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.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

'Mission: Impossible—Fallout' (2018) Movie Review




Since the beginning, the Mission: Impossible movies have always been a showcase for Tom Cruise doing insane stunts for our amusement. And god bless the crazy little Scientology monster for that. I’ve said many times that if he can die—and I’m not sure he can—he’s going to die doing one of these movies, and I find a certain nobility in people putting themselves in harm’s way to entertain me. The last few chapters, however, has been a constant escalation in this regard as the franchise frontman pushes further and further the bounds of sanity and insurance coverage with each successive stunt. And Mission: Impossible—Fallout takes things to a whole new stratosphere. Literally in one case.

Monday, July 23, 2018

SDCC Trailers: 'Godzilla: King Of The Monsters,' 'Aquaman,' 'Glass,' And 'Shazam!'




I was out of town all weekend, nothing interesting happened in the realm of movies or general pop culture, right? Oh wait, San Diego Comic-Con went down, so the studios unveiled a glut of new shiny new promotional material for their upcoming slates of major motion pictures. (You know, because Comic-Con is all about movie not actual comics.) As usual, there’s a ton of stuff to sift through, but because this isn’t my day job anymore, I’m only going to focus on the ones that I find particularly interesting or that appeal to my peculiar sensibilities: Godzilla: King of the Monsters, Aquaman, Glass, and Shazam!

Check out all of the trailers below.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Bad Robot's 'Overlord' Trailer Has Nazi-Zombies And Flamethrowers




Going back to the 1970s, there’s a whole subset of zombie movies that involve Nazis. (My personal favorite subset of this subset is the Nazi-zombies-emerging-from-bodies-of-water sub-subgenre.) Recent installments like the Dead Snow movies have taken a swing at this and now J.J. Abrams and his Bad Robots are having their say with Overlord. The first trailer has emerged from the mystery box and it’s a wild time for sure. Check it out after the jump.

'The Equalizer 2' (2018) Movie Review




If you’ve always wanted to watch a movie that explores what Denzel Washington’s life would be like as a Lyft driver, you’re in luck, because that comprises the bulk of The Equalizer 2’s bloated, 121-minute runtime. And yes, it’s as dull as that sounds.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Kim Jee-Woon's 'Jin-Roh' Adaptation 'Illang: The Wolf Brigade' Finds A Home At Netflix




It hits South Korean theater in just over a week, but we’ve been wondering when the rest of us might see Illang: The Wolf Brigade, Kim Jee-woon’s live-action adaptation of Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade. While we don’t have a precise date, it now has a home outside of its native land, as Netflix acquired the international rights, or at least most of them.

Friday, July 13, 2018

'The Dead Don't Die': Jim Jarmusch Is Filming A Zombie Movie With Bill Murray, Adam Driver, And Selena Gomez




Indie auteur Jim Jarmusch isn’t usually associated with horror. Sure, he made a vampire movie with Only Lovers LeftAlive, which I love, but it is, as expected, an artsy, existential love story that just happens to feature immortal, blood-sucking rockers. But apparently he has a secret zombie film on the way called The Dead Don’t Die, and it stars Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Chloe Sevigny, and Selena Gomez.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

'Skyscraper' (2018) Movie Review




Why not? I’ll watch a one-legged Dwayne Johnson dangle off of a burning building with Neve Campbell for 102 minutes. Sure, there’s more to Skyscraper than that, but not much. And that’s all that matters in what’s a serviceable, at times goofily over-the-top entertaining, at times dreadful and dreary Die-Hard-meets-Towering-Inferno riff. And I’m fairly certain the entire film was bankrolled by the Chinese duct tape industry. Seriously, the silver-backed tape has a much more significant presence than it has any right to.

'Beats Of Rage' Trailer: This 'FP' Sequel Is Full Of Post-Apocalyptic Dance Battles



Oh, sweet Baby Jesus, today is a good day! If you’re not familiar with The FP, you really should rectify that situation. When I reviewed it in 2012, I said it was “like watching the hyper-active, sugar-fueled bastard child of The Warriors, Japanese pop culture, and a hillbilly bounce all over the screen.” And I stand by that. I’ve been tracking the sequel, Beats of Rage for some time, and now it’s reportedly in the can, set to make a film festival debut this fall, and mastermind Jason Trost just dropped this new trailer and we gotta Beat-Beat this out.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Timo Tjahjanto's 'May The Devil Take You' Trailer Is Evil, Super Evil, Like Severed-Goat-Head Evil



Indonesian filmmaker Timo Tjahjanto may have taken a detour into action ass-kickery recently with Headshot. He also has another actioner in the pipe—The Night Comes for Us with Iko Uwais, Joe Taslim, and Julie Estelle—which I’m suitably jacked up for. But one half of the duo known as the Mo Brothers (along with Kimo Stamboel), his heart lies in horror. Before that drops, he’s set to deliver May the Devil Take You. Another horror joint, it has an unsettling new trailer, complete with a floating woman holding what appears to be a severed goat head. You know, just in case the title didn’t tip you off to the evil lurking within. Check it out below.

Monday, July 9, 2018

'The Night Eats The World' (2018) Movie Review




Zombie movies have been done every which way, and then some. It’s been said often, but bears repeating, that it’s difficult to bring anything new or fresh to the genre. But a movie doesn’t need to reinvent the wheel or do something entirely unheard of in order to be effective. Dominique Rocher’s debut feature, The Night Eats the World, falls into a category with films like The Girl with all the Gifts, Train to Busan, and The Battery, movies that, while they don’t necessarily blow up the categorical conventions, do what they do well, put an inventive spin on the proceedings, and breathe a bit of life into what can be a stale horror subset.

Yorgos Lanthimos' 'The Favourite' Trailer Has Bullets, Blood, And Bodices




For his follow up to The Lobster and The Killing of a Sacred Deer, Yorgos Lanthimos is taking on an 18th century British period piece. And as you can imagine, being a Yorgos Lanthimos film and all, The Favourite isn’t exactly what you expect from this set up. I don’t entirely know what I’m watching with this new trailer, but I love it and can’t wait to see more.

Friday, July 6, 2018

'Godmonster Of Indian Flats' (1973) Movie Review




Godmonster of Indian Flats has just about everything you could possibly want out of a movie. It has dope fur vests, sheep farmers, old-west-style prostitutes, racist land barons, a racist sheriff who used to be a Wall Street player (?), pie throwing children, faking a dog’s death as a means of blackmail, black-hood-wearing lynch mobs, and, of course, an eight-foot-tall rampaging mutant sheep monster. If that doesn’t make you want to watch this oddity from 1973, nothing I can say will change your mind. Just know you’re missing something truly strange and wonderful.