Any movie with a Crimpshrine song playing over the credits has my immediate attention. And so begins Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk, Corbett Redford’s Green Day-produced, Iggy Pop-narrated documentary looking back at decades of loud, abrasive punk rock spawned by right side of the San Francisco Bay.
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Damn, I’m way, way into this whole “Chadwick Boseman is everywhere” thing that’s going on right now. Sure, we’re all psyched for Black Panther, whick looks like it rules. And I’m sure Marshall, the Thurgood Marshall biopic he’s in later this year, will be good and stuff. But I just got real excited for Message from the King, a gritty, low-budget revenge thriller that’s right in my wheelhouse. Check out the trailer.
Monday, July 24, 2017
San Diego Comic-Con went down this past weekend, and since the focus is all about TV and movies rather than funny books, it arrived with a tidal wave of trailers, posters, and other assorted promotional goodies for upcoming blockbusters and highly anticipated television shows. Here are some of the bigger and better trailer offerings, and just some of the things I’m most excited for. There are more, but these are the ones I like.
Friday, July 21, 2017
Director Gillian Robespierre rvteams with Jenny Slate, star of her debut feature Obvious Child, for her follow up, Landline. Likeable and fun, though less inclined to stick to the ribs, the story follows two mid-1990s sisters, Dana and Ali (Slate and Abby Quinn), who discover their father (John Turturro) is cheating on their mother (Edie Falco).
For as bug-nuts crazy as Luc Besson’s nonsense sci-fi epic Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is visually, there's no excuse for it being so fucking boring. And holy hell, is there a scientific term for a total lack of chemistry? Because that's what stars Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne have. Their on-screen relationship is a distinct kind of anti-charisma that’s like an anchor around the film’s neck.
'Triple Threat' Trailer: Tony Jaa, Iko Uwais, Tiger Chen, Scott Adkins, Michael Jai White, JeeJa Yanin...
Triple Threat is all of my favorite things wrapped up in one convenient package. Action, martial arts, gunplay. Oh, and it stars every cinematic badass currently working. The credits include Tony Jaa, Iko Uwais, Tiger Chen, Scott Adkins, Michael Jai White, JeeJa Yanin, Michael Wong, Michael Bisping, and Celina Jade. I hope I didn’t forget anyone, but I may have, the list is long and distinguished. As you may imagine, I’m beyond excited for Triple Threat, and that anticipation just took another huge leap forward with the first trailer. Check it out after the jump.
Thursday, July 20, 2017
It’s like Casey Affleck won an Oscar for Manchester by the Sea and decided, “You know what? Acting is hard. For my next movie I’m just going to wear a motherfucking sheet, stand there, and call it good.” And then he did, and that movie is David Lowery’s A Ghost Story.
So January just got a whole lot more awesome. Taraji P. Henson playing a badass assassin in a movie directed by the guy who helmed London Has Fallen? Sign me up. If you still need more convincing, check out the first trailer for Proud Mary.
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Timely, pressing, important. Oscar-nominated director Matthew Heineman (Cartel Land) returns with City of Ghosts, one of the tautest, most gripping documentaries in years. The film barely lets you breathe as it delves into the reality, tragedy, and cost of those fighting ISIS in Syria.
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
If your summer has lacked tension thus far, that’s easily rectified by watching Christopher Nolan’s new World War II film, Dunkirk, which is 106 minutes of unrelenting pressure that leaves the audience emotionally exhausted, pummeled, and bruised in the theater. Take a good deep breath before it starts, because there’s not much space for air during the movie.
Monday, July 17, 2017
Kurando Mitsutake’s Karate Kill may not have much in the way of plot, but it certainly has an excess of violent martial arts fights, blood, and gratuitous nudity. So that’s something for the Gun Woman director to hang his hat on.
This weekend kicks off the latest installment of a fairly new annual tradition: the onslaught of Star Wars promotional material leading up to a December release. It happened this way the last two years with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and it’s going down that way again with Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
As much as belong to the camp that Ridley Scott’s 1982 sci-fi classic Blade Runner doesn’t need a sequel—it’s a goddamned masterpiece—I’ll cop to being all kinds of jazzed for Blade Runner 2049. It looks weird and mysterious and like an extension of the original atmospherically, aesthetically, and tonally. Hell, even the score sounds like an inevitable evolution of what came before. We have to wait until October to actually see it, but this majestic new trailer should keep us occupied for a few minutes.
Friday, July 14, 2017
Wait, what the hell? How did I miss this? Apparently the first teaser trailer (or two) for Kickboxer: Retaliation—the sequel to Kickboxer: Vengeance, last year’s Kickboxer reboot—dropped the other day. I knew it was coming, but it still scampered right on by me. I’m getting soft in my old age. Watch it (them) now.
“Beat” Takeshi Kitano’s 2010 Yakuza opus, Outrage, is one of the prolific writer/director/actor’s (and comedian and author and painter so on) greatest feats. A grim gangster tale of honor, respect, loyalty, betrayal, intrigue, and corruption, it’s also darkly witty and bleakly comic. All of which plays through in the new trailer for the latest follow up, Outrage Coda. Check it out below.
Thursday, July 13, 2017
Young Clare Shannon (Joey King) is having a rough go. As a child, she watched her mom hang herself. After that tragedy, her dad (Ryan Phillippe) totally abandoned his sweet saxophone skills in favor of his career as a dumpster diver, which is, of course, a constant source of embarrassment to Clare. High school sucks and is full of mean girls, her dream boy doesn’t know she exists, and she only has two friends, June (Shannon Purser) and Meredith (Sydney Park). If Wish Upon sounds like a familiar set up, you’re not wrong.
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Thanks, Well Go USA, you know me so well. You know how much I love guns, explosions, tank battles, hulking dudes with heavy weapons, and Frank Grillo. And you managed to find Wu Jing’s Wolf Warrior 2, which combines all of those elements and more. I feel like this trailer is just for me, but I feel bad because I didn’t get you anything.
Monday, July 10, 2017
The big special-effects-laden tentpoles studios release during the summer months have a reputation for being empty spectacles and little more. That’s not always the case, but we see a lot of loud, stupid trash in theaters this time of year (cough Transformers 5 cough). Over the last two movies, the revamped Planet of the Apes franchise has shown audiences that there’s room for intelligence, emotion, and nuance in the warmer months, and they prove it once again with War for the Planet of the Apes.
Thursday, July 6, 2017
Ohmygod Ohmygod Ohmygod Ohmygod Ohmygod Ohmygod Ohmygod!!! I rarely use exclamation points, let alone three, but holy Christ on a fucking crutch, I just watched the Geostorm trailer and random punctuation all I manage at the moment. Watch it now, we’ll discuss the matter at hand after it pummels your mind about for a few minutes.
Not only does 2017 have a Friday the 13th on the calendar, it has a Friday the 13th on the calendar in the month of October. This automatically becomes ground zero for horror movie releases, and one promising genre joint making its way to theaters this year is David Bruckner’s The Ritual.
Wednesday, July 5, 2017
If you haven’t watched the Trost Brothers’ The FP, do yourself a favor, drop whatever you’re doing, and rectify that oversight. It’s a movie I once described as “like watching the hyperactive, sugar-fueled bastard child of The Warriors, Japanese pop culture, and a hillbilly bounce all over the screen.” Well now there’s a sequel, Beats of Rage: The FP 2, in the works, and you can help Beat-Beat this shit into reality.
Monday, July 3, 2017
We don’t get to see Luc Besson’s Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets until later this month, but hot damn, I’m primed for some bananas space-crazy. But just in case you’re not in the same boat, check out these five new clips.