Director Spike Jonze (Where the Wild Things Are, Being John Malcovich) directed this short film in collaboration with Arcade Fire. In traditional Spike Jonze style, the film has a very interesting visual aesthetic and a very dark storyline. To watch the full 28 minute film, click HERE to watch it at mubi.com. If you like this, make sure to check out his last couple short films after the break. My personal favorite is We Were Once a Fairytale starring Kanye West.
This Friday, the 5th annual Crazy 4 Cult art show opens in Los Angeles at Gallery 1988. The show is a celebration of cult movies and pop culture. For a movie geek like me, this is an absolute must-see. I’ve included a few examples below to show what the show will be like, but it is definitely worth checking out in person if you have the chance. You can find more information about it at www.Gallery1988.com.
The Beastie Boys have released a trailer for their star-studded 30 minute music video Fight for Your Right-Revisited. The film stars Seth Rogen, Danny McBride, and Elijah Wood as Mike D,MCA and Ad-Rock, who are visited by the future versions of themselves (played by Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly and Jack Black.) The film premiered at Sundance and it going to be released with the Beastie Boys new album Hot Sauce Committee part Two on May 3rd. The guest stars in this thing are amazing. I won’t ruin it by telling you who else shows up in this short 2-minute video.
After reading the synopsis and watching the trailer, this may be my most anticipated movie of the year.
“RUBBER is the story of Robert, an inanimate tire that has been abandoned in the desert, and suddenly and inexplicably comes to life. As Robert roams the bleak landscape, he discovers that he possesses terrifying telepathic powers that give him the ability to destroy anything he wishes without having to move. At first content to prey on small desert creatures and various discarded objects, his attention soon turns to humans, especially a beautiful and mysterious woman who crosses his path. Leaving a swath of destruction across the desert landscape, Robert becomes a chaotic force to be reckoned with, and truly a movie villain for the ages. Directed by legendary electro musician Quentin Dupieux (Steak, Nonfilm), aka Mr. Oizo, RUBBER is a smart, funny and wholly original tribute to the cinematic concept of no reason.”
RUBBER is on-demand and in select theaters April 1st.
Director Harmony Korine, known for his films Kids, Gummo, and Julien Donkey-Boy, directed a new short film called UMSHINI WAM. It stars Ninja and Yo Landi Vasser of Die Antwoord who “play trigger-happy, gun-toting, wheelchair-bound gangsters” dressed in yellow and pink jumpsuits. Follow them through their mischievous journey peeking into what seems like just another day for the two.
French director Gaspar Noé’s third film Enter the Void is not an easy movie to sit through, and I mean that in the best way possible. During the film’s daunting 154 minute run time, I felt uncomfortable, scared, upset and sometimes even dizzy, but I was never bored. The film begins with a rapid-fire opening credits sequence that overloads your senses before you even see the first shot of actual film. And from that point on, your brain is never really given a chance to turn back on. The film’s protagonist “Oscar” is a 20-something year-old orphan living in Tokyo with his sister and his friend Alex. The film is shot from first person perspective, making you feel like you are experiencing the events literally through Oscar’s eyes (yes, this includes the screen going black every time he blinks). Throughout the opening scenes, Oscar experiments with various illicit substances, spawning long sequences of drug-induced hallucinations. From this point on, the audience is taken on an intense and often frightening journey through Oscar’s past, his death, and his afterlife. As Oscar’s mind hurtles through a psychedelic vision of Tokyo, he watches his friends and family as they react to his death. There are times when you want him to look away, and there are times when you want to stay in a scene longer; but the movie gives you a feeling that this journey is as uncontrollable as death itself. Like a bad drug trip, there is nothing you can do but wait for it to be over, which is exactly the feeling that Noé intended. Most people will find the film too intense or abstract to enjoy, but the people who do make it through to the end will have experienced something unquestionably unique. This may not be a drug that you want to take more than once, but it is an experience like nothing you have ever seen, or will ever see again.
Wow. What a powerful, challenging, dark, visually arresting film. Darren Aronofsky may not ever be able to top this one, even if he continues this recent streak of looking at “normal” people on a deeper level. His previous film, The Wrestler, was an exercise in solitude, looking at how life can be so lonely based on our own decisions. It was a hard movie to watch, because it challenged you as the viewer to think and realize how you may be ending up like Mickey Rourke’s character Randy. This film is about something much less tangible, but much more socially acceptable as an expectation. While nobody expects to make every right decision, nor would they accept ending up alone, Black Swan looks at something that parents expect of their children, bosses their employees, husbands their wives and vise versa, and individuals their friends. Black Swan is a study on pressure, more specifically the pressure of the expectation to attain “perfection.”
I’m not sure how long this will be online because it is both unofficial and incomplete, but the video for Kanye West’s new single “Monster” from My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy leaked online today. The audio on this video is pretty shitty, but I’m sure you guys have heard this song by now. If not, a high quality version is embedded below. The video involves Kanye West and his collaborators Rick Ross, Jay-Z and Nicky Minaj in a series of dark and disturbing scenes involving necrophilia and cannibalism. Really creepy stuff, but not as creepy as the close-ups on Kanye’s weird diamond teeth that he has now. Seriously, what is going on there?
The Lonely Island does it again with their new song “I Just Had Sex” which premiered on the latest episode of Saturday Night Live. I’ve been watching the comedy troupe’s digital shorts on SNL for years, (they created “Dick in a Box” and “Jizz in My Pants”) and now they have “”I Just Had Sex” featuring Akon. The music video also stars Jessica Alba, Blake Lively, and randomly John McEnroe. The song is available on iTunes for download and is the first single for The Lonely Island’s next album coming out in 2011, which is sure to make you shoot fireworks out of your dick.
A much anticipated film here at WGWit comes out at midnight and we urge you to go see it; if not for the story, at the very least for the visuals and the scoring by Daft Punk. Yours truly will be viewing the film at the Howard Hughes Center IMAX (formerly the Bridge) in 3D. If you plan on watching, I strongly advise watching the film under the same circumstances. Locally, the El Capitan Theater in Hollywood and the Irvine Spectrum Edwards in Irvine provide the same viewing experience.
Here’s the recently popular Breakdown remix of “Derezzed” to get you pumped. Hope the flick doesn’t suck!