I understand very little in this world as much I understand going on a kill-crazy rampage because someone fucked with your dog (or pets in general). Seriously, I’d murder every last one of you for my dogs, which is why a movie like John Wick speaks to me on such a deep level. I also love Bruce Willis, despite the fact that we probably wouldn’t get along at all in real life. But combine Bruce Willis with a movie about a dude fucking people up to get his dog back, and I’m in. If that sounds like your jam, you should probably watch the trailer for Once Upon a Time in Venice.
Monday, April 24, 2017
Thursday, April 20, 2017
Are most post-apocalyptic joints too light and fluffy? If that’s the case, you may want to watch the trailer for Stephen Fingleton’s debut feature, The Survivalist. This appears to be bleak, depressing shit, but just my speed of bleak and depressing. Check it out after the jump and get ready to curl up in the fetal position and rock the sadness away for the rest of the day.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
A filmmaker most known for dark, often nightmarish, genre-bending films, Ben Wheatley’s Free Fire is his most accessible work yet. Inspired by mean-spirited 1970s B-movie shoot-em-ups—obviously pulling from a similar pool as Tarantino did for Reservoir Dogs—Free Fire is ultraviolent, laugh-out-loud funny, and jubilantly vicious, if a bit slight.
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
To get this out of the way up front, I hated every second of James Gray’s The Lost City of Z. In reality, that’s probably all you need to know. Everything that comes after this is simply a more specific reiteration of that larger point. I dislike this in a raw, visceral way that I don’t hate many movies.
Ben Wheatley’s bang-bang shoot-em-up, Free Fire, hits theaters this weekend (my review goes up tomorrow if you feel so inclined to check back), and as such, the director’s been on the press trail. This means that there’s been ample opportunity for people to ask him about his upcoming Freakshift, and the more he says, the more a movie that already sounds unbearably rad keeps getting better and better.
Friday, April 14, 2017
Hey, guess what? Star Wars: The Last Jedi just released it’s first trailer. You should watch it now. Like right now. And be bummed that it’s not December and we still have like two-thirds of a year until we can see the actual movie.
Thursday, April 13, 2017
Ana Lily Amirpour's 'The Bad Batch' Trailer Had Me At 'Keanu Reeves As A Post-Apocalyptic Cult Leader'
Twee indie Iranian vampire western A Girl WalksHome Alone at Night is a goddamned masterpiece, so, of course, anything writer/director Ana Lily Amirpour does next is high on my list. It doesn’t hurt my feelings at all that her next movie is a weird-as-hell post-apocalyptic cannibal joint. And the latest trailer for The Bad Batch does nothing but sell me.
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
If 2015’s Furious 7 was a bit too reserved and subdued—what with cars parachuting from cargo planes and leaping skyscraper to skyscraper—don’t worry, The Fate of the Furious, also known as the eighth Fast and Furious movie (AKA #F8), rectifies that with gleeful abandon. It walks a fine line between sheer idiocy and inspired brilliance, often leaping back and forth between the two, and represents a marked drop in quality in the franchise for the first time in almost a decade.
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
As excited as I am for Baby Driver—it is an Edgar Wright movie after all, and he’s yet to do me dirty—I wasn’t super into the first trailer. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still drooling over the movie, I just didn’t adore that first look like apparently everyone else in the world. (I didn’t hate it; I simply didn’t love it.) What I do wholeheartedly dig, however, is this new Baby Driver trailer.
Monday, April 10, 2017
Marvel movies have a reputation for being overly same-y, and it’s a reputation well earned. Hell, just look back at their last movie, Doctor Strange, which, visual flourishes aside, is basically Iron Man with a dose of mysticism thrown in. We can get into exceptions (Guardians of the Galaxy) and what not, but that’s been done to death and I don’t really care. What I do care about, however, is this new Thor: Ragnarok trailer. Not only does it look like a different kind of artifact, it’s the most fun Marvel has had maybe ever.
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
When you conjure up an image of Tony Jaa, odds are you think of the Thai action superstar, the star of the likes of Ong-Bak, Tom Yum Goong, and Kill Zone 2, deftly pummeling cinematic villains, and, of late, Vin Diesel and his cronies. But deep down, every musician wants to be a movie star, and every actor wants to be a musician, so Tony Jaa released his first pop single. If you don’t believe me, check out the very real music video for his song “Groundbreaking” below.
Monday, April 3, 2017
Throw John Carpenter, Clive Barker, and H.P. Lovecraft into a blender, hit the button, leave the room for a while, and the resulting concoction may well resemble The Void, the latest genre whoop-dee-doo from Canadian filmmaking/maniac collective Astron-6. Don’t expect the camp of Manborg, Astron-6 plays this relatively straight, but the same deep love is there. More than most throwbacks, this legitimately feels like a lost gem from 1983 someone dug out of the Salvation Army VHS bin thinking, “This looks rad.”