Friday, March 22, 2019

'Depraved' (2019) Movie Review


david call looking nervous

The Frankenstein story has been adapted, tweaked, and tinkered with countless times across every medium. With Depraved legendary filmmaker Larry Fessenden gives the tale a lo-fi indie horror spin, though it’s more concerned with Brooklyn hipsters dealing with trauma than typical genre trappings.

'Avengement' Trailer: Scott Adkins New Prison Revenge Movie Looks Grim


man with a silver grill yells

We’re big Scott Adkins stans around these parts. He’s one of the best movie martial artists working right now and, outside of a few dalliances with big time Hollywood blockbusters like Doctor Strange, he almost exclusively makes the kind of mid-tier actioners that haven’t been mainstream since the ‘80s and ‘90s. Today marks the release of his epic team up Triple Threat, which you should watch ASAP, but he has another badass project on the way, the prison revenge movie Avengement. Watch the first trailer below.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Check Out The BoneBat Comedy Of Horrors Film Festival 2019 Lineup


Demons eating popcorn

It’s that time of year again. That time where, in Seattle anyway, a bunch of like-minded horror enthusiast weirdos spend 12 hours of a (possibly) lovely spring weekend day hunkered down inside like mole folk; drinking beer; and watching a ridiculous amount of strange, twisted, and otherwise warped movies. Yes, you guessed it, it’s the annual BoneBat Comedy of HorrorsFilm Festival.

This 'John Wick 3' Trailer Puts A Target On John Wick



So, he’s thinking he’s back…for a third time. This May, Keanu Reeves puts on his meticulously tailored suit, scruffy beard, and shoots everyone in the head. Again. I couldn’t be more excited. And to that end, watch the latest trailer for John Wick: Chapter 3—Parabellum.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

'Us' (2019) Movie Review

Woman in a subterranean hallway with a stick

Following up any movie as culturally impactful, wildly popular, and generally acclaimed as Get Out is a daunting task, especially considering it was a debut feature. But Jordan Peele is back with Us, his sophomore horror yarn. I don’t want to pit it against his previous endeavor, they’re drastically different, but it is a creepy, atmospheric, weird-as-balls doppelganger horror. There’s a lot to unpack, but I think I love the way Peele’s brain works. It’s also as relevant as Hands Across America has been or ever will be.

'Once Upon A Time In Hollywood' Trailer: Quentin Tarantio's Latest Has Cool Cats Being Cool

Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio being cool

Quentin Tarantino finally has his Once Upon a Time movie. You knew it was bound to happen. I honestly expected it to be a western, but as he’s done that the last two times out of the gate, I guess that wasn’t in the cards. As you might imagine, some folks are frothing over at the prospect of a new QT movie, so without further ado, here’s the first trailer for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

'Body At Brighton Rock' Trailer: Paranoid Terror In The Woods

a park ranger in the woods

Roxanne Benjamin’s Body at Brighton Rock was one of my 50 most-anticipated movies of 2019. The stripped-down thriller just premiered at SXSW and between the positive reviews and this first trailer, my hype levels haven’t abated one bit. Take a look after the jump.

Friday, March 15, 2019

Park Chan-Wook To Direct Violent Western 'The Brigands Of Rattlecreek' For Amazon, Matthew McConaughey Wanted To Star

Matthew McConaughey shirtless in a cowboy hat drinking out of a chalice.

Park Chan-wook helming an ultraviolent western? Yes, yes, a thousand times yes! And this is apparently a thing that’s happening. Praise be! The Oldboy and The Handmaiden director will reportedly lead The Brigands of Rattlecreek for Amazon, working from a script by Brawl in Cell Block 99’s S. Craig Zahler, with an eye on Matthew McConaughey to star.

'Triple Threat' (2018) Movie Review

one man punches another

There’s a scene in Triple Threat where Tony Jaa fights Scott Adkins, then Tony Jaa and Iko Uwais fight Scott Adkins, then Tony Jaa fights Scott Adkins solo again. A scene. Actually, not even a scene, it’s a sequence within a scene. If that’s not enough to convince you to watch a movie, keep reading, I’ll try harder.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

This 'Avengers: Endgame' Trailer Does Whatever It Takes

Captain America grimace

Now that you’ve all seen Captain Marvel—at least according to the numbers, statistically speaking, most of you have, unless you’re a butthurt manbaby who’s upset Marvel invited girls to play, too—it’s high time to turn our attention to the next installment of the episodic saga that is the MCU: Avengers: Endgame. And surprise, surprise, the Marvel marketing machine released another new trailer. Check it out below.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

'Triple Threat' Clip: Iko Uwais Fights Tiger Chen And It Is Good

two asian men fighting

Though it feels like it’s been coming forever, Triple Threat finally hits theaters next week for a one-day extravaganza of face-punching mayhem before it lands on VOD. Frequent visitors to this site know well how much this movie makes me salivate. And we have a new clip that should do the same for you. Check it out below.

