Possession movies are scary. That’s scientific fact. Home invasion movies aren’t always scary, but they can be terrifying. What happens when you combine these two venerable horror subgenres? It may look quite a bit like this trailer for Uruguayan director Guillermo Amoedo Schultze’s The Inhabitant (El Habitante). It might just make your skin crawl.
Friday, March 30, 2018
Thursday, March 29, 2018
I had never heard of writer/director Vaughn Stein’s directorial debut, the neo-noir Terminal, before a teaser dropped the other day. But it stars Margot Robbie and Simon Pegg, and has a, over-the-top, color-saturated, hyper-stylization that definitely doesn’t look like much else. Check out the full new trailer below.
Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Movies franchises based on a series of young adult novels have, let’s just call it a checkered past. For every Harry Potter and Hunger Games, we get a flailing series like Divergent that limped along for a few chapters, and nonstarters like The Fifth Wave and The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, that never get off the ground. So, audiences are wary about endeavors of this ilk, but that’s not going to stop Hollywood from trying. The latest attempt is The Darkest Minds. I know nothing about this saga, but I’m actually kind of into the new trailer for the film.
Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One represents the ultimate fanboy wish-fulfillment dream. It’s a world here all of that obscure accumulated knowledge they’ve (we) spent years collecting, collating, and committing to memory actually means something, is actually important, and saves the world and gets the girl. While it’s remarkably constructed, and contains moments of true awe and Spielberg-ian wonder, the film alternates between reasonable entertainment and obnoxious tedium.
Monday, March 26, 2018
Spring has officially sprung in Seattle, so what better way to spend a (potentially) lovely weekend day than by sitting in the darkness of a movie theater watching horror movies with a bunch of weirdos? Yes, it’s that time of year again, time for the BoneBat Comedy of Horrors Film Festival. Year after year, it's definitely one of the most unique and entertaining film events in town.
Friday, March 23, 2018
Directed by Menahem Golan, half of the team behind the venerable Cannon Films, the 1987, Sylvester Stallone-starring Over the Top combines the high family drama of a child custody battle with…competitive arm wrestling. And it’s glorious. Thanks, Menahem, you glorious madman! But it’s also pretty much the only real movie that speaks to the arm wrestling enthusiast. Until now. South Korea’s Kim Yong-wan is making his directorial debut with Champion, and he’s enlisted Ma Dong-seok to star. Check out the trailer and try to convince me this isn’t going to rule.
Thursday, March 22, 2018
I legitimately enjoyed Deadpool, more than I expected to. I wasn’t sure how it would translate, if they would go all in on the filth and violence, but they did. And the result is a fun, foul-mouthed superhero joint. Even so, I haven’t been able to work up one iota of enthusiasm for Deadpool 2. And I should. David Leitch directed John Wick, the best modern action movie, and Atomic Blonde, which is solid. It has Josh Brolin, who I’ve loved since Thrashin’; Zazie Beetz, who rules; Terry Crews; and the kid from Hunt for the Wilderpeople. Regardless of how I feel, the Merc with the Mouth is coming back, and there’s a new trailer, and it does little to get my juices flowing.
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
It probably comes as no surprise I’m excited about a Scott Adkins movie. In fact, The Debt Collector landed on my most anticipated movies list for 2018. But now we have a trailer, and it’s not only suitably badass to fit in the cinematic martial artist’s resume, it takes him to places he doesn’t usually go. Check it out below.
Since kicking off retirement, Steven Soderbergh has crafted a hillbilly heist flick (Logan Lucky), helmed every episode of a period medical drama (The Knick), created a weird interactive movie/app thing (Mosaic), and produced a ton of other projects. And just to prove he has more creative energy that the rest of us combined, he found the time to use an iPhone to shoot the low-budget, throwback horror thriller, Unsane.
David Robert Mitchell’s Under the Silver Lake has the rare distinction of appearing on my most anticipated movies list in multiple years. The It Follows director’s, well, follow up, has been on the way for what feels like forever. But it’s finally for sure coming out this summer. To prove that point, A24 released a new trailer for the indie neo-noir. Dude definitely has a thing for young blond women in swimming pools.
Monday, March 19, 2018
'Buffalo Boys' Trailer: Action Heavy Indonesian Western Features Folks From 'Headshot,' 'The Raid 2,' And More
This should be fun. In recent years, Indonesian action cinema has delivered the likes of Merantau, The Raid and The Raid 2, Headshot, and more. These rank among the best violent martial arts movies, not only of modern times, but ever. And a bunch of folks involved in many of these films, and others, teamed up for a project called Buffalo Boys, which promises no shortage of face-kicking, throat-punching action.
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Well, this is good news for fans of movies where people get kicked in the face. It looks like JeeJa Yanin and the criminally underappreciated Dan Chupong are teaming up for for a badass martial arts action extravaganza called Red Cargo. Feel free to get excited.
Monday, March 12, 2018
Punks in the woods battling for survival against a vengeful park ranger? These are things that I like quite a bit. They also happen to be the building blocks of Jenn Wexler’s upcoming horror film, The Ranger. It debuted at SXSW over the weekend, and now there’s a great new trailer so the rest of us can get in on the fun.
Right now, if you put Tessa Thompson or Lakeith Stanfield in your movie, I’ll watch it, whatever it is. Both actors are on one hell of a roll at the moment, and I can’t wait to get my eyes on Sorry to Bother You. The satiric indie sci-fi comedy has been a 2018 festival darling already, and this new trailer gives a few hints as to why.
Thursday, March 8, 2018
This year, the main reason I was bummed to miss Sundance was I missed the bonkers-sounding, Nic Cage-starring madness that is Mandy. It’s one of those movies that, after it premiered, it kept sounding crazier and crazier, and more and more perfect every time. Now there’s good news, as it’s been picked up for distribution and we’ll be able to mainline it into our eyeballs this summer.
Wednesday, March 7, 2018
When an actor dies in sudden, tragic fashion, often their death overshadows their final performance. Anton Yelchin passed away in 2016, just 14 days after filming wrapped on Thoroughbreds. A sharp, clever, emotionally affecting thriller, it fits nicely in the niche of off-kilter indie fare he carved out for himself. It watches like a companion piece to Tragedy Girls, a kind of modern riff on Heathers, funny and biting and earnest.
Monday, March 5, 2018
If you pay attention to movies at all, you probably noticed the Academy Awards happened last night. Love them, hate them, shrug at them, here are the winners.