From the Coen Brothers to G.W. Pabst, Here’s What You Should Be Seeing This Weekend in New York City

Now that you’ve recovered from your Memorial Day festivities, it’s time for the weekend once again. And although we look to reach some tropical temperatures in the next few days, don’t go running to the beach just yet. There’s the entire rest of your summer to do that, so why not spend the afternoon in the cool breeze of a cinema? Or, if you’re really not that misanthropic, find yourself someone to attend one of the fantastic late night screenings happening around the city this weekend. With the brilliant and bizarre classics  from  Alejandro Jodorowsky, the Coen Brothers, and Orson Welles, to some of the best premieres of the season with Zal Batmanglij’s The East and Jordan Vogt-Roberts’ The Kings of Summer, there’s certainly something to satisfy everyone’s cinematic appetite. I’ve rounded up the best of what’s playing in the city this weekend, so peruse our list, grab yourself some snacks, and enjoy.

 

IFC Center

Blazing Saddles
Frances Ha
Jaws
Something in the Air
Time Bandits
Upstream Color

 

 

Film Linc

Augustine
We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks
Microcosmos
Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself

 

 

Nitehawk

Frances Ha
The Iceman
Basic Instinct
Texas Chainsaw Part 2
Living in Oblivion
Pandoras Box

 

 

Film Forum

School of Rock
Becoming Traviata
Augustine
A Pig Across Paris

 

 

Landmark Sunshine

Sightseers
In the House
Fill the Void
The Warriors

 

 

Angelika Film Center

Before Midnight
Stories We Tell
What Maisie Knew
We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks

 

 

Museum of the Moving Image

Jimmy Cliff in The Harder They Come
The Dandy Warhols and The Brian Jonestown Massacre in Dig!
Neil Young in Greendale

 

Get Excited for ‘The Kings of Summer’ With New Clips + Stream the Full Soundtrack

So far, we’ve seen two trailers for Jordan Vogt-Roberts’ hilarious, energetic, and beautiful male coming-of-age story The Kings of Summer. As the first feature from the director—best known for his short film Successful Alcoholics—Vogt’s new film has an extremely unique and fun sense to it that calls to mind the great teens films of the past but in a fresh way that will surely rope in audiences across the board.

With a cast that boasts Nick Offerman, Nick Robinson, Moises Arias, Gabriel Basso, Alison Brie, Megan Mullally, etc. the film tells the tale of three teenage friends who, in an act of rebellion against their parents, decide to run away for the summer and build a home in the woods, attempting to be real men. 
 
And now, with the film premiering this Friday, we’ve got three new clips from the film along with Ryan Miller’s soundtrack for the film streaming. And although the clips don’t quite show you the truly cinematic nature of the film, they surely lure you in with laughter. Watch the videos HERE, take a listen to HERE, and check back on our site later for our interview with Robinson and later in the week to hear Jordan’s wise words on making a different kind of teenage movie.
 

See Louis C.K. & Nick Offerman Star in a Movie Together More Than a Decade Ago

If you were to ask most anyone who their favorite comedic men on television are, the answer would more than likely be a resounding: Louis C.K. and Nick Offerman. And although the two have only become beloved household names in the last two years, they’ve been scrapping their way through the Hollywood rounds for years. If you look back twelve years, you’ll see C.K. was writing and directing movies like Pootie Tang and Offerman was guest starring as Nick the Plumber on Will & Grace (alongside wife Megan Mullally). But even though their meteoric rise seemed happen at the same time, we rarely see the two together. C.K. did play an awkwardly nervous cop who dated Leslie Knope on Parks and Rec for a while, but unfortunately he and Ron Swanson never spent time bonding, drinking scotch or building a boat together.

However, a year before Pootie Tang, in 2000, the two dudes starred in a movie together, simply titled Tuna. The super, super low-budget film directed by Bob Byington (Somebody Up There Loves Me, Harmony and Me) is basically about people just driving around Los Angeles talking in their cars—but still, you’ll have to watch this. And earlier this week, writer of the film Adam DeCoster put the film up on YouTube and now we can all get a look at the young, fresh faces of Offerman and C.K. alongside Jon Glaser, David Krumholtz, and Kevin Corrgian.

Check it out below.

First Trailer for Sundance Favorite ‘The Kings of Summer’

Coming-of-age stories are nothing new to Hollywood—in fact, they’re pretty well worn territory. And for every Stand By Me or The Sandlot, you can bet there will be a thousand Free Willy sequels. One of the most lauded films from Sundance this year will vie for a place in the coming-of-age movie pantheon, and has the favorable reviews from its festival premiere to back it up.

