by Armando Vanegas
First off, what the fuck was this supposed to be? I get that it’s supposed to be a commentary on the art world and a horror movie at the same time, but I literally don’t get what I’m supposed to get from it outside of that. There’s so many plot threads and downtime in between all the crazy parts that it causes the movie to have an inconsistent tone. Am I supposed to laugh or be scared or just think? Velvet Buzzsaw is a nearly 2 hour cocktease of a movie that has some interesting ideas, but it wants to tackle too much, and really ends up doing none of it very well. I understand the main idea though. There’s a lot of jaded pretentious art people. I got this right away and there was nothing new that the smartest comedies to even the most bottom of the barrel satires haven’t already done communicating that same idea. Art people are pretentious. It takes a large bulk of its run-time making sure we get that as we’re seeing a lot of these characters just living their life functioning around this world.
“All Art is Dangerous.” We reviewed Dan Gilroy’s (Nightcrawler) newest film, Velvet Buzzsaw starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Rene Russo.
“After a series of paintings by an unknown artist are discovered, a supernatural force enacts revenge on those who have allowed their greed to get in the way of art.”
Keli Price Talks a Life in Film, Making a Difference Through Art, and Sleep No More
Headshot Courtesy of KeliPrice.com
By Christopher M. Rzigalinski
The best acting roles are those that allow artists to build on the best parts of their personalities to develop authentic characters. The characters that develop are more relatable and strengthen the projects to which they contribute. Keli Price (Side Effects) relies on his own resilient drive and determination to portray Joe, the leader of a graduate student cohort performing a sleep study under dubious ethical circumstances, in the horror film Sleep No More. I had a chance to talk with Keli about his creative approach and making the film ahead of its October 2nd release on DVD ($27.97), VOD, and digital platforms.
Matthew Cooke talks art, activism, and Survivors Guide to Prison
By Christopher M. Rzigalinski
What does it mean to be an activist? On the basest level, it means promoting social change by raising awareness about an issue or idea. Activism is often depicted in historical narratives through larger-than-life figures and mass movements. But the greatest activism takes place when ordinary individuals work to connect with others on a one-on-one level. From those small gestures, hope transforms into promise for everyone. Director Matthew Cooke (How to Make Money Selling Drugs) and I discussed this interpersonal activist approach as it appears in his latest documentary project, Survivors Guide to Prison (2018).
Fandango FanShop, the curated online movie merchandise destination from Fandango, is offering limited edition Thor posters as part of a special online gallery at FandangoFanshop.com. To celebrate the release of Thor: Ragnarok we wanted to make sure you saw the brand new poster from 100% Soft is newly available for purchase.
A special Thor: Ragnarok lithograph by artist Dan Mumford is already available, plus Fandango is also giving away a free limited edition print with the purchase of $35.00 or more of “Thor” merchandise until December 31st.
These special posters were part of Fandango’s recent art show at LA’s Hero Complex Gallery. Artwork for all three can be found here
FANDANGO FANSHOP, MARVEL STUDIOS, AND HERO COMPLEX GALLERY INVITE FANS TO MARVEL’S “THOR: RAGNAROK” FAN ART SHOWCASE IN LOS ANGELES, OCTOBER 20th – NOVEMBER 5th!
Fandango FanShop, Fandango’s online movie merchandise marketplace, has teamed up with Marvel Studios and L.A.’s Hero Complex Gallery to host Fandango FanShop & Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok Art Showcase, a free open-to-the-public art event celebrating the upcoming release of Marvel’s “Thor: Ragnarok.”