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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:


A Top Ten for Cats in Cinema

December 18, 2010

The spirit of the Top Ten holiday list should probably be a reflection on the past year. Sorry to say, but the films in my top ten have very little to do with 2010. I present to you for no good reason a reflection of my favorites for Cats in Cinema. The ordering is a little haphazard. Hopefully some of these films will make your top ten list of movies to watch in 2011.

  1. Rubin & Ed: This is actually on my top ten to watch in 2011, having been alerted to its existence by my coworker. Written by Trent Harris and starring none other than Crispin Hellion Glover. Glover is joined on a trip through a desert by a pyramid scheme salesman for the purpose of finding a location to bury a frozen cat.
  2. Milo & Otis: A childhood classic. Presenting an epic and surprisingly emotional journey of a cat and dog with all of the class and subtlety absent from Homeward Bound.
  3. Cat People: Classic horror from Tourneur.
  4. Batman Returns: Definitely one of my top ten for Michelle Pfeiffer roles.
  5. Pet Sematary: Zombie cats! Zombie boys! Thank you Stephen King.
  6. Hausu: There’s a lot going on here, not just killer cats. But still, there are some great moments.
  7. Felidae: German cartoon noir about cats.
  8. Breakfast at Tiffany’s: Featuring famed cat actor Orangey in a supporting role as “Poor Slob without a Name.”
  9. The Lion King: Do big cats count? I think so…
  10. Patty-Cake Cat You Tube video: Just to make things 2010 relevant, here’s a favorite clip from the past year –