The Kings of Summer tells the story of three adolescent friends (newcomers Nick Robinson, Moises Arias and Gabriel Basso) who, bored, frustrated with authority and feeling stifled by their ho-hum suburban lives, decide to go all Thoreau, live in the woods and build themselves a house there. Of course, things don’t quite turn out the way they expect, as tends to happen in these kinds of situations. Adding to the fun of the coming-of-age-flick idyll is the cast of adults alongside the young stars, including the wonderfully grizzled and deadpan Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally and Alison Brie. The Kings of Summer hits theatres May 31st; in the meantime, check out the trailer below.

The Reign of ‘Ho Hey’ Ends With a Cluck

The Lumineers’ "Ho Hey" is one of those songs that just gets under people’s skin. For a few months, fueled by its appearance in TV spots for Silver Linings Playbook, it was everywhere, and we were all sick of it. It’s not a particularly exciting or memorable song, and yet, its ubiquity was responsible for varying degrees of rage, from the boiling pot of all-caps blogging to the quiet, seething rage as the banjos waft through the taxi stereo.

And with The Lumineers, who I’m sure are very nice people, touring this summer and making some major festival appearances, including Lollapalooza (along with Mumford & Sons, just in case there weren’t enough banjos), "Ho Hey" will likely make its way into your earholes again, whether you want it to or not. But perhaps its reign as a parasitic earworm is almost ending, seeing as the song has finally entered the realm of all-clucking parody. Late last week, Jimmy Fallon, Nick Offerman and Blake Shelton took to the stage on Fallon’s late-night show as "The Chickeneers," performing an all-clucking version of the single. It’s pretty entertaining, but more so, once a song has a chicken-related parody, that means it’s run its course, right? Watch.

There’s a Pinterest Wedding Album for Ben Wyatt and Leslie Knope and It’s Adorable

It’s another gloomy Wednesday and as you sit at your desk attempting to post-pone your existential crisis until 7pm some delightful distraction is indeed needed. And what better way to warm your cold heart than with the adorableness of your favorite fictional couple? Yes, last week on Parks and Recreation we saw the indefatigable Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) and her perfect soul mate Ben Wyatt (Adam Scott) finally tie the knot. As they said their vows of “I love you and I like you,” we all wept at our own romance-less lives but were also overwhelmed with the charmingly cute nature of everyone in Pawnee.

And now, to compliment the episode, there is a Ben and Leslie “wedding album” on Pinterest. Not only do we see the delightful couple gazing lovingly into one another eyes but we’ve got some meaty shots of Andy Dwyer (Chris Pratt) strumming away on guitar, Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman) giving a toast, and Chris Traeger (Rob Lowe) sitting beautifully with dog, Champion to complete the precious piece of promotional genius. Take a look, try not to shed and tear, and maybe listen to "5000 Candles in the Wind" while doing so. Enjoy.

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Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally Take the Cake for Best Couple

Valentine’s Day is coming up to remind us that love is the worst. But also the best. It’s probably the greatest impetus for creativity and pleasure, but also the biggest soul crusher. Unrequited longing and broken hearts are an inevitable part of being a human, but when you do find your person then well, life is probably worth all the mess. And in Hollywood, it seems that couples tend to explode and fizzle out at an alarming rate.

But one lovely duo that never fails to be awesome and probably has the most magical marriage, is the wildly-talented Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally. Honestly, imagine waking up to that mustache and that boisterous beautiful cackle every morning. Vulture reports that last night at a screening of Side Effects, Jess Weixler provided an adorable anecdote about the couple, giving us some hope for love:

We were hanging out in Austin [shooting Somebody Up There Likes Me], and we would sit around watching So You Think You Can Dance, because his wife, Megan Mullally, who he is 100 percent obsessed with — I’ve never seen a man who’s been married for, like, fifteen years, he’s obsessed with her, so madly in love with her — so we would sit around together watching So You Think You Can Dance, because she was coaching or a guest judge on it, so he could talk to her about it.

She would call right after the episode, and he would talk to her about how it got edited, if she said anything helpful to the dancers, all of that stuff … Honestly, of any couple I’ve ever met, that’s the couple I admire most. I’ve actually never met a couple that supportive and that passionate. I want what they have."

