Larry Hankin [Interview]

 

Today’s interview subject is a prime example of why I started this little site in the first place. I love to get to know people, even if it’s simply through a digital means. People who you think you might know on the surface because you have been watching them for so many years on the screen. But, when you actually find the means and ability to ask them a few questions, they become a far more fascinating presence than you could have ever imagined. That is Larry Hankin, Folks!

I have watched Larry in so many different projects over the years and have appreciated his work as an actor for the entire ride. Yet, as it turns out, his acting work is only a side story to his incredible, and even Academy Award nominated, work as a filmmaker and storyteller. This interview is one of those rare occurrences where I wish I could take back a few questions I asked via e-mail, and just do it in person, as I would love to hear even more amazing tales from Larry. But alas, this is what I have, and I still think it is pretty fucking great, and you are going to love the gifts that Larry has given us today! We learn some sad truths about beloved projects, some reiterations of some things we already knew but are wonderful to hear, and some delightful antidotes about the life of an artist as a whole. He is a sweet and genuine man with so much to give the world in so many different capacities, and we are extremely fortunate to have him on the site today!

So Folks, please enjoy some wonderful words from the absolutely brilliant story teller, actor, man of the world, the great Larry Hankin!

 

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When did you first realize you wanted to join the world of performance? Was acting an early aspiration you had since your youth, or did you just find yourself in this world one day?

 

I graduated Syracuse University with a friend I met there: Carl Gottlieb (later to write Jaws as well as several other major movies).  We shared an apartment in Greenwich Village – he immediately got a job reviewing movies for local papers, and I got a job scrubbing duckboards behind a bar after closing to pay my part of the rent so I was broke most of the time: I graduated as an Industrial designerer just to please my parents but I really didn’t know what I wanted to do and chose to scrub duckboards at night rather than working in an office 9 to 5.  I was deciding what my Next Move would be by frequenting the coffee houses on open mike night to see a free show for a cup of coffee and watched everybody who was later to become big stars: folk singers and comedians. I was a funny guy in high school so I figured I’d try a couple of open mike nights and weirdly, I was opening for Woody Allen within 6 months. So, that’s how I got into show biz.

 

What was your very first paid gig as an actor? And do you remember any sort of lessons learned from that project that still impact your work to date?

 

I auditioned for Second City in New York City and was hired to be in a company that was booked into the Crystal Palace in St. Louis, Missouri for two months and we were held over for 9 more months.  Lesson learned: I worked well with others and I had talent as a professional funny guy in showbusiness.

 

Beyond the world of on-screen work, you have also written and directed several projects as well, even receiving and Oscar nod for one of your short films. So, what sparked this interest?

 

Though I was a ‘professional comic actor’ I’ve always thought of myself as a stand-up-comic story-teller and a filmmaker-wanna-be.  I use acting to pay rent, purchase necessities and make films because people hire me as an actor and pay me to remember their words –  which isn’t fun for me, but my rent and films were more important and, lo and behold: I was learning to be an actor, so there was this free benefit. Cool. But at heart I’ll always be a funny story teller.

 

In 1993, you became the unsuspecting winner of sorts in the classic film from my childhood, the wonderful Billy Madison. As far as personal memories, this is where I believe I saw you first! I still love the film, not only for nostalgic purposes. So with that, I am curious to know how you enjoyed working on this film? Was it as much fun to work on as it was for me to watch both as a 9 year old boy?

 

Fun? Not in any way shape or manner.  I was a hippie and had hair down to my shoulders. I was running low on cash and my film short was in storage till I got money to finish post. My best friend was directing Billy Madison, but he wouldn’t hire me for the job unless I cut my hair. I cut it. Post-Production takes precedence. Adam Sandler and I had different senses of humor.  I didn’t get him at all (in person-jokes, I mean: mostly deprecating humor and pranks).  Then he fired my friend, the director.  He probably wanted to fire me but he’d have to re-shoot all the scenes I was already in: too expensive.  Not so, the director. Adam and I didn’t click.  He does, however, know what he’s doing. Artistic and comedic differences.  C’est la vie.

 

Another terrific, yet very different, project that you worked on was the legendary series Breaking Bad. We have had quite a few folks from the show featured here on TWS, as it is an absolute classic. So, same sort of question. How was your experience working in the world of Vince Gilligan?