Thursday, March 7, 2019

'Master Z: Ip Man Legacy' Trailer: The Martial Arts Saga Continues With Max Zhang, Michelle Yeoh, Tony Jaa, And Dave Bautista

Max Zhang and Michelle Yeoh fighting

Max Zhang, Michelle Yeoh, Dave Bautista, and Tony Jaa in a movie directed by Yuen Woo-ping? If that doesn’t move you to watch Master Z: Ip Man Legacy, you probably don’t like action movies. And if that’s the case, why are you here? I kid, I kid. But in all seriousness, if this trailer is any indication, Master Z is going to be a barn burner. Check it out.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

'Captain Marvel' (2019) Movie Review

Brie Larson flaming eyes

After eleven years, 20 movies, and much brouhaha, with Captain Marvel, Marvel finally let one of their female characters lead an installment of their expansive cinematic universe, as well as hire a female (co-)director. The film has traits that make it unique and stand out, but at the same time, it often becomes a paint-by-numbers MCU origin story. Full of ups and downs, it’s still an engaging, entertaining addition, one that will have a lingering on-screen impact moving forward and also carries surplus revelatory weight simply by existing.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

'Midsommar' Trailer: 'Hereditary' Director Returns With A Creepy New Folk Horror Movie

young man and woman holding hands in a field

For  first time feature writer/director, Ari Aster knocked one out of the proverbial park last year with Hereditary. It’s not only one of my favorite movies of 2018, it’s also one of the best horror movies in recent memory. So, you’re damn right his next movie is high up on my must-see list. And lucky for everyone, his follow up, Midsommar, opens this summer. Check out the spooky first trailer below.

Friday, March 1, 2019

This 'Hellboy' Trailer Gives Evil Hell

Hellboy movie flaming demon

People adore Guillermo del Toro’s Hellboy movies. I like them well enough, but I don’t get the crazy love. Similarly, I like the comics fine, but don’t obsess. Basically, my point is that I’ve never been the one clamoring for more from the big red guy. I’ll watch and probably enjoy, certainly, but news of the new Hellboy doesn’t exactly set me on fire. What does excite me about this new project, however, is that it’s a new Neil Marshall movie, and the idea of the Dog Soldiers and The Descent director back on the big screen and working with monsters is an idea I can get behind. All that said, here’s a new Hellboy trailer, as well as a red band version and a bunch of posters.

Thursday, February 28, 2019

'FP2: Beats Of Rage' (2018) Movie Review

One eyed man in a dance club

The Trost Brothers’ 2011 film The FP is a strange, singular artifact. The saga of a post-apocalyptic future where warring gangs settle beef with a head-to-head dance arcade game, Beat Beat Revelation, is the kind of unhinged mania that shows up, creates an indelible mark, and disappears back into the shadows. Sure, it developed a cult-cult following, a kind of super niche fandom, but it’s not the movie you automatically assume will generate a sequel.

Monday, February 25, 2019

'Furie' (2019) Movie Review

veronica ego woman with a gun in an alley

Not that any of you reading this have such criminal inclinations, but maybe don’t abduct children. You shouldn’t do this for a variety of moral, ethical, and legal reasons, obviously. But beyond that, in a purely practical sense, movies have taught us that should you travel this path, one of the child’s parents will inevitably be some sort of secret badass who will rain down holy vengeance upon you and your associates from which you will not escape. Such is the case Vietnamese director Kiet Le-Van’s Furie.

The 2019 Oscar Winners

queen

Whether you pay much attention to movies or not, you probably know last night was the 91st Academy Awards. Or at least that they handed out the iconic trophies last night, I didn’t know it was year 91 off the top of my head either. It’s a time for Hollywood to pat itself on the back, dish out some Oscars, and supposedly celebrate the best films of the previous year. If you care about such things, find the list of winners below.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

'Lords Of Chaos' (2018) Movie Review

church burning

Corpse paint, shredding guitars, guttural wailing, suicide, murder, power struggles, church burnings…Jonas Akerlund’s Lords of Chaos has everything you want from a fact-ish based dramatization of the darkest, most infamous chapter in extreme metal history. But while it’s high on spectacle and lurid, sensational details, it skimps on depth and motivation.

