Tangerine director Sean Baker’s follow up, The Florida Project, takes a different track than its predecessor. Last time out, he shot on an iPhone and followed transgender prostitutes on Christmas Eve in Los Angeles. For his next trick, Baker and company shot on real 35mm film and the story revolves around a precocious six-year-old girl on summer break.
Thursday, October 19, 2017
December 15 is shaping up to be one hell of a day. Star Wars: The Last Jedi opens, Beyond Skyline opens, and now Amazon is going to drop Jean-Claude Van Johnson, the meta action-comedy series that imagines Jean-ClaudeVan Damme’s entire acting career as a cover for his true calling, international assassin. To celebrate, there’s a new trailer. Yeah, the pilot’s great, this trailer’s great, I have high hopes.
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
You may or may not know this, but at this point, I’ll watch anything with Frank Grillo. And that goes double for any movie about backwoods bareknuckle fighting where he plays someone named Chainsaw Angus. Which is the name of his character in the upcoming Donnybrook.
Monday, October 16, 2017
Dude, dude, dude, dude, dude! I get it, that’s a lot of dudes, but I need your attention. And as it’s first thing Monday morning, if you’re anything like me, you’re dragging. But I’ve got something that should pick you right up, and it’s a fresh new Black Panther trailer to kick off the week. There’s also a dope new poster to gawk at.
Friday, October 13, 2017
I’m not fully on board with those who argue we’re hitting a point of superhero fatigue. In general, I enjoy them and look forward to the next chapter. Just over the next two weeks we get Thor: Ragnarok and Justice League, though I’m more concerned (or at least I have more questions) about the latter than the former. Still, it’s hard to get too excited when there’s yet another superhero joint. Especially The New Mutants, mostly because I’m admittedly not hugely familiar with the title (though I love creator Chris Claremont), and the last Fox X-Men movie was so lackluster. But the first trailer is here, and I’m definitely changing my tune.
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
As they age, plenty of actors are trying their hand at playing grizzled badasses in revenge-based action movies. The results have been up and down to say the least. Liam Neeson has proven the most successful of these—though I’m not a fan of the Taken movies, the likes of Run All Night deliver the goods. But now it’s time for Jackie Chan to get in on the act with The Foreigner, so everyone else, step away and give the man room to work.
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
It feels like 75% of what I’ve written about recently involves Beyond Skyline, and that’s fine with me. Not a fan of the 2010 alien invasion yarn, Skyline, the after-the-fact sequel looks completely badass. And that includes this new U.S. trailer. Perhaps even more exciting than that, is there’s now a confirmed release date on American soil, which is a pretty sweet indeed.
By now you’ve probably watched the new Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer, whether Rian Johnson wants you to or not, ordered your opening day tickets, and plowed head first into the Great Porg Debate of 2017. (Love them or hate them, they’re the new Ewoks, and your stance on the adorable little bastards will define who you are for generations to come.) But what the hell, why not watch the trailer again?
Monday, October 9, 2017
No one currently working does grim, stoic, throwback tough guy quite like Frank Grillo. And his talents look to be put to good use in the trailer for the upcoming Wheelman. Check it out after the jump.
Friday, October 6, 2017
Guillermo del Toro’s 2013 Pacific Rim splits viewers into two categories: those who love it and those who think it’s dumb as shit. Personally, I think it’s dumb as shit, but I absolutely adore watching del Toro do his best impression of a kid in a sandbox banging robot toys into monster toys. That’s precisely what it is, and the finished product is precisely that much fun. I don’t know that it needs a sequel, or that one will be any good, but it managed to (just barely and thanks to the global market) squeak out enough money to justify a follow up. Good or bad, I’m going to watch it and the first real trailer for Pacific Rim: Uprising is here. Check it out below.
