Saturday, May 18, 2019

SIFF 2019: 'Monos' Movie Review

eight teen soldiers on a mountaintop

High atop a remote mountain, a cadre of eight teenagers with names like Rambo, Smurf, Boom Boom, and Swede, armed with automatic weapons, guard a prisoner and keep watch over a milk cow. A faction of a mysterious group known only as The Organization, this adolescent guerilla squad, left to their own devices, breaks down as loyalties shift and allegiances falter, and their crumbling structure and sanity build towards violence.

Friday, May 17, 2019

SIFF 2019: 'Ski Bum: The Warren Miller Story' Movie Review

warren miller smiling as he films

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

Thursday, May 16, 2019

SIFF 2019: 'Who Let The Dogs Out?' Movie Review

stuffed dog that presumably sings a bad song

It’s a question that has plagued humanity since the dawn of time. Or at least, you know, since the dawn of the summer of 2000. Who did let the dogs out? And as demonstrated by the new documentary from Brent Hodge (A Brony Tale, The Pistol Shrimps), answering that question isn’t quite as easy as one might initially expect. 

The 'Angel Has Fallen' Trailer Is Here To Amuse Me And Only Me

gerard butler being arrested

So, London Has Fallen is mean and dumb and as chest-thumpingly numb-skulled and jingoistic a movie as has been produced in years. And I love it. (Though oddly, not a fan of the first film in the series, Olympus Has Fallen.) I’m not sure what to expect from the follow-up, Angel Has Fallen, but you’re damn right I’m excited. I might be the only one. (Not true, actually, I know at least one other person more pumped up than I am.) The first trailer has arrived and I’m here for it all day.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

'Maria' (2019) Movie Review

movie poster of a woman holding a knife

Due to a handful of factors, it’s easy to equate Pedring Lopez’ new action film Maria to Erik Matti’s 2018 BuyBust. Both hail from the Philippines, they feature similar color palates, both have a particular mean streak, and they even share stunt choreographer Sonny Sison. And thanks to a single, but significant plot point, it’s also going to garner comparisons to Kiet Le-van’s Furie from earlier this year. 

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

11 Must-See SIFF 2019 Movies

seattle international film festival 2019 logo

May is in full effect, which means that, once again, it’s time for the Seattle International Film Festival. Ever a sprawling, unwieldy behemoth, the 45th chapter of this annual event runs 25 days and encompasses more than 400 films.

'Midsommar' Trailer: What Could Possibly Go Wrong In Such A Brightly Lit Horror Movie?


Well, Ari Aster’s Midsommar continues to be one of my most-anticipated movies of 2018. This new trailer doesn’t change much on that front, but it goes get me pretty damn hyped, so there’s that. Check it out below, along with a new poster for the Hereditary helmer’s sophomore feature.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

This 'It: Chapter Two' Trailer Is Straight-Up Nightmare Fuel

a scary clown temps children

That’s cool, It: Chapter Two, I wasn’t planning to sleep tonight anyway. But thanks for the nightmare fuel in this trailer, it’s always appreciated. *Shiver* If you’re into such things, we finally have our first look at the grown up Losers Club in the second part of the latest, greatest Stephen King adaptation.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

'Shadow' (2018) Movie Review


Zhang Yimou’s Shadow is a wash of grey; a veritable rainbow of ash and charcoal hues, occasionally punctuated by a splash of blood. This applies both to the visual aesthetic as well as the morality of the characters and narrative. At times, it watches like a black and white wuxia saga, Shakespearean in scope and scale. But while pretty and grand, and the idea of a historical epic from the director of Hero and House of Flying Daggers sounds like a great concept, Shadow falls flat and cold.

Monday, May 6, 2019

'Spider-Man: Far From Home' Trailer: The Wall Crawler Goes On Vacation


If you haven’t watched Avengers: Endgame yet, don’t watch this Spider-Man: Far From Home trailer, there are big, movie-ruining spoilers, like right out of the gate. But don’t worry, your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man, Tom Holland, will also warn you. And wow, it’s been a busy weekend and I just looked at the box office numbers and, you know what, with a $2+ billion haul, there probably aren’t many of you who haven’t seen Endgame. Damn. Anyway, check out the trailer below.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

'Crawl' Trailer: Alexandre Aja, Alligators, And A Hurricane

alligator swimming through a sewer

The last time Alexandre Aja went all in on crazy-ass nature run amok, we got Piranha 3D, which is just the best movie. Well, he’s back in that realm, and while Crawl looks like a very different approach—dark and grim and terrifying versus over-the-top camp and schlock—it looks no less rad. I mean, come on, giant rampaging alligators in a hurricane. Check out the trailer below.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

'I'll Take Your Dead' (2018) Movie Review

ava preston

I’ll Take Your Dead starts with a young girl’s ominous voiceover about seeing dead people and the nature of death, straight into a corpse being dismembered, dissolved in a bathtub, and disposed of. This immediately sets the mood for writer/director Chad Archibald’s dark synthesis of gritty underworld crime saga and supernatural ghost horror. 

