Wednesday, November 14, 2018

This 'Buffalo Boys' Trailer Is Intense And Full Of Insane Western Action


An action-heavy, martial arts-filled western from Singapore? Don’t mind if I do. Buffalo Boys, Singapore’s official submission for the foreign-language Oscar, finally has a domestic release date and to celebrate, there’s a bone-breaking, sword-playing, bullet-spraying, vengeance-exacting new trailer. Check it out after the jump.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

'The Long Dumb Road' (2018) Movie Review


Road trip movies are hard. They’ve been done so much, it’s a struggle to find anything new; they rely on a series of vignettes, so it’s difficult to maintain many carrying themes and through lines; and if the people on said road trip don’t have chemistry, your movie’s in a world of trouble. Most known for indie dramas, writer/director Hannah Fidell (6 Years) dives headlong into mismatched buddy road comedy with The Long Dumb Road. It tumbles into some of these pitfalls at the same time it skirts others, and while the results is often uneven, it’s also a raucous good time.

Monday, November 12, 2018

'Blue My Mind' (2018) Movie Review


A delicate coming-of-age story and tale of female friendship mixed with squirm-inducing body horror, Lisa Bruhlmann’s debut, Blue My Mind—which also happens to be her film school thesis—casts unsettling shades of RawThe Lure, and Cronenberg.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

'Overlord' (2018) Movie Review


Full of Nazis getting shot in the face, Julius Avery’s not-a-Cloverfield-movie (thank god), Overlord, might be the feel-good movie of 2018. It’s also a violent, rapid-fire, predictable-but-entertaining delve into one of my favorite sub-subgenres of horror, the Nazi zombie story.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

'The Girl In The Spider's Web' (2018) Movie Review


In Fede Alvarez’s The Girl in the Spider’s Web: A New Dragon Tattoo Story (the official title is so ridiculous I can’t not write it out in full at least once), hacker extraordinaire and righter of wrongs, Lisbeth Salander (Claire Foy), finds herself embroiled in a potboiler plot of international intrigue, nuclear weapons, and her own screwed up family history. Only it’s not even a fraction as intriguing as that sounds.

Robert Pattinson Almost Punched 'The Witch' Director On The Set Of Their Rad-Sounding New Movie


Yes, this story about Robert Pattinson almost punching The Witch director Robert Eggers on the set of their new movie, The Lighthouse, is the best thing I’ve read all day. And as the world descends into chaos around us (hopefully less so after the polls close), can’t we all use a good pick-me-up? And there are also details about The Lighthouse, which sounds rad.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

'Can You Ever Forgive Me?' (2018) Movie Review


Lee Israel (Melissa McCarthy) is a miserable human being. She’s a drunk, working menial jobs she feels are below her, and does her level best to push away everyone in her life except her elderly cat. In dire straits and driven by desperation, the former best-selling author and celebrity biographer turns to forging personal letters from famous literary figures, selling her wares to unsuspecting collectors. Such is the plot of Marielle Heller’s Can You Ever Forgive Me?, which recounts Israel’s bizarre real-life saga, carried by a soaring, career-best performance from McCarthy.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

'Bodied' (2017) Movie Review


“New jacks are spending mad time on they battle rhymes.”
-Blue Scholars, “No Rest for the Weary”


Joseph Kahn’s Bodied follows Adam (Calum Worthy, American Vandal), a nerdy white college student. Fully entrenched in the PC world of academia, his thesis focuses on the use of the granddaddy of all racial slurs in the world of underground rap battles. Immersing himself in this world, he, along with his mentor Behn Grymm (Jackie Long), discovers a penchant for sick rhymes and ill burns that outrages everyone around him and throws his coddled, carefully manicured life into chaos.

Monday, October 29, 2018

'Prospect' (2018) Movie Review


Chris Caldwell and Zeek Earl’s debut feature, Prospect—which adapts their short film of the same name—is a lot of things. It’s a stripped-down, retro-futuristic sci-fi narrative. It’s the story of an angry, frustrated young woman coming into her own and finding her true strength. And it’s a slow-burn, morally ambiguous western saga about two unlikely partners who are never sure they can trust one another, but may have no other choice. Except, you know, with space helmets instead of cowboy hats. Taken together, it’s a tight, promising introduction to these filmmakers.

'Blue My Mind' Trailer: Delicate Coming Of Age Body Horror


Those of us who went to college and did a thesis often look back at them and cringe. In general, no matter what our chosen field, they’re usually bad, or at least viewing them in retrospect, we see things we could have done to make them better or improvements we should have made. That brings us to Lisa Brühlmann’s haunting new body horror Blue My Mind, which was her film school thesis, and is lightyears more accomplished than anything I churned out in college. Or beyond for that matter. After making the film festival rounds, it’s finally being released. Check out a new trailer below.

