So, essentially, I was lounging around one day thinking about some of the films I love deeply, and how I could include them in this site. By chance, one of them had an actor whose name eluded me so I looked it up. Of course, one of the first links that came up was the distributors film website: Drafthouse Films. In the top right hand corner they have a navigation bar documenting their releases which yielded something quite remarkable - 3/4 of the films I had been thinking about had been released by this company. A coincidence or what? Apparently not: some digging revealed that Drafthouse is a wholly unique company.
|The Alamo Drafthouse|
Alas, the brand name grew exponentially beyond its own humble intentions and the business was in the ballpark of huge potential. In order to retain creative integrity, the original founders sold the brand name, but kept the rights to the few original theaters. Since then the commercialized section has brought in large income and become a household brand in the states, whereas the original cinemas have continued to diversify and surprise. In 2010, Tim League (one of the original creators) founded Drafthouse Films, whose mission statement is to release "provocative, visionary and artfully unusual films new and old from around the world".
|Awesome - Trailer War|
Since then, there has been a stream of movies you just need to check out, so here are some of my picks:
'Wrong': The best film from the legendary Quentin Dupieux (you know, the dude that made the killer tire movie). Check it out for some of the most entertaining nonsensical shots and sequences known to man.
'The Act of Killing': Joshua Oppenheimer's documentary is fairly mainstream now due to a tidal wave of critical praise upon it's release. If you aren't aware of it, I believe it can be sold on premise alone: Oppenheimer asks killing squads to create mini films of their atrocities in whichever style they like most (as in, musical) in order for us to better understand the events. It's powerful and unique stuff.
'A Field in England': Ben Wheatley's psychedelic masterclass in monochrome which sees a group of civil war deserters who are heading for a beer get captured by a crazy wizard.... the only film I've ever seen that gives a strobe warning before the film begins, and trust me, it needs it.
'The Tribe': This silent, sexual, and violent film was the subject of one of my reviews recently. Check out my thoughts here : The Tribe review.
'Why don't you Play in Hell': Sion Sono's demented masterpiece in which a group of renegade filmmakers named 'the fuck bombers' decide to film the ultimate snuff film - a Yakuza fight has become a midnight movie staple.
So guys, I hope I've got you interested in this remarkable company. The above synopsis's are most certainly not reviews, and, in honor of Drafthouse, I will be doing a series of reviews for these films over the coming months.