Suburban Gothic (2014)

Suburban Gothic
Director: Richard Bates Jr.
Writer: Richard Bates Jr., Mark Bruner
Cast: Matthew Gray GublerKat DenningsRay WiseBarbara NivenMuse WatsonSally KirklandMel RodriguezJeffrey CombsJohn WatersJack Plotnick
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
[Reviews by cornholio and Maynard Morrissey.]

Plot:
Raymond (Matthew Gray Gubler) has a business degree, but he can’t find a job. His situation is so dire that he has to move back in with his parents. Trapped in Suburbia with a father (Ray Wise) who hates him (and vice versa) and a mother (Barbara Niven) who still treats him like a child, is not really his dream situation. When he starts to see ghosts again, like he used to do when he was a kid, at least he has something to drink about with bartender Becca (Kat Dennings).

Suburban Gothic is a weird animal with a very strange sense of humor that borders on the surreal but doesn’t quite go there. If you find your way into that humor zone, you’ll love the film. But if you expect to see a film like Excision, you’ll be disappointed.

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Wrong Cops (2013)

Wrong Cops
Director: Quentin Dupieux
Writer: Quentin Dupieux
Cast: Mark Burnham, Eric Judor, Steve Little, Marilyn Manson, Grace Zabriskie, Arden Myrin, Eric Wareheim, Ray Wise, Kurt Fuller, Jack Plotnick, Roxane Mesquida
Part of: /slash Filmfestival

Plot:
Duke (Mark Burnham) is a cop, but only in name. He spends most of his time selling drugs, actually and harrassing people. But that’s actually something he has in common with his colleague Renato (Eric Wareheim), while Sunshine (Steve Little) is just looking to get money and Rough (Eric Judor) wants to hit it big in the music business. Shriley (Arden Myrin) would also like some extra cash. The attempt to dispose of an accidentally shot body tangles all of the together.

I like Dupieux movies in all their weirdness and I did like Wrong Cops, though it hits a few false notes and certainly doesn’t reach the height of Wrong.

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Wrong (2012)

Wrong
Director: Quentin Dupieux
Writer: Quentin Dupieux
Cast: Jack Plotnick, Eric Judor, Alexis Dziena, Steve Little, William Fichtner, Regan Burns, Mark Burnham
Part of: /slash Filmfestival‘s Slashing Europe

Plot:
Dolph (Jack Plotnick) wakes up one day to find his dog Paul who he loves more than anyone else, gone without a trace. He tries to keep his mind off of things by calling a local pizza delivery service to inquire about their logo which leads to a nice conversation with Emma (Alexis Dziena). His gardner Victor (Eric Judor) tries to tell him something about the palm tree in the garden. At work, Dolph is rained on. Finally he is contacted by Master Chang (William Fichtner) who knows about Paul.

Rubber was weird. Wrong is weirder. And it’s also more awesome. Where Rubber had me smiling, Wrong had me laughing out loud. And William Fichtner is just to die for.

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Rubber (2010)

[The last movie of the /slash Filmfestival.]

Rubber is the newest film by Quentin Dupieux. It stars Stephen Spinella, Jack Plotnick, Roxane Mesquida and Wings Hauser.

Plot:
A mixed group of people stand in the desert, awaiting some kind of spectacle. A policeman (Stephen Spinella) gives them a quick introduction that this movie will be a hommage to “No Reason” and then an accountant (Jack Plotnick) hands out binoculars and they start to watch. The film they’re seeing is about a tyre which comes alive, discovers that it has telepathic abilities, falls in love with a woman (Roxane Mesquida) and finally goes on a murderous rampage.

Rubber is weird, but in a good way. It’s a winning combination of humor, ideas, meta-ness and sheer what the fuck that might not be as deep as it wants to be, but is definitely as entertaining.

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