 

Total opposite. Vince Gilligan is an amazing writer-director-storyteller.  And, for me, among the best at all.  He cleared the way for everybody on the set to do their best work.  His writing is easy to learn and say and believe and get into.  His sets are focused and creative and helpful.  I had the best time as a paid, serious actor in front of his camera.  Mr. Gilligan is the real deal.

 

 

You have done so much amazing works in the world of film, television, the stage, and beyond. With that, I am curious to know what your favorite field to work in is? If you were destined to only work in one field for the rest of your career, which would you prefer?

 

Visual storyteller: Woody Allen, Buster Keaton, Jacques Tati, Cantinflas, Fernandel, etc…. All clowns, all filmmakers, all writer-director-actor-producers – all had something new to say; then to create and control the narrative, the joke: the telling and the timing. Basically, a standup comedian showing the realities of his tale, fleshing out his stories on a screen and the challenge of entertaining a room full of homo sapiens.  When it happens, it’s amazing.

 

After a varied and absolutely stellar and decade spanning career, I am curious to know what you tend to look back on with the most pride? Not necessarily one project persay, but as a whole?

 

I come from a very anti-education, anti-art, upbringing.  Extemely reactionary. I look back on making a living doing and making stuff I love to do and make despite that background; to travel and meet people I never would have met any other way.

 

I look back on my own personal work on stage, my film shorts, standup routines, stories and fables. That journey, which I’m still on, that’s the coolest thing to me.  Who’da’ thought, back then, in high school, I’d be typing this to you?  Not me, or a million monkeys.

 

What does the future hold for you? Anything you would like to plug to our readers?

 

At the end of November, I’ve got a book of funny short stories, fables, political satire, and doggerel poems coming out called The Loopholes Dossier.  It’s how I look at the world through satire and comedy.  It’ll be on Amazon and Kindle and a lot of other outlets -It’s quirky and funny. You got to at least check it out.  Also I’m in this really big-time movie that’s coming out also at the end of November that I can’t discuss it’s so big (I had to sign a Non-Disclosure-Agreement – true). It’s gonna be big and released through Netflix, I believe.  It’s great.  I got a cool part.  You’re gonna want to see it. Right now, I’m in the middle making a series of “Homeless Rants” which I’ll be putting up Youtube along with the whole slew of shorts of mine that are already on there.

 

What was the last thing that made you smile?

 

A little 5-year-old girl trying to direct her mother’s eyes to exactly where the bird in the bird’s nest was that she’d discovered in the tree they were standing under.

Sunday Matinee: Stoke [Film]

“Struggling with the sudden death of her fiancé, Los Angeles litigator Jane makes a spontaneous trip to Hawaii Island to visit an active volcano. Upon arrival, she enlists the help of two locals pretending to run an adventure tour company, and the trio embark on a cross-island road trip as weird and wild as Hawaii itself.” – P & Z Films

 

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One thing I wasn’t expecting to learn quite a bit about when I started this site, and starting watching brilliant indie films so regularly….was the islands of Hawaii. Regular readers may remember our coverage of the brilliant film Kuleana last year where first became obsessed with the non-tourist side of the islands. And then there was our interview with former Hawaii native funny man Zak Toscani. Now we have something completely different, yet just as insightful in the film Stoke. I seriously LOVED this film. The idea of turning tourism into an emotional journey that you are soon not to forget is absolute genius. And I will be the first to admit it, I had no idea that the setting of the film even existed. Of course, I am now intrigued and HAVE to go. I guess I will one day be a part of the problem. But I digress.

Stoke delivers incredible surprises, witty dialogue mixed with a grab bag of comedic excellence, all within a tale that focuses on the pain of loss and the hardships of a reality that can be dark and disturbing, even in the sunniest of lands. And as a Pacific Northwest kid who once lived in the glorious southern region of Spain, I can attest to the fact that the mix of moodiness and excitement in Stoke is very human, and very well done.

 

 

 

The writing/directing team of Zoe Eisenberg & Phillips Payson are absolute force to be reckoned with Folks. They are not only a brilliant Hawaii based team of creative souls, they are simply a brilliant team that is going to continue to rock the world of independent cinema and beyond. Stoke is incredible, as I said before. And they have a project they created a few years ago entitled Throuple, that I can not speak to, but hopefully I soon will, as it also sounds incredible inspiring and brilliant. Seeing this film, knowing of the other, and knowing that the capabilities of this team is a true inspiration, and I am so excited to see what the future holds for them. Oh and, spoiler alert(?), you may be hearing more from Zoe on this very site, very soon (okay, Friday, you’ll hear from her on Friday. Okay? Cool.)

