Seriously, I didn’t think I could be more excited for Mad Max: Fury Road, but then they went ahead and released this new trailer, and I have to admit that I’m even more stoked for George Miller’s return to the post-apocalyptic wastes than I even thought possible. By the time the May 15 release date rolls around, I’m going to be foaming at the mouth.
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Saturday, March 28, 2015
It’s a good time to have a kickass sci-fi short making the rounds, as two of the coolest proof-of-concept genre offerings, Leviathan and Sundays, are moving forward with feature length versions a major studios. And more fantastic sci-fi is one of our favorite things in the world.
While the earlier promotion for Terminator:Genisys has primarily focused on reintroducing the new versions of characters you know and love—Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke), John Connor (Jason Clarke), Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney), the T-800 (Arnold Schwarzenegger)—this latest short U.K. trailer takes a different approach. They fly the “we’ve got an Oscar-winner in our movie” flag high, spending a fair amount of the minute-long run time showing off J.K. Simmons. Which is never a bad move.
Friday, March 27, 2015
The first trailer for the next James Bond movie, Spectre, just dropped, and it should go a long ways to getting you pumped for Sam Mendes sophomore take on the most famous spy in movie history. If you’ve been waiting to for mystery, suspense, and a SPECTRE ring on the screen for the first time since 1971, you’re in luck, because it has all of those things.
Thursday, March 26, 2015
The 2009 Friday the 13th reboot isn’t he worst thing I’ve ever seen; it isn’t great, but it doesn’t like ruin my favorite horror franchise for me or anything. (I maintain they’re all good, or at least watchable, up to Jason Takes Manhattan.) It sounds like the next revisitation, however, just might accomplish that feat.
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Tony Jaa fighting his way through a prison. You’re movie doesn’t need much more than that to have my full, undivided attention. Fortunately, if this trailer for SPL 2 (Sha Po Lang 2) is to be believed, there’s that and more, like a bus driving through a wall and people stealing human organs.
Monday, March 23, 2015
A while back, a proof of concept video for Ruairi Robinson’s (The Last Days on Mars) incredible looking sci-fi Leviathan made the rounds. All you could do was gape at awesome looking flying beast monsters and wish with every fiber of your being that this was a real movie. And now it’s going to be, and it’s bringing a couple of big Hollywood names along for the ride.
Friday, March 20, 2015
It just really needs to go right ahead and be May 15 already. Or at least I just need to sleep from now until Furious 7 on April 7, from then until Avengers: Age of Ultron on May 1, and then until. Mad Max: Fury Road hits on May 1. After that I can stay awake for a while. Although, after watching this new international Fury Road trailer, sleep maybe hard, as this is like your adrenal glands just got kicked in the nuts.
Bookended by news clips and stock footage of Western exploitation of the people and resources of the Congo, you may be forgiven for thinking Pierre Morel’s new thriller The Gunman has larger political aspirations. This element feels tailor made for star Sean Penn, who also gets a shared screenwriting credit for helping adapt Jean-Patrick Manchette’s novel The Prone Gunman. Instead, what you get is another in a line of action vehicles for aging actors looking for a late career revitalization. Morel, is, after all, the guy who helmed Taken and helped transform Liam Neeson into an onscreen ass kicking machine, so who better to take the lead here?
Thursday, March 19, 2015
In 2013, everyone fell in love with that scene-stealing cat from the Coen Brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis. If there is any justice in this cold cruel world—and if the movie is any indication, there isn’t—everyone is going to go similarly nuts for Bunzo, the adorable rabbit in David Zellner’s Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter. They’re both adorable and precocious, hell, they’re even the same color and serve a similar narrative function: to comfort our protagonists as their lives come undone around them, and as a symbol of all that they lose and give up in the pursuit of an unattainable dream.
