You guys are fans of Alex Karpovsky, right? Oh, good, because we’ve got a double feature of exclusive clips from the writer/director/actor’s latest two films, the very funny Red Flag and the very unsettling Rubberneck, both of which are hitting the big screen in New York City today as part of a special engagement at the Film Society of Lincoln Center.
What’s most impressive about these two features is how very different they are. In Red Flag, Karpovsky plays a familiar version of himself – no, really, the film is loosely based on his own experiences as a struggling filmmaker – as his character embarks on an ill-fated road trip to promote one of his films at some of the most random (and tiny) venues in America. When an old pal tags along, it seems like a good idea, until a big fan of Karpovsky’s (read: she’s a stalker) starts popping up everywhere, ultimately leading to one of the most awkwardly hilarious love triangles in recent memory. And if you like your love triangles slightly more dangerous, Rubberneck is the Karpovsky joint for you. In it, the multi-hyphenate plays the sort of guy we’re not used to seeing him as: an obsessive creep who cannot take a hint. After a one night stand with a co-worker, Karpovsky’s Paul can’t seem to let go of his desire, which causes some major problems when the object of his infatuation strikes up with yet another co-worker. No, really major.
After the break, enjoy twice the Karpovsky bang for your post-reading buck, including the dry Karpovsky we’ve all come to love and the creepy Karpovsky you’ll soon come to fear.
Red Flag has fun with “fritattas”:
Rubberneck wants to loosen you up:
Red Flag and Rubberneck both open today in NYC at the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center as a specially-priced double featur