Thursday, June 13, 2019

'Doctor Sleep' Trailer: Mike Flanagan Shines In Stephen King's 'The Shining' Sequel


It’s well-known that Stephen King has never been a fan of Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of The Shining, but it’s still one of the best movies, horror or otherwise, ever made. That really has nothing to do with anything, but we’re talking about Mike Flanagan’s adaptation of King’s Doctor Sleep, the sequel to The Shining, so it seemed worth noting. Both a new film from Flanagan (Oculus, Hush) and adaptation of the horror master himself are worth celebrating, and now we have the first trailer for Doctor Sleep. Take a gander.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

'Desolate' Trailer: Check Out This Grim Modern Western Thriller

Jack Conley with a shovel stands his ground while others flee

A grim, proto-western about hardscrabble outsiders struggling to scrape by and ultimately turning towards a life of crime to make it through? Yeah, I’m here for that. And if you, too, like the sound of this, check out the trailer for director Frederick Cipoletti’s upcoming Desolate.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

'The Dead Don't Die' (2019) Movie Review

bill murray, chloe sevigny, and adam driver stare at carnage

The Dead Don’t Die is a movie that, on paper, sounds fabulous. Indie icon Jim Jarmusch assembled an amazing cast—Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Chloe Sevigny, Tom Waits, Steve Buscemi, Tilda Swinton, Danny Glover, and a murderer’s row of others—and the last time splashed around in the horror pool we got Only Lovers Left Alive, one of my favorites of 2014. But goddamn if this doesn’t miss in every conceivable way. 

Monday, June 10, 2019

Top 10 Films Of SIFF 2019

seattle international film festival 2019

It’s been 25 days (more than six weeks for press), but another Seattle International Film Festival is in the books. An epic undertaking, I saw north of 50 movies—not my highest total, not my lowest, but a solid amount—and lived to tell the tale. 

Friday, June 7, 2019

SIFF 2019: 'Pigeon Kings' Movie Review

a man sits alone in his back yard with pigeons

Did you know there’s a specific breed of pigeons that summersault mid-air? Did you know groups of people around the world who raise birds to do just that and have turned it into a competitive sport? Neither did I, at least until I watched Milena Pastreich’s documentary Pigeon Kings.

'Jiu Jitsu': Tony Jaa, Frank Grillo, JuJu Chan, And More Join Nicolas Cage's Martial Arts Versus Aliens Movie

tony jaa practices martial arts

When you hear about a movie named Jiu Jitsu, you probably don’t expect it to involve aliens. However, this particular film also stars Nicolas Cage, so all bets are off. And his upcoming action flick just added a ton of badass talent. In addition to Cage and Alain Moussi, star of the recent Kickboxer revamp, the cast now includes Tony Jaa, Frank Grillo, JuJu Chan, Rick Yune, and Marie Avgeropoulos.

Thursday, June 6, 2019

'The Gangster, The Cop, The Devil' (2019) Movie Review

a group of men in suits walk in slow motion.

To lump all South Korean cinema together and paint the industry with a singular, this-is-what-they-do brush is to do it a disservice. It cuts across genre boundaries, topics, and subsets, with standouts in each category along the way. But goddamn, do the South Korean filmmakers do dark, thoughtful crime thrillers really well. Oldboy, I Saw the Devil, The Yellow Sea, and many more. The latest addition to this canon is Lee Won-tae’s The Gangster, the Cop, the Devil.