After Last Season, aka, WhatTheHUH????

by tully
March 27, 2009 1:03 AM
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I was going to do a mock post throwing in my own .04 cents about the Where The Wild Things Are trailer, but I hate sounding like a crabby old man—seriously, one scroll down the main indieWIRE blogs page the other day and I was smothered into submission. Too. Much. Overkill. World. Please. Calm. Down.

Fortunately, I've discovered another trailer that actually deserves some serious contemplation. I would thank David Lowery and Yen Tan for pointing me in its direction, but it's strange to say "thank you" to someone when they've spun your brain into a tiny trillion cowering and frightened pieces.

The trailer is for a "movie" called After Last Season, yet if you watch the "trailer" it's hard to believe this is an actual "movie." It's like Todd Haynes lost his mind after Safe and was hired to direct a series of cable access sci-fi infomercials.

In a world where it feels like we know everything about a movie before we even watch it, a trailer like this prods that mysterious, special closet of my brain where my imagination is tickled like it was when I was a kid. Thankfully, I didn't watch this trailer when I was a kid, for I might be in a straight-jacket right now.

I hope you're sitting down. I hope a loved one is nearby. I hope it's daylight. I hope you'll be okay...

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  • tully | March 30, 2009 6:13 AMReply

    "Some of you continue to confuse incompetence and incoherence with depth and mystery."

    Chris, I've had this discussion for years and I still believe strongly that, in some extreme cases, exceptional incompetence and incoherence is as magical a gift as premeditated and intentional genius. Not all the time, mind you, but in the case of something like Troll 2 or a trailer like After Last Season, to simply shrug it off is a real shame. You're missing out on some amazing brain stimulation.

  • lichman | March 30, 2009 4:46 AMReply

    you know, i have been super psyched to see The Room for the last few days. Then I found this trailer.

    I just feel like this is too, too perfect.

    But more importantly, if this only does an LA release, I am so happy I moved.

  • Chris | March 30, 2009 2:29 AMReply

    Some of you continue to confuse incompetence and incoherence with depth and mystery.

  • Filmbrain | March 29, 2009 6:35 AMReply

    The lighting....positively brilliant.

    I think Benten has just found their next release....

  • tully | March 27, 2009 7:23 AMReply

    Your investigatory skills were good, Bryan P, but yours are better, E! Still, I don't know what to make of all this. It's like a genuinely scary thriller when all of a sudden you're not sure if you can trust your own dog anymore. I'm too spun to wrap my head around any/all explanations.

  • e | March 27, 2009 7:03 AMReply

    It appears to be an honest effort at an honest movie. I just found this interview with Mark Region:

    (Sorry if this is a double post, but I'm not sure if it went through the first time.)

  • e | March 27, 2009 6:54 AMReply

    It appears to be an honest effort at an honest movie. I just found this interview with Mark Region:

  • tully | March 27, 2009 5:51 AMReply

    More stunned citizens can be found here, though I hope our little comments thread keeps going!

  • Bryan P | March 27, 2009 5:12 AMReply

    It will not end until we get the full story of what the Christ this movie is. Will the real Mark Region (pseudonym?) please stand up??

  • tully | March 27, 2009 4:40 AMReply

    Mr. Poyser, your investigatory skills are to be commended, but you have only proceeded to blow my mind even further. I'm walking lopsided right now, yet i haven't stood up in over an hour. When will this vortex ever end???

  • e | March 27, 2009 4:34 AMReply

    I thought that the ceiling fan in the MRI room was a nice touch though...

  • Bryan P | March 27, 2009 4:23 AMReply

    The last half of my workday was also spun into a obsessive vortex courtesy of Lowery pointing me to that brain-melter of a trailer. The only non-incredulous mention of the film I could find in my hour-plus of googling was this...

    Okay, that "movie" was shot on 35mm??? The mind boggles, but if you look closely at clip #2 on their website, the "telepathy" scene, you can see little scratches and dirt on some of the shots.

    So, either this is one of the best conceptual "prank" art pieces ever, or a completely delusional person with no filmmaking experience (or perhaps even filmVIEWING experience) got their hands on a 35mm camera and made a towering monument to cinematic ineptitude that could rival TROLL 2, THE ROOM and Ed Wood's entire oeuvre. But that's just based on the trailer. We'll have to see the whole movie, to be sure. If it exists.

  • endurablegoods | March 27, 2009 4:06 AMReply

    Lab coats. Needs more lab coats.

  • aza | March 27, 2009 3:22 AMReply


  • andy | March 27, 2009 3:22 AMReply

    "4 out 5 bad actors playing doctors prefer m.r.i. machines made out of cardboard."

    thanks for ruining my day, mike.

  • randy | March 27, 2009 2:37 AMReply

    "They've got printers in the basement you can use."