The 2019 Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas, announced its first wave of titles late last month and a second wave of titles earlier today. The Festival is shaping up nicely with an exciting line-up of expectedly peculiar movies. MMC! is stoked for some of these films, so let’s take a look at a dozen bonkers trailers (and read some brief Fantastic Fest summaries) before this Tuesday runs out!
(MMC! doesn’t have any plans to be around Austin during September 19 to 26, but if anyone wants to throw some press credentials at our lowly corner of the blogosphere, MMC! wouldn’t stop you!)
Opening night of Fantastic Fest kicks off with the premiere of Taika Waititi’s JoJo Rabbit (2019). This anti-hate satire apparently made Disney execs less than comfortable during a screening last week and reports state that the studio is more than a bit nervous about this inherited Fox project. That alone make JoJo Rabbit sound worth its ticket price!
“Writer-director Taika Waititi (THOR: RAGNAROK, HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE), brings his signature style of humor and pathos to his latest film, JOJO RABBIT, a World War II satire that follows a lonely German boy (Roman Griffin Davis as JoJo) whose world view is turned upside down when he discovers his single mother (Scarlett Johansson) is hiding a young Jewish girl (Thomasin McKenzie) in their attic. Aided only by his idiotic imaginary friend, Adolf Hitler (Taika Waititi), Jojo must confront his blind nationalism.”
The Criterion Collection, a continuing series of important classic and contemporary films presents Brick.
Teenage loner Brendan Frye (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) searches for answers when the girl he loves turns up dead. With only a handful of clues, he plunges into the dangerous underworld of his suburban high school community and becomes embroiled in a mysterious drug deal gone bad. A winner for Originality of Vision at the Sundance Film Festival and a modern cult classic, Rian Johnson’s début feature is a hard-boiled tribute to the crime fiction of Dashiell Hammett faithfully and stylishly relocated to an unexpected setting.
- New, restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised by Rian Johnson and cinematographer Steve Yedlin, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio Soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
- Audio commentary by Johnson, actors Noah Segan and Nora Zehetner, producer Ram Bergman, production designer Jodie Tillen and costume designer Michele Posch
- Deleted and extended scenes, with introductions by Johnson
- Building Brick, a 46 minute documentary on the making of the film
- The Inside Track: Casting the Roles of Laura and Dode, an examination of Brick‘s audition tapes
- Scoring Brick, composer Nathan Johnson on creating the film’s music
- Brick Talk, an interactive glossary to the film’s unique verbal style
- Five short films: Ninja Ko, The Origami Master (1990), Evil Demon Goofball from Hell (1998), Escargots (2006), Johnson and Gordon-Levitt’s short film shot in Paris, The Psychology of Dream Analysis (2002), and Page 439 (2009), a visual adaptation of Page 439 of James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake made with Gordon-Levitt and Ronen V.
- Music video of The Mountain Goats’ “Woke Up New,” directed by Johnson
- Galleries of production stills, posters and fan art
- Original theatrical teasers and trailers
- PLUS: The original novella with illustrations by Naeim Khavari, the complete and annotated shooting script and an introduction by Johnson and a booklet featuring a new essay by reporter and columnist John Leland