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What do you get when you give the directors of such music videos as DJ Snake & Lil' Jon's Turn Down for What [previously] or Manchester Orchestra's Simple Math [previously] a movie to direct? You get Swiss Army Man (trailer). And when you have a movie that features the magical, flatulent corpse played by Daniel Radcliffe, how do you promote it online? With a virtual swiss army man (warning: possibly NSFW for optional* full-screen video bikini-clad women and a .. helpful erection)

*Typing "compass" leads to magazines with bikini clad women falling from above and the virtual corpse getting an erection, and there's a little play button that launches the above-mentioned full-screen video clip. It's a thing in the movie, apparently.
posted by filthy light thief (27 comments total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
 
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posted by filthy light thief at 7:10 PM on June 21, 2016


I seriously considered posting this several weeks ago when I first saw it, but was afraid I'd be accused of FartingCorpseMovieBlue (which, I'm sure, is a fear all MeFites share).
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI at 7:30 PM on June 21, 2016 [2 favorites]


There are plenty of trailers posted as stand-alone posts in the recent past, I don't think that was/is too thin (and after seeing this trailer, I was tempted to post just that).
posted by filthy light thief at 7:44 PM on June 21, 2016 [1 favorite]


Seems to be a mash-up of Castaway, The Life of Pi and The Trouble with Harry...
posted by jim in austin at 7:49 PM on June 21, 2016


I saw this movie at the Sydney Film Festival last week. It is deeply weird, but also oddly sweet and moving.
posted by misfish at 8:04 PM on June 21, 2016 [1 favorite]


Seems to be a mash-up of Castaway, The Life of Pi and The Trouble with Harry...

...and Weekend at Bernie's.
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI at 8:20 PM on June 21, 2016 [2 favorites]


…and Blazing Saddles
posted by unliteral at 9:17 PM on June 21, 2016


its fine for a movie to be its own
posted by boo_radley at 9:23 PM on June 21, 2016 [2 favorites]


The Trouble With Harry Potter
posted by mbrubeck at 9:41 PM on June 21, 2016 [2 favorites]


if you didnt want me to just watch tdfw over and over again you shouldntve posted it as the first link in the post ok
posted by poffin boffin at 9:50 PM on June 21, 2016


god this is the perfect overwatch soundtrack
posted by poffin boffin at 9:51 PM on June 21, 2016


Seems to be a mash-up of Castaway, The Life of Pi and The Trouble with Harry...

It really isn't like anything else. It is its own bizarre beast. Something truly original.

I went in expecting Weekend at Bernie's: Ron and Harry Edition but it's just not.

Radcliffe is making some really interesting choices lately. And damn, he works hard. He has 3 movies coming out in 2016!
posted by His thoughts were red thoughts at 9:53 PM on June 21, 2016 [1 favorite]


What do you get when you give the directors of such music videos as DJ Snake & Lil' Jon's Turn Down for What or Manchester Orchestra's Simple Math a movie to direct?

I would argue that the most apt prior credit is Foster the People's "Houdini," given the subject matter of the film.
posted by fifthrider at 10:04 PM on June 21, 2016 [4 favorites]


This is relevant to my interests.
posted by benzenedream at 10:32 PM on June 21, 2016 [1 favorite]


This is relevant to my interests.

So...

- Harry Potter
- Corpses
- Farting
- Erections
- Bikinis
- Vomiting
- Jetskis
- Loneliness
- Beards
- Arts and crafts
- Suicide
- Plaid
- Cosplay

...did I miss anything?
posted by His thoughts were red thoughts at 10:38 PM on June 21, 2016 [2 favorites]


I saw the trailer for this before seeing the lobster and I thought afterwards "what a great trailer to movie pairing"
posted by Annika Cicada at 10:55 PM on June 21, 2016 [1 favorite]


so the red band trailer for this has made me cry hysterically

like, the kind of sound you try to actively stifle because your neighbors might overhear and think something is wrong, the kind where even though it is funny you're not crying because it's funny but because it's like some dreadful clotted bandage has been torn off your raw and bloody soul

that might be what they were going for?
posted by mikurski at 1:00 AM on June 22, 2016


Radcliffe is making some really interesting choices lately.

The film Kill Your Darlings is a movie I will never stop recommending to people. Great choice for Radcliffe, IMO.

Also, I didn't see the whole show, but his appearance with the cast of How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying on the Tony Awards a few years ago really opened up a new window for me into the world of What Radcliffe Can Do.

Honestly, Radcliffe keeps doing so many widely varied things, both on stage and on screen, it's nearly impossible for me to keep up with it all, even if my wallet were to allow me to travel to see him perform live.

He seems to have hit that amazing sweet spot where 1) he is invited to do a lot of things, 2) he is remarkably good at all of it, 3) his fame allows him to do these things with a good amount of attention and 4) he seems to be having a blast doing it all.

I think he's someone the world is going to look at in 20 years and stand slack-jawed with the depth and breadth of what he has done. And all of this AFTER his years as one of the most famous child stars ever because of his decade with the Harry Potter films.
posted by hippybear at 1:31 AM on June 22, 2016 [4 favorites]


Simple Math is my favorite video ever. It makes me cry every time I watch it. The leaves! Oh god I'm bawling just thinking about it.

Oh god I'm watching it again.
posted by Ice Cream Socialist at 8:00 AM on June 22, 2016 [2 favorites]


Oh God you warned me why did I watch it was brilliant
posted by maudlin at 8:34 AM on June 22, 2016


Music videos have become so cliche but what the hell is Simple Math? Yes. Tears. Utterly amazing. I don't know how they did it. To package such emotion into a fast cut, vaguely surreal, effects laden five minutes is real art. Thanks for for steering me into its maelstrom.
posted by njohnson23 at 8:53 AM on June 22, 2016


njohnson23: Thanks for for steering me into its maelstrom.

If you want to be swept farther out to sea, check out The Daniels' webpage (linked in the post as "the directors"), which conveniently links to all their videos (music videos, short videos, etc) all on the front page, no need to dig around through obscure layouts.
posted by filthy light thief at 9:12 AM on June 22, 2016 [1 favorite]


AlonzoMosleyFBI: I seriously considered posting this several weeks ago when I first saw it, but was afraid I'd be accused of FartingCorpseMovieBlue (which, I'm sure, is a fear all MeFites share).

On re-review, I decided to add the "FartingCorpseMovieBlue," just in case others do share this fear in sharing such material in the future, and in future days, others can browse similar posts to realize they are not alone, or the first, to air this fear.
posted by filthy light thief at 9:13 AM on June 22, 2016


Fanfare thread.

I posted it before finding this, but I guess that's maybe OK?
posted by idiopath at 5:37 PM on July 2, 2016


Oh wow, I just watched the Simple Math video for the first time and it's so good. Now for the Swiss Army Man trailer. I've got high hopes, or as high as they can be for what's described as a "farting corpse movie."
posted by hurdy gurdy girl at 3:39 AM on July 3, 2016


The trailer did indeed do what it said on the tin.
posted by hurdy gurdy girl at 3:45 AM on July 3, 2016


OK wow - when you load up the "virtual swiss army man" and push the belly to make it fart, it shows you a random tweet about the movie. That's brilliant.
posted by idiopath at 10:37 AM on July 3, 2016


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