Luke Scott’s sci-fi/horror thriller Morgan is a frustrating watch. Admirable in it’s ambition, full of potentially interesting themes and ideas, with a fantastic cast and heady premise, there’s a great deal to ingest and appreciate. Which makes it maddening that the finished product face plants into tedium, the painful twist becomes obvious five minutes in, and it never capitalizes on what works in its favor.
Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Recently, the BBC polled almost 200 film critics from around the world to compile a list of the top 100 movies of the 21st century so far. The reveal caused quite a ruckus in certain circles—and by that I mean the insular community that watches far too many movies and spends most of its time on film blogs and Twitter.
Monday, August 29, 2016
Red Dwarf is hands down my all-time favorite TV show in the history of forever. Nothing even comes close. Multiple times in my life I’ve spent 24 hours or more doing nothing but sitting on a couch watching endless episodes of Red Dwarf. A British sci-fi sitcom, what’s not to love? From this is may be rather obvious that the prospect of a new series excites the living hell out of me. A trailer for Red Dwarf XI just blasted into the stratosphere, and I couldn’t be giddier.
Friday, August 26, 2016
I’ve been waiting for Don’t Breathe for what feels like forever at this point, and Fede Alvarez’ (Evil Dead) nasty, vicious horror joint doesn’t disappoint (check out my review HERE). Steeped in brutality and tension, it’s a catalog of nods and influences—there must be millions of “heist gone wrong” movies—and here are a handful the movie references, or that occurred to me while I watched.
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
The less known about Don’t Breathe going in, the better. The latest from director Fede Alvarez (the Evil Dead remake) is a nasty, vicious spin on the home invasion narrative. It’s also among the best horror movies of the year and easily a high point in what has been a lackluster summer season. Compact, efficient, and uncompromising, Don’t Breathe is one to absolutely sprint to the theater to see, presuming there’s an elevated tolerance for brutality and skin-peeling tension in play.
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Idris Elba is a total badass. For all the talk, I hope he doesn’t become the next James Bond, not because I give two shits what color a fictional spy’s skin is, but because I want him to keep doing other awesome stuff and not be tied to one character for years at a time (he’s already on the Dark Tower chain). Awesome stuff like a new documentary series where he’s going to train to be a professional fighter and actually climb in the ring.
I’m a sucker for musicals, and I love, love, love the fact that, after the massive critical success of Whiplash, when he could have done damn near anything he wanted, Damien Chazelle made a goddamn musical. And a musical starring the tag team of charm Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling to boot. La La Land hits theaters in December, and though it’s a few months off in the distance, it just delivered a dreamy new trailer.
Friday, August 19, 2016
As you can probably tell, I’m quite pumped for Jean-Claude Van Johnson, the Jean-Claude Van Damme-starring pilot on Amazon where the Muscles from Brussels plays a version of himself who also happens to moonlight as an international assassin. I haven’t had the chance to watch the show yet—that’s a treat for later today—but this trailer is damn near perfect. Hopefully it will tide you over until you can check it out for yourself.
Thursday, August 18, 2016
Jean-Claude Van Damme's Amazon Series 'Jean-Claude Van Johnson' Is Going To Be The Greatest Show Ever
This week, Jean-Claude Van Damme teams up with Amazon do deliver what is sure to be your favorite new show, Jean-Claude Van Johnson. Starring JCVD poking fun at himself, produced by Ridley Scott, and with a delightfully ridiculous premise, I’m 100% game, and taking a look at a new collection of photos ups my excitement level even more.
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Sweeping biblical Epics have been Hollywood staples since day one. Having fallen out of favor in recent years, the latest attempts haven’t been great (the less said about Exodus: Gods and Kings the better, yeesh), or tumble into heavy-handed religious fare (this year’s Risen was much more watchable than most of it’s Bible-thumping brethren, but it’s still only okay). But worry not, Timur Bekmambetov, the guy who directed Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, is here to attempt to revive the genre with yet another Ben-Hur adaptation. And he’s bringing along the half-faced guy from Boardwalk Empire and an actor best known for being really good at playing a motion capture bonobo in the new Planet of the Apes franchise.
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
UPDATED: With an international trailer that's even better. Today is a good day indeed. Check it out at the bottom of the post.
Because we live in a world where even trailers get their own marketing push, we recently saw a short trailer for the trailer for Denis Villeneuve’s upcoming alien invasion drama Arrival. The full trailer is now here to watch, and you should do that at your earliest convenience, like right this moment.
Monday, August 15, 2016
Everyone is all pumped for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, especially in the wake of the trailer that dropped last week. It looks like an awesome war movie that, while bearing obvious hallmarks of a Star Wars movie, promises to bring something new to that far, far away galaxy. And what would a Star Wars movie be without some daddy issues? Which is what we get a glimpse of in this new Japanese trailer.
