Back in 2007, on the press trail stumping for The Bourne Ultimatum, the third in the then-trilogy of espionage actioners, Matt Damon appeared on The Daily Show. In the course of the conversation, the actor said he and director Paul Greengrass, who also helmed The Bourne Supremacy, joked that the next movie would be called The Bourne Redundancy. It’s been nine years, with an attempted franchise reboot sandwiched in the middle (2012’s lackluster The Bourne Legacy), but with the simply titled Jason Bourne, Damon and Greengrass finally delivered on that promise, in spirit if not in name.
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Over the weekend I was out of town, not at San Diego Comic-Con (thanks, New Jersey, for the 10+ hours in the Newark airport). But the overcrowded festival of all things geeky raged on in my absence (to be fair, I have zero interest in ever attending—it’s all my least favorite things, crowds, lines, and heat). Studios did, however, drop a shit ton of cool news about big upcoming features, including an array of trailers. I’ve been up for more than 36 hours, I’ve got a body full of caffeine, so what the hell, lets recap the best of the bunch.
Thursday, July 21, 2016
2016 has been a strong year for horror. The Witch, Under the Shadow, Green Room, and other notables are destined to wind up on a slew of end-of-the-year best-of lists. And these are just a few of the bigger, hyped-up movies that have hit.; we haven’t even started digging into less buzzed-about titles. And there are still more on the way—Don’t Breathe and The Woods are two I’m particularly jazzed on.
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Though they can be some of the most powerful cinematic vehicles out there, war movies also often have a tendency to feel a bit same-y. “War is hell” is a common refrain, and while there are still remarkable highs to be found, ubiquitous entries in the genre often start to feel like their own special brand of damnation. Which is why Clement Cogitore’s Neither Heaven Nor Earth (formerly The Wakhan Front), an unnerving, unsettling, unique look at French soldiers at war in Afghanistan, is such a welcome burst of brooding, supernatural freshness.
Considering how much I have come to adore Vin Diesel for his over-the-top action spectacles, the fact that seems like a genuine, earnest dude, and his deep commitment to being a complete and utter nerd, his 2002 actioner xXx is not one I’ve ever been able to get behind. It’s not one of his finest moments. But apparently there was enough interest to make xXx: The Return of Xander Cage happen. (More accurately, Diesel had enough interest—the man has an endearing force of will to make whatever the hell he wants happen.) The unnecessary film just dropped its first trailer. The result is bugnuts fucking crazy and I’m now 100% enamored.
Monday, July 18, 2016
In the mood for a documentary about a radical feminist bike collective made up entirely of women of color? You should be. Directed by Janna Sokolowski and Kate Brumbull-LaValle, Ovarian Psycos looks at the Ovarian Psycos Bicycle Brigade, a group of Latina women in East Los Angles who use their monthly bike rides as a launching platform for activism, empowerment, and connection.
Saturday, July 16, 2016
The long-awaited (at least by me) Kickboxer remake, Kickboxer: Vengeance, just debuted at the Fantasia Film Festival. To mark the occasion, there’s a brand new trailer to keep us occupied until the movie arrives on August 19. Watch it for yourself after the jump.