Though I usually wind up liking but not loving his movies as much as many other people, Guillermo del Toro has an infectious love and enthusiasm for movies. Last year, the same year he won a Best Picture Oscar for The Shape of Water, he declared Issa Lopez’ Tigers are Not Afraid his favorite film of 2017. And it’s easy to see why he approves, as it bears a heavy influence of Pan’s Labyrinth and The Devil’s Backbone.
Friday, May 18, 2018
Thursday, May 17, 2018
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
I’ve said it before, but I think it bears repeating: If Tom Cruise can in fact die, and the jury is still out on that one, he’s going to die doing an insane stunt, probably for a Mission: Impossible movie. Seriously, just watch the new trailer for Mission: Impossible—Fallout and count the times where he almost bites it.
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Did we need a standalone Han Solo movie in the Star Wars universe? No, no we didn’t. But no one asked me, and in the grand scheme of things, unnecessary as it is, we could have done much worse than Solo: A Star Wars Story. Granted, we also could have done much better. It’s a wildly mixed bag, but with the utter chaos behind the scenes—the ousting of directors Chris Lord and Phil Miller 2/3 of the way through production, the recasting, the rewrites, the reshoots—worse was always on the table as a very real possibility.
Marky Mark is sick of coddling all the pussies and his new movie is here to prove that. I don’t exactly know how that ties into his new action movie, Mile 22, but the Trump pal once again teams up with director Peter Berg (Lone Survivor, Deepwater Horizon) for some rah-rah, flag-waving, manly shit. And they, of course, can’t help but getting a jab in at people with feelings (AKA the aforementioned pussies) at the start of this new trailer.
Monday, May 14, 2018
The Seattle International Film Festival is an ungainly monster. It runs almost four full weeks (25 days), more if you hit up press screenings and screeners that start two weeks ahead of time, and features more than 400 movies, 168 of them features. You’ll find things that literally won’t see anywhere else. And while that’s awesome, wading through everything gets a bit much.
After pummeling audiences about the head, neck, and face in 2016 with Headshot, which I called one of the angriest action movies I’ve ever seen, Timo Tjahjanto, also known as one-half of the Mo Brothers, returns to his horror roots with May the Devil Take You. I have no idea what it’s about, but the director teased us with a quick glimpse, and I’m way, way, way, way down.
Friday, May 11, 2018
When two cinematic madmen hook up, you can bet the result is going to be some crazy ass shit. And that’s exactly what I expect from the tag team of Sion Sono and Nicolas Cage. If the prospect of these to lunatics working together doesn’t get your Spidey sense tingling, you may be dead. The duo is set to work together on Prisoners of the Ghostland, Sono’s English-language debut, and it sounds rad and insane.
Thursday, May 10, 2018
If you have any inkling, even the slightest idea of what Breaking In is all about, you, well, know exactly what Breaking In is all about. It’s a stripped-down, to-the-point home invasion thriller that delivers 100% what it promises. How much mileage you get out of that depends on you, but it accomplishes precisely what it sets out to do. But it’s easily watchable, even if there’s little substance, and Gabrielle Union is terrific as a desperate, vengeful mother fucking up BillyBurke and his gang of goons.
He didn’t write John McTiernan’s 1987 Predator, but Shane Black appeared in the film. In the years since, he’s become a celebrated writer and director in his own right. And now he’s back to try to breathe some new life into the franchise with The Predator. 20th Century Fox just released the first trailer for the sci-fi actioner. Check it out below.
Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Talk about a third Bill & Ted movie has been going around for years. It’s one of those things that I never actually thought would happen—and one I’ve never been entirely sure I wanted, as the first two are perfect, and that comic sequel was good enough for me—but it’s apparently official: Bill & Ted Face the Music is officially a go. And despite any misgivings, that’s excellent news.