The Divergent Series: Insurgent, the latest chapter in The Hunger Games heir apparent, is a flaming-hot, crazy-ass train wreck. And I mean that in both the most entertaining and terrible ways possible. To be sure, this is a significant improvement over the previous film in the family, 2014’s Divergent. It’s not without serious flaws, and I don’t know if I’d go so far to call it good or actually recommend it, but while it can be tedious and asinine, random weirdness and strange flourishes mean it can also be pretty damn entertaining.
Sunday, March 15, 2015
I’ve said it many times before, and I’m sure I’ll have cause to say it again, but little kids are creepy, especially in horror movies. If you need any further proof, just check out this trailer for Mike Flanagan’s (Oculus) new film, Before I Wake, it’ll make you never want to go to sleep again.
Thursday, March 12, 2015
Watching ’71, it’s easy to see why Jack O’Connell caused so much heat in 2014. Seeing what he’s able to do here, in Yann Demange’s story of a young soldier abandoned in the violent streets of Belfast in 1971, it makes Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken, where he also plays the lead, even more of a disappointment. As incredible as O’Connell is, however, ’71 is much more than just a stage for the on-the-rise actor, and the film is a gripping, so-tense-you-can-hardly-bear-it story of survival and the horrors of war. It also marks Demange, who makes his feature directorial debut after working extensively in television, as a talent to watch right along side his star.
Liam Neeson has now teamed up with director Jaume Collet-Serra three times, and while none of the trio of action-thrillers—Unknown, Non-Stop, and now Run All Night—exactly lit the world on fire, the latest is easily the best of the bunch. There are absolutely no surprises to be found—if you’ve seen the trailers, you know precisely what movie you’re getting—but while it is drastically overlong, if you’re looking for a gritty tale of survival and revenge that feels like it hails from a bygone era, you can do much worse than Run All Night. Solid action and a strong cast elevate the material, which also gains points for the excellent use of a Pogues song.
I’m generally in the minority on this front, but I still consider Steven Seagal a viable movie star. His output isn’t as consistently top notch as early in his career, when he stormed the world with films like Above the Law, Hard to Kill, Marked for Death, and Out for Justice, which are still his best, and were followed directly by Under Siege. It hasn’t even been as strong as his best DTV run in the early part of the millennium. Still, I get a faint stir of excitement in my belly when I hear of a new Seagal project, and that happened again today as his latest, Code of Honor, has started production.
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
This week brought us all kinds of Doctor Who action, at least as far as the pages of comic books are concerned. We saw The Eleventh Doctor, an uneven narrative experience to be sure, deliver what might be the strongest issue in its run, or at least a nice piece of the best arc they’ve explored thus far. Now Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor, which has been the high point of the continuing titles published by Titan Comics, drop another new issue, number eight.
For a kid from the Pacific Northwest, of just the right age to feel the full force of the impact, I never got super into Nirvana. They were fine, and you can’t help but recognize the massive impact they had, and continue to have, on popular culture, but I never mooned over them like much of my generation. That doesn’t, however, mean I don’t find Kurt Cobain a fascinating figure, and as such, I’m totally intrigued to watch the new documentary, Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, which just dropped a new trailer after debuting at Sundance.
You never blow up Dolph Lundgren’s family, that lesson should be day one of Movie Villain 101. It’s not going to end well for you, it just isn’t. And if you manage to involve Tony Jaa, at this point you’re digging your own grave. These are the basic pieces of information you learn from the new trailer for the Ekachai Uekrongtham-directed actioner Skin Trade that just hit over at Yahoo.
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Well this is totally insane. If you lament the fact that there are not enough people living among lions in order to lend an air of authenticity to their films, you might want to check out this trailer for the rerelease of 1981’s bonkers Roar. For eleven years, real life couple Tippi Hedren and Noel Marshall, with a very young Melanie Griffith, Hedren’s daughter, in tow, filmed an epic wilderness adventure in their own back yard, and that’s exactly what this film looks like.
Okay, I’m in. Daredevil is my all time favorite comic, and after the debacle of the Ben Affleck version, I’ve been skeptical about Marvel’s upcoming series on Netflix. Over time, however, I’ve allowed myself to become cautiously optimistic, and after this new trailer, our longest, most in-depth look yet, I’m officially excited.
