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Quint checks out Rubber director Quentin Dupieux's new flick WRONG and it's just as weird and awesome as you'd expect! Sundance 2012!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. I was a big, big, big fan of Rubber. You probably remember me making googly-eyes at it from the Fantasia Film Festival and getting excited over every poster and clip for it on the site for months. What can I say? A movie about a killer tire with telekinesis that goes around exploding people’s heads? I mean, c’mon!

So, it was a no brainer that Quentin Dupieux’s follow-up was going to be pretty high on my must-see list this year. And boy it didn’t disappoint.

 

 

If Rubber is simply about a killer tire with a bunch of weirdness surrounding it then Wrong is simply about a man who loses his dog. There’s so much more to both movies, but I’ll be damned if I could accurately describe Wrong in great detail without taking away from the bizarre experience of sitting down and watching it.

You’ll remember star Jack Plotnick as “The Accountant” from Rubber and he’s the perfect anchor for Dupieux’s batshit insane universe. He’s got that great combination of Woody Allen-like motor-mouth dialogue, a lost look in his eyes like he knows he’s not existing in any reality that makes sense and yet still feels completely in place in that reality.

This is the same “No Reason” universe from Rubber. Why does a palm tree turn into a pine tree overnight? Why is it raining in doors when Plotnick’s Dolph Springer goes to work? Why is there a guy who wanders around painting cars different colors? Why is there a device that can track a turd’s memory (and I swear I’m not making that up)? No reason on the grand scheme of things, but all these little pieces add up to making Dupieux’s own brand of surreal insanity that makes me more and more sure he’s around to continue David Lynch’s legacy.

My threshold for experimental cinema is very thin. Arty farty weirdness for the sake of weirdness doesn’t fly much with me, but Dupieux found the secret to it. He has the surrealism, but goes so weird with it, makes it so much fun that I never get the impression he’s just sitting around smelling his own farts. I don’t sense one ounce of pretension in Dupieux’s movies despite how showy and bizarre they get.

There’s so much weirdness going on in this movie, like a mistaken identity subplot as Alexis Dziena as a phone operator at an upstart pizza place falls in love with Dolph after he calls complaining about the pizza place’s logo and thinks Dolph’s French gardener is him, but the real stand-out here is William Fichtner.

Although I could have just pre-written that into this review before I left Austin because William Fichtner is always going to be the stand-out in everything he’s in, but here he’s especially awesome. He plays a disfigured mystery man named Master Chang who for some reason speaks with a thick German or Austrian accent.

The movie’s super fun. If you loved Rubber then you’ll want to see this one. Check out the trailer. It’s a pretty great indication of the kind of movie you’re in for:

 

 

Yep. Awesome. More reviews in the pipe-line. Stay tuned!

-Eric Vespe
”Quint”
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  • Jan. 23, 2012, 9:20 p.m. CST

    Heck yeah!

    by cobrakinte

    I loved Rubber. Can't wait to see this.

  • Jan. 23, 2012, 9:26 p.m. CST

    Fool me once (Rubber), shame on you... fool me twice...

    by NeoDevilbaneX

    I love Mr. Oizo, I love Flat Eric, and I dug the trailer I saw for "Rubber" and how offbeat and inventive the movie seemed. Then I saw the "movie." I don't think I've ever seen a movie that has so drastically, so violently turned me against a director as this movie. So no, I'm avoiding this movie like the plague. I saw the trailer and it looks like more of the same garbage.

  • Jan. 23, 2012, 10:16 p.m. CST

    I rather enjoyed Rubber.

    by Dr_PepperSpray

    I could definitely see why people were turned off by it though.

  • Jan. 23, 2012, 10:33 p.m. CST

    Rubber was such tripe

    by BeMoreFunny

    It was a great concept, but it was executed about as obtusely as possible. They managed to make a film about a sentient, murderous, telekinetic tire extremely boring. I almost never stop watching films once I begin them, and I had to abandon this one about 30 minutes in. Pretentious, self-indulgent, purposely confusing tripe. I wish this director ill.

