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Interview: Director Eddie Alcazar on Breathtaking Style and Grotesquely Fascinating Body Horror in Perfect

Writer/director/producer Eddie Alcazar is known for the documentary Tapia (2013), which he directed, and Kuso (2017), directed by Flying Lotus, which he was a producer on. Alcazar has directed a new science fiction film, Perfect, which he co-wrote with Ted Kupper. Perfect is executive-produced by Steven Soderbergh and Flying Lotus did the music for the […] The post Interview: Director Eddie Alcazar on Breathtaking Style and Grotesquely Fascinating Body Horror in Perfect appeared first on Dread Central.
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‘Perfect’ Film Review: Beautiful, Pointless Sci-Fi Saga Remains Aggressively Skin-Deep

‘Perfect’ Film Review: Beautiful, Pointless Sci-Fi Saga Remains Aggressively Skin-Deep
In Eddie Alcazar’s debut feature “Perfect,” beautiful nymph-like models lounge around a Lautner house digitally transported into a waterfall fantasy land, and not a whole lot seems to mean anything. Alcazar has flip-flopped roles with his collaborator, musician-filmmaker Flying Lotus, for whom Alcazar acted as producer on the gross-out horror anthology film “Kuso.” Now Flying Lotus is producing (and acting as composer) for this sci-fi anti-morality tale — released under the “Steven Soderbergh Presents” banner — that frustrates as much as it visually dazzles.

The film opens with a distraught young man calling his chilly mother (Abbie Cornish) on a 1980s landline to beg her to come home and fix his mess. The mess in question is the nude corpse of his girlfriend, drenched in her own blood. When mom whisks her son away to a kind of modernist rehab, it seems as though he might go through the motions of repentance or soul-searching,
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Flying Lotus Delivers Funked-Out Space Jams ‘Spontaneous,’ ‘Takashi’

Flying Lotus unveiled a cosmic mini-suite of two new songs, “Spontaneous” and “Takashi,” from his upcoming album, Flamagra, out May 24th via Warp.

Spontaneous” features Little Dragon vocalist Yukimi Nagano singing over a roiling low-end groove shot through with dusty drums and and a galaxy of various synth sounds. After just a couple minutes, “Spontaneous” fades out and gives way to the opening thump of “Takashi.” The song — a dense, dizzying jam centered around a skittering clavichord — is named for Takashi Kudo, an artist in the teamLab collective, whose worked
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Shudder’s February 2019 Releases Include Eli Roth’S History Of Horror, Horror Noire, The Loved Ones, Bloody Birthday

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Shudder is looking to warm the hearts of horror fans in the Us this February with a wide range of titles, including the new documentary Horror Noire, Eli Roth's History of Horror TV series (for those that missed it on its initial AMC run), 1981's Bloody Birthday, Frank Henenlotter's Brain Damage, and Sean Byrne's The Loved Ones.

Below, check out the full list of titles coming to Shudder in the Us this February, and visit Shudder online to learn more about the streaming service.

"Horror’s past comes to life this month on Shudder, first in the new Shudder Original documentary Horror Noire: A History Of Black Horror, and then in the seven-part series Eli Roth’S History Of Horror. After that, step into horror’s future with the Shudder Exclusive films The Crucifixion, offering a new take on the demonic possession genre from the director of Frontier(s),
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Film News Roundup: ‘Deadpool 2’ Tops $500 Million at Worldwide Box Office

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Film News Roundup: ‘Deadpool 2’ Tops $500 Million at Worldwide Box Office
In today’s film news roundup, “Deadpool 2” hits a box office milestone, SingularDTV buys a sci-fi thriller, and Jared Mass is re-hired by Reel FX.

Box Office

Fox’s “Deadpool 2” has topped $500 million at the worldwide box office in less than two weeks.

Deadpool 2” has taken in $218.5 million domestically and another $287 million in international markets, led by $28 million in the U.K. and $27 million in South Korea.

The original “Deadpool” stunned the industry two years ago with a $132.4 million debut weekend, which holds the record for an R-rated title, and went on to finish with $330 million domestically and $420 million internationally. Fox decided in January to open the Ryan Reynolds sequel two weeks earlier to get it into theaters a week ahead of “Solo: A Star Wars Story.”

