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Quint thinks Rubber, the story of a killer tire, is one of the highlights of the Fantasia Film Festival!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with a little more from my time at the Fantasia Film Festival up in Montreal. Rubber is at this moment the highlight of the fest for me.

I knew going in it was about a tire that gains life and has the ability to make people’s heads explode and that was enough to get my ass into the seat, a feat I barely managed as they limited the amount of people that could see the flick. In fact, I was turned away the first night it screened and missed out on a Q&A with the star of the movie (the tire, named Robert). “No reason” is the tag line of the movie and the underlying theme of the picture. Here’s how the movie opens: In the desert, a car slowly drives up a dirt road toward us. In the road are a good dozen wooden chairs. The car swerves and hits them all on its way up to us before stopping. Out of the trunk comes a uniformed Sheriff. He takes off his aviators, hands them to the driver and gets a glass of water in return. The Sheriff walks up to the camera and starts talking to us, the audience. Why is the alien brown in Steven Spielberg’s ET? No reason. He rattles off a few more movie examples before saying that in every single film in history there’s an undercurrent of “No Reason.” Why do we accept it? Because that’s life. Why don’t we see the air around us? No reason. Then he looks at us silently as he pours the glass of water out and walks back to the trunk.

This seems to be writer/director Quentin Dupieux’s mantra and his ability to cut any origins to the tire gaining a consciousness. It also gives him an excuse to truck in random weirdness after random weirdness. For instance we’re not the only audience watching this movie. There’s a veritable Greek Chorus of observers, an audience brought in to watch the story unfold through binoculars. They comment on what they see, like loud talkers during a movie screening. The story story starts with a slow pan across the desert floor that stops on a half-buried tire. It slowly turns, shaking the dirt off as it gains sentience. In a funny way this part almost plays like a Pixar movie. We see the tire learn to walk… erm… roll… you know what I mean. It falls down, picks itself up… falls down again… picks itself up, wobbles, falls and then gets the hang of it. There’s real character to this inanimate object, this round piece of rubber, and that character shows through the entire movie.

It seems the tire gets an appetite for killing and goes on a bloody rampage as he/it chases down a pretty French Brunette that catches its… um, eye? Nothing’s safe. If you piss this thing off or even get in its way it’ll start to vibrate, rubber shaking as it somehow focuses some kind of telekinetic energy to blow up your damn head, Scanners style. As this is unfolding there’s another plot thread involving the spectators that I won’t spoil, but the whole thing adds up to a wonderfully bizarre piece of work. I hesitate to bring in this comparison, but fuck it… This whole aspect of the movie felt very Terry Southern-ish to me. It’s something I’d expect to find in THE LOVED ONE, just a crazy running commentary on the events unfolding and on cinema itself… done in a weird, but funny and honest way. Sure, there’s probably a good 10 minutes of the tire rolling down an empty road throughout the feature that isn’t needed, but because Dupieux succeeds at giving this tire a personality I didn’t mind it too much.

Bloody, sexy, funny, weird, entertaining, off-kilter, original, violent; all these words describe Rubber, but the one I want to point out more than any other is entertaining. These high concept flicks tend to make better short films than features, but I found myself totally engrossed with this film from beginning to end, never exactly sure what was coming next. Highly recommend this one. Check out the teaser trailer below:

RUBBER TEASER 1 ! from oizo mr on Vimeo.

Yep, it’s awesome. -Quint Follow Me On Twitter

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  • July 13, 2010, 1:37 a.m. CST

    Gotta love Quentin Dupieux

    by RedEgiraahgnal

    His music (He's Mr Oizo, in case you don't know), his stuff as director. Crazy french guy. :D<br> He directed this:

  • July 13, 2010, 1:50 a.m. CST

    anybody pick this film up

    by strykebr

    come on Magnolia or IFC

  • July 13, 2010, 1:52 a.m. CST

    by SaluteYourShorts

  • July 13, 2010, 2:02 a.m. CST


    by That_Girl_From_The_Lowes_Commercials_GARGANTUAN_FOREHEAD

    I cannot WAIT to see this :)

  • July 13, 2010, 2:05 a.m. CST

    Originality! How 'bout that?!

    by That_Girl_From_The_Lowes_Commercials_GARGANTUAN_FOREHEAD

    This is what i'm talking about! Fuckin' tripe like predators in our cinemas... guess we gotta leave it to the french eh? lol <P> This and "Monsters" are my 2 most eagerly anticipated movies for the rest of the year. Besides Inception and Tron: Legacy... Only movies left to be released that i give a damn about.