  • Jan. 23, 2012, 10:36 p.m. CST

    OSCAR NOMINATIONS

    by eloy

    I know the article's got jackshit to do with this but I thought I'd share with you the titles of the films about to be nominated for the Best Picture of the Year Oscar in about seven hours, anyway: The Artist The Descendants Drive The Help Hugo That's if they're only five. If they go for ten, then add: The Ides of March Midnight in Paris Moneyball The Tree of Life We Need to Talk About Kevin Best Director: George Clooney Hazanavicious Alexander Payne Martin Scorsese Winding Refn Best Actor: George Clooney (Descendants) Jean Dujardin Michael Fassbender(Shame) Ryan Gosling (Drive) Brad Pitt (Moneyball) Best Actress: Viola Davis Elizabeth Olsen Meryl Streep Tilda Swinton Michelle Williams Best Adapted Screenplay: The Descendants Drive The Ides of March Moneyball We Need to Talk About Kevin Best Original Screenplay: The Artist 50/50 Midnight in Paris The Tree of Life Martha Marcy May Marlene Best Supporting Actress: Berenice Bejo Jessica Chastain (The Help) Carey Mulligan (Shame) Octavia Spencer Shailene Woodley Best Supporting Actor: Kenneth Brannagh Jonah Hill Brad Pitt (The Tree of Life) Christopher Plummer John C. Reilly (We Need to Talk...) Best Cinematography: The Artist Drive Hugo The Tree of Life War Horse And if they don't nominate both "Life is a Happy Song" and "Star-Spangled Man" then, regardless of how many picks I got, their judgment means shit.

  • Jan. 24, 2012, 12:19 a.m. CST

    Was this shot on DSLR?

    by BadMrWonka

    It has that super-bright look that a lot of DSLR-shot films has. Seems like a kinda big movie to be shot on that format, though.

  • Jan. 24, 2012, 12:30 a.m. CST

    Rubber should have been...

    by Xionsmith

    ...a short film at best. Really liked the first 20...maybe 30 mins of it...but then if just stopped being fun. I'll give this one a chance.

  • Jan. 24, 2012, 1:57 a.m. CST

    Pretentious, self indulgent, purposely confusing but

    by sweeneydave

    also lots of wacky fun! That's why he gets me as a viewer. Do whatever crap you want, man, just keep it entertaining!

  • Jan. 24, 2012, 2:49 a.m. CST

    yeah, rubber was not what i hoped

    by rogerdodger21

    i laughed out loud at the trailer for the sheer balls of it, but the movie itself just wasn't interesting enough. it was a lot of filler waiting for the funny and completely mental parts. it felt like an editor away from being a great short film. kudos to dupieux for finding a way to get money to make his weird little dreams, but i still need to be entertained even in the weirdest films. the david lynch path is a fine line, and even lynch has more misses than hits.

  • Trailer looked funny, but that's about it. It should have been a short film, video, innernets thang. As a full length movie it did not work. At all.

  • Jan. 24, 2012, 8:34 a.m. CST

    I LOVE HOW PEOPLE TAG EVERYTHING...

    by johnnyrandom

    ...they just don't get "pretentious". Buy a dictionary, dullards, find out what that word actually means.

  • Jan. 24, 2012, 9:01 a.m. CST

    neon frisbee is GENIUS

    by baba-lou2

    "Rubber" is TIREsome. best, clearest review ever written

  • Jan. 24, 2012, 10:57 a.m. CST

    RUBBER was a massive missed opportunity.

    by JustinSane

    I loved everything having to do with the tire, but the moment anyone opened their mouth, the movie was ruined. I could have watched the adventures of that tire for 90 minutes easily - but the dialogue and acting was pretty atrocious. It just should've been a silent film about a tire that makes heads explode. I'm going to remake the movie my way, in miniature, by using a Sharpie to color in a Cheerio.

  • Jan. 24, 2012, 11:35 a.m. CST

    Jonah Hill nominated as Best Supporting Actor?! WTF!!!

    by Tikidonkeypunch

    I think hell hath frozeth over. Either that or eloy has no fucking idea what he's talking about.

  • Jan. 24, 2012, 2:38 p.m. CST

    Rubber, the movie that makes hipsters squeal with glee

    by JackSlater4

  • Yup, that about sums up Rubber.

  • Jan. 24, 2012, 5:19 p.m. CST

    I saw no difference between Rubber and Birdemic

    by Chopper

    Both were weird for the sake of being weird and were oh so ironic. It's so much easier to make a ZOMG RANDDDUMMMMM film then it is to make a serious film with an intriguing plot. That's why hipsters abuse the shit out of satire. Get some creativity assholes.

  • Jan. 24, 2012, 11:16 p.m. CST

    tikidonkeypunch

    by eloy

    have I earned a bit of your trust yet?

  • Jan. 25, 2012, 7:21 a.m. CST

    Rubber bounced

    by Unscripted

    I wanted to like Rubber, a lot. I ended with a lot of meh. It couldn't figure out what it wanted to be when it grew up - horror parody, existential horror, self-parody, or just plain LOOK HOW FUCKING CLEVER I AM. Failed on all accounts when it should have succeeded on one or two. Only thing in its favor is that it was all shot on Canon 5Ds, which *IS* batshit insane wonderful.