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

'Avengers: Endgame' (2019) Movie Review

captain america grimacing

With Avengers: Endgame, Marvel manages to both take their expansive, episodic superhero saga in a direction I did not see coming, but also plays it out in entirely predictable, familiar fashion. At three hours, this movie is a lot, and it falls into some of the typical MCU pitfalls, but overall, it’s a blast, serves as an end point but also a beginning, and will more than satisfy fans who have devoted ten plus years and 20 plus chapters to these tales. At this point, Marvel knows their fans and what they want, and there’s going to be plenty of tears and cheers in the audience.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

'Gemini Man' Trailer: Watch Will Smith Fight Himself In Ang Lee's Sci-Fi Opus

will smith with a rifle and a shocked expression

Always wanted to watch Will Smith fight a younger version of himself? If so, today’s your lucky day, because there’s definitely some of that on display in the first trailer for Ang Lee’s long-in-the-works sci-fi assassin tale, Gemini Man. Check it out below for some digitally altered Smith-on-Smith action.

Friday, April 19, 2019

Thursday, April 18, 2019

'Bliss' Trailer: Gore, Sleaze, Vampires, And Painting

a woman covered in blood

Well, hello there, Bliss, nice to meet you. Indie horror director Joe Begos (Almost Human, The Mind’s Eye) is back with a nasty, mean-mugging, gore-soaked take on a vampire story. And as the kids say (or, more likely, don’t anymore), this looks very much like my shit. Check out the trailer below. It feels like something you’d encounter as the back half of a double feature at a movie theater where you’re a little bit afraid you might get stabbed.

'Hobbs & Shaw' Trailer: 'Fast & Furious' Finally Becomes The Superhero Mad Max Movie We've Always Wanted


From humble beginnings as a Point Break knock off with cars instead of surfing, the Fast and Furious franchise has become the reigning, billion-dollar-earning, cineplex-packing action heavyweight on the block. Now they’re spinning off from the main saga with Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, following Dwayne Johnson’s Hobbs and Jason Statham’s Shaw (#JusticeForHan). A new trailer is here and…it’s just insane.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

'Hagazussa' (2019) Movie Review


Austrian writer/director Lukas Feigelfeld’s Hagazussa: A Heathen’s Curse is a kind of horror that has a very specific audience. Deliberate, measured, and methodical, it’s slow-burn pace is not for everyone, but those who love it, will find much to cling to. And fortunately for me, I definitely fall into that category.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

AGFA And Shout! Factory Team Up To Bring 50 Cult Classics Back To Theaters


Well hot damn, this is like Christmas morning! The fine folks at the American Genre Film Archive and Shout! Factory have teamed up to bring 50, count ‘em 50, cult classics back to the big screen this year. 

Monday, April 15, 2019

BoneBat Comedy Of Horrors Film Festival 9: Zombies, Vampires, Metal Girls, And Murder Squirrels

demons eating popcorn

Sure, it’s spring, but the Seattle weather edged towards the crappy side. So there weren’t any pangs of guilt about lawns left un-mowed or yard work left un-yard worked this past Saturday. And that’s good, because I wasn’t going to do that shit anyway. Nope. Instead, I hunkered down all day, and part of the night, in a dark movie theater with a few hundred like-minded weirdo horror enthusiasts for the ninth—I can’t believe it’s nine—BoneBat Comedy of Horrors Film Festival.

Friday, April 12, 2019

'Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker' Trailer: The Saga Comes To An End


Anything happening today? No? Nothing much? Oh, yeah, the first trailer for Star Wars: Episode IX, THAT’S WHAT’S HAPPENING! It’s also called Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker apparently. There’s some stuff to chew on in this, that’s for sure. But for now, roll it!

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Pedring Lopez' Action Movie 'Maria' Acquired By Netflix

the same woman with many faces

I don’t generally make it a practice of noting every time Netflix acquires one random movie or another. They’re so busy snapping up films I would never sleep. But I’ll make an exception in this case, as this is a movie I’ve been dying to see. Netflix just acquired the rights to Filipino director Pedring Lopez’ action movie Maria, and it drops on the divisive service May 17.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

'Master Z: Ip Man Legacy' (2018) Movie Review

male and female martial artists fighting

This will surprise absolutely no one, but Yuen Woo-ping can stage the hell out of a fight. The guy is a legend for good reason. And he displays this particular skill front and center in his latest directorial effort Master Z: Ip Man Legacy, which features choreography on par with some of his best. Inventive and thrilling, it runs the gamut from incredibly technical martial arts skill to high-flying artistry that calls to mind his work on Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

Monday, April 8, 2019

Watch The First Trailer For Bong Joon-Ho's 'Parasite'

woman cries in the rain

UPDATED: Now there's a new poster, too!