Friday, September 29, 2017
It’s understandable to be skeptical of movies billed as “The New Movie X!” or “The Movie X from Blank!” By and large, those comparisons to movies you love don’t measure up. But while I haven’t seen Yuji Shimomura’s Re: Born, from the look of this U.K. trailer, the “Japanese John Wick” hype may well be warranted.
Thursday, September 28, 2017
If you know one thing about me these days, it should be that I’m really, really, really psyched for Beyond Skyline. Like, it’s all I care about anymore. Admittedly, I’m not a huge fan of 2010’s Skyline, but this long-after-the-fact sequel continues to look completely fucking rad. Just watch this new U.K. trailer if you don’t’ believe me.
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
After watching American Made, I’m convinced Tom Cruise needs to work with Doug Liman way more often. Which isn’t much of a reach, as the actor/director combo has the sci-fi adventure Luna Park on the slate in the near future. But between this and Edge of Tomorrow, or whatever title you prefer, Cruise—who I maintain is the last great traditional movie star we have left—hasn’t been this good in years.
After directing Ex Machina (and writing Dredd and 28 Days Later…), I’m down to watch anything Alex Garland does. So, understandably, I’m rather jacked for his upcoming adaptation of Jeff VanderMeer’s best-selling novel, Annihilation. I haven’t read the book, but I love that Garland’s sticking around the sci-fi end of the pool, and the first teaser trailer looks very much like a movie I want to watch.
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Okay, here’s your last homework assignment for Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049, at least beyond, you know, rewatching your preferred version of Ridley Scott’s 1982 sci-fi classic. Early reviews are just hitting the airwaves and are overwhelmingly positive—not to make it harder to keep expectations in check or anything. But most of us still have a while to wait, but take a few minutes to gawk at the third and final prequel short.
Thursday, September 21, 2017
The most important lesson gleaned from Friend Request: Beware the Facebook witches, because they are a real thing and they’re coming for you and your friends! Apparently. And while I won’t go so far as to heap praise on German director Simon Verhoeven’s 2016 (it took a while to make it to U.S. shores) horror film for being particularly original, or even all that memorable, it’s solid genre fun. At times. In fact, it has the makings of an awesome junior high sleepover movie.
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
A snarky, modestly clever, at times startlingly violent riff on James Bond’s urbane international man of mystery, Kingsman: The Secret Service is a decently fun watch. It’s not a movie I’ve ever felt the need to see again, and it’s one that, the farther I get from it, the less I find to enjoy. On the whole, it ultimately feels like a bunch of irritating bros laughing and chugging beer. That’s fine, but there’s nothing more to it than that. But The Secret Service made a butt-ton of money, so writer/director Matthew Vaughn and company are back with a sequel, Kingsman: The Golden Circle. And the word that repeatedly comes to mind is overkill.
Thursday, September 14, 2017
Admittedly, I enjoy movies with large, sprawling mythologies that don’t always stick to the confines of what we see on screen in a theater. I also often enjoy promotional build up to movies that do things a little differently, that add context or additional value to the movie. What I don’t like is when that same supplementary material becomes required reading for said movie. I don’t know that this is the case for Blade Runner 2049, but with a new prequel short, it’s starting to feel that way. (You can read my more in-depth thoughts on the matter HERE.) That said, it’s still pretty cool. Check it out below.
Everyone loves those Red Sparrow books—I haven’t read them, but they’re well liked to say the least. Jason Matthews novels have taken a place in popular culture that titles like Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train have held in recent years. And with such popularity and widespread cultural cache comes the inevitable big screen translation. Though it doesn’t come out until next year, the first teaser for Francis Lawrence’s Jennifer Lawrence (no relation) starring Red Sparrow is here. Take a look.
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Vince Flynn’s Mitch Rapp novels are the kind of books your dad picks up at the airport ahead of a long flight. Potboiling espionage thrillers, they read like Tom Clancy light. (They feel more like they’re written by someone who reads a lot of spy novels rather than someone who actually knows anything about that world.) Similarly, Michael Cuesta’s big screen adaptation of Flynn’s 2010 American Assassin—there are currently more than a dozen books in the series—feels like diet Jason Bourne. This potential franchise starter has Bourne envy, big time.
