Matthew Johnson

The Fantastic Corpse

Why Watch? Chances are that you played the Rotating Corpse game at one point in your life, especially if you were brutally subjected to a creative writing class. The rules are simple — multiple artists create a single piece of art without knowing what the other artists contributed. It’s how you get an elephant with a flame thrower for a trunk, or a story about a man who bakes a pie, flies to the moon and kidnaps a princess. It’s often less about the disjointed final result and more about the challenge of the restraint, but a crew at Fantastic Fest decided to have some fun with it, and the result is a short film experiment that works far better than the ABCs of Death toss-up. This particular monster was cobbled together over five days by Oren Carmi (Goldberg & Eisenberg), Nacho Vigalondo (Timecrimes), James Ward Byrkit (Coherence), Matthew Johnson (The Dirties) and Eugenio Mira (Agnosia, Grand Piano) and features two actors who are put through the ringer in true No Hay Banda fashion. Although the central location of an empty Alamo Drafthouse movie theater seems to have restrained the restraint (some common themes and ideas persevere despite the presumed ignorance of the filmmakers), it’s a fun curiosity with syrupy sarcasm and a doctor’s dose of stagey violence.

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The Dirties

Matt and Owen are making a movie — a comedy about getting high-caliber revenge on the bullies that make their lives hell at high school — and one of them wants to take the plot more seriously. Coming out of Slamdance as the Grand Prize Jury winner and spurred on by Kevin Smith, The Dirties could be a powerful look at a terrible phenomenon in a world where we thought movies like Elephant, The Standard and Zero Day had said everything to say. Now with a meta media twist. Check out the trailer for yourself:

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published: 04.19.2014
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published: 04.19.2014
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published: 04.18.2014
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