I hope you’re ready for every movie ever to either involve dudes in tight who can fly, or punch through walls or whatever, or Star Wars, because that’s about everything that will be filling your local metroplex for the foreseeable future. Marvel and Star Wars are already in the running to be the biggest things ever, and DC is about to get in on the act, too, starting with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Though the movie doesn’t drop until March, we got a look at a fresh new clip.
Monday, November 30, 2015
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Last night, getting ready to go to bed, I checked one last time to see if the Captain America: Civil War trailer had dropped. It had. I promptly watched it three times back-to-back-to-back. And then I watched it two more times on my phone before I finally turned off the lights. And a few times again this morning. Because this is Marvel we’re talking about, rest assured that the next few months will be a monumental deluge of clips, TV spots, and marketing of all stripes, but to be honest, I’d be completely satisfied if they don’t release anything more than this trailer.
Monday, November 23, 2015
I am and always will be a complete and total sucker for any Rocky movie. It’s not a franchise many expected to continue after the fifth installment, and there was a collective groan in 2006 for Rocky Balboa, which turned out to be great. Still, in 2015, we were left asking ourselves if we really needed another movie, and after watching Creed, I’m going to come out and say yes, yes we did.
Sunday, November 22, 2015
By the time December 18 rolls around, it feels like we’ll have seen all of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, though it’s being revealed one shot at a time. Yet another TV spot has hit the airwaves, and this one features some fun moments, but also quick glimpses of a new character and another familiar face from the original trilogy.
Thursday, November 19, 2015
As the title implies, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 2 is not a movie that tells a complete story. While last year’s Mockingjay—Part 1 was like watching the first half of a to-be-continued TV episode, Part 2 is a lot like picking up a book, opening to the middle, and starting from there. For those of you familiar with the dystopian woes of Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and the drama in the near-future world of Panem, this provides a mostly satisfactory conclusion the saga.
If traditional Christmas fare like Miracle on 34th Street and It’s a Wonderful Life are, well, a bit too traditional for your tastes—by that I mean there’s little to no hard drug use, few if any curse words, and absolutely no close up images of genitals—then 2015 is your lucky year. This holiday season we have director Jonathan Levine’s The Night Before, and it is crude, crass, sweeter than you may expect, and, most importantly, really goddamn funny.
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Sunday, November 15, 2015
This is starting to get a little ridiculous. Not that I don’t love getting new looks at Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but damn near every day we’re getting yet another glimpse of as-yet unrevealed footage or behind-the-scenes peek (not to mention the upcoming a capella tribute to Star Wars scheduled for the American Music Awards broadcast?), and that includes today, with another hot-off-the-presses TV spot.
Friday, November 13, 2015
It’s like they want to rub it in the faces of those of us who though we wouldn’t get much new information about Star Wars: The Force Awakens after that most recent trailer by unleashing a deluge of new footage and information. And the flood, a very welcome one mind you, continues with this latest extended TV spot.
Thursday, November 12, 2015
The 33 is exactly the movie that you expect. Based on the harrowing true-life tale of survival of Chilean miners who were trapped underground for more than two months after a mine collapse in 2010, it is a tremendous tale of survival. This is a truly amazing story of perseverance in the face of immeasurable odds. Told as it is, however, as incredible as the events are, given that much more weight because they actually happened, the film plays like an investigative news report with some cheesy triumphant speeches thrown into the mix.
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Even though he’s moved away from it in recent years, focusing his eviscerating razor eye on other areas, David Cronenberg first made his name in body horror. With films like Scanners, Rabid, and Shivers, the Canadian shock auteur played on our visceral fears about ourselves, our bodies, and the terrors that lurk inside. One of his absolute masterpieces in this realm is 1979’s psychotronic magnum opus The Brood, which just got an expansive Criterion Collection release, and is a must-own for fans of the film, Cronenberg, or movies that unnerve you to your very core.
Sunday, November 8, 2015
Remember when people were speculating that we weren’t going to see much more new footage from Star Wars: The Force Awakens before the movie hits theaters? Yeah, we were very wrong. Lucasfilm has unleashed what, for this movie anyway, qualifies as a veritable deluge of new footage, including that awesome Japanese trailer and a new TV spot that features a bunch of new shots.
Friday, November 6, 2015
I haven’t regularly played any video game since Legend of Zelda on the original Nintendo Entertainment System. That includes World of Warcraft, but I’m all in for big fantasy epics, so Duncan Jones’ adaptation of the popular online game, Warcraft, is a film I’ve been curious about. Though this movie feels like it has been on the way for years (I keep forgetting it is happening), today arrives with a brand spanking new trailer for us to gawk at. Check it out below.
Quentin Tarantino may be engaged in an epic war of words (and thinly veiled threats) with police departments across the country, but while that situation spins steadily out of control, let’s not forget that The Hateful Eight is on the way. A new Tarantino movie is always worth getting excited about, and I’ll take a gritty, violent western any day of the week, so when the two come together, goddamn. And just in case you can’t wait, there’s a new trailer to check out.
Well, so much for my theory that we weren’t going to see anymore new Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailers before the movie opens. This new Japanese trailer is making the rounds, and it’s full of new footage in a few juicy tidbits to pore over. Watch it below and we’ll get to the spoiler-y stuff after that.
Thursday, November 5, 2015
Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Movie fans, and really even non-movie fans, around the world are all kinds of amped up about the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It’s to the point where we’re pouring over every frame of the most recent trailer, examining any toy or coloring book we can get our hands on, and reading into every last image trying to glean any possible nugget of information. Lucasfilm just released a handful of new character posters, and while they don’t reveal much in the way of information, they are damn cool.
If you weren’t already pumped as all hell for Shane Carruth’s upcoming big budget action movie The Modern Ocean—and let’s be fair, just the fact that he’s not taking nine years between directorial projects is worth getting excited for—he’s putting together an insane cast.
Monday, November 2, 2015
Spectre, the latest James Bond film, begins with a blistering opening scene, the kind of action sequence that, when you stumble across the movie on TV years from now, you’ll stop what you’re doing and watch, even if you don’t stick around for the rest. Set in Mexico City during a massive Day of the Dead celebration, the international man of mystery tracks a target through the crowd of skull-mask clad revelers. Visually striking, intricately staged, and beginning with a soaring, uninterrupted take, it starts the movie out on a high note (though there’s a missed opportunity for a singularly James Bond moment at the end). The ensuing film, however, never quite measures up to this opening.
Adapting anything, much less a cult favorite comic book like, say, Garth Ennis’ infamously blasphemous Preacher, is difficult enough. When bringing a violent, explicative and sex laden, and sacrilegious text to life, it’s even harder on TV and the restrictions of that medium. But that’s exactly what the creative team of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg are doing at AMC, and the first trailer is here.