Friday, September 8, 2017
Jung Byung-gil’s The Villainess opens with a sprawling first-person action sequence. Filmed to look like one continuous take, it involves guns, knives, hatchets, swords, dudes kicked through windows, and showers of blood. It’s brutal, relentless, and sets the tone for the action-heavy revenge narrative that follows, thematically as well as aesthetically.
Thursday, September 7, 2017
Okay, okay, 2010’s alien invasion movie Skyline wasn’t great. And sure, it’s been seven years, but what the hell, why not knock out a sequel? And while you’re at it, why not invite Frank Grillo, Iko Uwais, and Yayan Ruhian to the party? Seriously, what’s the harm? In short, Beyond Skyline looks way more awesome than anyone expected a Skyline sequel to ever look, and if you don’t believe me, check out this new Indonesian trailer and a couple of posters.
Wednesday, September 6, 2017
After years of best laid plans, multiple filmmakers, and an endless stream of herky jerk starts and stops, a big-screen adaptation of Stephen King’s horror novel, It, finally arrives in theaters. Maybe the best-loved book by one of the world’s best-loved authors, fans have been on edge about this—King adaptations haven’t always been…good. But It stands at or at least near the top of heap in terms of quality. Eerie, atmospheric, and true to the book in the best ways, despite large-scale changers, It should satisfy both extant fans and horror enthusiasts alike.
Tuesday, September 5, 2017
Dammit. I’ve been excited for Let the Corpses Tan (Laissez Bronzer les Cadavres) since I first heard mention of its existence. After Amer and The Strange Color of Your Body’s Tears, I’m in the bag for whatever Belgian duo Helene Cattet and Bruno Forzani do. But Corpses is making the fall festival rounds and there’s a new trailer that’s…I hesitate to use the word perfect, but it shows precisely what I hoped to see.
Okay, so Tomas Alfredson’s upcoming adaptation of Jo Nesbo’s serial killer thriller, The Snowman, looks grim, tense, and disturbing. What footage we’ve seen overflows with creepy imagery, it has a fantastic cast, and should be a white-knuckle ride later this fall. There’s nothing even remotely humorous about it. So why can’t I take it seriously? Why do I laugh every time it comes to mind? Because the protagonist’s name is Harry Hole, that’s why. Don’t get me wrong, the film still looks promising as all hell, but I know myself. I know I’m going to laugh inappropriately when the movie introduces Detective Harry Hole. That’s a fact. Anyway, here’s a new international trailer. (Yes, I know it's pronounced "Hoo-Leh," but I'm still going to giggle.)
Friday, September 1, 2017
This morning, my Twitter timeline is full of people defending season two of HBO’s True Detective, something I don’t think I’ve ever witnessed before. Why today of all days, you might ask? Well, because last night, the cable giant announced their plans for True Detective season three, and they sound incredible. So everyone is crapping all over season two and the supporters have valiantly chosen to defend the much-maligned arc’s honor.
Thursday, August 31, 2017
Lynne Ramsay (Ratcatcher, We Need to Talk About Kevin) hadn’t even finished her latest film, You Were Never Really Here, before bringing it to Cannes earlier this year. But it still managed to win Joaquin Phoenix a Best Actor award and tie for Best Screenplay with Yorgos Lanthimos’ Killing of a Sacred Deer. At this point, it doesn’t appear that it’s going to hit any of the fall film festivals, but as the international release date creeps up, there’s an incredible new trailer.
Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Does Takeshi Miike sleep? He must as some point, but it can’t be all that much, the guy is busy. The gonzo Japanese auteur of the outrageous has directed 100 movies. That’s insane. His hundredth, Blade of the Immortal, screens at Fantastic Fest next month and just dropped an appropriately loony new trailer.
