Lowlife (2017)

Lowlife
Director: Ryan Prows
Writer: Tim Cairo, Jake Gibson, Shaye Ogbonna, Ryan Prows, Maxwell Michael Towson
Cast: Nicki Micheaux, Ricardo Adam Zarate, Jon Oswald, Shaye Ogbonna, Santana Dempsey, Mark Burnham, Jose Rosete, Jearnest Corchado, Clayton Cardenas
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 27.9.2018
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Plot:
El Monstruo (Ricardo Adam Zarate) is a full-time luchador who never takes off his mask. Not even when he’s at home with his girlfriend Kaylee (Santana Dempsey), who is expecting their child. Kaylee’s adoptive father Teddy (Mark Burnham) is the local crime lord. He is ruthless and El Monstruo is his enforcer, desperately ignoring the extent of Teddy’s crimes. Crystal (Nicki Micheaux), on the other hand, desperately needs Teddy’s help: her husband needs a kidney and Teddy may be the only one able to get her one that fits. Meanwhile Teddy’s accountant Keith (Shaye Ogbonna) picks up his friend Randy (Jon Oswald) from prison, where he spent the last decade, taking the fall for Keith, and he finds Randy a changed man indeed. In a rather explosive fashion, their stories come together at the motel Crystal runs.

For some reason, I expected Lowlife to be a comedy. It is not. In fact, it’s pretty hard and very dark, despite a couple of funny moments. Once I had adjusted my expectations accordingly, I was very impressed by the film.

The film poster showing the main characters of the film.
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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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