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The Film Stage Year-in-Review: Revisit Our Most-Read Reviews, Interviews & More

As we continue to explore the best in 2019, today we’re taking a look at the articles that you, our dear readers, enjoyed the most throughout the past twelve months. Spanning reviews, interviews, features, podcasts, news, and trailers, it’s a wide-ranging snapshot of our most-read posts. Check out the highlights below and return for more year-end coverage as well as a glimpse into 2020 in the coming weeks.

10 Most-Read Reviews

10. A Hidden Life

9. Proxima

8. Weathering with You

7. Cold Case Hammarskjöld

6. The Lighthouse

5. Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile

4. Jallikattu

3. Lucy in the Sky

2. Joker

1. Color Out of Space

10 Most-Read Interviews

10. Lav Diaz on the Desire for Epic Runtimes, Not Voting for the Oscars, and the Problem with Big Film Festivals

9. Isabelle Huppert on Playing a Psychopath for the First Time, Flipping Tables, and Her Favorite Films of 2018

8. Rodrigo Prieto on the Visual Storytelling of The Irishman and Collaborating with Martin Scorsese
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Back to One, Episode 79: Tim Heidecker

I didn’t know if Tim Heidecker was going to show up for this interview, or if I was going to get his boorish, abusive, dim alter ego, Tim Heidecker. Luckily Tim Heidecker leaves Tim Heidecker in the On Cinema universe. That project he started with Gregg Turkington is comprised of an ongoing series called On Cinema at the Cinema, various spin-off series including The Trial of Tim Heidecker, special episodes, segments, tweets, songs, and now the feature film Mister America. In this half hour, I ask Heidecker to lift the hood on his performance style and the evolution of his […]
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Back to One, Episode 79: Tim Heidecker

I didn’t know if Tim Heidecker was going to show up for this interview, or if I was going to get his boorish, abusive, dim alter ego, Tim Heidecker. Luckily Tim Heidecker leaves Tim Heidecker in the On Cinema universe. That project he started with Gregg Turkington is comprised of an ongoing series called On Cinema at the Cinema, various spin-off series including The Trial of Tim Heidecker, special episodes, segments, tweets, songs, and now the feature film Mister America. In this half hour, I ask Heidecker to lift the hood on his performance style and the evolution of his […]
See full article at Filmmaker Magazine »

The First Time: Tim Heidecker and Gregg Turkington

The First Time: Tim Heidecker and Gregg Turkington
On Cinema co-hosts Tim Heidecker and Gregg Turkington squabble over Medicaid fraud and the semantics of murder in the latest installment of Rolling Stone‘s “The First Time.”

The clip find the two comedians in character and opens with Heidecker trying to remember the first time he met a rat when Turkington wanders in and reveals he’s here for an oddly specific interview about the 60th anniversary of Casablanca. Heidecker reluctantly makes room for Turkington, who repeatedly tries to turn the interview into an episode of On Cinema.

When
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New to Streaming: ‘The Death of Dick Long,’ ‘Mister America,’ ‘The Art of Self-Defense,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options—not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves–each week we highlight the noteworthy titles that have recently hit platforms. Check out this week’s selections below and an archive of past round-ups here.

The Art of Self-Defense (Riley Stearns)

If Fight Club taught us one thing and one thing only it is to never underestimate the power of a bored single man with nothing to lose. And that is, in some ways, also the central thesis of Riley Stearns’ delightfully twisted The Art of Self-Defense, a pitch-black comedy starring Jesse Eisenberg as sad sack Casey, a lonely auditor who, in the film’s opening scene, is mocked at a distance in French by a couple. He, unfortunately, has become proficient in French, working his way through cassette tapes on his commute to work. He’s an easy and perhaps asexual target,
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‘Mister America’ Review: Fan Service 1, Satire 0

‘Mister America’ Review: Fan Service 1, Satire 0
Tim Heidecker is running for District Attorney of San Bernadino, California. Or, to put it in a slightly more accurate way: “Tim Heidecker” is “running” for “District Attorney” of the small SoCal town. You don’t need to have watched the comedian’s groundbreaking, brain-grinding sketch series with Eric Wareheim, Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!, to sense that there are a lot of air quotes in the premise of Mister America. Nor do you have to know his various collaborations within the confines of his Adult Swim homebase
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“Mister America” Never Finds The Laughs

