Questions, comments or suggestions? email me at: croatianicitystuff@gmail.com
Don't miss out a chance to win in our monthly "Croatianicity" t-shirt draw!
As well as our monthly Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic fridge magnet give away!

Saturday, 19 June 2010

Independent Films, Documentaries - "Flipping Uncle Kimono" featuring John Malkovich






Like I mentioned previously on my blog, I don't particularly follow the tabloids or goings on from Hollywood, but I thought I'd quickly throw in this amusing short independent documentary. I saw this on TV shortly after it was released a few years ago and found parts of it hilarious. Also because John Malkovich is a very well known actor/producer/director and now these days a fashion designer, who happens to be of partial Croatian descent. (See vid at bottom). His paternal grandparents actually coming from the same small area near Karlovac where mine are from.

You can read the synopsis below to get the gist of it. I'm sure this will be the last post regarding Hollywood for a very long time. You should at least get a few chuckles from it. (His girl collar sweater remark though, in my opinion, could easily be applied to a mall, food court, coffee shop, college campus, grocery store or sidewalk, library, you name it. Easily). I'm not sure for how long you can view it for free, so you may want to take advantage of  the link below at Film Annex. Also, if by chance you happen to like some of the fashions that John came up with, and have the extra dough, (Check out some of the crazy tee's) then you can click onto his Uncle Kimono fashion line website at www.unclekimono.com.

*May 24, 2012. - Since this post was made, it seems John has started yet another clothing line which he's named "Technobohemian". The official website is www.technobohemian.it, it used to be www.unclekimono.com but that's the fashion world and brands name vortex for you.

* Update - nix the previous links, it's actually www.johnmalkovich.com now, that link will work.


 
To watch the short documentary, courtesy of Filmannex.com, click onto www.filmannex.com





Preview of "Flipping Uncle Kimono" 



video





The "smoking a cigarette scene" from "Flipping Uncle Kimono"





Source: www.filmannex.com


Actor/Designer John Malkovich and business partner Francesco Rulli summon a tv producer to Milan to document and participate in his unconventional fashion show. Rather then using regular models, Mr . Malkovich plans to have 20 Judo fighters beat each other up while wearing his designs. They will do this on a stage, in front of a live audience, with Mr. Malkovich directing all the action. He will also direct the 3 camera's of the Fashion Television crew as they film the event. The Hollywood star has 3 days to pull this unusual spectacle together. The television crew follows Mr. Malkovich as he oversees fittings, tries to choreograph a group of Italian fighters, and drives to the factory where his clothes are manufactured. Along the way, we learn of his mother's agorophobia; that his children think he's a loser, and the voracious eating habits of his wife.




The "sex obsessed translator scene" from "Flipping Uncle Kimono"




Details:

Language: English
Year of production: 2005
Length: 1 hour
Country: Canada

Directors:

Francesco Rulli
Howard Brull

Producers:

Francesco Rulli .... producer
Howard Brull .... co-producer
Marcia Martin .... executive producer

Actors:

Howard Brull .... Himself
John Malkovich .... Himself









Sidenote: I've come across a fair amount of misinformation on the net over the years regarding the Croatian roots of John Malkovich. (Mostly from you know who's, or possibly just plain bad journalism) Usually with proofs such as something like "A woman told me she met a man who read somewhere that a woman who used to do his dry cleaning who met a guy who told her that he read somewhere that he's Serbian" or "Some Serb guy on a website said his cousin knew a guy who told and him...bla bla bla." It reminds of those early 90's faked stories about Richard Gere and his gerbil.

I touched a bit more on this topic at a post Here. (I left another example below, but blacked out the 2 that would have been very embarrassing to the supposedly esteemed sports related websites, the remaining 3 took the 404 highway route). Serbs like this are found at various chit-chat sites here and there, along with their serbo-centric world view, klepto-complexes and narcissistic overcompensating. (Sometimes you may as well not even say someone is German, Russian, Greek or Italian or other, with these kinds of people, because they're serbs anyway so it's really all Serbia according to their logic and hobby of inventing histories for people, oldest most accomplished people in the history of the world. Serbian heaven, serbian grass, serbian milk, serbian lands everywhere...etc etc etc..bla bla bla). Trust me, I know what I'm talking about.

Anyway, here is short footage of Mr Malkovich, during the Serbian/Yugoslav aggression on Non-Serbs in the 90's. Here he is reciting the Croatian National Anthem (Lijepa Naša Domovino) for a project to help immediately put an end to the carnage. Now you know, problem solved. Some more footage of him from another recent stop in Dubrovnik Here.




video






Featured post

And The Croatian City To Be A European Capital of Culture In 2020 Will Be...(Drum Roll).....Rijeka

The coastal city of Rijeka was officially designated to represent Croatia as the European Capital of Culture in Europe for 2020. T...