Friday, October 26, 2018

'Between Worlds' Trailer: Nic Cage's Girlfriend's Daughter Is Possessed By His Dead Wife, Or Something


Nicolas Cage is not one to rest on his laurels. Fresh off the maniac glory that is Mandy, he’s back with Between Worlds, where he plays a trucker whose dead wife’s spirit takes over the body of his current girlfriend’s daughter. Yes, you read that right. If you don’t believe me, watch this trailer.

Panos Cosmatos's 'Mandy 2' Idea Won't Happen But Is Still Bonkers Rad


Just to get this out of the way: I love Mandy, it’s going to land very high on my end-of-year best-of list. It wraps up in a satisfying manner and I don’t think it needs or even should receive a sequel. That said, if it does get a follow up, which it won’t, it should definitely follow director Panos Cosmatos’ sequel idea, because hot damn, it’s a doozy.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

'Cold Pursuit' Trailer: Liam Neeson, His Snowplow, And Revenge


Sure, on the surface, I know Cold Pursuit is a remake of the 2014 Norwegian thriller In Order of Disappearance, which is good. But god damn, it’s really difficult to take a movie about Liam Neeson as a vengeful snowplow driver seriously. Don’t get me wrong, I will watch the hell out of this movie, but we’ll see how it translates. In the meantime, watch the first trailer below.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Watch The Trailer For Netflix's Apocalyptic Thriller 'Bird Box'


I’m not entirely sure what to make of this Bird Box trailer. It doesn’t offer a lot of information, which is good considering I’d never heard of this film until yesterday. What it does have is a crazy good cast, a whole lot of juice in the creative team, and a heady, apocalyptic sci-fi premise. So I’m in. Check it out below.

Monday, October 22, 2018

'The Night Comes For Us' (2018) Movie Review


I’ve been frothing at the mouth over Timo Tjahjanto’s The Night Comes for Us since the first moment I caught a whisper of its existence. The Indonesian director’s previous film, 2016’s Headshot—co-directed with Kimo Stamboel, who produced Night—serves up a vicious, angry action extravaganza that builds on what The Raid movies created. And his latest endeavor cranks things up to the umpteenth degree.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

'Halloween' (2018) Movie Review


The new, much-discussed Halloween—a direct sequel to the 1978 original that, to the chagrin of many, completely ignores the franchise’s admittedly bumpy continuity—has issues. The plotting flails all over the place, it often ignores the most interesting elements, among others, and we’ll get to that. But what matters more than anything else, however, is that it’s goddamn lot of fun. I watched the whole thing with a goofy, shit-eating grin plastered across my face and I want to do it again. Soon.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Claire Denis' 'High Life' Trailer Has Robert Pattinson, Deep Space, Babies, And Black Holes


Even if I didn’t particularly care for her last film, Let the Sunshine In (though Juliette Binoche is incredible in it), a new Claire Denis movie will always be a cause for celebration. And the Trouble Every Day and Beau Travail director helming an esoteric, erotic, deep space sci-fi thriller with an incredible cast? Well, that’s reason enough to throw a damn party. Her latest, High Life, has been on my must-watch radar since I first heard about it, and this new French trailer only cranks up my anticipation.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

'Free Solo' (2018) Movie Review


“Anyone can conceivably die on any given day.”
—Alex Honnold

If heights make you queasy in any way, shape, or form, stay away—far, far away—from Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi’s new documentary, Free Solo. It is not for the faint of heart. Unless you like watching a maybe-lunatic dangle from his fingertips thousands of feet up a sheer rock face without any sort of backup plan. If that’s your jam, you’re very much in luck. 

Joe Taslim Fights Everyone In Netflix's Badass 'The Night Comes For Us' Trailer


Over the course of the next two weeks, on consecutive Fridays, Netflix is set to release two of my most anticipated movies of 2018. First up is The Raid mastermind Gareth Evans’ old-timey cult saga, Apostle. Following hot on that film’s heels comes Timo Tjahjanto’s brutal gangland yarn The Night Comes for Us, which just dropped a new trailer to make action fans salivate. It also happens to prominently feature key pieces of The Raid franchise in Joe Taslim, Iko Uwais, and Julie Estelle. Watch it and get psyched.