There’s an acquired taste to the comedy of Tim Heidecker. The actor and comedian, primarily known for his work on the Adult Swim program Tim and Eric Awesome Show, has also ventured into films with efforts such as The Comedy. To call these items divisive would be an understatement. Now, this week brings a new work of his in Mister America, one that’s perhaps less bizarre than his other works, though no less strange. Unfortunately, while it may, on the surface, seem like his most accessible flick, it’s also his most toothless. Despite a committed effort on his part, very little clicks here. The movie is a mockumentary, poking fun at the political process, as well as certain modern day candidates. “Tim Heidecker” (played by Heidecker) is a slightly fictionalized version of the man, here a concert promoter, after beating a murder rap for selling lethal e-cigarettes
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‘Mister America’ Review: Tim Heidecker Runs for Office in Absurd Mockumentary About Modern Politics

‘Mister America’ Review: Tim Heidecker Runs for Office in Absurd Mockumentary About Modern Politics
It’s hard to define exactly what actor/comedian/musician Tim Heidecker does — the deliberate result of a Dead Sea-dry sense of humor that can make even his most committed supporters feel like they’re not always in on the joke — but if anything binds his various projects together it might be a consistent effort to explore the value of absurdity in an increasingly absurd world. You can see it in “The Comedy,” a semi-improvised satire in which Heidecker gave one of the decade’s great performances as a trust fund man-child who gets unmoored between irony and entropy. You can hear it on albums like “Too Dumb for Suicide: Tim Heidecker’s Trump Songs,” in which he mocks our reality TV president in order to grapple with the futility of mocking our reality TV president.

And you can watch it darken and metastasize for hours and hours and
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Rushes: Tscherkassky's Mubi, Bong Joon-ho, Cinema Behind Bars

  • MUBI
Get in touch to send in cinephile news and discoveries. For daily updates follow us @NotebookMUBI.NEWSAvant-garde filmmaker Peter Tscherkassky has provided a new ident for Mubi that displays his "sensory and tactile view on cinema." The ident features strips of film negative overlapping and whirring to the sounds of a passing train. Recommended VIEWINGThe official trailer for Clint Eastwood's Richard Jewell, based on the true story of a security guard falsely accused of planting a bomb at the 1996 Olympics. An investigation into the "real fake cameras" used to create Toy Story 4, which emulates a variety of camera lenses, from anamorphic to spherical. The elusive Roger Avary, co-writer of Pulp Fiction and director of The Rules of Attraction, returns from a long hiatus with what looks to be a delightful crime romp complete with Crispin Glover as a fake Frenchman-assassin.Mati Diop's Atlantics, which follows a woman
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‘Mister America’: Tim Heidecker & Gregg Turkington’s ‘On Cinema’ Spin-Off Is Defiantly Weird & Very Funny [Review]

Outside of his wildly experimental work in TV comedy, Tim Heidecker has made a name for himself embodying variations on the cringingly awkward doofus you’d do anything to avoid talking to at your friend’s next BBQ. Few are more skilled than Heidecker at playing passive-aggressive and entitled jerks: you could argue he’s the Michael Jordan of middling white men.

Continue reading ‘Mister America’: Tim Heidecker & Gregg Turkington’s ‘On Cinema’ Spin-Off Is Defiantly Weird & Very Funny [Review] at The Playlist.
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Gregg Turkington, the World’s #1-Ranked Movie Expert, on Film Bloggers and ‘Mister America’

You’ll be forgiven for not realizing one of this decade’s most enveloping, complex, haunting, and haunted performances exists almost exclusively on a bite-sized Adult Swim series. Stepping inside the labyrinthine world of On Cinema, however, reveals Gregg Turkington’s work as… Gregg Turkington, a film-obsessive psychotic whose passions veer almost exclusively towards the least-useful American studio movies of the last 30-or-so years. There is no sense of what is happening with him outside a movie-theater seat, save the occasional, overwhelmingly dire peek into what’s done to fuel his passions. Otherwise, On Cinema‘s resident film expert is wont to grant each week’s big releases five bags of popcorn (their highest rating) and dwell on “Popcorn Classics,” about which he has little to say except a factoid concerning its cast member and the runtime. If the On Cinema universe already sounds exhausting, good news: there are ten complete seasons,
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‘Mister America’ Film Review: An Idiot Runs for Office, But That Joke Isn’t Funny Anymore

