Sunday, January 31, 2016
Thursday, January 28, 2016
When The Finest Hours, a movie about the true life heroism of a rag tag group of Coast Guard members battling a fierce New England storm in the early 1950s to save the stranded crew of a wrecked tanker, is actually about that, it’s not bad. Giant waves flinging various vessels around willy-nilly, a crew racing to the rescue, another struggling to stay afloat long enough for them to arrive; all of this works. The problem is whenever the movie does anything else.
Monday, January 25, 2016
You’re going to want to stop whatever your doing, because whatever you’re currently involved in, with very few exceptions, is not as awesome as a new short film from Gareth Evans. The director of TheRaid and The Raid 2 dropped a badass five-minute video, and if that’s enough to get you to check it out, what are you even doing here?
Thursday, January 21, 2016
The latest entry into the based-on-a-popular-young-adult-novel, teenage-girl-saves-the-world cinema sweepstakes, The 5th Wave, is a mixed bag. It’s roughly a third of total meh, a third stuff I legit liked, and a third the funniest shit I’ve ever seen. Not in an intentional way.
As a show, Key & Peele may be gone, but we certainly haven’t seen the last of masterminds Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele. Next up on their increasingly busy schedule is the kitten-centric comedy Keanu. The first trailer is here, and holy shit, this looks hilarious.
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Odds are that if you’re familiar with Lady Snowblood, it’s in reference to Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill: Vol. 1. Toshiya Fujita’s 1973 Japanese revenge flick is a huge influence, stylistically and content wise—Tarantino borrows characters, plot points, visual cues, and even the overall structure. If you haven’t watched Lady Snowblood, or the sequel, 1974’s Lady Snowblood 2: Song of Vengeance, now is the perfect time to climb on that train, as Criterion just released a fantastic collection.
Our first look at DC’s supervillain team up SuicideSquad was something of an accident. The footage shown at San Diego Comic Con leaked out online and eventually DC and Warner Bros. simply released an HD version out of frustration because people kept watching the janky video. Last night, however, we got our first sanctioned look. Check it out below.
Saturday, January 16, 2016
Comic book fans everywhere are getting psyched that we’ll see Frank Castle, better known as the Punisher, in Netflix’s upcoming Daredevil Season 2. I’ve been waiting for decades for someone to get the character right (Punisher: War Zone is as close as anyone has come), and with the dark, gritty episodic nature of Daredevil, there’s hope this could be the one. But now there’s more, as Netflix and Marvel are reportedly working on a new, solo Punisher series.
Friday, January 15, 2016
Well, the Bad Robot mystery box is back at it again. There’s been talk of a secretive Cloverfield tie-in coming for some time, but we just got a new trailer, poster, and imminent release date for the project, apparently called 10 Cloverfield Lane (it was earlier known by the title Valencia). Who knows how this connects to the found footage monster movie, or if that’s just a tease, but this first look is something I’m totally into.
Thursday, January 14, 2016
After Blue Ruin, I’m game for anything writer/director Jeremy Saulnier does, and his next offering, Green Room, looks right up my alley. An exploitation style throwback to the tense, economic standoff movies of early John Carpenter and his ilk, Green Room is finally getting ready to open, and there’s a grim new trailer that makes me want this to happen right now.
At this point it’s cliché to say I don’t care about the Oscars. I obviously pay attention in an academic way—it’s my job, after all—and for spectacle’s sake, but that’s about as far as my interest really goes. The nominations for this year came out and they play out as you expect.
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
If you watched Ride Along, 2014’s buddy cop comedy starring the unlikely duo of Kevin Hart and Ice Cube, and your first thought was, “I can’t wait for the sequel,” you’re in luck, because Ride Along 2 is here. While the first film was modestly entertaining, if entirely expected, the follow up is listless retread with a few new wrinkles, like Ken Jeong and Olivia Munn, thrown in to little effect.
Tuesday, January 12, 2016
It’s been almost a full year since Robert Egger’s directorial debut, the olde-timey horror The Witch debuted at Sundance, and I’ve been dying to see it ever since. It’s almost here—it’ll even drop a week earlier than it was originally scheduled—and to tease us even more A24 just delivered a chilling new trailer.
Thursday, January 7, 2016
Aokigahara Forest, also known as the Sea of Trees or the Suicide Forest, located at the base of Mount Fuji, has become a fascination for many. The dense woods are the most popular place in Japan for people to take their own lives, and reportedly one of the three most popular suicide destinations worldwide. Between that fact, the stunning natural geography that features unexplored ice caverns, and a historical link with demons and spirits in Japanese mythology, Aokigahara was ripe for a supernatural horror film. Director Jason Zada’s The Forest is that movie, and it squanders an interesting set up with a wealth of potential on a flat, bland, by-the-numbers genre outing.
It’s no secret that Daredevil is my all-time favorite comic book, and after the travesty that was the Ben Affleck fronted movie, Marvel and Netflix got it right with their dark, gritty series. Season 2 is on the way, and now we have a new trailer and a concrete release date.
Any time you attach the name Ben Wheatley to a movie, you have our undivided attention. The maniac behind genre twisters like Sightseers, A Field in England, and Kill List is back, which on its own is an exciting prospect, but the fact that he adapted our favorite J.G. Ballard novel, High-Rise, well that’s just peachy keen in our book. We can’t think of anyone better to bring this book to life, and star Tom Hiddleston just dropped a new trailer for us to enjoy.
Saturday, January 2, 2016
If we’re being entirely honest, I have no idea why, in 2016 (in case you were curious, yes, I typed 2015 first), we’re talking about a xXx sequel, but here we are. As much as I love questionable action fare, the 2002 Vin Diesel-fronted, XTREME sports-centric flick is a total turd. It’s even more of a Mountain Dew commercial than the new Point Break (though it does still make me laugh that the villains are a group called Anarchy 99, that shit is gold). But apparently Vin Diesel wants this to happen, and when he puts him mind to it, things get done (see Riddick). And while it’s hard to condone this, they’ve added some legitimate badasses to the cast.