Performance wise, holy shit. Caitlin Holcombe is absolutely brilliant. And Kauhane Lopes & Randall Galius Jr. make for an incredible duo that I would definitely love to see more of in the future. Seriously, it feels strange to know that this was Kauhane’s first film role because he absolutely nailed it. And of course veteran actress Kimee Balmilero came in and absolutely KILLED as one of the few characters who seems to have her shit together.

Folks, if you have enjoyed any recommendation we have given you here, you should know that we would not lie to you all. I personally might, but not through this site! I kid, I kid. But seriously Folks, as soon as you can, check out Stoke! You seriously will not regret it!

 

Stoke will be available on streaming platforms on August 6th.

 

 

Saturday Special: Wicked Witches [Film]

 

“After being thrown out of his home by his wife for being promiscuous, Mark finds himself back at Dumpling Farm, a place of youthful memories and parties, but things aren’t quite right. His old buddy Ian, who has never left the place, is possessed by a group demonic, flesh eating Witches. Using Ian and his farm, these beautiful Witches honey trap Mark and his friends to consume their souls.” – October Coast PR

 

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Oh sweet readers, the time is coming up sooner than you think! The love for the world of horror is about to strike the world sooner than you think! It’s been a minute since we covered a horror film on here, as it’s nice to give a cool slow burn working towards our Month of Horror. We shall be trickling in a few here and there in preparation for what is marked to be one of the best Horror seasons in our history! And we are kicking things off with damn good one with the brilliant British slasher Wicked Witches! Filmed in the proverbial backyard of Trainwreck’d Society HQ (Cambridgeshire) this is a film that hits all the marks damn near perfectly when it comes to being a terrific horror film. Wicked Witches is a film that has that perfect build up of suspense mixed with the the perfect concoction of blood and mayhem that leads to a wonderful ending. If you love horror Folks, as I am certain you all do, this is a brilliant indie horror film to get yourself ready for the scary ass season!

 

 

 

Performance wise, the film is definitely not lacking in talent. While all the performances were spot and commendable, I feel compelled to single out the film’s antagonist, Ian, performed brilliantly by Justin Marosa. I was unaware of Justin’s work prior to this film, but you can bet your bottom god damned dollar that I will be paying attention from here on out. He seriously scared the living dogshit out of me just about every moment he was on screen.

Again Folks, Wicked Witches is a wonderfully written and beautifully shot indie horror film that is on par with any major studio release you could possibly compare it to. I sincerely can not recommend it enough.

 

 

Wicked Witches will be in select theaters and on DVD & VOD on August 9th.

 

 

Kurt Braunohler [Interview]

Photo by Adrian Aguilar

 

Hello Folks! Do we have a very exciting interview for you all today, is a question you are probably asking. And the answer is: yes. Of course. Why the hell would you ask such a stupid question? Our interviews are always amazing aren’t they? Well, okay, regular readers will know that I may call out this over-emphasis but, trust me Folks, today’s interview subject is an incredible human being and I am sure most of you are already here knowing him by name. It’s motherfuckin’ Kurt Braunohler, Everyone!

Kurt is an absolutely hilarious stand up comedian, improv mastermind, and delightful actor. This cat is just an absolute delight to look at whilst doing his craft, and has an incredible brain that moves a mile a minute and only puts out the best to the world. I know that this sounds something like Trump talking about himself, but I swear to you all that it’s true. I have admired Kurt’s work for so long, and it is quite the honor to have him grace our digital pages here at Trainwreck’d Society. I don’t entirely get into it in the interview process, but I have a quick story to tell about Kurt, that I did not dispel to him prior to writing this introduction. Here it goes:

I was on a plane from London headed back to Portland watching The Big Sick when Kurt appeared just about the seat back tray ahead of me, and I literally exclaimed “Holy shit! It’s Braunohler!” It was in this very moment that I realized that I was a true comedy nerd.

Alright, I know that for a lot of you, this is not a real crazy story. But trust me, for those of us who have to face the real world, day to day, and socialize with normies each and every day, this was quite the revelation. Also, the elderly lady sitting next to me wasn’t entirely pleased by my exclamation.

So Folks, I really can’t fully explain how excited I am to have Kurt on the site today. So, I will just shut my stupid mouth, and let Kurt speak for himself. He has some amazing A’s to our Q’s that I am so excited to share with you all right now. Enjoy!

 

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When did you first discover that you were a hilarious human being and that you wanted to make people laugh for a living?

