Screen Junkies » This Must Be The Place http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Mon, 15 Sep 2014 23:40:14 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 The Screen Junkie Awards: The Most Insane Movies Of 2012 http://www.screenjunkies.com/general/the-screen-junkie-awards-the-most-insane-movies-of-2012/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/general/the-screen-junkie-awards-the-most-insane-movies-of-2012/#comments Sat, 16 Feb 2013 01:56:37 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=253405 Prepare to have your mind blown all over your face.

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“Insane” is a fairly subjective term, so let’s just consider this an opinion piece in the misguided hope that everyone will respect this list as one man’s opinion, which he has a right to. And those who take issue with any selections or omissions will understand that not everyone has the same taste, and insanity is in the eye of the beholder.

Predictably, none of the entries on this list were mainstream hits. Probably because when studio execs are sitting around a table, berating their assistants and spit balling summer tent-pole ideas, they normally aren’t building franchises around films which log lines contain the word “insane.”

But they should. Here are the most insane movies of 2012. Like, Busey level insane.

Holy Motors


Although it didn’t really enter the public consciousness (probably because it was weird and foreign), Holy Motors was critically acclaimed (also probably because it was weird and foreign). The film follows a man who exits a portal in his apartment and finds himself in several surreal situations with studio audiences, often with the uneasy ambiance of all-too-quiet dream.

It’s also in French, which adds to the insanity, and it features pop star Kylie Minogue prominently, which is pretty insane in and of itself.

Holy Motors is the type of ultra high-concept film that defies categorization or even expectation, along the lines of Von Trier’s Dogville, but much better.

The Cabin in the Woods


Insanity, thy name is Whedon. Cabin on the Woods, the long-gestating horror film produced by fanboy favorite Joss Whedon, did a lot of things at once. It served as a satire (a funny one at that – just reference the “giant molesting tree”), a genuinely scary horror film, and a meta-mystery.

The fact that the film sat on the shelf for so long, normally a kiss of death, seemed to add to the anticipation and allure, as though it was too hot for theaters.

Beyond the wacky concept (which I’m really not at liberty to divulge), the final 30 minutes of the film just become batshit-crazy, introducing a wide variety of villains, both familiar and hilariously contrived, with mayhem following shortly thereafter.

It’s a common refrain, but rather than listening to an explanation of why a movie is crazy or weird, and have the surprises given away, just see the movie!

Safety Not Guaranteed


What’s most insane about this film about a time-traveller taking out a classified ad for a companion is that the basic premise is rooted in truth. Someone actually took the ad out, with the qualifications that the companion’s safety was “not guaranteed,” and that the poster had “only done this once before.”

For a movie that follows such a whimsical premise, the casting of the ridiculously non-whimsical Aubrey Plaza as a journalist figuring out what the hell is up with that ad serves as a very nice counterbalance.

The sci-fi time-travel aspect of the plot often takes a back seat to the characters’ personal journeys, but as with many insane films, the last scene pays off nicely for those who have the patience.

It’s a quirky, cute movie that probably won’t make many best-of lists, but that’s why this list exists: To take in the weird with the great.

Project X


From producer Todd Phillips, who has made quite a name for himself with feature films that depict epic days and nights of debauchery, comes this film that, in verite style, depicts a high school house party gone completely wild.

By all accounts, the film is a misfire that aims for the accomplishments of a Cloverfield, albeit in a party atmosphere, but the ambition of the film is startling. The whole “found footage” approach is a very difficult one to get right, and holding back on the adult content handicaps the film by targeting it at clearly a younger set, even though the younger set is largely filtered out by the R rating.

This movie about a party gone bad is probably best presented in the background, on mute, of a party that’s going well.

This Must Be The Place


The trailer does most of the heavy lifting here. An aging androgynous rocker (think Robert Smith), living a quiet life in Britain, goes back to New York to right a wrong committed to his deceased father during WWII.

