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Review: The History of Future Folk

May 30 // Liz Rugg
[embed]215722:40163:0[/embed] The History of Future FolkDirector: John Mitchell, Jeremy Kipp WalkerRating: NRRelease Date: May 31, 2013 The History of Future Folk begins with a father telling his daughter a story about how an alien from the planet Hondo was sent to earth to destroy humans so that the Hondonians could take over their planet for themselves, since an asteroid was barreling towards Hondo and they needed a new place to live. But the alien was stopped in his tracks when he heard music for the first time. There is no music on Hondo, and the alien was absolutely captivated and decided that he had to save both of the planets somehow instead. That back story is told in the first few minutes and then we realize that the father telling the story actually is the alien - the revered Hondonian -- General Trius. Gen. Trius, also known by his Earth name, Bill, appears to live a quiet, life in Earth's Brooklyn with his wife and young daughter. He works as a groundskeeper at a space research facility outside of New York and moonlights as a folk musician at a small bar where he preforms in his Hondonian soldier outfit and uses his real identity as an alien as a comedy act. Bill's seemingly quiet life is abruptly disrupted when another Hondonian soldier, named Kevin, crash lands on Earth. Kevin is sent to release the deadly weapon and destroy the human race in Bill's place, but Kevin is a bit bumbling, and with Bill's help he soon understands why music and humans are so special. General Trius and The Mighty Kevin then join forces to save both Earth and Hondo. The History of Future Folk is extremely charming for a number of reasons. Firstly, it plays its oddball premise with an entirely straight face. Even though there are a number of things in the movie which feel very low-production; costumes, the fact that you never see other planets, space travel, there is a sense of continuity in that. The movie never tires to get all Icarus on itself, it doesn't overstep its bounds. It feels cohesive in that way and actually uses its sort of low production value to its advantage in the juxtaposition of its wacky characters and ideas in a modern day, realistic Brooklyn setting. Secondly, and perhaps most adorably, Future Folk shows a clear love of music. A major part of the strength of this movie is its wonderful script and how many different themes it brings together. Future Folk could have been a simple story about aliens being sent to destroy Earth and then not wanting to, and that would've been alright. But it's when the movie underlines everything with a completely unabashed, joyous discovery of music that it really tugs at your heart. The History of Future Folk is not perfect, though. While it is undeniably cute and works well for what it does, it never really becomes totally outstanding. While it's a very enjoyable experience, ultimately I think it will be a bit forgettable. There just isn't quite enough polish or punch to really push Future Folk to the next level, but it's hard to exactly define what it's missing. The interactions between Bill and his wife's character, Holly, also felt forced and bland, especially when compared to the unlikely pair of Kevin and his love interest Carmen, who have the fiery passion of a thousand blazing suns. The awkwardness in Bill and Holly's relationship unfortunately held me back from believing in them as a couple. Holly is supposed to be one of the main reasons Bill stayed on Earth, I mean he married her and had a kid with her! There just wasn't enough development to drive it home that he loved her and needed to save his family as well as the rest of the world. All in all though, I really enjoyed watching The History of Future Folk. It's cute, fun, and never takes itself too seriously, which is really what the Alien Folk Duo Sci-Fi Action Romance Comedy Musical genre is all about. Hondo!
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Acoustical Alien Music
The History of Future Folk is about the origins of the universe's only alien bluegrass folk duo, and how they discovered and fell in love with Earth's music. It's charming, adventurous, and a ton of fun. I mean when's the las...


Gosling & others grace The Place Beyond the Pines poster

Jan 29
// Liz Rugg
From the director of the well-received Blue Valentine is coming another movie staring Ryan Gosling titled The Place Beyond the Pines. The first theatrical poster for the movie has been released online and features the film's ...

