Friday, February 19, 2010

Reviews on "The New Tenants"
by Brad Brevet | 2.22.10

The New Tenants is the one film of the five live-action shorts that carries any names you're going to recognize such as Vincent D'Onofrio as a crazed husband and Kevin Corrigan channeling his inner Christopher Walken. It is also the biggest hodge-podge of the bunch, mixing humor, wit, drugs, violence and finally ballroom dancing to tell the story of two new apartment owners that get into a bit of trouble after they mistakenly hand off a large bag of heroin assuming it's flour to an aged neighbor. Once they learn the truth about the apartment and the mistake they've made it's too late as a series of crazy people begin hammering at their door all while they debate whether or not one should be smoking at the dining table or not.

I was instantly drawn into this film by the dialogue written by Anders Thomas Jensen and adapted by David Rakoff who plays the smoker of the two new tenants, but as the film came to a conclusion it felt like they had just wasted 17 minutes of mayhem, humor and confusion and instead of being interesting just ends up being silly. However, those opening 17 minutes are quite great and at only 23 minutes (the credits actually begin at minute 18 followed by a silent two minute scene at the end) you could do much, much worse than this. Full article

...Working neither as a black comedy nor a tense thriller, this star-studded short is little more than a diverting curiosity. There’s wonderful dialogue at the beginning, well written and delivered by David Rakoff, who exudes colorful Manhattan neuroses as if he was in a Tony Kushner play. The opening moments between Rakoff and his boyfriend (Jamie Harrold) are so amusing that it’s a letdown when the plot literally comes knocking on their apartment door. Soon, the couple is visited by various special guest weirdos (Vincent D’Onofrio! Kevin Corrigan!), who each get a miniature showcase before violently exiting. The film is too clever by half, all the way down to its ending credits, which include a complete recipe for cinnamon buns (sorry Back, but Scorsese’s “Italianamerican” did that first, and to infinitely more meaningful effect). Full article
By Michael Sragow | 2.19.10

The other Oscar-nominated shorts
..."The New Tenants": In a cathartic explosion of black humor, two newcomers to a gloomy big-city apartment discover that it's been a center of domestic frays and drug deals. A tarnished gem of nervous humor, with Vincent D'Onofrio's best acting in years. Full article
posted by Travis, 2.18.10

...THE NEW TENANTS (Denmark, 20 min.) – directed by Joachim Back – introduces two seemingly mismatched roommates recently moved into an apartment building, a building that reveals a dark history and a cast featuring actors Vincent D’Onofrio and Kevin Corrigan as bizarre fellow tenants. Eerily eccentric like David Lynch, smart and dialectically rich like the Coen Brothers, THE NEW TENANTS is a mysterious, philosophical and entertaining slice of the life abnormal. This little movie is a trip! Full article
By ROB THOMAS | The Capital Times | 2.18.10

Live-action shorts are strong offerings this year
...My favorite of the bunch is Joachim Back’s hilariously violent “The New Tenants,” adapted from a screenplay by Danish filmmaker Anders Thomas Jensen (a Wisconsin Film Festival favorite) by writer and commentator David Rakoff, who also stars.

Rakoff is best known for his darkly wry contributions to the public radio show “This American Life,” and the film opens with his unmistakable voice giving a bitterly hysterical rant that touches on everything from our poisonous water supply to terrorism (at one point comparing body parts flying in the air from a suicide bombing to those diet soda commercials where water and flying fruit collide). It’s a misanthropic aria of pure genius that sets the tone for what’s to come.

Frank and his partner, Peter (Jamie Harrold), have just moved into a fleabag apartment that, it turns out, has quite a bit of history. That history comes barging in in the form of several dangerous folks who had business with the prior tenant, including a cuckolded husband (Vincent D’Onofrio), and a shotgun-toting drug dealer (Kevin Corrigan) looking for missing heroin. Full article


janethyland said...

It sounds wonderful.
Cant wait for the DVD...

judith said...

I to can't wait for the dvd.

Labs_n_SD said...

Saw it last night. Too bad it was only 20 minutes.

Kathy said...

Just got back from seeing the live action nominated films - The New Tenants was definitely the audience favorite - as well as mine! I hope it does win the Oscar!

janethyland said...

Tell us more Labs n SD.
Review it for us?

renee said...

Great independant film! Vincent was only in it about six minutes but as usual his performance was stellar. It should take the Oscar!![I may be a wee little bias here] but I think our guy brings out the best in others because the whole film [all 20 minutes] was Great!

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List of films in production.

"In Dubious Battle" [2016]

"In Dubious Battle" [2016]
An activist gets caught up in the labor movement for farm workers in California during the 1930s. Vincent....Al Anderson


A story about the early life of Tennessee Williams

Directed by James Franco
Vincent D'Onofrio, Jacob Loeb

"American Falls" - [TBA]

In a rural town in Southern Idaho, the Suzukis, a Japanese American family, run a small motel. One night they get a strange visitor who sports ‘city’ clothes who turns out to be the first African-American man that Toru Suzuki’s children have ever seen. Yoshiko takes it upon herself to solve the mystery about this man, especially when 2 police officers come knocking on their door.

Short film produced by Erika Hampson.
Vincent D'Onofrio as Detective Foster.

'Purgatory' [TBA]

'Purgatory' [TBA]
Tagline: In the Wild West a lot of blood was spilled... but it didn't go to waste. Vincent....Dallas Stoudenmire

"A Fall From Grace" [TBA]

Detective Michael Tabb knows the city of St. Louis inside and out. He has felt its true heart, as much as its dark underbelly: but he does not know who, in both the dark and light - is taking the lives of young girls.

Director: Jennifer Lynch
Producer/Writer ...Eric Wilkinson

Vincent D'Onofrio ....George Lawson (GRACE's father)
Tim Roth.......Detective Tabb

Filming in St Louis - TBA

"Supreme Ruler" [TBA]

A man campaigns to become the leader of the Buffalo lodge.

Vincent D'Onofrio as Hank Dory
Ron Livingston as Steve
Marcia Gay Harden as Nancy

"The Monster Next Door" [TBA]

"The Monster Next Door" - Comedy Horror

Executive Produced by Dennis Johnson, Melanie Mohlman Produced by Eric Wilkinson, David Michaels
Written by Jim Robbins
Directed by Jennifer Lynch

Cast: Vincent D'Onofrio, Bill Pullman, French Stewart, Bill Moseley

'Down & Dirty Pictures' - [in Production - Filming TBA]

'Down & Dirty Pictures' - [in Production - Filming TBA]
Vincent......Harvey Weinstein

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