'Pet Sematary' Trailer: "Sometimes Dead Is Better"


“Sometimes dead is better.” We can go back and forth all day about the value of remakes and reboots and whatnot, but in the end, as long as a movie delivers the goods, who really cares about the origins or source material? And I know this is just a trailer, and I know we still have to wait until April of next year, but this first trailer for the new adaptation of Stephen King’s Pet Sematary looks like it has the right stuff. Check it out.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

'Bad Times At The El Royale' (2018) Movie Review


Following the groundbreaking success of Pulp Fiction came a wave of lesser films attempting to replicate that formula. Crime sagas with layered timelines, interlocking narratives, and eccentric characters were everywhere. With few exceptions, most of these endeavors fell flat. Bad Times at the El Royale, the latest from Cabin in the Woods director Drew Goddard, could easily be one of these movies.

Monday, October 8, 2018

Watch The Trailer For Park Chan-Wook's 'The Little Drummer Girl' Series


Anytime Park Chan-wook does anything, I’m there. The same generally goes for any John le Carré adaptation. But the Oldboy director adapting the master spy novelist is too good a proposition to ignore. I’ve been eagerly waiting for Park’s version of the espionage thriller The Little Drummer Girl, and this new trailer has what I’m looking for.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

'Venom' (2018) Movie Review


Venom is a bad movie and I can’t in good conscience recommend it to anyone. It’s not good, y’all. Unless you’re a stoned 15-year-old boy. In that case, have at it, you’re going to love this shit. Honestly, that goes for pretty much everything Todd McFarlane has ever done. (I know, I know, there’s the debate about who actually created Venom, but McFarlane influenced what the character ultimately became more than anyone else, and this the film largely draws from his work, so…)

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

'A Star Is Born' (2018) Movie Review


Did you know Lady Gaga is a phenomenal singer? Apparently only Bradley Cooper does, which is the basic premise for his directorial debut, yet another remake of A Star is Born. Which also happens to be yet another movie where a mediocre white dude is the only one who truly recognizes how talented, remarkable, and beautiful the central female figure is. So, that’s obnoxious. The movie is actually very good and emotional and romantic and all the other superlatives bandied about—to degrees—but there’s that one massive hurdle to get over, so your mileage may vary. 

Monday, October 1, 2018

'Heavy Trip' (2018) Movie Review


Because your movie watching doesn’t contain nearly enough “symphonic post-apocalyptic reindeer-grinding Christ-abusing extreme war pagan Fennoscandian metal,” Finnish import Heavy Trip is here to rectify that glaring oversight.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

This 'I'll Take Your Dead Trailer' Is Grim And Ghostly


It looks like Black Fawn Films is up to their old tricks again. The Canadian brain trust behind The Heretic, Bite, Bed of the Dead, and a slew of other horror nasties is back with the first trailer for I’ll Take Your Dead from director Chad Archibald. It’s a bit of a different flavor, but still looks rad. Check it out below.

Monday, September 24, 2018

Watch The Trailer For Kimo Stamboel's Indonesian Horror Adaptation 'DreadOut'


Timo Tjahjanto, one-half of directorial duo the Mo Brothers (Headshot), has been on the warpath lately. His action banger The Night Comes for Us and his horror yarn May the Devil Take You both recently debuted at Fantastic Fest. But not to be outdone, the other part of that equation, Kimo Stamboel (who also produced Night), has his own horror film coming. Check out the first trailer for DreadOut.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

'Captain Marvel' Trailer: There's Two-Eyed Nick Fury And Brie Larson Punches An Old Lady



Oh hey, after however many dozens of movies Marvel has cranked out in their expansive cinematic universe, we finally get one with a female protagonist. It’s almost like women like things, make up half the population, or that there are great female comic book characters to put on screen. That sounds just crazy enough to work. All sarcasm aside, this first Captain Marvel trailer looks damn sweet and I can’t wait, especially because I’m pretty sure Brie Larson punches an old lady in the face, and I think that’s funny because I am a bad person. Take a gander below.

Monday, September 17, 2018

This 'Apostle' Trailer Has Cults, Revenge, And Head-Drilling



Over the next few weeks, Netflix will release two of my most-anticipated movies of 2018, movies I’ve been frothing at the mouth for since I first heard they exist. They drop Jeremy Saulnier’s Hold the Dark this month, and in October, they release Apostle, the latest film from The Raid mastermind Gareth Evans. That doesn’t hit until October, but as if Evans’ very involvement doesn’t land this at the top of your must-watch list, this first trailer should do the trick.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

'Captive State' Trailer: Rupert Wyatt's Sci-Fi Feature Has Dystopian Vibes And Aliens