  • July 13, 2010, 2:16 a.m. CST

    I can't wait to see this

    by GhostDad

    The fact that there's 10 minutes of just a tire rolling around is great, reminds me of all those loq budget "killer inanimate object" movies form the 70s. I can see this being one of those movies that has the absolutey awesome VHS box art that has nothing to do with it.

  • July 13, 2010, 2:16 a.m. CST


    by That_Girl_From_The_Lowes_Commercials_GARGANTUAN_FOREHEAD

    LMAO what the fuck was that? Random... i assume that was a joke. At least i hope it was... 'cause that shit was WACK. God, i forgot how terrible Smallville really is lol I think i watched part of 1 or 2 episodes once upon a time... just because of that hot piece of ass that was in it... Kristin Kreuk! Damn, what a hottie :) has she done anything recently?

  • July 13, 2010, 2:21 a.m. CST

    Oh. My. GOD.

    by That_Girl_From_The_Lowes_Commercials_GARGANTUAN_FOREHEAD

    This might be the best music video of all time: <P> Man, why have i never heard of this Mr. Oizo before?!

  • July 13, 2010, 2:34 a.m. CST

    "Flat Eric" is the SHIT!

    by That_Girl_From_The_Lowes_Commercials_GARGANTUAN_FOREHEAD

  • July 13, 2010, 2:53 a.m. CST

    lol This shit's great...

    by That_Girl_From_The_Lowes_Commercials_GARGANTUAN_FOREHEAD

    Kinda reminds me or David Firth for some reason...

  • July 13, 2010, 2:59 a.m. CST

    This must be paybeack

    by gun_will_travel

    for all the rubbers that I've made explode over the years

  • July 13, 2010, 3:01 a.m. CST

    by sam jacksons wig

    Oh well, it can't be worse than Transformers 2...... and a breath of originality in such tiresome cinematic times.

  • July 13, 2010, 3:09 a.m. CST

    lol "tiresome"...

    by That_Girl_From_The_Lowes_Commercials_GARGANTUAN_FOREHEAD

    was the pun intentional? If not, even more hilarious

  • July 13, 2010, 3:17 a.m. CST

    Anyone who has any reservations about this flick...

    by That_Girl_From_The_Lowes_Commercials_GARGANTUAN_FOREHEAD

    needs to check out "Rubber: Extract #2": <P> <P> The absurdity of the plot is the fuckin' point. And you gotta respect the cinematography, effects, and the awesome music in that clip i just linked to... Amazing what the director has done, as in one 90 second clip, he's able to convey personality/life to the tire. I already care about the damn tire for godsake! It's like a live-action, dark, Pixar movie or something... and how great is that? More personality/creativity/originality in this TIRE, than in the entirety of the cinematic abortion known as PREDATORS. Craziness!

  • July 13, 2010, 3:23 a.m. CST


    by That_Girl_From_The_Lowes_Commercials_GARGANTUAN_FOREHEAD

    Why do i love movies set in the southwest so damn much? Love the desert setting... Probably why i love films like Tremors, and THEM! so much :)

  • July 13, 2010, 3:25 a.m. CST

    Robert the Tire FTW!!

    by That_Girl_From_The_Lowes_Commercials_GARGANTUAN_FOREHEAD

    Can't get "Robert's Theme" outta my head lol So innocent and naive, yet filled with such sorrow... Perfect tone for him wandering up to the fence to watch his brothers and sisters getting burned to death. Poor Robert... <P> :(

  • July 13, 2010, 3:27 a.m. CST


    by That_Girl_From_The_Lowes_Commercials_GARGANTUAN_FOREHEAD

    Another film set in the desert that i love. What an underrated flick... I thought Michael Shannon should have received an oscar nom for that one. Fuckin' oscars... lol

  • July 13, 2010, 3:32 a.m. CST


    by sam jacksons wig

    BUG.... William Friedkin back on form after 33 years. Criminally underrated movie.....took ages to distribute and got a miniscule release when it did. Same will happen with this I'm afraid....