  • The Wrap
‘Mister America’ Film Review: An Idiot Runs for Office, But That Joke Isn’t Funny Anymore
What is it about the complete lack of faith in the government and the consistent empowerment of white supremacists that tickles so many so-called liberal filmmakers? Last year it was director Adam McKay’s “Vice,” and now it’s “Mister America,” director Eric Notarnicola’s uncomfortable mockumentary presumably meant to parody modern political decay.

But because it is filmed like a documentary, with an uncomfortably convincing central performance by actor and co-writer Tim Heidecker, it almost does seem like a completely unqualified Tim really is running for San Bernardino district attorney. In today’s political climate, where a man was elected president of the United States just weeks after being accused of sexual harassment, it wouldn’t be unbelievable to watch a similarly unfit white guy, who also narrowly escaped criminal prosecution, confidently run for major office.

Heidecker, most famous for his “Tim & Eric” series on Adult Swim, really leans
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Mister America Review

Mister America is a unique and hilarious look into a man’s ruinous attempts to find validation.

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There’s something to be said for a joke that gets seriously out of hand. Tim Heidecker and Gregg Turkington’s On Cinema began as a podcast that typically clocked in at under five minutes. It then evolved into a web series that migrated to Adult Swim, which has spun off to a side series on television, and that in turn led to a multi-day real-time streamed murder trial. Now, at last, we come to the feature film. It’s a journey that’s as unbelievable as the one that Heidecker goes through in Mister America. This film may have a lot of history behind it, but whether you’re aware of On Cinema’s decade-long past, are a fan of Heidecker’s other comedic efforts, or just admire gonzo experimental filmmaking,
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Film Review: ‘Mister America’

  • Variety
Film Review: ‘Mister America’
If you are of voting age in the United States today, you know that stranger things have happened than someone like Tim Heidecker getting elected to public office. But in a world where Americans are getting punked on an almost daily basis by their TV-famous cretin in chief, do we really need a smug fake-news “documentary” making a mockery of the political system?

Maybe that’s too literal an assessment of “Mister America,” the latest oddball installment in the long-running performance-art curiosity that is “On Cinema at the Cinema,” in which a character named Tim Heidecker (played by absurdist comedian/outsider artist Tim Heidecker) pretends to run for district attorney of San Bernardino, Calif. Will he win? That is so not the point in this consistently obnoxious, #onlyfans offering () whose very existence seems to be the punchline to a joke that goes, “Just how far are they going to take this?
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Hey Guys: The Simulacra of the "On Cinema" Universe

  • MUBI
Introduction, Or "Hey Guys"Tim Heidecker (left) and Gregg Turkington (right) in On the Cinema at the Cinema.The On Cinema universe is probably among the most unique art projects of this decade, and its creators Tim Heidecker, Gregg Turkington, and Eric Notarnicola have made it an expansive experience that feels part performance-art, part film, part alternative reality game, part film criticism. The various series, events, tweets, music, and now a movie under the On Cinema brand have chronicled the turn of American society from the quiet yet controversial late years of the second Obama period, to the outrageousness of the present, seemingly alt-right directed, reality as commanded by the possibly impeachable Donald Trump. And it does it in a way that isn’t entirely satirical as much as it is a direct look at the reality of how awful human beings can be when they’re under the impression that they’re right,
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Rushes: Art House Theater Day, Women Film Editors, Best Movies of the Century