I was 5 years old. I shit my pants and thought, “That’s a killer closer.”

What was your very first paid gig in the world of comedy? And were there any sort of lessons learned from this experience that you still incorporate into your work to this day?

My first paid gig in comedy was: I was paid $250 to dress up in this monkey costume with a huge dick and try and sneak into the Metropolitan Museum of Art for a huge TV producer’s gala. At the time, my rent was $500 a month and I was living in Brooklyn, so $250 meant the world to me. This was in 2000 I think? During the first big tech boom in NYC. There was dumb money flying everywhere. This start-up’s mascot was a small monkey with a blue dick. So the owner of the company had an $8,000 monkey costume custom built for me specifically. Then they packed it into suitcase, rented me a tuxedo, and bought me a $700 ticket to this producers’ gala at the Met. The idea was that I’d run around and get my picture taken with people, and then the photographer would hand them a card where they could go online to see their picture with the monkey – and it was the company’s website. The security at The Met, of course, would not let me in with a suitcase. So I just got to go to this very fancy party for free. I assumed the gig was a bust. I ate free sushi and drank free drinks all night long.

Then at 12:30 am the guy was like “Alright we’re gonna go to this afterparty, and you’re gonna do it there.” And I was already very drunk but was like OK. Then we get to the afterparty and he’s nervous not enough people are there. So again I think the gig is over. I have more drinks at the afterparty. Then at 2 am he’s like “Get into the monkey!” I go to the bathroom to change and I’m so drunk I just get fully naked and then get into this monkey costume. Now I’m running around, wasted, as this monkey with a huge blue dick and I’m just dancing and people are taking photos, and I’m nude inside. It was so surreal.

But the weirdest part was at 4 a.m., when the gig was finally over, I changed back into my tuxedo and was walking to the train. A Lexus pulls up next to me and the window rolls down and a beautiful woman who’s driving the Lexus propositions me for sex. Then she spreads her legs and reveals she’s got no pants on. Like no pants. I found out later that after Gulliani cleaned up Times Square, apparently some prostitutes would rent high end cars and drive around the far west side and proposition men coming back from conferences at the Jacob Javitts center and shit. I asked her if she would drive me to Brooklyn. She refused. I said no thank you then and went to get on the subway. Because even though I had $250 in cash on me, I couldn’t afford a cab.

As somebody who has toured all across the country, I am curious to know what may be some places around the country that are exceptionally great to do live comedy in, but people may not realize it on the surface? What are some more obscure places in which you have performed that you were pleasantly surprised to work in?

Lexington KY. When I drove into Lexington for a one nighter at a punk bar I was like, “Oh no, I’ve made a mistake.” But it was honestly one of the funnest nights of comedy I’ve ever had. Packed house. Everybody having fun. The bartender gave me a bottle of bourbon at the end of the night. That’s a good night.

 

 

In 2017 you appeared and worked on the award winning film The Big Sick, which is still one of my favorite films of the last 10 years hands. I am curious to know how your experience was working on this soon to be considered classic film? In the making of the film, did you get the feeling that you were a part of something very special that would go on to receive such acclaim?

We had no idea. Honestly, I didn’t know if the movie would even get a wide release. I thought maybe we were just making a small indie film that would be a blip on the radar. But to have it do so well, and be so many people’s favorite movie of that year. Well, it’s ruined me. That was my first movie. Nothing will ever compare to that.

In that same year you co-host the absolutely brilliant podcast Emotional Hang, alongside our friend and past guest Joe DeRosa. I learned about the podcast from Joe, and absolutely fell in love with it. Can you tell us a bit about how the idea came about to do this show? And how was your experience creating such a gem of a podcast?

Joe and I became friends after we both moved to LA. And we realized it’s so rare to become friends as adults, so we decided we should just do a podcast about adult friendship. It fell apart when I had a family and Joe started splitting his time between here and NYC, but it still holds a special place in my heart. As does Joe.

 

 

Can you tell us a bit about your weekly show Hot Tub with Kurt & Kristen? I have heard several murmurs on several podcasts that I love about this show? How did you come around to teaming up with Kristen Schaal to make this show happen?

This is how I started doing stand up and sketch and writing in general. I’d been doing improv for 7 years, I was 29. I wanted to start writing for myself but didn’t know how. I figured I’d start a variety show. So I asked the artistic director at the PIT in NYC, who at the time was Arian Moayad, now a very accomplished actor  (he’s great in Succession on HBO) about doing a weekly show. He mentioned Kristen Schaal had just asked him the same thing. I didn’t know Kristen at the time, but had seen her perform once. I walked backstage and was like “Hey you wanna do a variety show with me?” and she was like ok. And then it turns out, we really clicked. That was 14 years ago. We still do the show every Monday.

