Posts Tagged ‘Citizen Kane’

Trailerama Classic: Citizen Kane

September 14, 2009

So how about a trailer in which a) the star is heard, not seen b) the film-making apparatus is exposed into the light c) the lead actors are all shown first out of character, then in character and d) lasts nearly four minutes? In many ways, Kane‘s “ballyhoo” is fully in keeping with the film itself. Due for re-release in the UK on October 30.

Frank Henenlotter Brings Bad Biology to Boston!

March 19, 2009

buff-2009The New York Underground Film Festival is sadly no more. Boo! But the Boston Underground Film Festival is alive and kicking both legs and several other appendages. Eegah! The BUFF kicks off tonight with a screening of incredibly strange filmmaker Frank Henenlotter‘s Bad Biology, his first film since 1992’s Basket Case 3: The Progeny. The insanity starts at 7:30 PM at the Kendall Square Cinema.

Biologydoesn’t shake up Henenlotter’s bag of tricks too hard, featuring a phallic beastie, lousy acting, and a special effects budget that was probably equal to the cash spent on craft services. Musician/actress Charlee Danielson is the actress taking on the role of Jennifer, whose mutant cooch demands constant satisfaction. When not bashing out the brains of her lovers and tossing stem cells in the trash, Jennifer is searching for nothing less than a holy shag with the Most High. She settles a man with the aforementioned wang. Sez Film Threat, “A hoot that hollers throughout.”

Watchmen Metaphor/Simile Watch

March 5, 2009
  • Peter Martin, Cinematical: “It’s like someone decided the alphabet was too long: most of the consonants are still there, but Watchmen is missing a couple of vowels. … Some of the actors sound as though they’re delivering their lines for the first time, reading off cue cards. … Doctor Manhattan’s big blue penis, dangling like a participle with no tomorrow. … On its own, the movie is an efficient adrenaline delivery machine, occasionally taking flight and occasionally sputtering, but most often just motoring down a long road with colorful scenery to pass the time.”
  • J. Hoberman, Village Voice: “A mutated atomic scientist who glows like blue kryptonite … The Comedian is a cigar chomping a-hole … who at his height claimed to embody the American Dream … humping like porn stars … For all its superficial fidelity, Snyder’s movie stands Moore’s novel on its head, trying to reconstruct a conventional blockbuster out of those empty capes and scattered shards.”