When I spoke with Offerman two winters ago, I asked him about how Mullally made her way onto Parks and Rec as Tammy, his horny-psycho ex-wife. He told me:

Well, I said ‘I don’t know if you guys know this, but I happen to be married to a comedy legend,’ and they said, ‘Why, yes we were aware of that, so we definitely need to get her on the show.’ So I remember early on, Mike coming to me and saying, ‘Okay, we’re writing this story of your bitch ex-wife Tammy and she’s really horrible and you hate her guts, do you think it would be cool if we asked Megan to play it?’ And he was asking me if it would be okay because he thought someone might take offense like, ‘What? You want me to play a horrible bitch?’ So I called Megan and I said, ‘Honey, check it out, Mike is asking if it would be cool if you played this part,’ and I described the part to her and she said, with relish, ‘Yes, please, and I would like to have lots of cleavage.’

Well, obviously. He also went on to say that, in comparison to Ron and Tammy, they "definitely climb the same peaks but have the good sense not to do it in a public restaurant. But yeah, Megan and I are delightfully boring compared to Ron and Tammy. Megan and I have hot love but it’s not as incendiary; we’ve never been put in jail for acts of love making."  So there that is.

Five Must-See Films From This Year’s SXSW

The film conference may be the least influential of the three portions of South by Southwest, due primarily to the fact it has so much competition amongst other film festivals out there. Interactive has launched a few hundred million-dollar ideas that we all now have access to on our smart phones, and the music conference showcases some the best brand new artists in the world on a yearly basis. Yet film, despite consistently having a fantastic, unique lineup every year, could be considered the underachieving middle child. When an independent filmmaker looks to premiere the next Napoleon Dynamite, they look to Sundance or Tribeca first; when an Oscar-winning director has made his or her passion project, it’s across the pond to the austere Berlin or Cannes Festivals. SXSW Film falls into the upper middle of most top tier Indie submission lists.

This may be due to the fact that SXSW is more diversified as an event then the other fests that focus almost solely on the art of filmmaking—they don’t have to share attention with another medium. However, sleeper films are truly beginning to break at South by—last year the virtually unheard of sports documentary Undefeated was picked up by The Weinstein Company, and went on to win the Academy Award for best Documentary Feature.

So I went in search of sleepers at this year’s film conference. I definitely didn’t see all the films I intended on seeing, those that were getting post-screening buzz heard in various badge lines or while fiddling with my scheduling app, waiting for a film to begin. However, the five films I have listed below are the best of the ones I saw at the conference, all worth the price of admission.

The Imposter
Unlike any documentary you will ever see, The Imposter tells the true story of a thirteen year-old boy who was abducted in San Antonio in the mid ’90s. Three and a half years pass with no trace of the child before a person claiming to be him is picked up by authorities half a world away in Spain. The family is notified and the boy is returned home to America—despite the fact that it is in fact someone else pretending to be this boy, an imposter, as the film’s title suggests. Director Bart Layton sews together interviews with the Imposter himself and the boy’s family with beautifully photographed narrative feature-length reenactments, making you feel as if you are watching something between a narrative and a documentary—in short, something wholly unique. The film is such a perfectly intense and fascinating experience that I honestly can’t stop recommending it to everyone I see. The Imposter will be out in July through Indomina.

Somebody Up There Likes Me
The third feature from off-beat Austin director Bob Boyington is undoubtedly his best yet, which feels like a tightly written, fast-paced Wes Anderson comedy with the darkly humorous stylings of something from Eastbound and Down’s Jody Hill. Comedically, nothing is sacred in this film. The sharp, straight-faced banter between leads Keith Poulson and Nick Offerman (best known as Ron Swanson in NBC’s Parks and Recreation) is hilarious yet quietly philosophical. Despite some forgivable Indie film mistakes (focus, dammit and mind the camera’s reflection), Boyington is poised to become a new, aggressively brilliant voice. At the time of this writing, Somebody Up There Likes Me does not have distribution.

Fat Kid Rules the World
Remember the tall, lanky, funny guy who was one of the killers in Scream? Or the narrator of that off-beat cult classic SLC Punk? Well, it turns out he can direct, too. Matthew Lillard fell off many people’s radars when he became Shaggy in the Scooby Doo franchise—something he admits to me made him feel like a sellout. Yet, as all true artists out there, he had a passion project and the young adult book Fat Kid Rules the World, for which he had done the book on tape for nine years prior, was it. A finely acted, funny teenaged tearjerker with Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready doing the original score was the result—a spectacular achievement for a first-time director working with a budget of less then a million dollars. At the time of this writing, Fat Kid Rules the World did not have a distributor.

