Though he voiced Po in Kung Fu Panda 3,Jack Black’s last live action features were 2015’s Goosebumpsand The D List. The good news is he’s back in 2018 with The Polka King, the true story of Polish immigrant Jan Lewan’s (Black) pursuit of the American Dream.
Unfortunately, those goals were not met via honest and hard work as he created the world’s only known Polka Ponzi scheme. Lewan’s life story was previously spotlighted in the 2009 documentary The Man Who Would Be Polka King, and this version should shine a bigger spotlight on Lewan’s colorful (and criminal) life. Maya Forbes (Infinitely Polar Bear) and Wally Wolodarsky (Seeing Other People) are the co-writers and directors of The Polka King, with Jenny Slate, Jason Schwartzman, Jacki Weaver, J.B. Smoove and Willie Garson rounding out the cast. Check out the trailer below and tell us what you think!
Though most people this weekend will be headed to their local theater to watch The Fate and the Furious, various cinephiles may want a bit of alternative programming.
Directed by Michal Marczak, the immersive Polish drama All These Sleepless Nights is simply a must see cinematic experience, especially if you love visually driven, non-linear narratives. The picture combines both documentary and fictional elements, as Marzcak’s main actors brought elements of their personal lives into the shaping of the movie.
The story centers on Kris (Krzysztof Baginski), a 24-year-old who, after the heartbreaking end to his relationship, parties the night away with his best friend Michal (Michal Huszcza). As they attend raves, house parties, and whatever spontaneous event they could get their hands on, the pair continue to strengthen their bond. When Michael’s ex-girlfriend Eva (Eva Lebuef) enters the picture, all bets are off, and the buddies may end up going their separate ways. Shot in Warsaw over two summers, All These Sleepless Nights, while evoking the visual splendor of Terrence Malick’s (To The Wonder, Badlands) films, has a distinct voice of its own. Marczak’s creative decision to blur the lines behind reality and cinema also showcases our own relationship with the moving image. But instead of attempting to figure out where the real truth lies and where fantasy exists, living in the moment, as Kris eventually comes to realize, may be the best option on the table.
Also covered this week on CinemAddicts is My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea, an animated film written and directed by cartoonist Dash Shaw and featuring the voice of Jason Schwartzman, Lena Dunham, and Maya Rudolph. While the movie didn’t completely land a knockout punch for me, I really dug Shaw’s unique animation style and refreshingly unrepentant dark humor. It’s definitely worth a look if you’re an animation enthusiast. Check out this week’s episode of CinemAddicts below!
The Overnight centers on Alex (Adam Scott) and Emily (Taylor Schilling), former Seattle residents who are trying their best to make friends in their Los Angeles neighborhood. The pair agree to pizza night with newfound acquaintance Kurt (Jason Schwartzman) and his wife Charlotte (Judith Godrèche), and what begins as a rather subdued affair develops into an evening that shakes up both of their relationships.
The movie is filled with unpredictable and uncomfortable (and most importantly) funny moments, including the reveal that Charlotte has been featured in breast-feeding videos (this is one of several interesting reveals in the narrative). Though the movie is a sex comedy, The Overnightalso contains a subtle level of pathos, since behind each individual’s sexual proclivities lies an intense desire to combat a little loneliness (and relationship monotony).
On the art imitating life level, Jason Schwartzman talks about the synchronicity behind the breast-feeding element of The Overnight and a story his wife relayed to him about taking a class at The Pump Station. Co-star Judith Godréche is also heard in the clip:
To listen to Schwartzman talk about the prosthetic penis that he used for The Overnight, please go to Deepest Dream.
Jason Schwartzman, Judith Godreche, Adam Scott, Taylor Schilling in "The Overnight"
The Overnightcenters on two couples who have a night to remember atop the hills of Los Angeles. Emily and Alex (Taylor Schilling, Adam Scott) are new to the City of Angels, and when they strike up an immediate kinship with Kurt (Jason Schwartzman), a neighbor they meet at the local park, they join Kurt and his wife Charlotte (Judith Godreche) for dinner.
Since both couples are undergoing similar doldrums in their marriages, their dynamics take unexpected (and humorous) turns as the evening progresses.
Directed by Patrick Brice, most of the film was shot while many Angelenos were headed to dreamland.
“It felt like we were doing something we weren’t supposed to be doing (or) we were doing this secret project,” said Scott, who also executive produced the film with his wife Naomi Scott. “You could literally look out into the city and everyone’s asleep but we’re up making this weird movie. And there were very few of us so it was kinda intimate.”
Click on the media bar below, as Adam Scott explains why the project initially freaked him out:
To hear our interview with The Overnight co-star Jason Schwartzman, please go to our sister site Deepest Dream. The Overnight opens in theaters June 19.
Currently in production for release sometime next year, SAVING MR. BANKS is a Hollywood behind-the-scenes tell-all detailing the labored and often contentious machinations that took place in getting MARY POPPINS to the screen. A long-time favorite of iconic moviemaker WALT DISNEY, the P. L. TRAVERS childrens classic wasn’t an easy “get.” According to legend, it took fourteen years for DISNEY to convince the author to relinquish the film rights and then she bad mouthed the final product. Directed by JOHN LEE HANCOCK, the SAVING MR. BANKS cast includes TOM HANKS, COLIN FARRELL, EMMA THOMPSON, BRADLEY WHITFORD, PAUL GIAMATTI, JASON SCHWARTZMAN, RACHEL GRIFFITHS and B.J. NOVAK.
We sat down with TOM HANKS a few days ago to talk about his upcoming sci-fi adventure CLOUD ATLAS and he took a moment to talk about researching DISNEY. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)