SLC Punk 2

Bob SLC Punk 2

The original members of the Ramones may all be dead now, just like the music they played, but man do they and that music still sound great in a movie trailer. This time it’s “Cretin Hop” over part of the new teaser trailer for Punk’s Dead: SLC Punk! 2, a sequel that we’ve been waiting to see come to light for the last year. This is proof that it’s looking like a worthy follow-up for all the fans of the 1998 original. Of which I am definitely one. Still, in punk rock fashion, it ends with a proper “FU” directed right at all of us. This first spot also shares a good indication of what the plot entails. It’s 2004 and “Heroin” Bob (Michael Goorjian) is indeed still dead, but he apparently is still cursing us out from the afterlife. Meanwhile, he’s left behind a very pretty son (Ben Schnetzer) who is now about 17 and running off to do his own thing with some 21st century punks. Without telling Mom (Sarah Clarke) where he’s going. Which is to a punk show after eating too many psychedelic mushrooms. We also get some glimpses at some reunited old friends, namely John the Mod (James Duvall) and Eddie (Adam Pascal). Very briefly we also see new friends Machine Gun Kelly and Hannah Marks. It’s mostly stuff we got peeks at with the stills we posted a couple weeks ago, but now the scenes and characters are in motion. And moshing even. “I am now in […]

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SLC Punk

This summer, the SLC Punk sequel Punk’s Dead is planning a big party. After a successful crowdfunding campaign to give their production a bit more scale, they’re putting on a huge concert with Screeching Weasel headlining in a scene designed to bring the grown-up characters of the original film back together again. It’s going to be loud in Salt Lake City on June 20th. They’ve also got their younger punks lined up. Devon Sawa, Michael Goorjian, Adam Pascal and James Duval are returning for the sequel, and now they’ve got Ben Schnetzer (The Book Thief) as Heroine Bob’s son, plus rapper Machine Gun Kelly, Hannah Marks (The Amazing Spider-Man) and Sarah Clarke (The Signal) on board. According to the production, they also have two surprise cameos in store. Unfortunately, Matthew Lillard’s name doesn’t seem to appear in the official roster anymore, and Clarke is playing Trish — the role originated by Annabeth Gish. Without them, the reunion aspect is going to be diminished, but the central focus of the movie is what happens to punks who grow old and have to deal with a new generation of rebellious youth. It’ll be interesting to see how director James Merendino deals with that ubiquitous generational difficulty. The best part of this announcement is that the movie is going forward in a real way.

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Fay Grim Scene Still 027

In the history of indie film, sequels haven’t been very common. If we exclude horror movies, that is. And now documentaries. There’s Clerks II, S. Darko, John Duigan’s Flirting, Wayne Wang’s Blue in the Face, Lars von Trier’s Manderlay, What Becomes of the Broken Hearted? and I guess The Road Warrior (and Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome). There tend to be weird circumstances and technicalities for a lot of them, too. One of the purest examples of an indie sequel is, of course, Before Midnight, which is even rarer for being a third part. It’s possibly the most beloved and critically acclaimed film of the year, and it could very well lead a new wave of follow ups to indie favorites and cult classics that aren’t necessarily easily banked genre flicks. Back in May we learned of another indie threequel in the works, Hal Hartley’s Ned Rifle. The sequel to Henry Fool and its first follow up, Fay Grim, will complete a trilogy about the Grim family with stars Liam Aiken, Parker Posey, James Urbaniak and Thomas Jay Ryan all returning. And the means to finance this film, which is highly anticipated among Hartley’s core 25-year-strong following, has now been announced as falling on the shoulders of that fanbase. The Kickstarter campaign began yesterday with a goal of $384k. And it’s already taken in 10% of that amount. Apparently some of his devoted — of which I was once a huge one — weren’t as turned off by the second installment as […]

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slc punk 2 poster

Earlier this year we learned there’s going to be a sequel to the 1999 cult film SLC Punk! And not only did the fans immediately begin pogoing with delight, but a lot of them took to Change.org to petition Jason Segel‘s return as the character Mike. Unfortunately, that effort was not successful — Segel is not interested in even a cameo and the part is being recast — but hopefully more lovers of Stevo, Heroin Bob, Trish and John the Mod will be interested in helping to fund this new movie, titled Punk’s Dead. Yep, just like a middle-class suburban teen with expensive bondage pants pretending to be a squatter and panhandling for change in NYC’s Tompkins Square Park, these rich Hollywood players are hitting the curb and begging for money. Just kidding (sort of). This isn’t another time to debate the idea of crowdfunding and what tax bracket is allowed to start a campaign. As a former scenester, I love SLC Punk! and I’m even more interested in a movie that addresses the subculture kid all grown up idea. Writer-director James Merendino seems like he’s also interested in more than a mere reunion piece, though the surface appeal is in the fact that Matthew Lillard, Annabeth Gish, Devon Sawa, James Duval and even Michael Goorjian are returning (yep, Heroin Bob is back from the dead, kind of). Probably also Christopher McDonald and Til Schweiger. And according to the synopsis on the film’s Indiegogo page, there’s a new generation in […]

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