Jordan Peele's 'The Twilight Zone' Trailer Brings Tales Of Supernatural Terror


Well, I apparently need to get CBS All Access now. Why you may ask? Because of Jordan Peele’s reboot of The Twilight Zone, that’s why. What convinced me? Other than Jordan Peele rebooting Twilight Zone? This trailer, that’s what.

Friday, February 15, 2019

'Maria' Trailer: Never Mess With A Mother In This Filipino Actioner

Christine Reyes with a knife

So far, March is shaping up to be great month for badass female-fronted international action movies. First up we have Veronica Ngo in Furie, which looks incredible, and though it’s full of dudes, Triple Threat prominently features JeeJa Yanin and Celina Jade. And now there’s Filipino director Pedring Lopez’ Maria to add to the pile. Check out the trailer below and mark your calendars.

'Triple Frontier' Trailer: Handsome Men Rob Drug Dealers

Handsome Man and a Mule

Handsome white men can get away with damn near anything. From the look of the new trailer for J.C. Chandor’s Triple Frontier, the film plans to push this thesis to the extreme as a bunch of good looking dudes—Ben Affleck, Oscar Isaac, Charlie Hunnam, Pedro Pascal, and Garrett Heduld—basically invade a foreign country to rob a drug cartel. What can possibly go wrong?

Thursday, February 14, 2019

'Donnybrook' (2018) Movie Review

Man and a punching bag

Holy hell, Donnybrook is bleak. A movie about a down-on-his-luck former soldier and a vicious drug dealer competing for $100,000 in an underground bare-knuckle melee already sounds grim, but damn. 

'Triple Threat' Trailer: Tony Jaa, Iko Uwais, Scott Adkins, And Everyone Else Are Here To Fight

iko uwais tiger chen men fighting

Happy Valentine’s Day! While some choose to celebrate this holiday with candy, candlelight, and other romantic markers, I prefer the way the good folks behind Triple Threat like to party, with face kicking, spinning elbows, flying knees, and general badass action mayhem. Yes, the full Triple Threat trailer promised a few days ago has arrived, and all I can say is, “Hell Yes!” to what is apparently “the killingest action event of the year.”

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

'Ma' Trailer: Octavia Spencer Wants To Party In Blumhouse Horror

woman and a van

A low-budget, teens-in-peril horror movie from Blumhouse and starring Octavia Spencer? Yes, please, sign me up for your newsletter. I didn’t know this movie existed until yesterday, but this new trailer for Ma puts this on my radar in a big way. Take a look below.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

This 'Triple Threat' Trailer Teaser May Be Short But Still Punches Everyone In The Face


Under normal circumstances, I’m not inclined to share trailers for trailers That’s generally a ridiculous practice and sharing actual trailers is problematic enough. (I’m a fan, they get me hyped, but I now many folks who avoid them like the plague—to each his own.) That said, I’m all kinds of jacked up for Triple Threat, there’s a new trailer coming Thursday, and there’s a teaser for that impending preview. And here it is.

Friday, February 8, 2019

'Child's Play' Trailer: Chucky's Back And More High Tech Than Ever

Boy with knives

If you thought dolls were creepy before…well, they’re still creepy, but now they’ll kill you and your mom. At least that’s the general gist of this trailer for the new incarnation of Child’s Play. Check it out below. Friends to the end?

Thursday, February 7, 2019

'Furie' Trailer: Veronica Ngo Pummels Everyone In Your New Martial Arts Obsession

Veronica Ngo fighting with an ice pick

Sometimes watching an action movie is a visceral experience that feels like you’re being punched in the face. The Raid, John Wick, and The Night Comes for Us are prime examples. And from the looks of this new trailer, we can add Vietnamese martial arts extravaganza Furie to this list.

Dead Is Still Better In This New 'Pet Sematary' Trailer

glaring cat on the road

You know, sometimes dead really is better. And if you need more proof of that, check out this brand spanking new trailer for Pet Sematary, it’s a hell of a way to start your day. Just a heads up, it may be spoiler-y. Beware.

Friday, February 1, 2019

'Piercing' (2018) Movie Review

Christopher Abbott Mia Wasikowska

I make no secret that I dislike Nicolas Pesce’s debut, The Eyes of My Mother. It’s a lovely film to look at, but the script feels like a bunch of bros sitting around pounding beers, trying to one-up each other with “the most messed up thing” they can think of and it rings like hollow attempts to shock with no weight behind them. But it does show Pesce’ skills as a visual storyteller and my initial reaction was, “If he ever gets a good script…” While his follow-up, Piercing, doesn’t quite fulfill his potential, it’s at least a step in that direction.

