Michael Fassbender

‘Frank’ Is the Absurdist Comedy the Absurd Music Industry Deserves

There’s a point towards the end of Frank where Jon, the fame-chasing albeit talentless bandmate of the excellent new film’s titular character, asks Frank’s parents, “What happened to him? Something must have happened to him to make him like that.” What he’s referring to is the thing that everyone who knows anything about this movie knows: Frank, played by Michael Fassbender, wears a creepy (and sometimes creepily emotive) paper maché head at all times. Even in the shower, which we see in one of the film’s most absurd flashes. Frank’s father replies, “Nothing happened to him. He’s got a mental illness.” … Read More

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Journalist and Screenwriter Jon Ronson on Writing ‘Frank,’ Twitter Shame, and His Real-Life Past With Outsider Art

Handsome Michael Fassbender wears a giant paper maché head with a face on it for the duration of the fantastic new movie Frank. That’s the weird selling point for a movie that’s ostensibly about a guy wearing a paper maché head, but it turns out that there’s a lot more bubbling under the surface of Frank. It’s a film about the human urge for creativity and transcendence in the face of mental illness and, well, on the other hand, naive youthfulness through the adventures of the world’s greatest outsider art band. And the best part is that Frank, the character in the movie, is not just a creation straight from the head of co-screenwriters Jon Ronson and Peter Straughan — although you could imagine that was the case, especially if you’re familiar with Ronson’s endlessly curious, wide-ranging journalism for The Guardian, GQ, and This American Life, among others. … Read More

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Flavorwire’s Guide to Indie Flicks to See in August

Hello there, moviegoers, and hasn’t this summer been a bit of a slog? The appropriately overcooked and instantly forgettable The Amazing Spider-Man 2 dropped only in May, but it’s seemed like an eternity since we were giggling at Electrified Jamie Foxx™; now it’s August, and the fall — aka “good movie season” — is just around the corner. Though this month offers little to look forward to from the studios (another Step Up, another Expendables, a Twister rip-off, and God help us, a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot), here are some four-star indies to get you through to September. … Read More

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From Bare Butts to Scary Santas: 10 Banned Movie Posters

Another day, another controversy incited by the oft-prudish rulings of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). This time it’s Terry Gilliam’s The Zero Theorem that’s the target, a poster for the film banned due to star Christoph Waltz’s bare bottom (featured after the break). This isn’t the first time the MPAA or another ratings board has put the kibosh on a poster, frequently unwarranted. We revisited the cases of ten banned movie posters (and one unofficially banned image) so you can be the judge. … Read More

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How to Be an Outsider Artist: The Weird Beauty of Jon Ronson’s ‘Frank’

If you have any pre-awareness of the film Frank, opening in August, after a Sundance premiere and a screening at South by Southwest that garnered both raves and befuddled reviews, it’s probably this: it’s the movie where Michael Fassbender wears a giant fake papier maché head. … Read More

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Maggie Gyllenhaal Plays the Theremin and Michael Fassbender Reveals Makeover in New Clip From ‘Frank’

While Michael Fassbender’s face may be nearly perfect, and while you may find yourself cursing the director of absurdist rock… Read More

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‘X-Men: Days of Future Past': J. Law Reinvigorates a Tired Franchise

In the future, the X-Men are tired. They’ve been fighting a losing war for decades against robots called Sentinels whose evil fire vagina dentata threatens to swallow them at every turn. That dystopian future is far more CG than reality. It’s grim. Bodies pile up around the X-Men while characters we’ve learned to love over their 50-plus-year history in comics and on screen die. … Read More

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Here Are the First Posters from ‘Macbeth,’ Starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard

Orson Welles and Roman Polanski each took a crack at adapting Macbeth, but neither of these masterful directors’ renditions of… Read More

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Is This the Golden Age of Sex Addiction Films?

A trip to the movie theater is an experience of what the culture wants to sell you; often, it’s sex, in some form or fashion. Which is why it’s been interesting to see movies about sex addiction multiply in the multiplex, with films that could be puncturing our society’s obsession with sex next to films that are mostly about sex. Even if they’re really just about… Read More

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The Best and Worst Films of SXSW 2014

The conference portion of the SXSW Film Festival has drawn to a close (though films will continue to run through the weekend), so alas, your film editor’s time in the lovely city of Austin is just about over. This year’s was an intriguing and entertaining slate, lacking the kind of breakout hits I’ve seen here in years past, but nonetheless filled with films that you’ll want to seek out in the weeks and months to come. Here’s a quick jaunt through the 15 movies I saw… Read More

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