As the kids say (who am I kidding, I have no idea what anyone says), this trailer for Rupert  Wyatt’s upcoming alien invasion flick Captive State is 100% my shit. It has a grim vibe, aliens, a near future that looks all-too-similar to our own present, and a great cast. I’m in. Check it out below:

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

'Ad Vitam' Trailer: 'Raw' Star Garance Marillier Tries To Live Forever In This French Sci-Fi Series



Some schools of thought posit striving for immortality and finding ways to stave off death as the driving force behind everything we as the human race do. Regardless of the veracity of that stance, it’s also formed a key component of science fiction as a genre. That includes the trailer for the new French sci-fi thriller series Ad Vitam, where people live well past 100 and that stars Raw breakout Garance Marillier. Take a peek after the jump, it looks like a damn fine time.

Monday, September 10, 2018

'Mandy' (2018) Movie Review



There’s a scene in Panos Cosmatos’ new mind-fuck revenge horror film, Mandy, where a character dips his gloveless hands into a cistern of pure liquid LSD in the most casual manner imaginable. The more I think about it, the more that single moment perfectly represents this bug-nuts crazy, drug-addled, apocalyptic-doomsday-cult-fueled, chainsaw-fighting, demon-biker-having madness and mania. Sure, dip your bare hands into this powerful hallucinogen and see what the hell happens. And it’s glorious.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

'Cities Of Last Things' Trailer: Wi Ding Ho's Moody, Dreamy Sci-Fi Noir




Sometimes you run across a movie and think, “Yeah, this might have been made specifically for me.” Watching this trailer for Wi Ding Ho’s Cities of Last Things is definitely one of those experiences. I’d never heard of this movie before today, but now I can’t wait to see it. Watch the trailer below.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

UPDATED: 'Halloween' Trailer: Jamie Lee Curtis Hunts Michael Myers



Update: There's another new trailer, a Brazilian one this time, that features a crap-ton of additional footage. Enjoy. 

I’m here all day and part of tomorrow for Jamie Lee Curtis playing this weird survivalist aunt version of Laurie Strode. And because I’m not jazzed up enough about David Gordon Green and Danny McBride’s new Halloween, this new trailer is a hell of a way to start the morning. Check it out below.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

'Swiss Army Man' Directors May Team Up With Michelle Yeoh And Awkwafina For Their Next Weird Movie




So, the Daniels—Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert—the directorial duo behind the Harry Potter’s farting corpse movie, Swiss Army Man, have a new movie in the works. It sounds rad, may potentially star Crazy Rich Asians alums Michelle Yeoh and Awkwafina, and all is pretty cool with the world.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

'Blood Fest' (2018) Movie Review




It’s not uncommon to see movies about almost the exact same thing come out at almost the exact same time. Whether we’re talking Armageddon/Deep Impact, Dante’s Peak/Volcano, or White House Down/Olympus Has Fallen, this sort of thing happens all the time. And the latest such incident is the Blood Fest/Hell Fest duality, two movies about horror-themed events at amusement parks where things go horribly, violently wrong.

New Details About Ben Wheatley's 'Happy New Year, Colin Burstead'




Any time Ben Wheatley makes a movie, it has our full attention. And he has a new movie coming, and it’s finished, and has a title, and a premiere date, and there are some new details. It’s called Happy New Year, Colin Burstead and now we know some things about it.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

This 'Suspiria' Trailer Will Creep Out Your Morning




Remakes, remakes, blah, blah, whatever. It’s all been said before, and no matter what, I’m all kinds of jazzed for Luca Guadagnino’s remake of Dario Argento’s 1977 horror fave Suspiria, even if it is two-and-a-half hours long. And this new trailer only makes me want it more. Take a gander after the jump.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

'Minding The Gap' (2018) Movie Review




For skateboarders, their sport means so much more than rolling around on a nicely shaped plank and four urethane wheels. It’s a way of life, a metaphorical act, an artistic endeavor, radical self-expression; it’s a survival mechanism, a way to create order in a world that doesn’t always make sense. Whatever significance a particular individual attaches to the act, it goes so far beyond kickflips and board slides, past concrete banks and handrails.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

'Slice' Trailer: Pizza, Werewolves, A Portal To Hell, And Chance The Rapper




You can’t never say A24 does the same thing every time out of the gate. Just when you think you have the boutique studio pegged, they drop a crazy-ass genre banger like Hereditary, a Muay Thai prison drama in the vein of A Prayer Before Dawn, or,  you know, a cheeky pizza delivery/werewolf/portal-to-hell horror yarn. Just watch the trailer for Slice below, it’ll all make sense. Well, sort of.