'Hobbs & Shaw' Trailer: And You Thought The 'Fast & Furious' Movies Were Already Ridiculous...

Jason Statham Idris Elba Dwayne Johnson

As the synopsis points out right out of the gate, from humble beginnings as a Point Break rip off, the Fast and Furious films have “amassed almost $5 billion worldwide” over the course of eight movies. Which is why Hobbs & Shaw, sorry, Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw, exists in the first place, to put two popular secondary characters (and one notorious Vin Diesel beefer) together in one film and squeeze more cash from this particular stone. And I’m here for it. Watch the first trailer below and tell me you’re not, too.

Thursday, January 31, 2019

'Outlaws' (2019) Movie Review


Greek tragedy gets an outlaw biker makeover in Stephen McCallum’s gritty Australian 1%er saga Outlaws. The director and writer Matt Nable (who also co-stars) lay the epic roadmap over the criminal framework of macho, vest-wearing men and their motorcycles, power struggles, lust, betrayal, and more. The pieces are in place, it never strays far from violence, and the whole thing looks ready to roll, and the result is…okay.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Slamdance 2019: 'Behind The Bullet' (2019) Movie Review

man in a had behind a fence

Gun violence is an epidemic in this country. Scarcely a day goes by where we don’t hear about a shooting of one sort or another. Mass firearm killings have become so common, they scarcely make a blip in the current news cycle. What does it take to pull the trigger? And what impact does that have have once you do? These are the questions Heidi Yewman’s new documentary, Behind the Bullet, seeks to answer. 

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Slamdance 2019: 'The Vast Of Night' (2019) Movie Review


Fans of classic Twilight Zones may want to put Andrew Patterson’s The Vast of Night on their radar. The throwback sci-fi mystery filters that moody, atmospheric vibe through a nostalgic Amblin lens. While it lacks much forward propulsion and true tension, it’s a lovely, sure-handed film that brims with charm and potential, even if unrealized.

Monday, January 28, 2019

Slamdance 2019: 'The Drone' (2019) Movie Review


If you anticipate a certain level of absurdity in a horror-comedy from the guys most known for writing and directing a movie called Zombeavers, you’re not wrong. And if you lament the current lack of campy, 1980s style technology-run-amok sci-fi-horror in the vein of Chopping Mall or Night Vision, Jordan Rubin’s The Drone has your back.

Slamdance 2019: 'Beats' (2019) Movie Review


One-night-that-changes-everything is a familiar cinematic narrative, especially in the lives of young people. Not the most original set up, there are reasons filmmakers and storytellers keep coming back to this particular well. Many people who’ve survived adolescence have had this type of experience, a transformative moment where you make a choice, where you can go one way or another, and where, afterwards, nothing is ever quite the same. Maybe it’s not always as dramatic as movies portray it, but when you’ve lived on that precipice between childhood and adulthood, searching for some nebulous thing you can’t quite define, it’s easy to relate.

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Slamdance 2019: 'Dons Of Disco' (2018) Movie Review



When you hear the phrase “lip-synching scandal,” you can be forgiven for immediately thinking of Milli Vanilli. That’s obviously the highest profile incident, but it’s also not the only public kerfuffle about pop sensations not singing their own songs. Jonathan Sutak’s new documentary, Dons of Disco, rectifies that situation, diving deep into the epic—and I do mean epic, as things get truly nuts along the way—saga of Italian singer Den Harrow.

Slamdance 2019: 'Memphis '69' (2019) Movie Review



Concert movies are a documentary staple, from classics like Woodstock and The Last Waltz to modern takes like Justin Timberlake and the Tennessee Kids. They provide a contained narrative window that can service various other storylines. And there’s usually killer music. Joe LaMattina’s Memphis ‘69 fits solidly in this tradition, and is a must-see for fans of Tennessee blues and soul, though it also has more on its mind.

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Slamdance 2019: 'Lost Holiday' (2019) Movie Review



All kinds of wacky shenanigans and general mayhem happen over the holidays as old friends, now scattered to winds, return to their former homes, see faces they haven’t seen in years, revisit old haunts and wounds, and take stock of their lives. In the case of Michael Kerry Matthews and Thomas Matthews’ microbudget mumblecore noir, LostHoliday, this set up includes becoming amateur detectives and trying to solve a kidnapping.

