When I first saw the trailer for Quentin Dupieux’s Rubber, I thought it looked fun for about 5 minutes before the premise wore out its welcome. And then it got pretty good reviews, but I still couldn’t imagine there being enough herbs, pills, or booze to make a feature length film about a damn tire named Robert (no relation) actually worth watching. I’ve since changed my mind about wanting to see it, and thankfully it’s on Netflix Instant, so all my weekend plans are now canceled.
Strangely (I guess when we live in a world where movies are made about sentient tires we can still find things “strange”) enough, nothing about Rubber itself has made me change my mind. Instead, I’ve rotated 180 degrees due to the short teaser for Dupieux’s (who, in the middle of the header photo, looks like one of his own characters) new movie, Wrong, which seems to evoke both The Big Lebowski and Brick, with a little Falling Down by way of The Darjeeling Limited era Wes Anderson. If that doesn’t sound interesting, check the teaser out for yourself:
I recommend watching it again if the first viewing didn’t do anything for you. Wrong stars Jack Plotnick, who’s been everything but I know him best as the mayor’s assistant from “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” and “Eastbound and Down’s” Steve Little as the most realistic looking private eye I’ve ever seen, with the inimitable William Fichtner as a character named Mr. Chang. The movie will premiere at Sundance 2012, so whoever gets to review that is going to be one lucky sum’bitch.
Rob Payne also writes the indie comic The Unstoppable Force, tweets on the Twitter @RobOfWar, and some of his wares can be purchased here. He’s pretty sure that Netflix describing Rubber as “quirky” is the understatement of the ever.