If you cast your mind back to the dusty days of fall 2006, you may remember hearing about Tarsem (nÃ© Tarsem Dhandwar Singh) and his second feature film “The Fall,” the established music video and commercial director’s apparent passion. Tarsem directed things like the video for R.E.M.’s “Losing My Religion” before going on to helm his first feature, “The Cell,” but, despite the similarity in career path, never seems to get grouped in with the cool kids of the Directors Series DVDs, possibly because he he lacks any sense of irony and restraint and also insists on going by just his first name.
“The Fall” had its premiere at Toronto and prompted debates along the lines of “Is Tarsem’s ‘The Fall’ a masterpiece or a disaster?” Two years and a struggle later, it’s finally getting a theatrical release from Roadside Attractions, “presented by” Ã¼ber cool kids David Fincher and Spike Jonze. You can see the trailer, which looks like “The Holy Mountain” crossed with “Pan’s Labyrinth,” but, like, way sillier, here. Hits theaters April 18th.
On to another man who prefers to go without his last name: there’s a trailer for Bruce David Klein’s doc “Meat Loaf: In Search of Paradise” here. The film opens March 12 in New York.
“Dark Matter,” the winner of the Alfred P. Sloan Prize at last year’s Sundance, is trailered here. The films stars Liu Ye as a brilliant Chinese physics student whose chances at a Nobel Prize are dashed by university politics. It opens April 11th.
There’s a trailer for the threequel you never knew you wanted, “Starship Troopers 3: Marauder,” up on YouTube here. It’s slated to go direct to DVD, as was its predecessor “Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation,” and looks to have the production value of your average Sci Fi Channel attack-of-the-killer-sloth flick, but hey, Casper Van Dien returns as Johnny Rico. Street date seems to be July 15.
[Photo: Lee Pace in Tarsem’s “The Fall,” Roadside Attractions, 2008]