  • July 13, 2010, 3:36 a.m. CST

    Random ensemble cast i want to see in a film...

    by That_Girl_From_The_Lowes_Commercials_GARGANTUAN_FOREHEAD

    Michael Shannon <P> Michael C. Hall <P> Mark Pellegrino <P> Sid Haig <P> Mickey Rourke <P> Ian McShane <P> Someone write this movie. STAT!

  • July 13, 2010, 3:41 a.m. CST

    Sam Jacksons wig

    by That_Girl_From_The_Lowes_Commercials_GARGANTUAN_FOREHEAD

    Damn skippy! That was one of my favorite films of 2006. Nice to hear from a fellow BUG fan ;-) And i'm sure you're right about "Rubber" unfortunately... Such a shame. Hope i get to see it in a theatre here in Denver

  • July 13, 2010, 3:43 a.m. CST

    LMAO HercsShowerRadio!

    by That_Girl_From_The_Lowes_Commercials_GARGANTUAN_FOREHEAD

    Haha, your the first person to comment on that! Yeah, that shit just came on a minute ago here on comedy central. I just have to stop whatever i'm doing, and just... STARE IN AWE. <P> What a cranium lol

  • July 13, 2010, 3:46 a.m. CST

    Quint, do you know what this was shot on?

    by BadMrWonka

    it looks like DSLR, and if so, it might be the biggest movie to date to be shot that way. I'd love it if you could find out.

  • July 13, 2010, 5:04 a.m. CST

    'the biggest movie to date to be shot that way'

    by Toilet_Terror

    Erm, Hobo With A Shotgun...

  • July 13, 2010, 5:06 a.m. CST

    Oh My Bad

    by Toilet_Terror

    thought I read that somewhere. IMDB says it's a Red shoot.

  • July 13, 2010, 5:07 a.m. CST


    by BP_drills_america_a_new_asshole

    Whenever someone does something completely left field its customory for everyone to go doo-lally praising its originality. This sounds like a concept for a short that was stretched out to make a movie. Next we'll have a piece of dog turd that can fly through the air, or a dildo that butt fucks people to death. Its not clever. This sounds like a video nasty with little thought, elevated to cult status just because its peculiar.

  • July 13, 2010, 5:09 a.m. CST


    by Toilet_Terror

    You don't have to watch it.

  • July 13, 2010, 5:56 a.m. CST

    Seriously, I thought this was going to be...

    by JayLenoTookMyJob

    ...either some kind of Michael Moore documentary (wasn't there a Firstone tire back in the 80's that has defects and would randomly explode at high speeds?) or a movie like that one about the windshield wiper guy (with Greg Kinnear as a whistleblower at Firestone trying to get the defective tire off the market). A conscious, killer tire? That's insanity, man!

  • July 13, 2010, 6:03 a.m. CST

    Stuff set in the SOuthwest...

    by JayLenoTookMyJob

    ...I always expect Thelma and Louise to drive by... or, lately Mudoc, Android Noodle and 2D in a '69 Camaro followed by Bruce Willis in a '68 El Camino.

  • July 13, 2010, 6:10 a.m. CST

    Really a killer tyre??? Original yes but shit

    by Drsambeckett1984

    It's like the Family Guy skit with Stephen King, " It's about a... Lamp Monster!" <P> Although I'd rather see this than that shit stuck on a ski lift high concept nonsense.