This 'Hold The Dark' Trailer Is Unbearably Tense




I don’t even know where to begin with this. On the heels of Blue Ruin and Green Room (I need to see his debut, Murder Party), Jeremy Saulnier quickly became one of my favorite filmmakers. And he’s back next month with his latest, Hold the Dark. If you’ve seen any of his previous films, you know you’re in for a rough time—and I mean that in the best possible way. And if you haven’t, this first trailer should clue you in. It also clearly demonstrates why this was one of my most anticipated movies of 2018.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

'Summer Of 84' (2018) Movie Review




Taken on their own, the last 15-20 minutes of Summer of 84—the latest from RKSS, the Canadian filmmaking collective behind Turbo Kid—work reasonably well. They would have worked even better if the film had done a single thing in the previous 80 minutes to earn the climax. It feels like they started with the end, but had no idea how to get there.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

'BuyBust' (2018) Movie Review



Erik Matti’s BuyBust is almost great. As it is, it’s a solid actioner, especially for those of us who favor the gritty, down-and-dirty style usually relegated to the direct-to-video realm. Especially rough around the edges and chaotic, and full of weird-as-hell flourishes, it’s mean and violent and bleak as hell—be prepared for beheadings and morally questionable dirty deeds American movies shy away from. Matti and company offer a non-stop buffet of tension and potential disaster for the stars, all wrapped in an intriguing commentary on the current state of Philippines society and the draconian drug war under Duterte.

'Climax' Trailer: Gaspar Noe's Latest Is A Psychotropic Hell Of Orgies, Murder, And Choreography




To know him is to have strong feelings about him. Whatever your stance, French button-pusher, Gaspar Noé, is back with his latest attempt to shock and awe and discomfit, Climax. (I, for one, really want his wife and frequent collaborator, Lucile Hadžihalilović, to make another movie, because her last one, Evolution, was an all-timer.) With a title like Climax, and the man himself behind the camera, you know we’re in for a wild ride, and if you didn’t, this new trailer drives that point home.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

'The Meg' (2018) Movie Review



If you know anything about The Meg, even the simple fact that it involves Jason Statham and a giant shark, and have ever seen a movie, it’s easy to predict what you’re going to get when you sit down in the theater. And The Meg delivers precisely the movie it promises, for better and worse.

'Foxtrot Six' Teaser: Watch This Incredibly Badass Indonesian Sci-Fi/Action Trailer



Mario Kassar is best known for producing movies like Total Recall, First Blood, Terminator 2, and a certain style of American action movie through his Carolco Pictures. But he’s apparently teaming with Indonesian filmmakers to develop Foxtrot Six, an action/sci-fi film starring the likes of Julie Estelle, Hammer Girl from The Raid 2, and Oka Antara (The Raid 2, Killers). It’s been in the works for a while, but the first teaser dropped today. Check it out.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

'A Prayer Before Dawn' (2017) Movie Review




Thinking of arthouse powerhouse A24, what comes to mind? Deft, off-kilter indie dramas? Unusual coming-of-age tales? Prestige horror? Odds are, when you think of A24 and their output, you probably don’t immediately go to gritty Muay Thai prison dramas. Well, with the release of Jean-Stephane Sauvaire’s A Prayer Before Dawn, that line of thinking certainly has to change.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

'Calling All Earthlings' (2018) Movie Review




Calling All Earthlings isn’t a great documentary. It’s messy and unfocused, threads show up and wander off willy nilly, and overall, it’s a jumble that lacks much oomph, narrative coherence, or discernible arc. It’s also bonkers weird, occasionally fascinating, and offers a unique look at a peculiar slice of wing-nut outsider Americana.

Monday, July 30, 2018

'Hereditary' Director Ari Aster's Next Movie Is Apocalyptic Pagan Cult Horror




What’s the next move after you make one of the most critically acclaimed horror movies in years? One that breaks financial records for the indie art-house studio that backed the project? Well, if you’re Ari Aster and A24, the team behind Hereditary, you team up again for a cult-y Scandinavian cult horror film, that’s what.

'Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich' Trailer: This Movie Looks Insane And Wonderful




Horror hounds know there are roughly one billion Puppet Master movies. Okay, only 13, but still, it’s a bunch and many of them are…let’s stay strictly for the hardcore. We’re talking cheap, DTV offerings of varying quality. So, it may seem strange, in 2018, to be super pumped up for a movie like Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich. But it’s got such manic, over-the-top buzz from sources I trust in these matters, and sounds so bat-shit crazy, I find myself crazy jacked up for this particular slice of mayhem. And by the look of this trailer, my enthusiasm is wholly justified.