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.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Jean-Claude Van Damme's 'The Bouncer' Gets A Dark, Gritty Trailer

As someone who grew up on Jean-Claude Van Damme movies, I’m happy he still largely makes the same types of movies he always made. (There are, of course, variances with the likes of JCVD and Jean-Claude Van Johnson, both of which are meta, self-referential, and great.) Sure, they all land on VOD these days, but by and large, he continues to work in the same low-to-lowish budget action realm ad the bulk of his career, with roughly the same awesome-to-stinker ratio. Some of his films rule, others not so much, but this trailer for his latest, The Bouncer, looks like it might be the former rather than the latter.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

'Buffalo Boys' (2018) Movie Review

Two brothers return from far away, to a home they left when they were too young to remember, only to find it overrun with violent, corrupt outsiders who rule over their people with an iron fist and exploit every resource. Sounds like a standard western plot. And it is, but in Buffalo Boys, instead of a historical American epic, director Mike Wiluan transfers the setup to 19th century Java.

Monday, January 7, 2019

'Polar' Trailer: Mads Mikkelsen Does His Best Badass 'John Wick' Impression. Yes, Please.

Uh, one-eyed Mads Mikkelsen playing a former assassin named “The Black Kaiser,” doing his best over-the-top John Wick impersonation in a snow-covered wilderness? Yes, yes, a thousand times yes. This trailer for Netflix’s upcoming Polar is extremely my speed. Check it out below and mark January 25 on your calendars.

Friday, January 4, 2019

A Quick Note On Grading Movies

I don’t like grading or ranking movies. If you read this site with any regularity, that probably doesn’t come as a surprise. Assigning a grade intended to indicate quality and value feels reductive and overly simplistic. No movie is 100% perfect and no movie is 100% worthless—there are positive and negative elements to every film and I dislike the idea of quantifying art and pitting artistic endeavors against one another.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

'The Drone' Trailer: 'Zombeavers' Director Returns With A Movie About, You Guessed It, An Evil Drone

If you expect a certain level of ridiculousness in a horror movie from the director of Zombeavers, you’re not alone. And the latest film from Jordan Rubin, The Drone, about technology run amok in a totally off the wall fashion, looks as absurd and as fun as one might imagine. Check out the trailer below.

The 2018 Online Film Critics Society Awards

I have the privilege of being a voting member of two different groups of film critics. One, the Seattle Film Critics Society, already had our time to shine and I wrote about those awards HERE. The other, the Online Film Critics Society, just kicked off the new year by announcing our winners. Here they are.