Tribeca Film and Nerdist Industries have released the trailer for Zero Charisma. The movie follows Scott (Sam Eidson), a monomaniacal nerd who lords over a Dungeons & Dragons-style game, but whose power is threatened when a “cool” geek joins the group. I saw the film at SXSW, and while it’s quite funny, it also de-romanticizes the current popular perception of nerds to a more realistic, sadder figure. Eidson is tremendous in the role, and it’s a movie that will have you both laughing and somewhat disturbed. For more on the film, I encourage you to read Scott Wampler’s enthusiastic review from SXSW (where the film picked up the Audience Award).
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. Zero Charisma will be available on iTunes and On Demand on October 8th, and in select theaters on October 11th.
I was a Chris Hardwick fan before I knew I was a Chris Hardwick fan. I watched MTV’s Singled Out when he was the host, and he was the best part, but I’ve become an even bigger fan since he started moderating panels in Hall H at Comic-Con. However, that’s only a small part of the many things he does. In addition to his wildly popular Nerdist podcast (which he founded), Hardwick does stand-up, TV series, and much more.
I got to speak with Hardwick on the phone yesterday, and we talked about his involvement in YouTube’s Geek Week, dealing with extortionist patent trolls and how that relates to podcasting, the experience of moderating panels in Hall H, looking back at Breaking Bad and his upcoming talk show on AMC, Talking Bad, how it will compare to Talking Dead, the SXSW film he’s helping to distribute, Zero Charisma, how much he loved BioShock Infinite, and much more. Hit the jump to check out the interview.
It’s almost certain that the dude-bros of the 80’s would be profoundly alarmed by the powerful position “nerds” have risen to over the past decade or so. “Nerds” and “nerd culture” are everywhere we look, so much so that recent debates have centered around the idea that some of the “nerds” out there (especially “nerd girls”) might be—gasp!—faking their nerdiness, just to fit in with the cool kids. Think about that. This is some serious Through The Looking Glass shit, my friends.
The wailing and teeth-gnashing online over the issue of “faux-nerdiness” has led to some genuinely interesting discussions, to be sure, but it’s hard not to find the whole thing kinda funny. It’s also no surprise to see that we now have a movie dramatizing this unusual turn of events…but it is a little surprising that the first film to take on this topic would end up being as well-informed, genuinely hilarious, and painfully relatable as Andrew Matthews and Katie Graham’s Zero Charisma is. My review (from the film’s universally-praised SXSW 2013 premiere) awaits you after the jump.
Earlier this month, we reported on the first wave of SXSW 2013 films, which includes The Incredible Burt Wonderstone and Evil Dead. Today, the full line-up has been announced, and it feels like Sundance all over again when it comes to plenty of unknown films. The chance of discovering a gem is high, and I look forward to hearing the buzz that arises from some these movies. There’s also a second chance at festival films I missed like The Act of Killing (from TIFF) and Pit Stop (from Sundance). I thought Toy’s House would make it in to SXSW, but I’ll see it eventually since it picked up distribution.
Hit the jump for the full line-up. The 2013 SXSW Film Festival runs from March 8 – 17th.
If you’re a fan of Troll 2– a film generally agreed to be amongst the worst films ever made—then there’s a good chance you’re familiar with the 2010 documentary Best Worst Movie. That doc (about the making and aftermath of Troll 2) earned rave reviews and ended up on a number of top ten lists the year it was released, and now the creative team behind that film has regrouped on a new indie project: Zero Charisma. Last week, I visited the Zero Charisma set to chat with Andrew Matthews, Katie Graham, Michael Stephenson, and the film’s star, Sam Eidson, to find out more about their latest collaboration. Wanna know what they had to say, and how these guys came to be working together in the first place? Meet me after the jump, folks: all will be revealed.