Archive for April 5th, 2011

Rubber : Killer Tire ///// Killer Score

April 5, 2011

By Catherine Matson

Rubber, the latest film by Quentin Dupieux aka Mr. Oizo, has it all: a killer roaming the sunny California desert, a beautiful woman, cops, explosions, mystery. This surreal thriller, which is both shocking and laugh out loud funny, is scored by the super hip music of French producer Mr. Oizo and Gaspard Auge from the band Justice.

Rubber is a crazy, beautiful film about a killer tire named Robert (go ahead and say it – French style). Why a tire? No reason, really. He roams the desert in search of a beautiful woman, busting open heads along the way, all the while being tracked by a strange audience; an obsessed mob watching with binoculars from a nearby mountain top, like some unwitting tourists watching lions hunt gazelles on the Serengeti.

The stories blend together, animated perfectly by the original score. Strange visual jokes appear out of nowhere, sometimes referencing other great filmmakers and visual artists like Hitchcock and surrealist Ray Johnson for example. The movie has good timing, but slow builds in the suspense. Don’t expect a fast paced Troma-styled slasher flick. At times Rubber has the feeling of a exquisite music video. Super fans can look out for brief cameos by Auge and Busy P, known for once managing Daft Punk.

Rubber is an exceptional homage to ‘no sense’. It is a great film to see with your friends, so call them up, go and have fun.

Playing at NWFF, April 8-14, 7 and 9 pm, 35mm, 85 min.

The official trailer:

Mr. Oizo – Flat Beat:

72-Hour Film Contest Hits Tacoma

April 5, 2011

We all have that filmmaker inside us, tapping on the walls of our skulls and pleading for release in patient tones. This time of year, however, the polite knocking turns into an incessant pounding, as less than three weeks remain until The Grand Cinema’s 72-Hour Film Competition rolls into a town near you. The theater urges you to “Free Your Inner Indie”…but better step on it. The contest allows only so many teams to register, and as of this writing 11 slots remain.

OK, my Indie wants out, you say. I’ll sign up online, right? Wrong! Take your car, hop on the next Light Rail, do whatever you can and get to The Grand like lickety and add your name in person. And don’t forget the $50.00 entry fee. Payment gets you 4 complimentary passes to the May 6 Viewing Party, where yours and other shorts will light up the Rialto screen.

With signup completed, now you just count the days until The Grand beckons you back to its halls to receive instructions on Thursday, April 21. And three exhilarating, excruciating, sweat- (and most likely) rain-drenched days later, you and your faithful crew birth a new film into the world.

Congratulations…it’s an Indie.

A New TV Series By Albert Serra

April 5, 2011

We encourage you to watch the new TV series Els noms de Crist by Albert Serra, whose BIRDSONG and QUIXOTIC both screened at Northwest Film Forum.