Bernie
Richard Linklater is synonymous with the Austin film scene and Bernie is a welcome reminder of just how talented he truly is. He’s been on the latter end of hit-and-miss recently, with features like Me and Orson Welles and Fast Food Nation being considered box office and critical failures and A Scanner Darkly suffering mightily from a hellish production. However, all will be forgotten with Bernie, the funny East Texas true crime Americana tale starring Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine and Matthew McCounaughey, based on the article by Skip Hollandsworth in Texas Monthly. As career history has shown, Linklater may be at his best when he returns to his roots. Bernie will be released through Millennium Entertainment in late April, early May. 

The Do-Deca-Pentathalon
What everyone will soon realize is that the Duplass Brothers are proving themselves to be some of our generation’s best filmmakers. They consistently tell engaging and funny yet intimately personal stories, despite their seemingly amateurish shaky-cam, blurry style of HD cinematography. It only reinforces the notion that great storytelling, direction and acting will trump low-production value every time. The Do-Deca-Pentathalon, a story of two overly competitive brothers trying to rekindle their relationship, harks back to their earlier, truly-Indie films like The Puffy Chair, Hump Day, and Baghead—before they had A-List casts and major studio backing for projects like Cyrus and the upcoming Jeff Who Lives At Home. Acquired at SxSW this year, The Do-Deca-Pentathalon will be released by Fox Searchlight and Red Flag in June.

‘Parks and Recreation’s Nick Offerman Talks Canoes, Bacon, & Rob Lowe

Above all else, Ron Swanson loves two things: dark-haired women and breakfast foods. But behind the perfectly crafted mustache of the beloved Parks and Recreation character lurks the seasoned wit of real-life actor Nick Offerman, who’s as hilarious as the Pawnee Parks director he plays on TV. Between rekindling his love for theater, being married to Megan Mullally (possibly the funniest woman on television, with all due respect to Tina and Amy), and his passion for wood working, Offerman still finds the time to star in NBC’s hit comedy. Swanson, a man’s man macho (see his Pyramid of Greatness) with a wry sense of timing, has become a sensation on Parks and Rec, a true blue eccentric that audiences can’t seem to get enough of. And the best part is, Offerman’s character isn’t so far from Offerman himself. After a brief seasonal hiatus, Parks and Rec–along with the Pawnee, Indiana government–is back. We stole some time with Offerman to discuss the evolution of Ron Swanson, the sexual screen chemistry between he and Mullally, and what season three has in store.

What did you do while Parks and Recreation was on hiatus? I finished a second canoe for a friend, and just the last few days, I’ve been making a bunch of canoe paddles to take to the Martha show to illustrate the different stages of construction.

How did you end up playing Ron on Parks and Rec? Well, it was the fall of 2008, and word was that there was this new Office spinoff and it was going to star Amy [Poehler]. When I heard that I was like, ‘Oh my god, that’s the show I have to get on.’ I had auditioned for The Office a lot when it started up and I had been in for some guest star stuff and, unbeknown to me, a few years into The Office I was reading for one of their guest star roles. It went so well that one of their writers, Mike Schur, wrote my name down. They offered me the guest star role but I couldn’t do it — at the time I was mortified but he wrote my name down anyway. So then when Mike and Greg Daniels became the creators of Parks and Rec, Mike said, ‘Well, I know I’ve got this guy Nick I really want to do something with him.’ So they tried to fit me into another role, but NBC said, ‘No, we don’t want to see Nick Offerman as a handsome guy. But we have this part as Amy’s boss, so let’s tailor that to Nick.’ They basically wrote the part for me. But the funny thing is that NBC then made them audition people for five months even though they wrote it for me. And it was a grueling five months, very much an emotional roller coaster. But at the end of the five months they only ended up testing me for the part.

I can’t imagine anyone else playing the part. How much did you bring to the role that wasn’t in the script? You know, these guys are amazing at gleaning the parts of each of our personalities that will best suit their comedy and going to town with it. So they wrote this character that was a libertarian and that was anti-government, and I think the combination of their writing and my personality allowed them to see, Oh, this guy has a real thing for bacon.

That part was you? I think I exude a bacon-y sort of aura.

Did you come into the audition with the look: the well-groomed, full mustache and the hair? When they were creating the show, one of things we decided even before I got the job was that Ron had a kick-ass mustache. We actually call the hair The Full Douche. It didn’t really come into it’s full height until Season Two. It was sort of douche-y and parted on the side and then it achieved more pompadour. But the mustache was part of the inception of the character.

