I’m excited for Captain America: CivilWar for a number of reasons. High on that list is the introduction of Chadwick Boseman’s Black Panther. Not only does the character bring some much needed diversity to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (maybe one day we’ll also get more female superheroes; a guy can dream, right?)—when Creed director Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther drops in a few years, he’ll become the first black superhero to front his own major movie—but what we’ve seen from the character so far has been fantastic. That continues with the latest clip from Civil War, which is just 38 seconds of Black Panther pummeling the Winter Soldier. Check it out.
Friday, April 29, 2016
Thursday, April 28, 2016
Two of the sharpest current comedic minds, plus an adorable kitten, taking aim at racial stereotypes of masculinity and action movie clichés? You had me at kitten.
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
If you’re like me, you hoped that Marvel was going to keep Spider-Man out of the marketing build up for Captain America: Civil War completely. That hope imploded when the Wall-Crawler showed up at the tail end of the last trailer. This appears to have opened a wee bit of a floodgate, and we’ve got some more Spidey footage in the latest TV spots. Take a look below if you’re into such things.
Monday, April 25, 2016
Most possession movies end with the exorcism and wrap up with a priest casting a nefarious demon from the body of an innocent, unwilling host. Sprinkle some holy water, say a few chants, cross yourself, and call it a day, job well done. For writer/director Jordan Galland’s sharp, clever horror-comedy, Ava’s Possessions, however, this is the jumping off point.
While both Marvel and DC appear to have a roadmap for their respective superhero franchises—though they are certainly subject to change—20th Century Fox’s X-Men series has the feeling that they studio is just throwing things at the wall, seeing what sticks, and making it up as they go. They basically retconned the entire original timeline out of existence. It’s going to be interesting to see where they go with the latest installment, X-Men: Apocalypse. But as we approach the release date, we’ve got the final trailer, which arrives with some unexpected bits of fan service that are sure to make hardcore followers cheer in their seats. Watch it after the jump.
Sunday, April 24, 2016
It may not be quite as evil a date as it could be, but June 6, 2016, a.k.a. 6/6/16, is about as evil as we’re going to get this year. Which makes it an appropriate release date for Jason Bognacki’s upcoming horror joint, Mark of the Witch. Formerly titled Another, it’s been coming for a while, but now has a U.S. release date, the new title, and a spooky new trailer.
It's a pleasant, warm, moderately sunny spring Saturday afternoon in Seattle. This is the kind of weather that, when it hits, people run around the city sans shirt, because that’s just how we roll. There may be some rain in the forecast later on, but I won't know about that. I'm about to head indoors and spend the next 12 hours watching horror movies with a bunch of other vitamin D deficient weirdoes at the Bone Bat Comedy of Horrors Film Festival. And I would have it any other way.
Friday, April 22, 2016
One of the movies I’m most curious to see this summer is Independence Day: Resurgence. A while back, for another outlet, I wrote a piece about big, blockbuster-style movies that I think could flop like an NBA player pretending to take a charge when they’re released. ID:R was on that list.
Thursday, April 21, 2016
Being on tour isn’t nearly as glamorous as most people think, especially for a small band, or one clinging to DIY aesthetics and ideals. Sure, there are moments, but there is also sleeping in vans, breaking down, shows that fall through, driving 12 hours for shows that fall through, and, perhaps most disheartening, driving 12 hours to play a show where three people who don’t give a shit show up and leave in the middle of the set. I’ve been on some terrible tours over the years, played some god-awful disasters, but never has a show or tour sucked as hard as the one in Jeremy Saulnier’s Green Room.
Does the world need another Bourne movie? Probably not. But that doesn’t mean we’re not getting one, and that doesn’t mean I’m not going to watch the shit out of Jason Bourne when it drops this summer. That was going to happen anyway, but with the first trailer hitting the airwaves, and looking like what you hope to see from a movie about a badass amnesiac spy, I just might get excited for this one.
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
To be honest, until some photos dropped yesterday, I forgot that Antoine Fuqua’s remake of The Magnificent Seven was happening. But if we were sharing the same boat, Sony is doing their level best to remind us both that this is on the way, because they just dropped the very first trailer.
Monday, April 18, 2016
It’s been in the works for a few years, but Nick Jongerius’ English-language international horror flick The Windmill Massacre just dropped its first trailer, and this looks like a genre outing fans may want to keep an eye out for.
Friday, April 15, 2016
Isn’t this always the case? We go for what feels like forever not seeing much from a movie that we’re super pumped for, and when we get the first splash it turns into a wave. I sincerely hope that’s what’s happening with Nicolas Winding Refn’s The Neon Demon. Just yesterday we got the very first trailer, and today we woke up to a quick new U.K. teaser. Heads up, if you’re on the clock, maybe check to make sure your boss isn’t looking over your shoulder, this one’s a wee bit NSFW.
Thursday, April 14, 2016
One of the things I look forward to like little else is the arrival of a new Nicolas Winding Refn movie. His latest, The NeonDemon, is, understandably, a film I’ve been keeping an eye on for quite some time. Though it hits later this year, we haven’t seen much, aside from a handful of stills and posters. That is, until today. The first trailer for the modeling-world-set horror thriller just dropped, and it’s dark, sexy, and twisted. Check it out after the jump.