While that logline doesn’t exactly scream “INSANE,” the film features a very, very, very, very bizarre character played by Penn. Normally off-putting in a gruff standoffish manner, his portrayal of Cheyenne is off-putting because of his timid, freakishly timid demeanor.

It might be a welcome departure from the characters that Sean Penn normally plays, and the character of “Sean Penn” that he plays in real life, but that doesn’t mean that it’s not equally crazy and weird.

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Our first look at Al Pacino as Phil Spector came up short in the silly wig department, but Sean Penn is here to help. Check out Penn as a once-famous new wave goth musician in the first full trailer for This Must Be The Place. In the film, Penn’s aging rocker sets out to find the SS officer who tormented his deceased father while he was held at Auschwitz.

Wait a minute. Goth on a vengeance mission? Is this The Crow? You laugh but it makes more sense than casting Bradley Cooper.  (Twitch)

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What’s Sillier: Taylor Lautner Surfing On A Building Or Sean Penn In A Ladywig? http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/whats-sillier-taylor-lautner-surfing-on-a-building-or-sean-penn-in-a-ladywig/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/whats-sillier-taylor-lautner-surfing-on-a-building-or-sean-penn-in-a-ladywig/#comments Wed, 22 Jun 2011 18:47:12 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=217418 New posters for 'Abduction', 'This Must Be The Place', 'Crazy Stupid Love', and 'Don't Be Afraid of the Dark'

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A couple of new posters for you to contemplate before you decide whether or not they are fit for your wall. First, there’s Taylor Lautner surfing on a skyscraper in Abduction. Then there’s Crazy Stupid Love, in which Steve Carell plays a newly-divorced man re-entering the dating scene with some coaching from Ryan Gosling. Then we there’s a creepy poster for the Guillermo del Toro-produced haunted house thriller Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark. And then there’s an even creepier poster of Sean Penn dressed a post-punk rocker in This Must Be The Place.

Posters are all below but proceed with caution.

 

It’s like, use the stairs, dude. AND NO RUNNING!! (via Yahoo)

Here Steve Carell gets his first gander at vagina and stares with gape-mouthed wonder. I’m betting it belongs to Julianne Moore or Marisa Tomei. They’ve got a reputation. Or maybe that’s actually Kevin Bacon in front of him. I believe we were all just as surprised when we saw Wild Things. (via Yahoo)

I know that I said no running on the stairs, but… RUN, BITCH! RUN!!! (via Empire)

We laugh but this look could still get him laid in Silverlake. (via Recent Movie Posters)

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The greatest minds of our generation wouldn’t be able to determine exactly what is unfolding here. The plot of This Must Be the Place follows Sean Penn’s drug-addled aging rock star as he hunts his father’s executioner, who happens to be a Nazi. I’m not sold on the likelihood that a baby-talking Robert Smith clone would really be all that effective in tracking and hunting Nazis. Sean Penn appears to have Frances McDormand on his side, which, Fargo demonstrated, is nothing to sneeze at. The woman can kick ass when she needs to.

There isn’t much more to analyze in this clip, so perhaps you can get back to the :24 mark and enjoy the strangest laugh in the history of cinema. I’ve tried to duplicate it several times while sitting at my computer, and I’m just not getting it.

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First Clip Of Sean Penn Dressed In A Ridiculous Goth Costume http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/first-clip-of-sean-penn-dressed-in-a-ridiculous-goth-costume/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/first-clip-of-sean-penn-dressed-in-a-ridiculous-goth-costume/#comments Fri, 15 Apr 2011 16:23:39 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Video&p=207289 He probably still gets all the girls.

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Pictures of Sean Penn‘s Robert Smith-inspired character from This Must Be The Place have been floating around for a little while, but now we have first video of him dressed ridiculously. In this outtake from the film, we see a music video from Penn’s foppish dandy character. It’s not actually Penn singing (sounds more like soundtrack collaborator David Byrne) it’s still a well done little clip. Except for the really long, shakey take of a truck driving down the road. We get it. You’re a truck. Jeeeeez. (via The Playlist)

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