If you’re a horror fan and Babak Anvaris’ Under the Shadow isn’t on your radar yet, that needs to change immediately. The Iranian genre offering debuted at Sundance, made waves at subsequent festivals, and garnered comparisons to recent indie horror favorites like It Follows and The Babadook. I like it at least as much as one of those, and far more than the other, but check out this new trailer and prepare to count the days until the domestic release.
Friday, August 12, 2016
I absolutely adore C.H.U.D., which, if you don’t know, stands for Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dwellers, AKA homeless dudes living in the New York City sewers horribly mutated by radioactive waste. It’s a dirty, nasty, low-down, wonderful ‘80s horror joint. One of my all-time favorites, the 1984 cult feature is getting a fancy pants new Blu-ray release.
At this point, can we all agree that every major movie undergoes reshoots and that Rogue One: A Star Wars Story going back for more isn’t the huge, end-of-days-are-upon-us deal that many have made it out to be? Maybe the movie was/is in trouble, we won’t know for a few months until we actually see it for ourselves. But in the meantime, the latest trailer looks fucking fantastic. Don’t take my word for it, check it out for yourself.
Thursday, August 11, 2016
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
He had a bit part in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, The Raid has become a modern action classic, and hardcore fans of badass cinema laud him as one of the preeminent movie martial artists of the modern era, but Indonesian star Iko Uwais is way, way underrated. Anything he does is a must-watch, and that includes his latest, Headshot. It’s even better that he’s teaming up with the Mo Brothers (Killers, Macabre), and a slew of punchy, kicky new photos just washed up on the internet to pummel us about the head and neck.
Okay, I think we can all admit that, as far as big summer blockbusters go, 2016 has been a less than stellar year. But as the season winds to a close, that doesn’t mean there aren’t still quality films on the way. One of my most anticipated movies of this particular trip around the sun, Fede Alvarez’s Don’t Breathe, hits in a few weeks, and it just released a rough new red band trailer.
Tuesday, August 9, 2016
Sci-fi is my jam, and as much as I love alien invasions where the outsiders show up and wreak havoc, the pinnacle of the genre has always been the thoughtful, brainy, human works that use the speculative trappings to hold a mirror up to society. Not that the two are necessarily mutually exclusive, but Denis Villeneuve’s Arrival promises to fall firmly into that second camp. Yesterday we got our first look at the film, and today arrives with a shiny new teaser trailer. Check it out below.
As much as I dig post-apocalyptic movies, I’m self-aware enough to know my particular skillset is all but useless after civilization crumbles and the world goes to shit. I’m fucked six ways to Sunday, that’s all there is to it. But so are Gabriel Diani and Etta Devine, a comedy duo and the leads of Diani & Devine Meet the Apocalypse. The crowdfunded end-of-the-world comedy dropped a new trailer, and from the look of things, these kids are having a rough go of it. Good to know I won’t be alone.
Thus far, I’m all-in when it come to Marvel’s episodic Netflix universe. Daredevil is a leaps and bounds beyond the Ben Affleck-fronted cinematic travesty. Jessica Jones made superheroes feel fresh and vital in a way most similar properties lack in modern times. While we met him, Luke Cage is next up, and though we still have a couple months to wait, this badass new trailer should get you pumped up.
Monday, August 8, 2016
Wednesday, August 3, 2016
Yeon Sang-ho’s zombie thriller, Train to Busan, debuted at Cannes, set box office records in South Korea when it opened a few weeks back, and has garnered glowing reviews stateside. (If you’re wondering, I totally dig it and you should check it out.) All that attention has captured a great deal of interest, and a remake is already in the works.
Tuesday, August 2, 2016
Like the mismatched cadre of super villains of the title, writer/director David Ayer’s Suicide Squad is chaotic and frantic and all over the place. At times this fractured nature can be propulsive and even invigorating. Other times—too often—this means the film is a messy jumble, awkwardly paced, and sorely lacks focus or depth. It’s a mess. An occasionally interesting mess, one not entirely without promise, but still a mess.
Monday, August 1, 2016
It’s been almost 50 years since George Romero defined the modern zombie in Night of the Living Dead (it’s crazy how fresh that movie still feels), and those decades have been full of countless takes on the subgenre. Hell, there are even subgenres within the subgenre—one of my favorites is the Nazi-zombies-in-bodies-of-water subset. While there have been monumental achievements using this framework, as time goes on, things have become stale with age. There’s not much to do that hasn’t been done, but every once in a while a movie comes along and infuses the undead with a bit of freshness. Danny Boyle did it with 28 Days Later, and South Korean director Yeon Sang-ho’s latest, Train to Busan, has a similar effect.