You brought your love for wood working into it. Do you actually play the saxophone like Duke Silver as well? I do, I do play, but I do have to say that nothing happens on our show without this incredibly brilliant group of writers. I would been remiss if I took any credit, because it’s them recognizing the value and putting it into the script that’s important.

How is it working with your wife on the show? Is that something you suggested? Well, I said ‘I don’t know if you guys know this, but I happen to be married to a comedy legend,’ and they said, ‘Why, yes we were aware of that, so we definitely need to get her on the show.’ So I remember early on, Mike coming to me and saying, ‘Okay, we’re writing this story of your bitch ex-wife Tammy and she’s really horrible and you hate her guts, do you think it would be cool if we asked Megan to play it?’ And he was asking me if it would be okay because he thought someone might take offense like, ‘What? You want me to play a horrible bitch?’ So I called Megan and I said, ‘Honey, check it out, Mike is asking if it would be cool if you played this part,’ and I described the part to her and she said, with relish, ‘Yes, please, and I would like to have lots of cleavage.’ Everyone always talks about the sexuality of those episodes. I’ve seen part one and two and I think they’re two of the funniest episodes of the series. In the first one, you two [Offerman and Mullally] throw down at the diner, and in this one your sexcapades land you in jail. At all true to life? We definitely climb the same peaks that Ron and Tammy do but have the good sense not to do it in a public restaurant. But yeah, Megan and I are delightfully boring compared to Ron and Tammy. Megan and I have hot love but it’s not as incendiary; we’ve never been put in jail for acts of love making.

You’ve been described as the shows secret weapon. Everyone seems to love the contrast between you being so straitlaced and firm on most things but also hilarious at the same time. Are there any people in real life or characters that you draw your inspiration from? There’s a few places I get parts of Ron. My dad is very dry. The thing that cracks me up the most is people that are super dry, it always makes me laugh the hardest. My dad is a really great guy and he’s a very simple sort of Norman Rockwellian midwestern father and school teacher He had all these rules that we were brought up to live by which were simply like: always carry a clean handkerchief, if you’re going to do a job do it right. He always said, “Ey, just be six two uneven.” He’s never been able to explain what that means or where that phrase comes form but we always knew what he was saying. So there’s a lot of that to Ron because he would always deliver those things with a little bit of a smirk. Paul Gleason who played the principal in the Breakfast Club, that guy to me was like the most god damn hilarious thing I’d ever seen. A guy who’s like middle authority and is incredibly pompous with his authority and overbearing.

I’ve seen the first seven episodes of the season. That’s five more than I’ve seen.

Really? Yeah, I wait to watch them with Megan when they air, it’s sort of our thing.

What’s something you can tell the readers to tune in for? The most obvious answer is Adam Scott and Rob Lowe. We’ve added these two incredible hitters into our lineup, they are both just so funny. I’ve been a big fan of Adam’s for years, he’s so subtly funny, he cracks me up. And I’ve got to say Rob Lowe is the new secret weapon.

I’ve never seen him like this before. It’s such a canny move on his part.

The episode where he gets the flu, he was brilliant. He’s so good because he understands what it takes to make the greatest comedy is to look as stupid as possible. Someone who is a renowned, good looking man has a hard time making an ass of themselves but Rob has taken to it like a duck to water.

They’re both great additions. Other than that, I think once people started getting on board with the show in season two, we have it really flagged. Everyone figured out how to keep all the pistons firing and I think that every episode is great. If you like season two, you’re in for some great treats, because there’s a lot more of it in season three.

I know you’ve been on Children’s Hospital in the past year and have played a lot of comedic roles, but how was it working on a film like All Good Things? Are dramatic roles something you want to explore? I guess it’s kind of pretty well-kept secret, but I don’t come from comedy, per say.

You got your start in theater. I come from theater, yeah, and I was known in town for more of a dramatic guy for years. I worked on ER, NYPD Blue, and Deadwood, but yes, I love being a transformative actor.

You do look very different without the mustache and hair. That’s my bag. There’s a move called The Go-Getter?

The film with Lou Pucci? Yeah! I play three parts in that and no one ever knows. It’s my favorite thing, to inhabit characters. So working on All Good Things was a fantastic experience in many ways. Working on a drama was nothing new, but getting to work with Ryan Gosling and Kirsten Dunst and Andrew — Andrew is just the greatest kind of filmmaker. He put so much care and generosity into the film, that it just made it an incredible treat and experience to get to work on it.