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Arthouse Asskickers: Lukas Moodysson

Welcome to Arthouse Asskickers, a series in which we’ll be profiling the bad boys (and some bad girls) of arthouse cinema. We’ve previously discussed Bela Tarr in this column, and we’ve decided to revive it as MES continues to provide you the best in film from around the world and of every taste. In honor of our upcoming screening of We Are the Best! (July 12th, come out!), we’re profiling Swedish director Lukas Moodysson.

Knowing that I was going to write this column, I recently watched all of Moodysson’s filmography for the first time, sans Together, which I saw years ago because of Filmspotting. I started with 2004′s A Hole In My Heart and worked my back and forth ending with 2009′s Mammoth. I had no rhyme or reason to my watching order, and I believe that was for the best. Moodysson’s filmography plays like an artistic mix-tape. The highs and lows of tracks are replaced by the varying stylistic intensities of each film.

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Short Cuts: The Films of Lukas Moodysson

Coming soon to the MES screening near you, Lukas Moodysson’s We Are the Best! That screening is on: Saturday, July 12 at 8:30pm – 11:00pm at the Barking Legs Theater. Until then, we’ve got the return of one of our favorite columns, Arthouse Asskickers this weekend to discuss Moodysson and his plethora of unique and soul wrenching films (soul wrenching is not always bad, sometimes your soul needs a good wrenching and The Notebook is not the answer…ever). In order to prime you for both the article and the screening, I present a very Moodysson Short Cuts Column. Here are all of the trailers to all of Moodysson’s films including We Are the Best!

Fucking Amal/Show Me Love (1998)

Tillsammans/Together(2000)

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Read This: Tales From Development Hell

You know all those times you sat around and talked about that sequel that never was or the insane casting of a classic hero that never made the big screen? Ever knock back a few and dream about the films you always wanted to see, but for some unknown reason never came to be. We won’t always get answers to why certain projects never get made, and our conversations will never die. However, Tales From Development Hell is a book made to fuel these conversations. Author David Hughes spends each chapter discussing the failed visions of writers and filmmakers in the last 30 years of Hollywood Blockbuster productions.

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Short Cuts: Conan the Barbarian (1982)

For whatever reason, Arnold Schwarzenegger has been on my mind a lot lately. I’m slowly creeping my way back through his filmography and seeing what my adult eyes make of his blood soaked back catalogue. Tonight also happens to be HBO’s Game of Thrones season fourfinale. Put one interest together with another and my mind immediately falls to Conan the Barbarian. The trailer is pure 80s schlock, but who’s to complain about that? Watch this as a double feature with  Game of Thrones and call it a successful night. Side note: imagine this trailer without less voiceover and more Immigrant Song.

Short Cuts: Gatchaman (2013)

You may know the series at Battle of the Planets, G-Force, or Science Ninja Team Gatchaman. You may not know them at all. Gatchaman is like Power Rangers with a social conscience and, you know, better than the Power Rangers. I grew up with the Mighty Morphin teenage heroes, but Gatchaman always intrigued me more. I loved the G which totally cribbed from the Superman S. The Alex Ross covers for the revamped comic series years ago were badass. And the villains are a great mix of campy evil and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Having been a fan several versions of the animated series, and having enjoyed the comic revamp of Battle of the Planets, this trailer was mind blowing. Check this out:

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Hearing Movies: I Saved Latin, a Wes Anderson Tribute

Last time I brought music your way, it was all about the Mondo original soundtrack to The Visitor. This time, it’s all about Wes Anderson. Next week, The Grand Budapest Hotel hits DVD and Blu-ray. If you’re like me, you’ll buy the streaming copy and hold out for the inevitable Criterion release. But I do have a recommendation for music inspired by Wes Anderson’s library of work. I Saved Latin! A Tribute to Wes Anderson features covers of the songs which bring your mind back to those pivotal music moments from Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, and more. The biggest “name” on the album is Matt Pond, which should encourage you to go into the album with an open mind. Most of the songs work, and seem to fit right in with the highly organized melancholia of Wes Anderson’s oeuvre. Check it out and enjoy!

Short Cuts: Losin’ It (1983)

This is a quick cut for your Saturday enjoyment. While we’re all out enjoying Edge of Tomorrow with action star Tom Cruise:

Remember that everyone has to start somewhere:

Dream big folks, it can happen to anyone. See you at the movies!

Short Cuts: Psycho (1960)

Good evening! For your start to the weekend, I bring you the trailer for Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho. The most amazing thing about Hitch’s trailers are his ability to sell himself as much as he sells the mystery in the film itself. He’s as good a showman as he was a craftsman. He teases the plot details, he hesitates to explain the horrors that have taken place. It’s great fun. Can you imagine a single director who could do this type of trailer these days? The music is so light and cheery while Hitch walks us through the “scene of the crime.” Hitch builds tension while only showing us the setting and referencing the backstory. If any director these days could do it, it might be Wes Anderson. His sets lend themselves to tours and Anderson is himself a character. Yet, Hitch’s fame is what gives him the ability to do these kind of trailers. Who do we have like that? Spielberg? Scorsese? James Cameron could do it.

Interesting to think about. Until next time, check out the trailer for Psycho.