Posts Tagged ‘Frankenhooker’

The Great SXSW 2010 Preview Dump: Spotlight Premieres, Part 1

March 10, 2010

It may lack the glamour of Cannes or the smell of Venice, but really, is there a friendlier place to premiere your film than SXSW? Probably not and the surfeit of alcohol and food can even make up for the most disastrous debut. The Spotlight Premiere category boasts cherry-picked features and docs making their bows. The first part features everything from porn stars to hip-hop nobodies, intergalactic personality crises to one man’s ongoing battle with his Internet service provider. Who couldn’t relate? Click on the titles for trailers.

Read our SXSW Film Festival: Headliners preview here.

American Grindhouse

For years, cinematic shit like I Spit On Your Grave and Frankenhooker was the sole province of videostore geeks with nothing left to watch. Then Quentin Tarantino changed everything. Elijah Drenner’s doc chronicles the homegrown exploitation films which used sex ‘n’ violence to part a rube from his buck and somehow became art with the passing of time. Without John Waters, amazingly.

Barbershop Punk

The title sounds like the worst film since Young @ Heart, but please come back and read the rest of this. Sure, Robb Topolski loves his barbershop quartet music. He’s the baritone in his own group. Where the punk comes in is when he butts heads with his Internet provider. Georgia Sugimura’s documentary watches how the brawl comes to involve Ian MacKaye, Janeane Garofalo and other free speech advocates.


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.”