Slamdance 2019: 'Ski Bum: The Warren Miller Story' (2019) Movie Review


I grew up watching Warren Miller movies. I spent the summer months wearing out VHS copies of skiing movies like Extreme Winter, Beyond the Edge, and Steep and Deep, praying for snow as I watched neon-clad (it was the 1980s) winter sports enthusiasts huck themselves off of cliffs and gracefully carve down mountain pitches you’d think twice about walking down, all narrated by his wry, soothing monotone. 

Friday, January 25, 2019

Slamdance 2019: 'Desolation Center' (2019) Movie Review


If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to go on a punk rock field trip, like pile into school buses with a bunch of like-minded outsiders who are into the same kind of music as you, Stuart Swezey’s new documentary Desolation Center has you covered. 

Slamdance 2019: 'The Professional: A Stevie Blatz Story' (2018) Movie Review


Documentaries take many forms. They play with constraints and push the bounds of what the genre can do, shine a light on injustice or hidden histories, examine fascinating stories, and much more. Then there are those about wing-nuts, singular weirdos who stand out for one reason or another. It’s into this latter category that Daniel Labarbera’s The Professional: A Stevie Blatz Story falls. Straightforward subject-driven pieces like this are only as interesting as their the people they focus on, and in Stevie Blatz, Labarbara found a fascinating front man.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

10 Slamdance 2019 Films You Need To See


We’re somehow already deep into January 2019. I don’t know how that happened, but I do know that means the year in film festivals is about to kick off in earnest. Most well-known is obviously Sundance—it is, after all, the big daddy of indie film—which starts this week. But it’s not the only one. Also this weekend, and also in Park City, Utah, we’ve got Slamdance, the radical response to the over-corporatization and exclusivity of Sundance. 

Harmony Korine's 'The Beach Bum' Trailer Has To Feed Its Coke-Addicted Parrot


Well alright, alright, alright. Sometimes it seems as if a particular actor is destined to play a particular role. While I can’t be certain about the cosmic machinations of the universe, I’m fairly certain Matthew McConaughey was put into this world to play the lead role in Harmony Korine’s The Beach Bum. Watch the new trailer and tell me I’m wrong.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Friday, January 18, 2019

'Lords Of Chaos' Trailer: Black Metal, Church Burnings, And Murder, Oh My


Oh, black metal, you so silly. While it’s been in the works for something absurd like ten years, the most notorious chapter of the niche extreme metal subgenre is finally set to make its big screen debut as Jonas Akerlund’s Lords of Chaos gets a release next month. Check out the trailer below.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

This 'John Wick 3' Trailer Prepares For War And Cute Dogs


Oh dang, I got a late start this morning and what happens? There’s a damn John Wick: Chapter 3—Parabellum (that’s an unwieldy mouthful of a title) trailer to gawk at like a slack-jawed yokel. At this point, what needs to be said about the best action franchise currently on the market? (Sorry, Mission: Impossible, you’re great, too.) Just give this a spin below.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Robert Pattinson And Claire Denis Explore The Depths Of Space, And Humanity, In This 'High Life' Trailer


Claire Denis directing a stellar (sorry) cast in an esoteric, deep-space hybrid of sci-fi, drama, and horror. You better believe I’m psyched beyond belief for High Life. Some folks saw it on the fall film festival circuit last year, but the rest of us have to wait until April—at least it has a release date now. But everything we’ve seen, including this new trailer, makes it look worth having patience.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Watch The First 'Spider-Man: Far From Home' Trailer


Once Marvel snagged back the rights to Spider-Man (or at least worked out whatever back-alley deal they agreed upon with Sony), they turned in Spider-Man: Homecoming, easily the best Wall Crawler adventure since Sam Raimi took a swat at the character. (Admittedly, I haven’t seen Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, which is supposed to be fabulous—but I’m talking live-action here.) The Web Slinger is back once again in 2019 for Spider-Man: Far From Home, and you can watch the first teaser trailer now.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Art Is Dangerous In The First 'Velvet Buzzsaw' Trailer


Last time star Jake Gyllenhaal and director Dan Gilroy got together, the result was Nightcrawler, a thriller that crackles with an electric energy and features the actor’s career-best performance IMO. They’re back at it again with Velvet Buzzsaw, and I know it’s just a trailer, but this first real glimpse at the art-world-set horror looks incredible. I was already intrigued, but hot damn, I can’t wait to check this out.