What does the future hold for you? Anything you would like to plug to our readers?

I’ve been working on a ton of stuff – multiple TV shows, I just wrote a movie, I’ll be on the second season of Black Monday on Showtime, and I’ve got a new podcast coming soon, but it’s all too early to mention names and places.

What was the last thing that made you smile?

My daughter this morning.

 

Check out Kurt’s weekly show, Hot Tub at The Virgil in Los Angeles, especially this coming Monday as it is my daughter’s 10th birthday, and our friend and past guest David Gborie will be there! Maybe David and Kurt will give a shoutout to Lelaina if one of you asks ever so nicely.

 

 

New Music Tuesday: Crooked Ghost – Colors Bleed [EP]

 

 

Folks, I have been covering music on the wonderful interwebs for a dozen years, and I can honestly say that I have heard it all. I’ve acknowledged thousands of “RIYL” recommendations. Usually they are wrong, but I can see where they are coming from. I used to try to amplify word counts in album reviews by drawing comparisons to likewise artists, often mention in the “RIYL” sections. And sometimes I would try to amplify the review once again by using an exhausting amount of adverbs about how completely original a band was, and couldn’t be compared. But as I grow old and wary in what I put on this site, I am beginning to realize that familiarization isn’t such a bad thing, really. Take a band like Crooked Ghost, for instance. Crooked Ghost is hands down, without a fucking doubt in the world, something fresh and original, yet very familiar in all the right ways.

Colors Bleed is a post-punk (whatever the fuck that really means) band that has a sound that intertwines brilliant vocals that are backed by a bit of grunge-like (this makes more sense to me) guitar and drum work with incredibly strategic vocals that are both fascinating and goddamned intriguing. Colors Bleed is a 4-track collection of songs that are absolutely mind-blowing in their own individual ways, with each track sounding like a stand alone single with its own merit and understanding of what it is giving to the world. “Sinew in Red” could be considered the obvious single, and not just because it is the actual “single”, but it just has that type of catchiness that we as listeners are supposed to be looking for. There is so much to love in this track, it’s hard to imagine Crooked Ghost NOT making it the stand alone track.

 

 

But, being the ever pretentious asshole that I am, I will be calling the 7 minute opus that is “Golden Blue” the best fucking song on the album, and one of the best songs I have heard in quite a while. The range and movement that exists in this highly energetic track is absolutely compelling, and is something that really needs to be appreciated all on its own.

Colors Bleed is a phenomenal release in it’s own right, and it should definitely be enjoyed by all. If I truly needed to make the bullshit comparisons that tend to make the quotes of press releases and the social media renegades, I guess I would say it is a cross between Simple Minds and Soul Asylum. I’m not sure how much I would entirely agree with this, but I love both of these bands. And I now love Crooked Ghost. So I guess that isn’t nothing, right? If that is how you have to learn about new and wonderful music, let’s go with that!

 

 

Max Mackenzie [Interview]

 

Hello Folks! Welcome back to another wonderful week here at Trainwreck’d Society! If you can rack your brains, and go back to about three months ago, you may remind a little gem of an indie film entitled Just Say Goodbye that was absolutely fantastic and still one of our favorite films of the year. Of course you remember it. Or at the very least, it is 2019 and you just clicked the link provided and gave it a gander and will soon know the love yourself. Either way, we are so excited to have the lead man from this project, and several other amazing pieces of work, gracing our digital pages today. It’s Max Mackenzie!

Max is an incredibly talented individual who we are so excited to have with us today. He has a great story to tell about his work in the world of performance, his work on the film we love so much, and what the future holds for this star on the rise. So Folks, please enjoy these wonderful responses from the even more wonderful performer, Max Mackenzie!

 

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What inspired you to get into the world of entertainment? Was it an early aspiration you have had since a youth, or did you simply find yourself in this world one day? 

It was the Summer of 2014. Wanting to act is something I think was building up inside of me my whole life without my direct knowing, but it really was just like a one day thing where I realized this was something I wanted to try. Best decision I’ve ever made. 

What was your very first paid gig as a performer? And were there any sort of lessons learned from this experience that you still use in your career today? 