Flixist's 2013 move preview: Part 2

Jan 22 // Matthew Razak
Director: Guillermo Del ToroRelease date: July 12, 2013 This is it. This is the movie I am anticipating more than anything else this year. Why? Because Guillermo f**king Del Toro. 'Nuff said. - Thor Latham Director: James MangoldRelease date: July 26, 2013 I don't ask for much in life. All I need to get by is a nice sandwich, a comfy chair, and maybe get to see Hugh Jackman shirtless every now and then. Thanks to The Wolverine (the seventeenth X-Men film), looks like I'll get some of that in spades. Sure Wolvie is going to Japan to fight the Silver Samurai explore himself after the traumatizing events of X3, so the tone of the film will be darker than ever, but I'm not sure if I can pay attention to all of that. Either way, Mangold seems like he knows the material so I'm sure we'll be in for one wild ride, bub. - Nick Valdez The World's End Director: Edgar Wright Release date: August 14, 2013 (UK); October 25, 2013 (US) Another Edgar Wright/Simon Pegg/Nick Frost collaboration comes out this year, marking the finale to their Cornetto Trilogy. The World's End starts as an epic pub crawl among old friends, but it promises to be so much more. I've heard it may be about aliens, but who knows. (The Cornetto color this time around is green, so maybe martians, Triffids, or those things from The Green Slime?) Along for the ride are Paddy Considine, Martin Freeman, and Rosamund Pike. I don't know if they can top Shaun of the Dead (red Cornettos) and Hot Fuzz (blue Cornettos), but I'm very eager to see if they can. - Hubert Vigilla Yurusarezaru mono (Unforgiven) Director: Sang-il Lee Release date: September 13, 2013 (Japan) Samurai films have been turned into westerns a couple times in the past (e.g., Seven Samurai into The Magnificent Seven), but Yurusarezaru mono goes the other way around, turning Clint Eastwood's masterpiece into a samurai film. The look, feel, and themes of the Eastwood movie should fit perfectly in a period chambara film, though it'll be interesting to see how the Japanese remake deviates and adds new takes on the original. While I haven't seen any of Sang-il Lee's films, the teaser for Yurusarezaru mono looks very promising, and I have nothing but faith in Ken Watanabe as the lead. - Hubert Vigilla Director: Spike LeeRelease Date: October 11, 2013 Ooh, Mars Blackmon himself is entering dangerously uncharted territories with the upcoming adaptation of the insanely popular (and just as critically-acclaimed) South Korean film of the same name. Doubt set in the fans' minds over whether or not Spike would be able to capture what made the original so good. No matter how the film and hype develops between now and October, it's a safe bet that Oldboy will be under an intense microscope. - Geoff Henao Director: Kimberly PeirceRelease Date: October 18, 2013 I've always been in love with Carrie's premise. A troubled girl with a terrible mother getting the sudden ability to change her life? Amazing. And while I'm looking forward to the remake, I get the feeling it might be treading old ground without changing too much (we already know how it ends!). That's fine and dandy sometimes, but I want the new film to show a different side of Carrie. Maybe a more capable one? I'm sure the fabulous Moretz is up to the daunting task of redefining Carrie's character. At the very least, I'm sure that we're not all going to laugh at her. - Nick Valdez Director: Alan TaylorRelease date: November 8, 2013 I haven't seen much of Alan Taylor's work, but I have certainly seen Game of Thrones, of which he's directed six episodes. And Game of Thrones is sort of like Thor without all the Norwegian gods of thunder. Pretty much everyone from the first film is back, save for Joshua Dallas. He's been replaced by Zachary Levi, and that's pretty awesome. I liked Thor a whole lot more than a lot of people, and am, presumably, more excited than most for a sequel. - Sean Director: Francis LawrenceRelease date: November 22, 2013 The first Hunger Games may not have been the best film, but it was different enough from the Twilights and Never Say Nevers to set a new standard for teen films. With the final two books of the series (and three final films, UGH) focusing more on the politics of Panem rather than the kid killing (and the addition of Phillip Seymour Freakin' Hoffman!), Catching Fire will hopefully be far more nuanced than its predecessor. If not, this is still going to make a stupid amount of money regardless of its quality. Oh well, win some lose some I guess. - Nick Valdez Director: Adam McKayRelease Date: December 20, 2013 Possibly the film I have the most trepidation about all year is Anchorman: The Legend Continues. I feel that the first film hit a comedy spot so hard to hit that any attempts to follow up on it are just going to fail. There's just a very different kind of humor in the original Anchorman and it clicked for that movie, but I'm not sure if it's going to click for another one. I've got my fingers crossed, because if it works it will work awesomely, but if it falls it will fall hard. - Matthew Razak Her Director: Spike Jonze Release date: TBD It's been a few years since the last Spike Jonze feature film (2009's criminally underrated Where the Wild Things Are), so his return to the director's chair is something to get happy about. With Her, his first solo screenplay, Jonze is taking a look at how we interact with technology in a tale about one man (Joaquin Phoenix) falling in love with his smart phone OS. Her should be hitting the festival circuit this year, with a late 2013 release probable. This should whet everyone's appetite for an inevitable and long overdue reteaming of Jonze and Charlie Kaufman. - Hubert Vigilla Director: Bong Joon HoRelease Date: TBD  I know even less about Snowpiercer than I do about Stoker (my other most anticipated English-language film made by a Korean director), but in some ways I am even more excited. Bong Joon Ho's The Host, released in 2006, has enough English in it to prove to me that he has a good grasp on the language (Park Chan-wook's Joint Security Agency, on the other hand, made me feel otherwise), so with my one potential worry out of the way I can just be excited. The idea of seeing Chris Evans playing alongside Song Kang-Ho is kind of ridiculous, but it's also amazing. Whereas The Last Stand and Stoker leave the Korean roots behind, Snowpiercer seems like it will be melding the two cultures in some hopefully interesting ways. Then again, I have no clue what the film is about, so maybe I'm completely off base. Even if I am, though, it's gonna be awesome. - Alec Kubas-Meyer 
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Continuing down the path of righteous movie previewing
Can you believe that all those movies from yesterday only got us halfway through the year? Seriously, part one of our 2013 preview was full of epic win and it really didn't even cover the big blockbuster parts of the year. Su...


