Dear Mr. Watterson

Behold the trailer for the upcoming Calvin & Hobbes documentary

The Smell of Us

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Larry Clark’s upcoming film about “a group of self-destructive skateboarders in Paris.” Pete Doherty has been apparently been cast in it.

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Morning Dose of Phase IV

The trailer for the 1974 Saul Bass film.

When Art Shows Act Like Hollywood Blockbusters

The trailer for Francesco Vezzoli’s The Trinity

Anchorman 2

The official trailer

The Wolf of Wall Street

Directed by Martin Scorcese, and starring Leonardo DiCaprio.

Evocateur: The Morton Downey, Jr. Movie

The upcoming film gets a well-deserved Red Band trailer.

In theaters and On Demand this Friday (6/7) from Magnolia Pictures

Road Warrior: Zal Batmanglij, Director of The East

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As a film-obsessed pre-teen growing up in France, Zal Batmanglij’s dream was to export the children’s program Choudenshi Bioman to the States. “People ask you when you’re a little kid, ‘Do you want to be a fireman or a ballerina or something?’ I said, ‘No, I want to bring Bioman to America,’” recalls the 32 year-old director at the Crosby Street Hotel. “But someone beat me to it. They called it Power Rangers.” Luckily, Batmanglij got a video camera when he was 12, and never stopped making movies — though he never finished one until he met his future best friend and fellow filmmaker, Mike Cahill, at Georgetown.

The two collaborated on their first two shorts, Substance and Lucid Grey, the latter of which Batmanglij notes was “about a couple who goes to a college party and has various sexual encounters separately, and then come together and break up realizing all sorts of things about their lives.” It won the top prize at the university’s film festival, and attracted the attention of then-17-year-old aspiring actress Brit Marling, who gave them a standing ovation from the front row.

When Batmanglij, an anthropology major, was later accepted into the American Film Institute he brought Cahill and Marling out to Los Angeles with him. “I just didn’t want to go to school by myself and they were my best friends,” he says. “It seemed crazy to move out to LA from the East Coast but we did it and then we became other’s family.”

This familial connection bled into the work, which started with Batmanglij’s thesis film, a 35mm short called The Recordist, which starred Marling. “We had such a healthy, fun experience, it just seemed right, so we were like, ‘Let’s just keep going,’” he explains. Marling and Batmanglij wrote their first feature, Sound of My Voice, about a cult-leading, basement-dwelling Angeleno woman “from the future” who becomes the obsession of an undercover documentarian and his girlfriend. When they couldn’t get it made the two hit the road on a 2009 summer odyssey — catching out on trains, dumpster diving, joining collectives, taking rideshares across 14 states — that would change the way they approached the film industry.

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Movies That You Can Go See This Weekend

Good or bad, it’s all entertainment.

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“Being Unexpected Is The Only Advantage That Matters”

New trailer for THE EAST, out in theaters May 31st.

Morning Dose of OBEY THE GIANT

The movie about the early life of Shepard Fairey.

Directed by Julian Marshall

Releasing on April 15th

PINEAPPLE EXPRESS 2

Lulz.

Gimme The Loot

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Opening this Friday at the IFC Center.

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American Ecstasy

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The redband trailer for Jonathan Leder’s upcoming film.

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SIGN PAINTERS

The official trailer for the documentary by Faythe Levine & Sam Macon.

More info here

TRANCE

This movie looks sick!

Simon (James McAvoy), a fine art auctioneer, teams up with a criminal gang to steal a Goya painting worth millions of dollars, but after suffering a blow to the head during the heist he awakens to discover he has no memory of where he hid the painting. When physical threats and torture fail to produce answers, the gang’s leader Frank (Vincent Cassel) hires hypnotherapist Elizabeth Lamb (Rosario Dawson) to delve into the darkest recesses of Simon’s psyche. As Elizabeth begins to unravel Simon’s broken subconscious, the lines between truth, suggestion, and deceit begin to blur.

12 O’Clock Boys

While this film is premiering at SXSW 2013 Film Festival, it could still use some help via kickstarter.

“Pug, a thirteen year old boy living on a dangerous Westside block, has one goal in mind: to join the 12 O’Clock Boys; the notorious urban dirt-bike gang of Baltimore. Converging from all parts of the inner city, they invade the streets and clash with police, who are forbidden to chase the bikes for fear of endangering the public. Pug looks to the pack for mentorship, spurred by their dangerous lifestyle. He narrates their world as if explaining a dreamscape, complemented with unprecedented, action-packed coverage of the riders in their element, guided by the riders themselves as they take to the streets and clash with Police. The film presents the pivotal years of change in a boy’s life growing up in one of the most dangerous and economically depressed cities in the United States.”

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Finding Vivian Maier

Fascinating.

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