  • July 13, 2010, 6:54 a.m. CST


    by That_Girl_From_The_Lowes_Commercials_GARGANTUAN_FOREHEAD

    It goes deeper than that. And I will be the first one to tell you that, as i am the first person to usually call out something "hipster" or "weird, for the sake of being weird". I fucking HATE "Little Miss Sunshine", was completely turned off by the trailer to Juno, hell i think Donnie Darko is extremely overrated... (The emperor has no clothes and whatnot...) <P> Rubber is in no way, shape or form, relatable to those previously mentioned hack-jobs. This director, if you've seen any of his past material is somewhat of an artistic "genius". He is just using a bizarre, out of left field idea to showcase his talents as an artist. So it is actually YOU sir, who had the knee-jerk reaction to this project. I really hope you remove your own personal bias from the equation and go check this movie out, on its own merits :)

  • July 13, 2010, 6:56 a.m. CST

    ....they should have remade "killer tomatoes" instead.

    by Mike_D

    at least it would be more fun and less dull than a telepathic tire.

  • July 13, 2010, 6:56 a.m. CST


    by That_Girl_From_The_Lowes_Commercials_GARGANTUAN_FOREHEAD

    if my previous link to "Extract # 2" (with Robert discovering the terrible truth about his "kind"), didn't completely "wow" you, or stir your creative/artistic juices... then i truly feel sorry for you.

  • July 13, 2010, 6:58 a.m. CST

    Mike D

    by That_Girl_From_The_Lowes_Commercials_GARGANTUAN_FOREHEAD

    How'd you like Predators? Top 10 of the year for you? <P> lol

  • July 13, 2010, 7:19 a.m. CST

    gonna see this at MIFF can't wait

    by Potatino

    already booked this in for the melbourne internation film fest over here in well you can guess the rest. Looking forward to this.

  • July 13, 2010, 7:30 a.m. CST


    by m_prevette

    There's no way this can support more than a 5 minute short. Anything else is jacking off.

  • July 13, 2010, 7:35 a.m. CST

    Can't wait!

    by HorrorFan81

    Movie sounds awesome!

  • July 13, 2010, 8:01 a.m. CST

    I'd watch this.

    by Sailor Rip

  • July 13, 2010, 8:10 a.m. CST

    Hobo With a Shotgun was shot on the RED

    by D.Vader

  • July 13, 2010, 8:37 a.m. CST

    So glad people are still making movies like this.

    by Knuckleduster

    Just imagine a world with nothing but blockbusters. The horror. Also good to hear that Rubber can sustain its feature length running time. That's a sign of good filmmaking (like that time David Lynch had me mesmerised with Inland Empire for 3 hours straight, even though I still have no idea what the hell was going on). <p> Speaking of Lynch, what's he up to these days? Still selling coffee?

  • July 13, 2010, 9:11 a.m. CST


    by CarmillaVonDoom

    I will be quite put-out if you don't arrange a viewing for us here in Austin!!!! ☺

  • July 13, 2010, 9:16 a.m. CST

    Mr. Oizo

    by Dave I

    I remember listening to one or two of his albums back in the day. Very interesting stuff. <p><p>This movie looks very interesting & fun. It's nice to see people taking chances and doing something different and observational. So yeah, I'll watch a movie about a sentient murderous tire, if it's done like this. Strangely, this looks more appealing than Christine or Maximum Overdrive for some reason (that reason largely being the humor and satirical angle, I suppose). <p><p>-Cheers

  • July 13, 2010, 9:28 a.m. CST

    Like it

    by Lemure_v2

    But I'm dreading the Hollywood remake by Platinum Dunes already.

  • July 13, 2010, 9:30 a.m. CST


    by Jarek

    Pretty sure "Hobo" was shot on RED.

  • July 13, 2010, 9:58 a.m. CST

    After "The Car" came out when I was a kid...

    by Seven_of_Borgnine

    since we were too young to drive and most of the neighborhood kids had a rimless tire lying around their garages, we'd play "The Tire", about a tire possessed by SATAN. We'd roll tires at each other and scream. We liked to imagine the tire had retractable spikes and stuff. Glad this movie got made from MY childhood idea, can I have money now? Harhar.

