Cub is not going to appeal to everyone, but if you’re looking for a nasty little horror throwback, you can do a lot worse than this Belgian flick. It’s certainly not afraid to get down and dirty and mean when it needs to, and fits nicely into the “kids go camping and find something scary they didn’t expect” subgenre.
Sunday, May 31, 2015
Saturday, May 30, 2015
While we don’t automatically crap all over every one of the glut of remakes or revisitations of beloved properties, we don’t usually excited. (Mad Max: Fury Road was an exception, and one that paid off big.) We are, however, rather psyched for Starz’ upcoming continuation of Evil Dead, Ash Vs. Evil Dead. It sounds just about perfect, and this groovy new teaser trailer captures everything we want out of this series. Check it out after the jump.
Friday, May 29, 2015
The 41st Seattle International Film Festival is in full swing, and with more than 400 movies, it's a marathon and can be a big challenge to sift through everything. With that in mind, here are a quick reviews of films you may want to check out, or avoid as the case may be.
Thursday, May 28, 2015
If you saw the trailers and TV spots of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson racing a boat up the face of a tsunami and weaving a helicopter in and out of collapsing skyscrapers, and thought to yourself, “This San Andreas movie looks pretty awesome,” then you are going to be really happy. If you had the opposite reaction, or are looking for nuanced characters, a unique and interesting plot, or any form of subtlety, you will not be. San Andreas is, however, exactly the movie that’s been advertised. This is Dwayne Johnson fighting a fucking earthquake, and as ridiculous as it is, it’s also a gleeful epic blast.
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
The first season of Netflix’s Daredevil series was so good that it almost made me forget about the 2003 abomination (almost, that’s a wound that lingers). It was dark and gritty and got the characters right without just rehashing the comics; the action was, at times, as good as anything we’ve seen in years (that fight at the end of episode 2 is mind-blowing); and it delivered damn near everything I wanted as a lifelong fan of the Man Without Fear. Now it looks like Marvel is adding an important new character for season 2, Elektra.
It probably comes as no surprise that Kathryn Bigelow’s 1991 action opus Point Break is one of my all-time favorite movies. We’re talking top five, easy, right up there with Rubin & Ed, Out For Justice, and A Bittersweet Life. If you guessed that I’ve been skeptical about the impending remake, you are correct, and when they released that totally joyless, stone-faced trailer yesterday, it didn’t do anything to instill confidence. I want to be optimistic, I try, but I get the distinct impression that Point Break is going to ruin Christmas. Check out the trailer after the jump.
Friday, May 22, 2015
1982’s Poltergeist is one of those movies that scared the hell out of you when you’re a kid. Maybe you’ve watched it a bunch of times since then, maybe you only have lingering memories of being traumatized by that little blond girl saying, “They’re heeerrree.” Regardless of your feelings, it’s the latest on chopping block to get the remake treatment, and as is so often the case in these situations, the first question that springs to mind is, why? And in this case, that’s an especially necessary question to ask.
Thursday, May 21, 2015
As much a I love dystopian, post-apocalyptic, and otherwise bleak science fiction—that’s kind of my jam if you missed my giddy excitement for Mad Max: Fury Road—the darkness and weight can get overwhelming from time to time. So I certainly understand where director Brad Bird and writer Damon Lindelof are coming from with Tomorrowland, trying to provide a more hopeful vision of the future. Unfortunately, I wish they’d stayed where they were instead of developing this smarmy, too-proud-of-itself movie.
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
If you’ve been paying attention recently, you know we’re in the process of getting stupidly pumped for Dude Bro Party Massacre 3, which looks…well stupidly awesome and ridiculous. The send up of cheapo ‘80s slasher films just dropped another gory, absurdity filled trailer for your perusal. Check it out after the jump.
