Entries tagged with “Gregg Araki”.


Kaboom
Written and Directed by Gregg Araki
Starring Thomas Dekker, Haley Bennett, Juno Temple, Chris Zylka
***1/2

I came to writer/director Gregg Araki’s work relatively late in his career.  This wasn’t a deliberate choice, mind you.  I was living overseas when his first three features—The Living End, Totally F***ed Up and The Doom Generation—become cult favorites in the early ‘90s and while those films were successful on the indie circuit stateside, there wasn’t much demand for them internationally.  I had returned to American soil by the time he released Nowhere and Splendor in 1997 and 1999 but neither film registered on my radar, perhaps because they were granted the most limited of theatrical releases.

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Blockbuster season stars earlier and earlier every year.  For example, 2011’s first big-budget sci-fi action/adventure franchise adventure I Am Number Four arrives on President’s Day weekend.  I interview the director of the movie, D.J. Caruso, over at Film Journal.

Also, if there are still tickets available, Brooklyn residents should try making their way to BAM tonight for a special screening of Gregg Araki’s new film Kaboom, a silly, winning comedy about a couple of college kids that may or may not be able to prevent the end of the world.  I spoke with Araki for this short piece in The Brooklyn Paper. A full review of Kaboom will be coming later today.