Monday, March 9, 2015
We’ve been stupidly excited for Vivieno Cladinelli and Matt Watts’ Portal to Hell since the very first second we heard about it. Come on, how can you not be stoked-beyond-words for “Rowdy” Roddy Piper battling Cthulhu? Even better was when it was announced that it will be a feature-length film (it was originally envisioned as a short), and the fact that production is underway has us dancing around with glee. And just to prove that this is really happening, Twitch has a handful of stills from the set.
Sunday, March 8, 2015
William Friedkin’s The French Connection is one of the greatest American action movies of the 1970s, or any era for that matter. That iconic car chase changed the genre forever. New French crime thriller, The Connection, uses the same true-life situation as a base, showing the story from the other side of the Atlantic, and as you can see in this new red band trailer and poster, it captures a similar grim, gritty aesthetic and feel as its predecessor.
Saturday, March 7, 2015
Thursday, March 5, 2015
Unfinished Business, the new Vince Vaughn-fronted comedy from director Ken Scott (who teamed with Vaughn on the sperm-donor comedy Delivery Man) and writer Steve Conrad (The Secret Life of Walter Mitty), can’t decide what movie it wants to be.
Well this is the best thing I’ve seen all week. Over the years, Jean-Claude Van Damme has battled many foes—his evil twin, Tong Po, a nefarious denim counterfeiting ring, and the dude who played War Child in Point Break, just to name a few—but perhaps none quite as vicious as My Little Pony.
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Over its run, which his now nine issues deep, Titan Comics’ Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor has been an inconsistent, up and down affair. Every time it appears that it’s headed in the right direction, it takes a step backwards. That said, the last couple of issues have followed a notable upward trajectory, which continues with the latest installment, “Rise and Fall.”
This new trailer for Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron is so, so badass. There’s almost too much to love going on here, including Hulk flinging robots around, James Spader proving again that he was the perfect choice to voice the villainous AI Ultron, the growing rift between Captain America and Tony Stark, Quicksilver smacking Cap across the face, and the first footage of the Vision, among other things. You need to stop reading and watch for yourself.
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
At UFC 184 last weekend, Ronda Rousey demonstrated again that she’s easily the best women’s MMA fighter in the world by defeating clear-cut number one contender Cat Zingano in 14 seconds. 14 seconds. Hell, she’s the most dominant champ in the sport in any division, male or female. She’s also following in the footsteps of Gina Carano and kicking a lot of ass on the big screen as well. Last summer she showed up in Expendables 3, next months joins Vin Diesel and company in Furious 7, and we just heard a report that she’s teaming up with Iko Uwais, one of the baddest and most underrated action stars in the world.
There aren’t many actors who can play Wilson Fisk, aka The Kingpin, in the Marvel Universe. The man is a monster, just a behemoth that routinely kicks the crap out of superheroes with his bare hands and his evil schemes. We’ll have to wait until the April 10 premiere of Netflix’s Daredevil to see if Vincent D’Onofrio can truly pull it off, but in these new photos, he certainly looks the part.
Monday, March 2, 2015
If what we’ve seen thus far is to be believed, Furious 7 certainly does take crazy to a whole other level. Seriously, this is like everything I’ve ever wanted out of a movie. There are cars parachuting out of planes, cars jumping from skyscraper to skyscraper, and these two new TV spots just make me drool uncontrollably.
Sunday, March 1, 2015
Bruce Lee is the ultimate cinematic badass. You can make arguments for a handful of others to take that throne, but it’s nigh on impossible to come up with one truly knocks him out of the top spot. Over the years there have been a number of biopics—the wildly inaccurate Dragon, Manfred Wong’s Bruce Lee, My Brother (aka Young Bruce Lee and a few other titles), and he even shows up in the Ip Man films—but now we’re getting an official story complete with backing from his family.