The Hobbit to feature a new Wolverine trailer also

Nov 20
// Nick Valdez
Even if you're like me and aren't the most interested in The Hobbit releasing a few weeks from now, here's another reason to plant your butt in those seats. Along with a Star Trek Into Darkness prologue, new trailers for Man ...


New Looper clip features JGL and Willis throwing down

Aug 31
// Liz Rugg
In this new clip for the highly anticipated Rian Johnson time-travel thriller, Looper, we catch a glimpse of the two main actors - Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis - starting a fight in a dinner over time travel. Who ha...

New photos for Beasts of the Southern Wild

Jun 21
// Liz Rugg
Beasts of the Southern Wild has been making the festival rounds and cleaning up wherever it goes. It won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Dramatic Film and the Excellence in Cinematography Award at this year's Sundance, and it w...

8 new posters for Frankenweenie show off characters

Jun 20
// Liz Rugg
While a lot of people nowadays think that Tim Burton has gone a little off his rocker, perhaps returning to stop-motion animation will bring back what we first loved about the ubiquitous director. His upcoming Frankenweenie i...

Listen to samples of Zimmer's The Dark Knight Rises score

Jun 15
// Liz Rugg
Below the jump you can take an early listen to some of the score of Christopher Nolan's upcoming The Dark Knight Rises, which is one of the most anticipated movies of the summer. The score was composed by Hans Zimmer, who, if...

Fox screens Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter for Navy ship

Jun 14
// Liz Rugg
20th Century Fox flew out a bunch of the cast and crew of its upcoming movie Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter to meet and greet American troops aboard the United States Navy aircraft supercarrier the USS Abraham Lincoln, which...

New poster for The Paperboy

Dec 29
// Liz Rugg
We don't really know too much about The Paperboy, other than that it's based off of Peter Dexter's novel of the same name. That aside, this is a pretty awesome poster. You know why? It - in a single, still image - gives us a ...

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