Did you catch the first season of MTV’s online series $5 Cover, which spent 25 days in the life of the Memphis underground music scene? Neither did we. Now, the show is back for round two, and the chosen city is… Seattle? As in, grunge mecca of 20 years ago Seattle? Yeah, it wouldn’t be our first choice for a burgeoning local scene to follow.
But here’s the good news: the series is directed by Humpday filmmaker Lynn Shelton, which means it doesn’t look like it’s trying too hard to be cool, although it does sort of have a Hills-style, semi-staged feel at times. And unfortunately, $5 Cover isn’t impressing us much musically, and if you find listening to hipsters talk about their band boring, then you won’t enjoy the dialog. Watch the trailer after the jump, check out the entire season at the show’s site, and tell us what you think after the jump.
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Today at Flavorpill, we confronted Williamsburg’s wiley gutter punks. We were bowled over by these pricey smokes. We wondered if David Arquette’s plexiglass box stunt was supposed to be funny. (Probably not.) We felt sorry for Jonah Hill. We found it strange that the Killers’ were soundtracking a sex trafficking… Read More
Like dentists and their Trident, we at Flavorpill want to bring you authoritative recommendations, but sometimes we can’t quite stick the landing when it comes to consensus. In Four Out of 5, we spotlight the weekend’s most worthy new movie release with four reasons why you should see it… and one why you shouldn’t. This week’s selection: Humpday, which should still be fresh in your mind from this morning’s interview with director Lynn… Read More
Seattle-based independent filmmaker Lynn Shelton’s Humpday is a smart, subversive bromantic comedy about a pair of old friends who reunite only to discover that they’ve got little in common. Ben (Mark Duplass) is saddled with “pleats, pedometer, and a wife” while Andrew (Joshua Leonard) is a nomadic artist who’s yet to produce a piece of work to show for it. Cue The Stranger’s annual amateur porn festival and a strange competition to out dude each other by starring in a film together and you’ve got yourself the most insightful look at adult relationships that you’ll see this year. Flavorpill sat down with Shelton earlier this summer to discuss the benefits of being a Sundance darling, her problems with The Hangover, and the reason why she should be the new poster girl for late bloomers everywhere.… Read More
A perfect choice for a Wednesday: Check out the trailer for Humpday after the jump, a smart new indie that opens at New York’s Angelika Film Center this Friday. Admittedly, the premise is a little out there (two straight guys decide to make a porno for an amateur film festival), but it’s one of the funniest (and most honest) films we’ve seen this year.
Stay tuned for an interview with director Lynn Shelton later this week.
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