Takashi Murakami coming to Film Society to introduce his new film


Forget Godzilla. Japan’s popular visual artist, Takashi Murakami, has taken a break from his usual gig to make what looks like a much more interesting film. It’s called “Jellyfish Eyes,” and though its intended audience is children, it still looks pretty impressive.

“Jellyfish Eyes” is engrossing on many levels, one of which is an ambience that recalls Japanese kaijū (monster) movies from the 1950s. Some of the Friends could have been inspired by Godzilla or Mothra — only scaled down and child-friendly. But the queasy anxiety that fueled those old movies is duplicated in the film mainly because this country is currently revisiting the fears that existed in the age of kaijyū : mistrust of government, radiation, pollution and isolation. According to Murakami, made-in-Japan monster movies are emblematic of a larger anxiety.

Best of all, he’ll be on hand June 1 at the Film Society of Lincoln Center to discuss it. Check out the trailer below [via]

Jim Jarmusch vampire movie trailer: ‘Only Lovers Left Alive’


The Times has a piece on Jarmusch today. We’re looking forward to Only Lovers Left Alive which is out April 11. Film Society of Lincoln Center is currently doing a retrospective of his work.

[Jarmusch] hasn’t seen “Twilight” or “True Blood” or read Anne Rice, but can recount the origin of one of the first English vampire stories, which dates to around 1816. His film, opening April 11, stars Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton as Adam and Eve, an ur-cool bloodsucking couple whose love spans centuries and continents — he lives in crumbling Detroit; she in seedy, tangled Tangier. They’re united as much by their creative and literary appetites — he’s a musician, she’s a reader — as by their darker urges. In some ways, Mr. Jarmusch said, it’s quite a personal film…

Hemmed in by financing, “Only Lovers Left Alive” is the first movie he’s shot digitally, a concession (he prefers film) but one he eventually liked. “The things I hate about digital are daylight depths of field and skin tones,” he said, neither of which were a problem in a movie about extra-pale creatures who wither in sun. After a long hiatus, he also started playing guitar again, because music making is more immediate than film, and also because he started to wonder, “Why don’t I use my left hand for anything?”

“I had this period where I would try shaving or brushing my teeth with my left hand,” he said. “It’s like, what the hell, it’s got to have something in your brain that helps it. So then I thought: O.K., I’ll pick up the guitar again. You use both hands.”

And a few words from Tom Waits: [Read more…]

Q&A with Gavin McInnes on his new film “How to Be a Man”

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Time to add to one to the Netflix queue- local comedian and writer Gavin McInnes just released his new film, “How to Be a Man” today. You might recognize his name as the Co-Founder of VICE or from viral videos like “How to Fight a Baby”.

Fearing he’s dying of male breast cancer, Mark (Gavin McInnes) hires Bryan (Liam Aiken) to follow him around and film “lessons” for Mark’s unborn son on how to be a man, including how to fight a bully, drink and pick up women. In documenting the lessons for his son, he ends up learning life lessons himself.

The film has a seemingly familiar plot line, complete with cliché scenes like a dressing room makeover, but McInnes brings it to life with no-holds-barred humor, not suitable for your grandma. Any could-be heartwarming moment quickly is replaced with jokes, drugs and glimpses of male nudity. This movie probably shouldn’t be on the Family Night list, but acts as the perfect 90 minute cure for a Saturday morning hangover. Grab a PBR and maybe some coke and get comfy.

We had the opportunity to ask McInnes a few questions about his new film:
FREEwilliamsburg: Is this a comedy, drama or both? Coming of age? [Read more…]

New Wes Anderson Trailer: The Grand Budapest Hotel


Bellhops, taxidermy, Bill Murray, overly precious shots. Yep, it sure looks like a Wes Anderson joint. And by that we mean we’re excited to see it. Here’s the trailer: [Read more…]

Tonight: Dolly Parton tribute band & “Best Little Whorehouse” beneath a Green Corn Moon


Tonight, the Nitehawk Cinema debuts its Nitehawk Outdoors series at the brand-spanking new Havemeyer Park. RSVP here. And you know you want to be outside anyway to witness the Green Corn Moon:

This month’s full moon, which rises on Tuesday (Aug. 20), is not just a Blue Moon — it’s also the Full Sturgeon Moon, the Full Red Moon, the Green Corn Moon and the Grain Moon.Tomorrow’s full moon qualifies as a Blue Moon because it’s the third full moon in a season with four (most seasons have only three). Historically, there have been two different definitions of a Blue Moon.Technically, a Blue Moon is the third full moon in a four-full-moon season. The annual August full moon has come to be known as the Full Sturgeon Moon, because the large fish called sturgeon can most easily be caught at this time of year. [Read more…]

Trailer: John Turturro directs Woody Allen in upcoming film ‘Fading Gigolo’


We missed him in the overly bleak Blue Jasmine (though Cate Blanchett was beyond fantastic and a shoe-in for the Oscar). Thankfully, Woody is all over this one:

Woody Allen doesn’t act often these days, and it’s even rarer that he’ll step in front of the camera for someone else’s film. But when he does, he rarely loses a step, and everything we’ve come to know about the writer/director/actor’s screen presence is here fully formed in “Fading Gigolo,” the latest directorial effort from John Turturro.

As you might expect, this one is a trifle, a light little bit of comedy and as such, it’s endearing enough. Woody Allen plays a bookseller how helps his friend, played by the film’s writer/director John Turturro, raise some extra cash by engaging him in the world’s oldest profession. Yep, Woody is Turturro’s pimp, and he gets between the sheets with Sharon Stone and a feisty Sofia Vergara. Again, the stakes for this one are just to entertain you for about ninety minutes or so, and it looks like it may do just that.

No release date for this one, but we’ll see how it all works when it screens at TIFF.

Here’s the trailer which looks promising: [Read more…]

The Trailer For The CBGB Movie Is Here


And we love the tagline: ‘50,000 bands and one disgusting bathroom.’

It’s out October 11

Alan Rickman leads an all-star cast as Hilly Kristal, the financially unstable entrepreneur who opened the iconic club in 1973. CBGB, which stands for “Country Bluegrass Blues,” ultimately closed in 2006 over a rent dispute but lives on as the largest music festival in New York City.
“Why would you save for your dreams?” Rickman, as Kristal, asks in the trailer. “Why not live your dreams?”
Among the acts teased in the preview are Talking Heads, Blondie, The Ramones, Dead Boys, The Police, Iggy Pop and Patti Smith Group, among others. Malin Akerman, Rupert Grint, Ashley Greene, Johnny Galecki, Ryan Hurst, Justin Bartha, Donal Logue and Bradley Whitford are among the film’s stars.

Watch the trailer: [Read more…]

New Spike Jonze Trailer: ‘Her’ – Film to Feature Music By Arcade Fire