Acquisitions

Blockchain entertainment studio SingularDTV has acquired worldwide rights to the sci-fi thriller “Perfect,” starring Garrett Wareing, Courtney Eaton, and Abbie Cornish.
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2017: The Digital Rebirth of the Midnight Movie

This year’s Sundance audience had no idea what they had signed up for when they entered the Egyptian Theatre on January 21st, the midnight premiere of Kuso. While Flying Lotus has established a well-earned legacy through his music, feature films are a fresh venture for him – and his first effort was transgressive enough to […]

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Shudder Announces November 16th Premiere Date for New Horror Talk Show The Core, Hosted by Mickey Keating

AMC Networks has announced a new series called The Core, hosted by Mickey Keating (Carnage Park), which will debut on Shudder, the network's streaming service. Each week, Mickey and other creatives in the genre will unpack all the elements that go into genre filmmaking. Check out the gory, funny trailer now:

Press Release: New York, New York — Thursday, November 2nd, 2017 —On Thursday Nov 16, AMC Networks’ subscription streaming video service Shudder, debuts new original series The Core, a weekly dissection of genre filmmaking hosted by director and fierce genre fan Mickey Keating (Psychopaths, Carnage Park). Alongside filmmakers from the world of horror, Keating examines the onscreen techniques and real-life psychologies that strike fear into our very core. The 10-episode series will premiere Thursday, November 16th, with new episodes releasing every week.

“The Core is a twisted celebration of the magic of genre filmmaking, and I can honestly say there has never been anything like it,
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'Tim and Eric' Prep 'Awesome Show' 10th Anniversary Special

Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim will revive their beloved sketch show Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! for a 10th anniversary special that will air August 27th at midnight Et on Adult Swim. Per a statement, the half-hour episode will feature "new sketches, familiar faces and the same old Awesome Show."

Heidecker and Wareheim shared a short teaser for the special in which they perform a snippet of a song ostensibly titled "Tiny Lamborghini." While singing the expertly cheesy New Wave parody, the duo drive around a green-screened beach
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Watch the Opening of Flying Lotus’ ‘Kuso’

Watch the Opening of Flying Lotus’ ‘Kuso’
Steven Ellison, better known to the public as the incredible musician Flying Lotus, is behind Kuso, which was getting all sorts of press for the walk-outs. Kuso is allegedly so gross and disgusting that there was a huge walkout at its Sundance world premiere — making this my most anticipated genre film of the year. In fact, our […]
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Interview: Kuso Co-Writer/Director Steve (aka Flying Lotus) Discusses Taking Risks For His Directorial Debut

Earlier in 2017, acclaimed hip hop artist Flying Lotus (who is also known as Steve) celebrated the world premiere of his directorial debut, Kuso, at the Sundance Film Festival, and now, the film is heading home exclusively to Shudder today (and it also begins a one-week engagement at Cinefamily in Los Angeles too). Daily Dead had the chance to speak with Steve about transitioning from the realm of music to filmmaker, taking chances as an artist, working with his cast and more.

Great to speak with you, Steve, and congrats on finding a home for Kuso with Shudder. I would love if you could start off discussing how much your work in the music industry helped prepare you to transition to the world of film. I know you’ve been doing videos, and doing video and music work with Adult Swim too, so this seems like a natural progression for your career.
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Exclusive Kuso Clip + Interview With Steve, aka Flying Lotus

Today marks the release of Kuso, the debut film of Steve, the filmmaking alter-ego of Steve Ellison, better known as music producer, DJ, and rapper Flying Lotus, which premieres on AMC’s horror streaming service Shudder. The film has gained quite… Continue Reading →

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New to Streaming: ‘Colossal,’ ‘Stalker,’ ‘Suspiria,’ ‘Fallen Angels,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

Cameraperson (Kirsten Johnson)

Kirsten Johnson brings us her memoirs by way of a videographic scrapbook. Bits and pieces of the numerous documentaries she’s shot in her years as a Dp have been woven together into a travelogue / ethnographic study / commentary on the nature of cinematic framing. What was an establishing shot in one doc becomes, here, a study of the vagaries of a camera operator’s job. Documentary
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How Flying Lotus Made the Grossest Midnight Movie of the Last Decade

How Flying Lotus Made the Grossest Midnight Movie of the Last Decade
Most aspiring filmmakers who have sunk $400,000 of their own money into their first movie, and then have the chance to premiere it in a high-profile slot Sundance, do not want initial viewer reactions to be swift, violent and highly negative. They do not want reports that numerous audience members had walked, perhaps even ran, out of the theater in Park City during its first-ever showing, unwilling to tangle with some a movie that might be described "difficult," or "in-your-face," or "gross-as-fuck."

To be fair, however, most filmmakers are nothing like Steven Ellison,
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Kuso review – Flying Lotus-directed horror stakes claim as grossest movie ever

The largely nonsensical debut by the electronic musician follows the survivors of an earthquake and inflicts on them unimaginable cruelty of the corporeal sort

There are horror films in which the persistence of violence and torture serves as a vehicle for a broader social commentary, like Pier Paolo Pasolini’s Saló, which, when I first saw it, was perhaps the most unruly thing I’d ever witnessed. It was equal parts captivating and unwatchable, driven by a withering critique of fascism and its practitioners’ cruel, sadistic thirst for power and pleasure.