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
When it was released last summer, The Maze Runner was a surprise to many. Not only was it a hit, bigger than the much more expensive, much crappier Divergent, but it was actually good. (I read James Dashner’s dystopian young adult novel and remember not enjoying it, but thinking it would make a decent movie. And then it did, I’m like Nostradamus.) Profitable as it was, everyone wants a YA sci-fi franchise, and as such, the sequel, The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, hits later this year and just dropped a new trailer. Check it out below.
Saturday, May 16, 2015
Anna Kendrick is awesome. If you watch either of the Pitch Perfect movies (FYI, Pitch Perfect 2, which opened this weekend, is delightful), you know how wonderful she is. If you still need a reminder, check out this video where Kendrick replaces Harrison Ford in a key scene from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.
Friday, May 15, 2015
Jean-Claude Van Damme may not be quite the movie star he once was, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t get up to his old tricks now and again. And if you’ve ever wanted to see him beat the shit of a bunch of nameless goons with a Bible, check out this clip from his latest, Pound of Flesh. Take a look after the jump.
Thursday, May 14, 2015
Aca-believe it or not, I am not the target audience for Pitch Perfect. Shocking, I know, that a bearded, overweight, pushing-40, action movie enthusiast with a ratty beard is not the intended viewer for a movie about a group of teenage a cappella singers. Weird, right? But that hasn’t stopped me from watching the first film somewhere in the neighborhood of 50 times (it’s entirely likely this number is much larger—there was a ten day period where I watched it everyday, and a month where it was at least 20 times—separate occurrences—so who the hell knows at this point).
We’ve been hearing about Nicolas Winding Refn’s female-centered horror film The Neon Demon for a while. We don’t know much about it, though production is reportedly about to wrap and now we’ve got a couple new photos to gawk at, and this certainly looks like a movie that sprung forth from Refn’s peculiar brain as they’re both gruesome and highly stylized.
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
If you hoped that Mad Max: Fury Road, director/mastermind George Miller’s first visit to the post-apocalyptic wastes we last saw 30 years ago in Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, was going to be nuts, you’re in luck, because it’s crazier than you ever dared dream. Often described as one long chase scene, that’s not an inaccurate portrayal, as it’s wall-to-wall visceral action, insane practical stunts, highly stylized production, with a more thoughtful take on the apocalyptic than you probably expect.
If you grew up on Jem and the Holograms and were excited about seeing the truly, truly, truly outrageous ‘80s cartoon rendered in live action on a big screen later this year, this new trailer may just bum you the fuck out.
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
It’s easy, when you watch a time travel movie, to picture how you might use this technology in your own unique way to benefit yourself, and how you would skirt the hazards encountered by the folks onscreen. In Time Lapse, the new sci-fi movie from director Bradley King, three friends stumble across a camera that takes pictures 24 hours into the future, and they attempt to pull this off, not faring much better than those who came before them. This movie falls in the same general category as Colin Trevorrow’s Safety Not Guaranteed, a low-budget genre flick with more ideas than money that pop up at film festivals, and as long as they’re as good as that film and Time Lapse, there’s nothing wrong with that.
Saturday, May 9, 2015
Godzilla is obviously the King of the Monsters, but if you’re a fan of giant Japanese monster movies, you have a while to wait before we see him on the big screen again. The good news is, this trailer for Space Monster Numagirasu may be just what you’re looking for in the meantime.
Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming The Hateful Eight has a lot to be excited about. First off, it’s a Tarantino movie, which are always an event; it’s also a western, and we’re stoked to see what he brings to the genre, especially after getting his feet wet with Django Unchained; and, of course, he’s put together a cast that makes us jump up and down and clap our hands with glee. And now, thanks to EW, we’ve got a ton of new images that reveal just how grizzled and tore up these badasses are.
Friday, May 8, 2015
At this point, there’s not much more to say about Mad Max: Fury Road. Next week it finally roars into theaters after massive delays, reshoots, and the most epic marketing campaign that you’ve ever seen. We got a deeper look at Tom Hardy’s Max Rockatansky the other day, and now his partner in crime, Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron) has a featurette of her own. Take a look after the jump.