  • MUBI
Get in touch to send in cinephile news and discoveries. For daily updates follow us @NotebookMUBI.NEWSOleg Sentsov.Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov, whose film Gamer was previously shown on Mubi in December of 2018, has been released from imprisonment in Russia following a prisoner exchange. Today, September 18, 2019, is Art House Theater Day, "an annual celebration of art house and indie theaters." The official Art House Theater Day website has provided a service that helps art-house movie enthusiasts find nearby locations to celebrate and support their local theaters. New details have emerged regarding Angela Schanelec's upcoming feature, Music, an adaptation of the Oedipus myth that follows a young boy from Greece to London. Recommended Viewing. Todd Haynes's latest, Dark Waters, delves into a legal battle between an attorney and a chemical company that connects a series of mysterious deaths to forty years of poisoned water. The international trailer for Pietro Marcello's Martin Eden,
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‘Mister America’ Trailer: Tim Heidecker Runs for District Attorney in Mockumentary

‘Mister America’ Trailer: Tim Heidecker Runs for District Attorney in Mockumentary
“We Have a Rat Problem” — that’s Tim Heidecker’s slogan as he campaigns for San Bernardino, California’s District Attorney in the trailer for the upcoming political mockumentary, Mister America. The problem is, he himself is considered a scoundrel and his motives for running are questionable.

Written by Adult Swim series On Cinema‘s Heidecker, Gregg Turkington (aka Neil Hamburger) and director Eric Notarnicola, the satirical film follows Heidecker during his final month on the campaign trail. In the new trailer, he’s seen knocking on doors and greeting
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Mister America Trailer: A Murderous Tim Heidecker Campaigns for District Attorney

  • MovieWeb
Mister America Trailer: A Murderous Tim Heidecker Campaigns for District Attorney
The trailer for Mister America dropped today, shining a light on a controversial campaign for the District Attorney of San Bernardino position. It's controversial because, well, the candidate, "isn't a lawyer, doesn't live in San Bernardino" and is "perceived as a murderer who got away with it." Mister America comes from the comedic minds behind Decker and the podcast turned Adult Swim web series On Cinema.

The film follows a fictionalized version of Tim Heidecker as he campaigns to be the next Da of San Bernardino. It begins as a profile on an outsider candidate battling against the current. The trailer presents a man who has "everything on the line emotionally [and] financially." He puts all his effort into a campaign he claims is to, "shake things up because San Bernardino has become so corrupt," but he raises eyebrows with his promises to put anyone who commits a crime "on his
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‘Mister America’ Trailer: Tim Heidecker Runs for Da in Zany Political Mockumentary

‘Mister America’ Trailer: Tim Heidecker Runs for Da in Zany Political Mockumentary
No, it’s not Greta Gerwig’s next film project, but it could be just as transformative for the film industry. Tim Heidecker, one of the brilliantly silly minds behind “Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!”, is coming out with a new political mockumentary just in time for the 2020 election. “Mister America,” which just released an intriguing first trailer, follows the comedian as he campaigns for San Bernardino District Attorney. Written by Heidecker along with director Eric Notarnicola and Gregg Turkington, “Mister America” looks like just the thing to help you through election fatigue.

The official synopsis reads: “A freshman filmmaker follows Tim Heidecker during the final month of his campaign for district attorney. What begins as a profile of an outsider candidate facing an uphill battle evolves into a study of toxic delusion as Tim’s motivations and controversial past begin to unravel his candidacy. Taking on a
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‘Mister America’ Trailer: Tim Heidecker and Gregg Turkington’s ‘On Cinema’ Goes to the Big Screen

Ostensibly a parody of know-nothing movie-review culture couched in Tim Heidecker’s inimitable, increasingly prevalent “weirdness,” the long-running On Cinema gradually reveals itself as one of the great contemporary chronicles of obsessiveness, loneliness, greed, idiocy, evil, failure–the pillars of our existence. Were it only as funny as it is, I still wouldn’t be able to wait for Mister America, Heidecker and Gregg Turkington’s big-screen transition.

Directed by Eric Notarnicola, it follows Heidecker’s (speaking for his character) campaign for District Attorney of San Bernardino County following his acquittal of nearly 20 murder charges–itself the subject of The Trial, a mini-season that’s one of the most radical adaptations of a different form (here the televised trial) I’ve ever seen a work of fiction take on. (Sample it for even 30 seconds and you’ll get the idea.) Apparently turned from an Adult Swim movie to theatrical release
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