Shows about tiny houses are all the rage on deep-dive cable home improvement channels. But Alexander Payne’s Downsizing takes that to a whole new level. It’s one of my most anticipated movies still to come in 2017, and it just premiered at the Venice Film Festival. To mark the occasion, we also have a short burst of footage to look at.
Tuesday, August 29, 2017
S. Craig Zahler’s cannibal western Bone Tomahawk is nasty, brutish, and violent. And the director’s follow-up, Brawl in Cell Block 99, looks to take those qualities and transport them to a man-in-prison narrative. Sans cannibalism. Maybe. At least we don’t see any in this first trailer.
It’s been a few years since Ridley Scott dropped Blade Runner in 1982. By the time Blade Runner 2049 hits in October, that’s 35 years. The first film takes place in the still-distant future of 2019, while the long-gestating sequel follows a similar timeline to reality, and occurs 30 later, hence the numerical title. Obviously, that leaves a lot of ground to cover in between the two. To fill in some gaps, check out a short new prequel, Nexus: 2036.
Friday, August 25, 2017
Hey horror fans, if you didn’t start paying attention to Turkish director Can Evrenol after his debut, Baskin, you may want to change that. If not, the trailer for his follow up, Housewife, should certainly pique your interest. I’ll wait.
Thursday, August 24, 2017
This Clip From Badass South Korean Revenge Film 'The Villainess' Is Just Sword Fighting On Motorcycles
Frequent readers likely know my proclivity for South Korean action and revenge films. So, yes, you’d be correct to assume I’m rather jazzed for Jung Byung-gil’s The Villainess. It debuted at Cannes in May, but a proper release is almost upon us. Check out a badass new action clip if you need a refresher about why you want to see this.
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Coming from a studio these days, a film like the Safdie Brothers’ Good Time would likely turn into an action-packed caper. But in the Safdie’s hands—and fronted by a performance from Robert Pattinson that should be in the awards conversation come the end of the year, but probably won’t—it’s a gritty, off-kilter, singularly propulsive crime drama that synthesizes John Carpenter and the French New Wave and showcases New York as a dingy, grimy, overall fucked up and nasty place.
To be honest, most years around this time, I’m bummed I won’t be at the Toronto International Film Festival (or Fantastic Fest for that matter). Money, time, day job, blah, blah, blah. While any number of future awards contenders usually show up at TIFF, it also skews heavily towards the genres and types of grim fare I favor. And this year, holy crap, I really wish I was there to see Five Fingers for Marseilles, a spare, gritty, lovely modern South African western. Check out the trailer below and tell me you’re not into this.
Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Though tempting, calling Ingrid Goes West Single White Millennial is low-hanging fruit. While it feels like a natural impulse, and gives a broad-ish understanding of the plot, it doesn’t capture everything; there’s much more than that simple reductive comparison. While not a straight up horror movie, it’s a creepy, awkward dive into the perils of the social media junkie set.
Thursday, August 17, 2017
I have way more complicated feelings about The Hitman’s Bodyguard than I initially expected. On one hand, it’s a modestly entertaining 1980s style action throwback about two-mismatched bros in the vein of Lethal Weapon, Beverly Hills Cop, 48 hrs., and really any movie of that era where a white dude and a black dude—one stuffy, one impetuous—team up. And it delivers a fair approximation of those movies.
The 2010 alien invasion film Skyline is not, how to put this delicately, good. In fact, it’s bad. Which is a shame. It had potential, but instead it’s just shitty. It was, however, cheap ($10 million). And it did make some money ($66 million worldwide), but not the kind of scratch that automatically makes one think of sequels. But against all odds, a sequel has been in the works for a while and this trailer for Beyond Skyline has everything I like: sci-fi, Frank Grillo, Iko Uwais, and Yayan Ruhian fighting aliens. Go figure.
