FILM On any given day, on any given Muni, you're likely to hear John Carpenter's Halloween theme trilling out of some kid's cell. Sprung from one gloriously terrifying, terrifyingly simple idea (in a word: babysitters!), the seminal horror series welcomes its ninth installment with Rob Zombie's remake of the 1978 original. I can hear you, horror snob: "Ninth installment? Remake? Read more »
The busiest guy with an undead name in showbiz? Rob Zombie. Like a certain mask-wearing maniac, the man can’t be stopped – at least when it comes to doing press for Halloween, his latest film, which opens Friday, August 31 (giving you a full two months to prepare for the actual holiday). I zoomed into the office after an ill-advised night out for my 8:45 a.m. interview. My phone was lit up like Vegas – Mr. Zombie was running a bit late, could I hold on for a few minutes? Read more »
The Toronto International Film Festival posted their schedule today, and among the docs is something called Heavy Metal in Baghdad -- a behind-the-scenes look at Acrassicauda, "the only Iraqi heavy metal band." (And, I'm guessing, one of few Iraqi bands, period, these days.) Watch the trailer here. As you can see, co-directors Eddy Moretti and Suroosh Alvi (Vice magazine co-founder; the film is produced by mag affiliate VBS.tv) went the distance for the story. Read more »
1. Death Sentence Not to be confused with The Brave One (see "Popcorn and Human Pies"), but you're forgiven if you do: old-school vigilantes are the new hotness. Splat packer James Wan (Saw) directs this adaptation of Brian Garfield's novel the sequel to Death Wish in which a brush with violence turns a mild-mannered dude (Kevin Bacon) into the human equivalent of Judas Priest's Screaming for Vengeance. (Aug. 31)
True, Frank Oz has made his living for the last twenty years as a director of glossy, big-budget Hollywood comedies: from the mega-hits (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, What About Bob?, In & Out) to the occasional colossal flop (The Stepford Wives). And for the discerning nerd, Yoda always he will be. But for me, it's hard not to meet the man and think of him as anything but a pig. Read more »
"That ape is very cunning, and he will do what he needs to, to stop you." This nugget of wisdom, tossed off by a spectator who's hoping to witness a record-setting Donkey Kong score, is at once simple and poignant much like The King of Kong, which chronicles the rivalry between two of the game's elite players, both men in their 30s who take the pursuit of arcade excellence very, very seriously. Read more »
Rampaging genitalia, families of half-wits, towns shielding deadly secrets, and the end of the world yep, there are good times to be had with the selection of new films in Dead Channels: The San Francisco Festival of Fantastic Film. The most buzzed-about title, Uwe Boll's Postal (it's a war-on-terror comedy that pokes fun at Sept. 11, among other topics; Seinfeld's Soup Nazi plays fun guy Osama bin Laden), wasn't available for prescreening. Read more »
Blessed be to the advances in technology that allow alert concertgoers to capture performers at their most uncouth.
Most recently, Faith Hill upbraided a front-row fan for gettin' too gropy with hubby and tourmate Tim McGraw's private parts (TMZ has the video here). And of course there's the now-famous Beyonce tumble (TMZ has it here).
Who needs concert videos when the between-songs shit is so juicy? Read more »
If you've seen the late, great MTV sketch comedy show The State (look for the long-awaited DVD in October) or 2001's summer-camp-movie parody Wet Hot American Summer, you can imagine what the Bible's gonna look like in the hands of director David Wain. Or maybe not in The Ten, Wain and cowriter Ken Marino interpret the 10 Commandments with typically off-the-wall (and thus completely unpredictable) humor. I recently spoke with Wain, who doesn't fancy himself the next Cecil B. Read more »