My first paid gig was in the Summer of 2015 in Boston, MA. I made a WHOPPING 40 dollars for a photo shoot that was supposed to be used as a concept for a music video, but it never got made. At the time, I’m not so sure what I learned from it. But it’s nice to look back on stuff like that though and remember how excited I was to be getting paid anything to do this stuff, even if it was just 40 bucks. Although for the sake of my team, I can’t take work that pays so little anymore, thinking back reminds me of my roots and keeps my ego in check. It’s a beautiful thing, honestly. 

The film, and your performance within it, Just Say Goodbye, is an absolute masterpiece, in my opinion. It’s such a beautiful tragedy of a film that still sort of haunts almost 2 months after I saw it. So what are your thoughts on the final product that was the film? And what initially drew you to this project to begin with? 

Thank you so much, I appreciate that. I’m truly amazed with what we pulled off on such a minimal budget. I was drawn in by the subject matter, as I lost a friend to suicide my Sophomore year in high school. 

 

 

What has the audience reception been to the film since it was officially released this last May? Do you have any stories of people telling you what an impact it had on them? 

Quite a few! I’ve received so many messages from random people from all around the world who wanted to share the impact it had on them. Knowing my work has effected people in such a way is such a beautiful thing, and I’m so grateful for it. 

If you were handed the opportunity to portray the lead in the biopic of any historical figure in American history, who would it be? 

Tough question. In my mind, I’m thinking who I would actually be considered for based on my appearance, but if that didn’t matter TOO much I’d probably like to take on Tom Ford. He’s one of the most influential figures of international fashion AND film today. His career has been such an interesting turn of events from acting to fashion to directing. He is probably about 25 years out from having a biopic about him made, so let’s just put a pin in it for now. 

What does the future hold for you? Anything you would like to plug to our readers? 

I just wrapped on a new show for Amazon called The Hunt, starring Al Pacino & Logan Lerman where I play a character named Markus Roth. Keep an eye out for it in the next year! 

What was the last thing that made you smile? 

This question! 

 

Check out the trailer for Just Say Goodbye below, and use the Google machine to figure out how you can see this gem of a film for yourself.

 

 

Sunday Matinee: Luz [Film]

 

Luz is a story about identity, a lack of one, or maybe even denying one’s own. For the most part this is told by forces (archetypal characters, institutions, or personifications of moral arguments) influencing and manipulating our titular character Luz. I structured the narrative as a panic attack, of repressed memories and confusion. It is purposely open to interpretation by the viewer. Luz is a sensuous thriller that plays with the sensory perception of the audience. Initially, I wanted to write a simple story that could only be told audio-visually. How we ended up telling it cinematically, nested within diegetic flashbacks, got a little more complicated. For example, we use an additional layer of sound that adds a past reality to a present one. Given that we are observing a moment relived under hypnosis, the credibility of both realities is questioned at all times. The viewer who attempts to answer this question of credibility has to, with sharpened senses, fully engage in image and sound.” –  Luz Filmmaker, Tilman Singer

 

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Oh Folks, do we have something delightful to share with you all today! And it is such a damn fine film, that the description used above, from the filmmaker Tilman Singer, is pretty much the most accurate description of the film possible. It is basically much smarter than anything I could possibly say about it. I was just going to describe it as a new age Lynchian-like drama filled with spectacular visuals that are not to be missed. I believe I am still right in this description, but again, not nearly as smart.

 

 

Luz is my first experience with the work of Tilman Singer, as I imagine it will be for most viewers. But, much like other new viewers, I am certain it will not be the last. The need for truly innovative figures like Singer is vastly underrated and in dire need. We just don’t see shit like this anymore, and we really need to if I’m being perfectly honest. As of this writing, the number one movie in the country right now is what could very well be considered the most vastly overrated Quentin Tarantino project to date. But, what does that really mean? It really means that mainstream culture needs even the most mediocre project from the most well known original artist to make a splash amongst the reboots and remakes. But, that’s a whole other discussion and argument.

All that I am really trying to say is that there are cinematic masterminds out there to be found, and making some of the best work imaginable to this date. And Tilman Singer, as a writer and director, is most definitely one of them. There are also stars like Luana Velis, who plays the films titular character, who deserve to be seen more often. For a truly gripping and psychotic adventure into the vast possibilities of what the mind can conjure up and divulge to the world, look no further than this truly terrifying and visual stimulating thriller.

 

Luz premiered in both LA and New York earlier this month, and will soon have a multi-city release to follow. So check out the trailer below, and stay tuned!