During the Super Bowl, between me pulling my hair out and possibly weeping in public in the middle of the dive bar a block from my house (I’m never as stressed as when I watch a Seahawks game), we’ll be treated to a variety of TV spots for upcoming movies. This weekend has become a kind of annual kick off for the marketing campaigns for the big blockbuster films of the following summer (and summer, at least according to the studios, now starts in March or April and runs through the first week of August). One of the movies that has supposedly purchased a slot of this absurdly expensive air time is James Wan’s The Fast & The Furious 7 (or Fast 7 or Furious 7 or whatever it’s actually called). But I don’t need a full frontal look to get stoked about this movie, all I need is this 7-second clip and I’m completely sold.
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Wet Hot American Summer is one of the best things that has ever happened to this world. And I mean ever, throughout the whole of human history, maybe even before. Normally I’m not so amped on years-after-the-fact reboots and the like, but I’m damn pumped up for Netflix’s upcoming eight-episode series, Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, and this new trailer does nothing to derail my enthusiasm.
To be honest, I’ve never been a big Fantastic Four fan. It’s not that I dislike them, they’ve just never been one of my favorites, and it’s been a comic that I’m rather indifferent to, so I’m less emotionally invested in the adaptations than others. For instance, I care far more that the Daredevil movie sucks so bad rather than that the last two FF movies are terrible. Don’t get me wrong, I do really want Josh Trank’s upcoming version to be good—he’s a filmmaker I’m curious to watch develop, it has a great cast, and I like good superhero movies—but if it isn’t, I won’t lose any sleep over it, and from this first trailer, I’m not so sure I’m sold.
Monday, January 26, 2015
The show may be between seasons at the present time, but Titan Comics is certainly churning out Doctor Who comics like nobody’s business. Now they’re back with the continuing adventures of The Twelfth Doctor, and issue number 4 finds the Doctor and Clara right where we left them, in two drastically different time periods, both dealing with incarnations of the same ancient evil.
Sunday, January 25, 2015
2014 was a big year for science fiction. There were massive blockbusters like Guardians of the Galaxy and Godzilla that stormed through the box office, but there was also a nice crop of smaller, independent, idea-driven genre films that surfaced. Many of these made the festival rounds, and a handful, movies like TheSignal and I Origins, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. The annual gathering has been the marquee American film festival for years, and though it is widely known for a certain free-spirited aesthetic that usually often involves left-of-center interpersonal dramas, there are usually at least a handful of interesting sci-fi pictures in the mix.
Saturday, January 24, 2015
Eli Roth and I have a troubled relationship. As much as I appreciate his infectious enthusiasm about horror—just listening to him talk it’s hard not to get excited—I’ve never been a fan of his movies. Cabin Fever didn’t do much for me, and the Hostel movies and their ilk have never been particularly interesting. That said, I’m stoked to see Green Inferno, his take on the cannibals-in-the-Amazon-jungle subgenre—that’s one that doesn’t get much love these days—even though we have no idea when we’ll actually see it. I am, however, very intrigued by his latest, the Keanu Reeves-starring Knock Knock, and now we have this new trailer that only serves to up that anticipation.
The closer we get, the more excited I am to see Kornél Mundruczó’s White God. The film walked away with some hardware at Cannes last year, and just screened and Sundance ahead of a March 27 domestic run, and this harrowing new clip shows a world literally gone to the dogs, which is something I can 100% get behind.