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
If not the most interesting (read: weirdest) filmmaker working right now, Yorgos Lanthimos has to be near the top of the list, just between Dogtooth and 2015’s The Lobster. So his next offering, The Killing of a Sacred Deer, is obviously one of our most anticipated movies of the year. Especially as it’s been described as a revenge horror. And this first trailer only makes me with is was in my eyeballs right now.
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
I’ve said it here before, but it bears repeating and is no less true today, but Turkey isn’t currently fucking around when it comes to horror. Over the last few years, I’ve written about the Siccin movies, and there’s now a bonkers-ass trailer for Siccin 4 to warp your fragile little horror-loving mind. (I apparently missed Siccin 3 somewhere along the line.)
Monday, August 14, 2017
Sean Baker’s last film, Tangerine, is one of the best movies of 2015. (It’s also on my list of best movies of the 21st century so far.) Crushing and hopeful, and shot on an iPhone, the story of two transgender prostitutes trying to find a pimp on Christmas Eve is gorgeous and moving and should be required viewing. Based on nothing more than that, I’m all in on his follow up, The Florida Project. And A24 doesn’t often steer us wrong. And then it went and dropped this first trailer and I can’t even.
Friday, August 11, 2017
I’m beginning to wish I didn’t hate James Gray’s The Lost City of Z. Which I despised. A lot. (Usually, if I hate a movie everyone else loves, I can understand the appeal. For instance, I didn’t like Baby Driver, but I get why people do. Z, however, I have no clue why people love it so much. To the point where I want to watch it again because I feel like someone played a prank on me and showed me a completely a different film.)
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Horror is an odd bird. As much as the genre gets unfairly maligned for quality reasons, it does, admittedly, squeeze out more hack sequels than any other cinematic subset. Take Annabelle for instance, the quick, slapdash cash-grab of a prequel to James Wan’s The Conjuring. It’s not particularly egregious, just bland and uninspired. As opposed to The Conjuring 2, the proper follow-up, where the filmmakers took their time and made a movie that’s actually good, some may argue better than the first. All of this adds up to many folks being surprised that Annabelle: Creation, a prequel to the prequel, is actually a solid horror joint.
Taylor Sheridan won acclaim for writing recent crime dramas Sicario and Hell or High Water, which afforded him the chance to direct his own script, Wind River. Beginning with the murder of a young woman on an isolated Wyoming Indian reservation, the story follows Cory Lambert (Jeremy Renner), a tracker grieving his own loss, as he helps Jane Banner (Elizabeth Olsen), a newbie FBI agent, stalk the killer. As he says early on, he “hunts predators.”
Tuesday, August 8, 2017
A Darren Aronofsky movie, any Darren Aronofsky movie, is enough to get to the theater. The fact that he made a horror thriller, mother!, just sweetens the deal. We saw a quick tease a while back, which is all we really needed. But a full trailer is here, and if you’re into such things, give it a whirl below.
Friday, August 4, 2017
Fans of direct-to-video action know Scott Adkins well, and know well that he rules over that particular roost. They also know that his Undisputed films sit at or at least very near the top of the mountain in terms of quality, awesomeness, and general badassery. And the long-awaited fourth installment, Boyka: Undisputed, is just the kick in the face that fans have been after.
Thursday, August 3, 2017
I want to like Eli Roth, I really do. Dude adores horror, and listening to him talk, his enthusiasm is infectious. I love that he champions the genre, but I can’t stand his movies. So when I heard he was remaking Death Wish with Bruce Willis, I cringed. Well, the first trailer is here, and it’s exactly what I expected.
Monday, July 31, 2017
We live in a world where even trailers for movies get their own trailers. That’s just a weird fact of life that, rather than being a sign of the end of days as some choose to see it, I just think it’s an odd. And some of them are actually awesome, like this quick tease for Darren Aronofsky’s mother!.
Thursday, July 27, 2017
Catherine Bainbridge’s documentary, Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World, uncovers the oft-ignored and overlooked contributions of Native Americans to the history of popular music. (Hint: It goes way deeper than the dude in the headdress from the Village People.)