At 88-years-old, Alejandro Jodorowsky remains the reigning godfather of Avant Garde, surrealist cinema. So it’s no surprise that the Chilean director’s latest, the highly autobiographical Endless Poetry, is gorgeous, challenging, and weird as all hell.
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Monday, May 29, 2017
You ever get drunk, order a bunch of shit online, and be totally surprised when it arrives? What do you do when the unwanted package shows up on your doorstep? That’s what happens to sex-obsessed blue-collar BFFs Edward (Ulrich Thomsen) and Ib (the perfectly named Nicolas Bro) in Danish director Ole Bornedal’s black comedy Small Town Killers. Only instead of a box of movies or a questionable clothing item like a man-romper, they order a Russian hitman to kill their wives.
Thursday, May 25, 2017
Do you like Thunderheart? If the answer is yes (which is the correct answer, by the way), you may want to check out the trailer for Taylor Sheridan’s new feature, Wind River.
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Baywatch can’t decide what movie it wants to be. Is it a foul-mouthed, satiric send up of the long-running cheeseball T&A fest (the easy comparison is 21 Jump Street)? Or is it an earnest action drama about a ragtag group of lifeguards becoming a family and saving their beach? The attempt to be both ultimately drags director Seth Gordon’s (Identity Thief) film down to drown in the watery depths.
Never mess with a man’s mother. That’s cinematic villainy 101. It doesn’t matter how old the guy is, and in the case of Chris Baugh’s debut feature, Bad Day for the Cut, that’s certainly the case, because this old dude will mess you up but good.
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
I’ll give it to Finnish director Taneli Mustonen and the crew behind the new slasher, Lake Bodom, they go for it with gusto. Playing with horror tropes from a variety of subgenres, and even sub-subgenres, individual pieces are fantastic. Taken together, however, the whole is disjointed and watches almost like multiple shorts stitched together with little care for continuity or reason.
Monday, May 22, 2017
In Mali in 2007, drug trafficking was a growth industry. It got so bad it ultimately contributed to governmental collapse and a military coup d’etat a few years later. This is the world of Daouda Coulibaly’s debut feature, Wulu, a rags-to-riches crime saga like you won't see anywhere else.
Friday, May 19, 2017
If you’re not familiar with Wakaliwood, Bad Black is your loud, raucous wakeup call. You need to be watching the insane action movies coming out of Wakaliga, a slum in Kampala, Uganda’s capital city. This shit’ll blow your mind.
Ben (Silicon Valley star Thomas Middleditch) is depressed. In fact, Jason James’ dark comedy Entanglement begins with montage of failed suicide attempts. Fortunately, Ben’s too inept to die—he tries to gas himself with an exhaust pipe, but a kid steals his car; he takes a bath with a toaster, but forgets to plug it in; when he succeeds in slitting his wrists, he gets up to answer the front door.
When a group of college students—and two tweens named Veeves and Furby, brought along for specious reasons—head into a mysterious cave system to find a beloved professor, himself searching for a group of hippies who disappeared years before, they discover underground time is not the same as surface time. And then shit gets real weird.
Thursday, May 18, 2017
Any Bong Joon-ho movie is worth getting excited about. But when it’s about a little girl trying to rescue her best friend, a best friend that just happens to be a giant pig monster, it has my full attention. The Korean auteur’s latest premieres at Cannes tomorrow, and Netflix dropped a wonderful new trailer for Okja.
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
In 2012, Ridley Scott ventured back to the site of one of his greatest cinematic triumphs with Prometheus. This sci-fi opus, set in the Alien universe and serving as a precursor to one of the all-time greats, is uneven at best. I’m a staunch defender—it’s ambitious, full of lofty themes, moody and tense and creepy all in a line with the original, not to mention gorgeous—but I understand where the detractors come from.
Who knew motion capture monkeys would be the of the most affecting blockbuster movie characters of the last few years? But here we are. As we prepare to wrap up the trilogy (though one producer said there could be more movies down the road), 20th Century Fox has unleashed a ferocious new trailer for War for the Planet of the Apes.
Friday, May 12, 2017
New Zealand-based demonic heavy metal gore fest Deathgasm was one of my favorite movies of 2015. It’s like everything I love all in one place. Director Jason Lei Howden just lined up his second feature, an action comedy also steeped in violence, called Guns Akimbo. And he’s teaming up with Harry Potter himself, DanielRadcliff, to star.
Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Do you lament the lack of sword and sorcery movies coming out of Hollywood? Well, fans of the likes of Krull, Beastmaster, Hawk the Slayer, and the slew of awesomely cheesy dudes-with swords-fighting-evil-magicians-movies that proliferated the early 1980s, are in luck with Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur: Legend of the Sword. I won’t necessarily say it’s good, but it’s a decent modern approximation of those movies, for both good and ill. It’s crazy, but not quite crazy enough. And though there are delirious highs, there are crushing, cringe-inducing lows. So, you know, par for the course.
Monday, May 8, 2017
I’m admittedly skeptical about things like sequels to game-changing classics that arrive, I don’t know, let’s say 35 years after the original. In most cases, I’d rather Hollywood leave well enough alone, but since that’s never going to happen, at least we can hope these movies are good. And holy shit, does Blade Runner 2049 look good. Check out the new trailer below. Any lingering skepticism (very little at this point) I had just got blown to dust.
Friday, May 5, 2017
Over at least the last couple of decades, no one does gritty crime thrillers quite like South Korean filmmakers. There’s a laundry list of incredible titles from a collection of my favorite directors currently working anywhere, and it looks like Byun Sung-hyun wants to add his name to that roster with The Merciless. Check out the international trailer for Cannes-bound picture.
Thursday, May 4, 2017
After Merantau, The Raid, The Raid 2, and even that short, I’m completely in the bag for anything Gareth Evans does next. That especially includes his upcoming Apostle, which, in addition to being a Gareth Evans movie, also has an awesome cast and sounds freaking rad. It’s still off in the distant future, but now we have our first look at Apostle. Check it out after the jump.
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
What’s the one thing Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel’s 2014 deep space adventure, is missing? That’s right, Kurt Russell. Fortunately for everyone, writer/director James Gunn’s follow up, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 rectifies that oversight with a vengeance. Oh yeah, and there’s Baby Groot, who may be the most adorable character to ever grace the silver screen.
Monday, May 1, 2017
A24’s upcoming horror It Comes at Night, from Krisha director Trey Edward Shults, debuted with a surprise screening this weekend at the inaugural Overlook Film Festival (one of many, many reasons I’m bummed I didn’t make it to this awesome new genre fest in my own back yard). The internet had a collective orgasmic freakout, which only makes me want to watch this right now. And to accompany the unexpected premiere (it’s reportedly still a rough cut with unfinished special effects), there’s a creepy new trailer. Check it out after the jump.