Fantastic Fest Review: ‘Let The Corpses Tan’ Is A Bonkers, Beautiful, Confusing Exploitation Homage

Fantastic Fest Described in the program as a “giallo in its purest form” (a genre with which I can’t pretend extreme familiarity), Let the Corpses Tan, a film out of Belgium from directors Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani, is basically shot as if the entire thing lives in the gun fight from The Good The Bad and the Ugly — dramatic close-ups, epic music, stylized sex and violence. It’s the kind of tits n’ splatter film that … [Read more...]

‘The Killing Of A Sacred Deer’ Is Another Odd, Flawed Gem From Lanthimos

A24 As with his 2015 relationship absurdo-comedy, The Lobster, about a quaint island resort where awkward singles are hunted for sport, Yorgos Lanthimos’ latest film, The Killing of a Sacred Deer, stars Colin Farrell, and seems to take place entirely within an alternate universe where everyone is simultaneously extremely awkward and extremely forthright. A representative moment is when Farrell’s character introduces his daughter, … [Read more...]

Fantastic Fest Review: Joachim Trier’s Divisive, Unforgettable Coming-Of-Age Nightmare, ‘Thelma’

The Orchard Joachim Trier’s Thelma opens with an unforgettable sequence, a daughter trailing her father across a frozen lake, trout swimming beneath the ice shot from below. As she closes in, her father slowly levels his hunting rifle at a deer, and then… at his daughter? It’s the opening salvo to a dark (narratively) luminescent (visually) drama about a Norwegian girl (Eili Harboe) coming of age, coming of sexuality, and trying … [Read more...]

Frotcast 345: ‘The Accountant,’ With Dave Lozo

WB “Fack me sideways, Chahlene, these numbahs ah facked.”– Listen on the player above, or download as an mp3 here (right-click, save as). You can also listen on Stitcher. With Allison Mick stuck in traffic, we’ve got Dave Lozo joining Vince and Matt Lieb on the Frotcast this week, to discuss the Tomb Raider remake, JJ Abrams directing … [Read more...]

A Festival Virgin Road Trips To The Oregon Eclipse Festival

Eclipse Festival A few weeks ago, an estimated 30,000 people — filthy, dust-covered, dreadlocked people — gathered at Big Summit Prairie, deep in Oregon’s Ochoco National Forest for Oregon Eclipse 2017†, a Burning Man-style festival of art and music centered around the total solar eclipse, at a site directly in the path of totality. Despite a firm vow never to attend Burning Man or anything like it, I was there — glad I … [Read more...]

‘Battle Of The Sexes’ Triumphs By Eschewing Easy Villains

Fox Searchlight It’s been said that victory has a hundred fathers but failure is an orphan, and in a way the reverse is true of true story narratives. When they suck there’s blame to go around and a million causes — the unearned creative liberties, the important points unfairly omitted, the obvious elements unnecessarily fussed over. When they’re good it seems preordained, as if God told the story and all you had to do was … [Read more...]

Frotcast 344: Bodega, Dan Nainan, And Charlie Sheen’s ‘9/11’

Atlas Distribution– Listen on the player above, or download as an mp3 here (right-click, save as). You can also listen on Stitcher. Matt Lieb and Joey Avery are in the Frotquarters this week, to discuss the “new” Bodega app, the Charlie Sheen 9/11 movie, and of course, Ted Cruz cranking his hog (on 9/11). We also do a … [Read more...]

‘American Assassin’ Is An Idiotic Marine Todd Fantasy That Doesn’t Even Have The Decency To Be Fun

CBS FilmsAmerican Assassin feels like it sprang directly from the id of some wannabe militia man reading Soldier of Fortune during frequent toilet breaks, who imagines elaborate revenge scenarios about finding the terrorists who murdered his imaginary girlfriend and killing them with MMA. It’s a poor man’s Bourne, with all the tasteful vagaries of geopolitical spycraft stripped away until it’s just some pockmarked Steve Bannon … [Read more...]

‘Brad’s Status’ Is A Clever Portrait Of An Insufferable Man

Amazon Studios Written and directed by Mike White, Brad’s Status joins a grand tradition of films about Depressed Dads Who Dream™. True to the genre, it stars Ben Stiller as its dad, Brad, and fits snugly into the Stiller oeuvre, right between Greenberg and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Brad isn’t quite as misanthropic as Greenberg, nor as creative as Walter Mitty. His dreams are slightly paranoid, but largely grounded (no ice … [Read more...]

In The Bizarre ‘9/11,’ Charlie Sheen Represents Everything This Nation Lost On 9/11

Atlas Distribution Long before I got to the theater, everything about 9/11 felt… well, “off.” Who makes a movie about the most serious of subjects and then casts it like a VH-1 reality show from the late aughts? “9/11, starring Charlie Sheen and Whoopi Goldberg” sounds like the beginning of a joke, and their floating heads silhouetted with the twin towers in the poster was the perfect sight gag. All that is Serious … [Read more...]

Extremely Wolfman And Incredibly Nards: ‘It’ Is A Shockingly Good Version Of The Movie We Can’t Stop Making

IMPA The new It movie is a visually deft, wildly entertaining, scary, and occasionally even funny version of what’s becoming our collective pop culture urtext. Even as it offers all the visceral thrills you could conceivably ask of it, there’s an inescapable familiarity to it, the unavoidable question of how many more times we need to make this movie. It trades on this need without delving into it, without ever questioning or … [Read more...]

This Week In Posters: Borgs, Bad Moms, Gunther, And Lady Birds

IMPA This week in This Week in Posters, we begin with this Fronsh poster for Borg/McEnroe, which I like a lot, and not just because they matched up the names with the corresponding character/actor. It uses the net as the visual slash between “Borg and McEnroe.” I also enjoy that in the ’70s (I know the movie is set in 1980, but 1980 is for all intents and purposes part of the ’70s), if your hair didn’t come past your … [Read more...]

Frotcast 343: The Unified Theory Of Taylor Swift

Vevo/YouTube– Listen on the player above, or download as an mp3 here (right-click, save as). You can also listen on Stitcher. This week on the Frotcast, Justin Halpern joins for a quick story about his friend farting in Anne C0ulter’s drink one time. Then comedians Joey Avery and Allison Mick join Vince Mancini in the studio, to interview Steve … [Read more...]