ORIGINAL POST: Over the course of his career, South Korean director Bong Joon-ho has rarely made two movies that are even remotely the same. He’s done black comedy (Barking Dogs Never Bite), crime thrillers (Mother, Memories of Murder), and a post-apocalyptic actioner (Snowpiercer). Even his two creature features, The Host and Okja, couldn’t be more different in tone, style, and aesthetics. Now he’s back with another new film that looks nothing like anything he’s ever done. Check out the first trailer for Parasite.

Thursday, April 4, 2019

'Pet Sematary' (2019) Movie Review

grumpy undead cat

Stephen King has been going through an epic cinematic renaissance lately. We’ve seen a glut of fantastic, interesting big and small screen takes on the horror master’s work—and maybe one not so great attempt, sorry Dark Tower fans. The latest endeavor is a reworking of his 1983 novel Pet Sematary from directors Dennis Widmyer and Kevin Kolsch, the duo behind indie horror hit Starry Eyes. And it’s…fine.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

'Shazam!' (2019) Movie Review

superhero in a convenience store

Shazam! aims to say something about staying true to yourself, finding family where you can, and that you don’t need superpowers to be a hero and do extraordinary things, all wrapped in superhero origin story trappings. Those aims are all well and good, but the finished product is so saccharine and hollow, the emotion so manufactured and false, and the goofiness wears so thin so fast, it becomes insufferable and leaves a lingering bad taste.

The First 'Joker' Trailer Puts On A Happy Face

joaquin phoenix in clown makeup

The old adage goes, there’s a fine line between comedy and tragedy, that the difference is a matter of perspective. And from what we see in the first trailer for Todd PhillipsJoaquin Phoenix-starring Joker, that appears to be the underlying conceit for the origin story of the Clown Prince of Crime. The first trailer dropped this morning, and this certainly doesn’t feel like your typical comic book movie. Watch it below.

Monday, April 1, 2019

James Franco's Long-Lost 'Zeroville' Adaptation Finally Gets A Release


Fun fact, the very first cease and desist order I ever received was for sharing a trailer to James Franco’s Zeroville a few years ago. The film premiered in 2015 at the Toronto International Film Festival but has been lost in distribution hell ever since thanks to financial troubles. But it’s finally going to see the light of day later this year. Unless something else goes wrong. Which, given the film’s track record, it probably will.

'The Dead Don't Die' Trailer: Jim Jarmusch Made A Zombie Movie With An Insane Cast

Danny Glover, Bill Murray, and Adam Driver as sheriffs.

When you think of Jim Jarmusch, you probably think minimalist indie dramas with a brooding tone and undercurrent of strangeness that focus on unusual, off-kilter characters. Horror might not be the first thing that springs to mind. The director took a stab at vampires with Only Lovers Left Alive, which is great, and he’s returning to horror with the upcoming zombie film The Dead Don’t Die. And I’m here for it. Check out the first trailer below.

The Final 'Pet Sematary' Trailer Comes With A Price

angry undead cat

“Sometimes dead is better.” And sometimes trailers appear to give away a lot, which has been the case with Pet Sematary. Then again, I haven’t seen the movie, but the trailers, including this new, final trailer, appear to reveal some things. But what the hell. I’m all kinds of jazzed about this regardless, though I’m pretty indifferent to spoilers and such. Maybe tread lightly. Or maybe that's what they mean when they say there's a price to be paid.

Thursday, March 28, 2019

This 'Godzilla: King Of The Monsters' Trailer Goes Over The Rainbow

giant snarling monster

“Rodan, Ghidorah, Mothra…oh my.” “Set Godzilla free!” “This is Godzilla’s world, we just live in it.” Just when I think I can’t get any giddier about Godzilla: King of the Monsters, they have to go and release this short trailer full of campy one-liners and crap tons of new creature footage. All set to the darkest version of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” you’ve ever heard. 

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

'The Burial Of Kojo' (2018) Movie Review

a man watches a car burn on a beach

The Burial of Kojo begins with the striking image of a VW Beetle, mired on a beach in the tideline, engulphed in flames. With this esoteric picture, writer/director Sam “Blitz” Bazawule sets the mood and crafts a dreamy, lovely piece of allegorical surrealism.

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.