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Tribeca Film Festival 2010: Soul Kitchen

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Tribeca Film Festival 2010: Soul Kitchen

Fatih Akın is a filmmaker of irrepressible energy. His 2004 film Head-On began with a car crash and used it as a metaphor for a volatile marriage, the camera spinning and swirling chasing after the characters; his 2007 film The Edge of Heaven followed Turkish and German characters in multiple countries, always just missing each other, often with tragic consequences. His movies showcase how the world is shrinking, the characters united more by a common age and common music and fashion tastes than by nationality. The people tend to be in their late 20s and early 30s, and part of a bohemian middle class where at any given moment you feel either saved or fucked.

Zinos Kazantzakis (Adam Bousdoukos), a Greek immigrant in Hamburg, fits that bill. The main character of Akin’s new film, Soul Kitchen, is the floppy-haired, pudgy-faced, and wide-eyed proprietor of an upstart wood-tabled restaurant (“You know, after soul food”), who’s just said goodbye to his Shanghai-bound girlfriend at the airport with a roping tango of a kiss. He runs into problems running the restaurant, mainly with a cast of entirely stock, utterly enjoyable personalities: the crazed gourmet chef (Birol Ünel) who insists on skinning the fish sticks and hurls a knife at the wall when dissatisfied; the ne’er-do-well brother (Moritz Bliebtrau), just out of jail, whose work at the restaurant teaches him to grow up; the lecherous, nefarious real-estate developer (Wotan Wilke Möhring), shouting so garrulously as to seem cut from a Coen brothers’ movie, who tries to screw the tax office in every way possible.

Soul Kitchen is very funny, with much of its crude comedy stemming from watching hangdog Zinos’s humiliations, whether it’s an erection arising at a massage parlor or its owner lurching forward at a funeral, wailing and flailing so as to knock over the coffin. The best running gag involves his constant back pains; the second best involves the eruptions of his irritating cellphone ringtone, Zapp and Roger’s “I Want to Be Your Man.”

The movie’s utterly predictable, crassly formulaic ingredients (there’s even an Udo Kier cameo) go down easier with a pumping, eclectic soundtrack that ranges between Artie Shaw, Locomondo, and Broke But Busy, and scenes moving so fluidly as to seem choreographed to their music. The characters shout “Schizer” throughout, almost as rhythmic refrain. The women exist to support the men; the movie doesn’t have much to say politically, and what it does say isn’t interesting. But Soul Kitchen is still a lot of fun.

Soul Kitchen played on April 22, 26, and 29 as part of this year’s Tribeca Film Festival. For more information click here.

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Watch: The Long-Awaited Deadwood Movie Gets Teaser Trailer and Premiere Date

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At long last, we’re finally going to see more of Deadwood. Very soon after the HBO series’s cancellation in 2006, creator David Milch announced that he agreed to produce a pair of two-hour films to tie up the loose ends left after the third season. It’s been a long road since, and after many false starts over the years, production on one standalone film started in fall 2018. And today we have a glorious teaser for the film, which releases on HBO on May 31. Below is the official description of the film:

The Deadwood film follows the indelible characters of the series, who are reunited after ten years to celebrate South Dakota’s statehood. Former rivalries are reignited, alliances are tested and old wounds are reopened, as all are left to navigate the inevitable changes that modernity and time have wrought.

And below is the teaser trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tAcftIUE6MQ

Deadwood: The Movie airs on HBO on May 31.

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Watch: Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Gets Teaser Trailer

When it rains, it pours.

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When it rains, it pours. Four days after Quentin Tarantino once more laid into John Ford in a piece written for his Beverly Cinema website that saw the filmmaker referring to Ford’s She Wore a Yellow Ribbon as Tie a Yellow Ribbon, and two days after Columbia Pictures released poster art for QT’s ninth feature that wasn’t exactly of the highest order, the studio has released a teaser for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. The film was announced early last year, with Tarantino describing it as “a story that takes place in Los Angeles in 1969, at the height of hippy Hollywood.”

Set on the eve of the Manson family murders, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood tells the story of TV actor Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his stunt double, Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt), as they try to get involved in the film industry. The film also stars Margot Robbie (as Sharon Tate), Al Pacino, the late Luke Perry, Damian Lewis, Dakota Fanning, Emile Hirsch, Timothy Olyphant, Kurt Russell, and Bruce Dern in a part originally intended for the late Burt Reynolds.

See the teaser below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Scf8nIJCvs4

Columbia Pictures will release Once Upon a Time in Hollywood on July 26.

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Watch the Stranger Things 3 Trailer, and to the Tune of Mötley Crüe and the Who

A wise woman once said that there’s no such thing as a coincidence.

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A wise woman once said that there’s no such thing as a coincidence. On Friday, Jeff Tremaine’s The Dirt, a biopic about Mötley Crüe’s rise to fame, drops on Netflix. Today, the streaming service has released the trailer for the third season of Stranger Things. The clip opens with the strains of Mötley Crüe’s “Home Sweet Home,” all the better to underline that the peace and quiet that returned to the fictional rural town of Hawkins, Indiana at the end of the show’s second season is just waiting to be upset again.

Little is known about the plot of the new season, and the trailer keeps things pretty vague, though the Duffer Brothers have suggested that the storyline will take place a year after the events of the last season—duh, we know when “Home Sweet Home” came out—and focus on the main characters’ puberty pangs. That said, according to Reddit sleuths who’ve obsessed over such details as the nuances of the new season’s poster art, it looks like Max and company are going to have to contend with demon rats no doubt released from the Upside Down.

See below for the new season’s trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YEG3bmU_WaI

Stranger Things 3 premieres globally on July 4.

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