Then there are ones like Kuso, the debut feature by the electronic musician Flying Lotus. Kuso could scarcely be called a film proper; it’s more like a feature-length sequence of moving pictures and disparate narratives that seem perpetually engaged in a game of one-upmanship, the point being for each image to be grosser than the one that came before.
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A New Completely Bonkers Trailer For Kuso is the Stuff Freak Show Nightmares Are Made Of

If you haven't heard about the film Kuso yet, just wait until you see this latest insane trailer! This movie seriously looks bat-shit crazy and it seems like it's going to give audiences a unique movie going experience that they will never forget. I'm just watching this trailer and thinking that this is the thing that freak show nightmares are made of. Just watch the trailer and you'll see what I mean. Here's the synopsis:

Broadcasted through a makeshift network of discarded televisions, this story is tangled up in the aftermath of Los Angeles's worst earthquake nightmare. Travel between screens and aftershocks into the twisted lives of the survived.Welcome to the weird and wild mind of filmmaker Steven Ellison. Already acclaimed for his expansive psychedelic albums as musician Flying Lotus, Ellison steps behind the camera to direct this mind-altering freakshow of a first feature, co-written with David Firth and Zach Fox.
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Coming Distractions: What the hell is even going on in this trailer for Kuso?

You know you’re in for something weird when the sight of Tim Heidecker, covered in boils, is the least-upsetting visual a new trailer has to offer. Such is the case for Kuso, the first film from Steven Ellison, a.k.a. rapper Flying Lotus. And while the trailer’s promo copy says it takes place in L.A., in the aftermath of a massive earthquake, in actual practice, it seems to be streaming straight out of someone’s Technicolor fever dream.

Honestly, we have no fucking clue what’s happening here; the trailer blends live-action, animation, and body horror into some sort of David Cronenberg-meets-Who Framed Roger Rabbit hybrid. Is George Clinton’s crazy-sounding doctor a good guy? Does that woman’s vagina have teeth? Can this movie congeal into something more than 90 minutes of out-there imagery and screaming? Hopefully, we’ll have a better idea when
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New Trailer for Trippy Los Angeles Film 'Kuso' Directed by Flying Lotus

"I survived, and I can barely believe it." Shudder has debuted a new trailer for the trippy new film made by musician Flying Lotus, making his feature directorial debut. Kuso is about a few events that occur after an earthquake destroys Los Angeles. The story is told through various discarded televisions and a number of quirky characters still left alive. It's described as having hallucinations that are "half-Cronenberg, half-Ren & Stimpy", though even that may not properly sum up the film. I heard nothing but weird things about this, as it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and seems to be an acquired taste, definitely not for everyone. The cast includes Hannibal Buress, Anders Holm, Tim Heidecker, as well as funk legend George Clinton, among others. It's a good trailer with all the crazy quotes, but I don't think I'll be seeing this film. Here's the official trailer (+ poster) for Flying Lotus' film Kuso,
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New Trailer For ‘Kuso’ Directed By Flying Lotus Will Melt Your Brain

The sobriquet Sundance Movie conjures up some familiar elements: low budgets, a blend of drama and comedy, and usually some kind of predictably mapped out catharsis. However, when electronic musician Flying Lotus landed in Park City this year with “Kuso,” his film was genuinely uncategorizable. Weird, surreal, and gross, the movie prompted lots of raised eyebrows and walkouts, but has sustained as a must-see future midnight classic.

Featuring Hannibal Buress, Anders Holm, Tim Heidecker, and funk legend George Clinton, the plot, such as it is, looks at the lives at a bunch of twisted citizens in Los Angeles, but, really, “Kuso” is something you experience.

Continue reading New Trailer For ‘Kuso’ Directed By Flying Lotus Will Melt Your Brain at The Playlist.
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New Trailers for ‘Lemon’ and ‘Kuso’ Highlight Two of the Year’s Most Peculiar Films

While some have lamented that Sundance Film Festival has skewed more celebrity-focused in recent years, giving credence to star wattage over quality, those people often don’t explore the sidebars, and they certainly didn’t go see Lemon and Kuso. The two most peculiar films of the festival — and amongst the year, so far — will arrive this summer and new trailers have landed for both.

First up, Lemon comes from Janicza Bravo and Brett Gelman, following the latter as his life unravels in the strangest of ways. Also starring Judy Greer, Michael Cera, Fred Melamed, Rhea Perlman, Gillian Jacobs, Jon Daly, Martin Starr, Megan Mullally, Jeff Garlin, and Nia Long, it was actually one of the few films at the festival I didn’t review because I was left dumbfounded at what I just saw, for better or worse.

The next film, which hits theaters and Shudder shortly, is Kuso,
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