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
I’m all for actors reinventing themselves later on in their careers, especially when it involves turning to gritty, low and mid-budget genre fare. Thus far, however, Liam Neeson has had the lion’s share of the success when it comes to claiming this more mature action hero status, though guys like Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger never really vacated their thrones. Sean Penn and Pierce Brosnan both tried their hand at it over the last few years, with less than stellar results. Kevin Costner is no stranger to thrillers, and though he took a swing and whiffed with 3Days to Kill, he’s back to give it another go with Criminal.
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Marvel takes a lot of flack for their movies being a bit same-y, which isn’t an entirely unfounded complaint. They’ve taken steps to mix things up lately, most notably with Guardians of the Galaxy, but later this year they’re going to take things in an entirely different direction with Doctor Strange. And if you need proof that this is like nothing we’ve witnessed thus far in the MCU, check out the new trailer that just hit the airwaves.
Sunday, April 10, 2016
Okay, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was something of a letdown—I didn’t hate it like many, but it wasn’t great. But that doesn’t mean I’ve given up on the DC Extended Universe just yet. I have hope for Wonder Woman, Aquaman, and that solo Batman joint they might give Ben Affleck. Oh yeah, and there’s Suicide Squad, which looks like a complete and total blast (something BvS most certainly is not). If you’re not already on this train, check out the new trailer that just dropped.
At least for a while, I can’t say much about it, but Jeremy Saulnier’s follow up to Blue Ruin, Green Room, is awesome. It’s one of my favorite movies that I’ve seen this year, and there have already been a surprising number of fantastic movies thus far in 2016. It hits theaters soon, and to mark the occasion, A24 dropped a vicious new red band trailer for you to take a look at.
If you’re not familiar with Eric Powell’s The Goon, you should change that immediately. It’s simply one of the best comics of the modern era, a throw-back mash-up of Depression-era pulp stylistics, supernatural horror, and comedy that also manages to tell some of the most emotionally devastating tales while all dressed up gratuitous, over-the-top violence and crude, bawdy humor. An animated movie has been in the works since 1999—there was even a proof of concept video—but there has been little news since back in 2013. Little news, that is, until now.
The idea of being locked up for a crime you didn’t commit, or being institutionalized when you know you’re not crazy, the victim of sinister exterior forces, is fertile cinematic territory. Insane, Korean director Lee Cheol-ha’s new thriller, looks to dive deep into this realm, and there’s a tense new trailer to check out.
Saturday, April 9, 2016
Even if you don’t know his name, you know Al Leong’s face. An eternal villain, he’s the star of dozens of incredible action movies from the 1980s and ‘90s. Rarely the main big bad, he’s the scary-as-hell goon you have to go through to get to the boss, and now the man, the myth, the legend is getting his due in Vito Trabucco’s documentary, Henchman: The Al Leong Story, which just dropped a first teaser trailer.
Thursday, April 7, 2016
If you’re anything like me, you spent most of today checking to see if your boss was around so you could watch this new Rogue One: A Star Wars Story teaser trailer. Totally worth the risk, right? If you haven’t checked it out yet for some reason, you should take the opportunity to do so below. Again, totally worth it.
A so-called spiritual sequel to 1993’s Dazed and Confused, Richard Linklater’s latest, Everybody Wants Some!! (yes, two exclamation points, like the van Halen song that inspired the title), is admittedly a good deal of fun. That said, that's really all it is. Despite the similar trappings of aimless youth finding themselves in the big wide world—this time at the start of college in 1980 instead of the end of high school in 1976—Everybody Wants Some!! lacks the weight and substance of its predecessor, spiritual or otherwise.
Tuesday, April 5, 2016
When it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, reviews for Swiss Army Man were not all that great. But this is such a bizarre, WTF-inducing premise that it was going to get looked at no matter what. Even if you don’t know the title, you probably heard of this as the farting corpse movie starring Harry Potter himself as the corpse. Well, a new trailer is here, and it’s as bonkers as you expect, possibly even more so.
Sunday, April 3, 2016
Along with Frank Miller’s work on comics like Batman: Year One and The Dark Knight Returns, Alan Moore and Brian Bolland’s Batman: The Killing Joke is perhaps the most influential story on the Caped Crusader’s modern iteration—it helped define the character as we currently know him. The 1988 one-off graphic novel is dark and disturbing and the ramifications are still felt today. There has been talk of adapting it before, but an animated version is on the way, and now we have our first look in the form of a teaser and new featurette. Start getting psyched.
Friday, April 1, 2016
Without a doubt, John Wick was my favorite movie of 2014. It wasn’t even close. This is the kind of stripped-down, no frills action I grew up on and that all-too-rarely gets made these days, especially outside of the DTV realm. It doesn’t hurt that, in the hands of former stunt coordinators-turned-directors David Leitch and Chad Stahelski, the fight scenes and gun battles were magnificently staged, shot, and executed. John Wick: Chapter 2 is in the works, and while there have only been hints and clues about the story, we now have an official synopsis.