  • July 13, 2010, 10:02 a.m. CST

    Oh wow, it IS like "Scanners"!

    by Seven_of_Borgnine

    It's Scanners meets The Car, except 98 percent of the The Car is missing, leaving only a TIRE.

  • July 13, 2010, 10:08 a.m. CST

    I'm glad it sounds like it's some artsy pretentious shit

    by Guy Who Got A Headache And Accidentally Saves The World

    Instead of some ironic scifi movie direct to video shit

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  • July 13, 2010, 10:47 a.m. CST

    Harry had the ability to make people’s heads explode

    by JonChambers

  • July 13, 2010, 10:50 a.m. CST

    “No reason” given for hundreds of stinking Remakes this year. Im

    by JonChambers

  • July 13, 2010, 11:08 a.m. CST

    Jay, yes Firestone went cheap

    by freerangecelt

    There are 5 steps to making a tire. They left out one to save money, and that is what made the tires explode. I work for Goodyear, and we make good tires. Just wondering what brand of killer tire is used in the movie, blame it on professional curiosity...

  • July 13, 2010, 11:51 a.m. CST

    Hey everybody. Don't forget........

    by closeencounter

    Your RUBBERS!! Hahahaha. We don't want any of you folks procreating.......

  • July 13, 2010, 12:26 p.m. CST

    feerangecelt, maybe it's a Micheline?

    by JayLenoTookMyJob

    Although a movie where the Micheline Man went around killing people would actually be scarier. That's one corporate icon that used to scare me as a kid and still gives me the creeps today. I remember reading William Gibson's Pattern Recognition were the protaganist, Cayce Pollard, had a psychological aversion to all logos, but the Micheline Man logo would send her into shock. I just thought, "Understandable."

  • July 13, 2010, 12:28 p.m. CST

    Anyway, I gotta see this alleged Lowe's commercial....

    by JayLenoTookMyJob

    ...that features some chick with a giant head. Just so I'll know what the fuck is going on here.

  • July 13, 2010, 12:31 p.m. CST


    by JoeD

    I know exactly what he is talking about. And proportionally, it's the largest top half of a human head I have ever seen.

  • July 13, 2010, 12:36 p.m. CST

    sequel coming out next year: A Goodyear (Tire)

    by just pillow talk

    Ridley Scott directs. Russell Crowe stars.

  • July 13, 2010, 1:49 p.m. CST

    Description interested me, teaser turned me off.

    by kevred

    The idea sounds cool, but the teaser makes me question the filmmaker's judgment. And the "chorus with binoculars" looks massively annoying.

  • July 13, 2010, 2:41 p.m. CST

    Hey, I'm THERE!!

    by spud_mcspud_returns

    Looks like a good ol' throwback to those wacky 80s movies where random shit just happened, such as a homeless dude eating white goo from the middle of a meteor in THE STUFF. Which is weird enough - but then the stuff gets mass-produced into a youghurt-type thing that EATS YOU!!<P> The 80s fucking RULED. And RUBBER fits right in with my idea of a cracking nostalgic night in. Double-bill this with SLITHER, and I'm one happy bastard...

  • July 13, 2010, 2:42 p.m. CST

    Originality ROCKS!!

    by spud_mcspud_returns

    Hollywood, take note. THIS is an original idea. Holy shit, THIS is original.

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    RE: That_Girl_From_The_Lowes_Commercials

    by Mike_D

    From what I've seen so far this year it's definatley in my top 10 that's for damn sure.

  • July 13, 2010, 7:43 p.m. CST

    Is it a Firestone tire?

    by RPLocke

  • July 13, 2010, 9:02 p.m. CST

    Hey guys I already corrected myself.

    by Toilet_Terror

    I'm pretty sure I read a newspaper article that stated they were shooting it with a 7D. Bad idea, but I figured it might be true. Fucking newspapers.

  • July 14, 2010, 7:23 p.m. CST

    So this isn't about a killer condom?

    by Tikidonkeypunch