Through Kurt Russell into a western and you’ve got our attention. Throw him into a horror western, and it’s like you’re reading our damn mind. And that’s just what we have with S. Craig Zahler’s directorial debut Bone Tomahawk, which, in addition to Russell, has an awesome cast that also includes Patrick Wilson, Sean Young, Matthew Fox, and Richard Jenkins. The film just revealed an awesome, throwback style poster, check it out below.
I don’t speak a word of Turkish, so I have no idea what is going on in this trailer for SICCIN 2, but holy shit, whatever it is, it’s gnarly as hell. This is a rough watch. Seriously, there are creepy dolls, blood, evisceration, and all the usual horror movie trappings, but there are also what appear to be graphic suicides (including ingesting boiling food stuffs), the deep frying of babies, and assorted other nasty bits. Check it out for yourself below, you’ve been warned.
Thursday, May 7, 2015
Hot Pursuit is an anomalous product in Hollywood, a female-fronted, female-directed action comedy. The easiest comparisons are Paul Feig’s recent films that take a typically male-centric subgenre give it a makeover. Director Anne Fletcher (The Guilt Trip, 27 Dresses) attempts to do for movies like 48 Hours and Midnight Run what Bridesmaids did for raunchy comedies. While there are some hilarious scenes, and leads Reese Witherspoon and Sophia Vergara have a strong chemistry, Hot Pursuit is never much more than a moderately entertaining temporary distraction.
Next week. That’s when Mad Max: Fury Road finally, after years and just about the bumpiest road you can imagine for any movie, roars into theaters on a wave of gasoline and exhaust fumes, and I couldn’t be more excited. A new featurette digs into the hero, Max Rockatansky, now played by Tom Hardy, peeling back some of the layers of mystery surrounding him.
Any Quentin Tarantino movie is going to be a big deal, and his upcoming western, The Hateful Eight, is no different. Hell, the fact that it’s a western is enough to get you giddy. Of course, he’s put together one hell of a cast, and now we’ve got our first look at Samuel L. Jackson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Kurt Russell in full costume. Check it out below.
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Star Wars Day, May 4th (“May the Fourth Be With You”), was this week, and with so much from the beloved franchise going on this year, there was a lot to celebrate. One of the biggest things to come out was a spread of photos from Vanity Fair of the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens. (We also learned that the second so-called standalone “anthology” film, formerly to be directed by Fantastic Four helmer Josh Trank, will be a Boba Fett origin story, which gives us mixed feelings.) Check them out after the jump.
Saturday, May 2, 2015
Mixing comedy and horror is a tricky proposition. For every Shaun of the Dead that hits, there are what feels like dozens of other films with the same idea that step up to the plate and whiff like a chubby asthmatic kid on his first at bat (not asthmatic, but I know a thing or two about being chubby and bad a baseball). Hence, putting together an entire festival of such films is a daunting task, but for the last five years, the BoneBat Comedy of Horrors Film Festival has done just that. The latest installment, Bone Bat V, went down last weekend and, as with previous years, it was a total blast.
May 14 is going to be a great day, at least for me. Not only does Mad Max: Fury Road finally hit theaters, but one of my other most anticipated films of the year opens that days: Pitch Perfect 2. It’s hard to think of two more different movies, but these are definitely two of my most anticipated movies of the year, and 2015 is certainly peaking in the middle. We saw some Fury Road clips earlier, and now we’ve got two from Pitch Perfect 2.
There are times when a documentary can be far more terrifying than any fictional film, and the upcoming The Nightmare looks to be one of them. I’m stoked the film is landing at the Seattle International Film Festival next month, and now a trailer is here for you to check out.
Mad Max: Fury Road. At this point, those four words fill me with an indescribable glee. Everything we’ve seen from George Miller’s return to the post-apocalyptic wastes he first visited in 1979 is totally nuts. Now, in addition to the crazy trailers and posters, we’ve got no less than six clips from what is easily our most anticipated movie of 2015 (hell, it’s been in the can long enough that it was also our most anticipated movie of 2013 and 2013).