lynch Presents a Werner Herzog Film didn’t immediately turn off the trailer and start pulling out your wallets- let me enlighten you as to why this quite possibly could be the most awesome-est thing ever! OK, well maybe of the year…
Number one—the plot. The film is based on the true story of a San Diego man who acts out a Sophocles play in his mind and kills his mother with an antique saber. Awesome.
Number two—the cast. Willem Dafoe (owner of a lifetime pass for his work as Bobby Peru in Wild at Heart), Michael Shannon, Cloe Sevigny, Grace Zabriskie, and Udo Kier. Doubly awesome.
Number three—Uh, a pack of ostriches stole Udo Kier’s glasses. Seriously, did you not see that? When was the last time time you saw something that randomly weird (and totally unrelated to plot) in a mainstream American trailer? Exactly.
Unfortunately, no official release date has been provided as of yet. One possible reason—studio executives realized what they got themselves into and are nervously stalling for time trying to figure out how to market this eccentricity to cineplexes in Nebraska. If this is in fact the case, we may be waiting for quite some time…
Has it really been 12 years since Beavis and Butthead went off the air? And please, don’t even try to tell me you haven’t missed them…
Series creator Mike Judge brings back the boys to promote his new film Extract, which stars Jason Bateman, Ben Affleck, and Mila Kunis. Early word is good on this one, apparently a return-to-form of sorts after the disappointing Idiocracy.
Extract comes to a theatre near you on September 4th. Judge still has not released an official statement regarding any upcoming Beavis and Butthead projects, leaving many wishing he would.