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Quint rocks out with Ari Gold's ADVENTURES OF POWER at Sundance!

Published at: Jan. 21, 2008, 2:59 p.m. CST

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. Thank God, another movie I can like whole-heartedly, without any reservations whatsoever. THE ADVENTURES OF POWER is a crazy, hilarious, bizarre, insane movie. And all in the best ways possible. The story is simple. You follow a pretty traditional underdog formula. There’s an underachiever working alongside his father, even though it’s not his dream. His talent isn’t understood by his working class father (played by Michael McKean). No, he’s not a race car driver, a writer, a boxer, a man who dances in the woods or a male model. Our lead, Power (played by director Ari Gold), is an air drummer.

You know, like air guitar. But with drums. I don’t know why this works. It’s ridiculous. It’s goofy, but it works. Power is sent on a quest that takes him from an underground air drum fight in Mexico (where he is almost killed when they throw Rush’s Tom Sawyer at him and he attempts to air drum it standing up) to Jersey and New York, where the national air drum competitions are held. The grand prize is a whopping $2,000. While in Mexico he is noticed by Steven Williams (the cool bounty hunter chasing Jason in the otherwise shitty JASON GOES TO HELL), a handless former ‘80s funk drummer who now coaches air drum teams. Power joins this team, populated by a muscle-bound hothead, a short New Yorker, an Arabic center man who is the heart and strength of the team and The Haitian from HEROES,

The B story involves Michael McKean organizing a strike at the plant he works at, run by a greedy villain named Dick Houston. Houston’s son is a country star named Dallas Houston, played with gusto by Entourage’s Adrian Grenier. Dallas Houston is awesome. He’s good looking, rich, silver spoon about as far up his butt as it can be (to the degree that we even get a scene where he plays catch with his dad… with a golden football). The way they shoot Grenier is hilarious. They film him in country star cliché style… shots of him with his big cowboy hat and belt buckle laid out barefoot on a white bearskin rug, etc. And did I mention he incorporates rap into his country music? But in his heart he wants to be an air drummer. He’s a real drummer, but since he was a kid he loved miming drums even more than playing them, so we end up in a situation where the son of the strike leader and the son of the greedy owner have to compete, which is being eagerly watched by the strikers and the corporate swine. Jane Lynch (40 YEAR OLD VIRGIN) has a bit part and she’s great in it, too. All the supporting cast is great, actually, especially Shoshannah Stern who is a deaf evangelical Christian who falls for Power.

I had a blast with this movie and the cast seemed buzzed by the audience reaction. This one’ll get picked up quickly, just watch. The Q&A was a lot of fun, even though Shoshannah’s signer (who is a very nice guy, by the way… I met him when I interviewed Adrian, Ari and Shoshannah earlier in the day) plopped right down in front of my view… check it out:

More in the pipeline, including my thoughts on the premiere of BE KIND REWIND and the great ANVIL!: THE STORY OF ANVIL! -Quint quint@aintitcool.com



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  • Jan. 21, 2008, 3:05 p.m. CST

    Sorry, but...

    by scudd

    ...this sounds like crap. Balls Of Fury with air drumming.

  • Jan. 21, 2008, 3:20 p.m. CST

    Thanks for the tip, Quint!

    by Archive

    Stay warm, bud!

  • Jan. 21, 2008, 3:21 p.m. CST

    I thought Ari Gold was Adrian's Mgr in Entourage?

    by Somerichs

    WTH? :)

  • Jan. 21, 2008, 3:34 p.m. CST

    ya that name thing is confusing

    by torontoxic

    how many people out there are amed Ari Gold? <P> I'd rather see an Ari Gold movie actually. Jeremy Piven Ari Gold I mean.

  • Jan. 21, 2008, 4:03 p.m. CST

    so crazy

    by onefatman

    it just might work! sounds cracked but in a good way. trailer anywhere?

  • Jan. 21, 2008, 4:07 p.m. CST

    Yea Quint, that headline lead me to believe

    by skimn

    that Mr Piven was involved with this. Stop playing with our fragile little minds..reminds of the TV show Action with the screenwriter Adam Rafkin/Alan Rifkin confusion.

  • Jan. 21, 2008, 4:19 p.m. CST

    There is seriously a guy in Hollywood named Ari Gold?

    by brokentusk

    I'll see the film just for that.

  • Jan. 21, 2008, 6:13 p.m. CST

    Ari

    by Quint

    Entourage's Ari Gold is based on real life agent Ari Emmanuel and, if I'm not mistaken, they gave the character the last name of Gold because Adrian knew this Ari Gold, who has been making short films since the late '90s. Sorry for the confusion.

  • Jan. 21, 2008, 6:54 p.m. CST

    Rambo Review Anyone??????

    by DarthRazor

    Does anyone on this site have a review on RAMBO yet? We're 3 days away at his point.