Friday, June 28, 2019

'Hobbs & Shaw' Trailer: Dwayne Johnson And Jason Statham Fight Idris Elba With An Axe And A Chainsaw

Dwayne Johnson with an axe and Jason Statham with a chainsaw

At this point, I don’t need a trailer to know I want to see Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw. But that doesn’t mean this latest, and “final,” trailer doesn’t make me smile like a drooling idiot. Because it does. This is ridiculous, and I mean that as the highest praise. I didn’t stop grinning the whole time. Check it out below.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

'The 16th Episode' (2019) Movie Review

bloody woman in a bathroom

The battle for clicks and views has killed more millennial YouTubers than malaria and polio combined—not measles, though, that shit is back with a vengeance. I kid—maybe, I don’t know the statistics—but that’s the basic premise for the new horror film, The 16th Episode, and, as you probably imagined, things do not go well.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

'Midsommar' (2019) Movie Review

a man and woman walk up a hill

When the lights went down, I certainly didn’t expect to describe Hereditary director Ari Aster’s Swedish pagan cult horror Midsommar as either “silly” or “a hoot,” but if the glass slipper fits… This is heightened ‘70s exploitation that builds to a bug-nuts crazy climax that had me rolling and clapping. Think hallucinatory Douglas Sirk nightmare by way of Jodorowsky-style surrealist fairytale, all punctuated with bursts of gore and terror.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

'Point Blank' Trailer: Frank Grillo And Anthony Mackie Team Up In This Remake Of A Baddass French Action Movie

UPDATED: Not to be confused with classic 1967 Lee Marvin movie of the same name, the 2010 French action-thriller Point Blank has been remade a startling number of times for a film most people never knew existed. And that includes a new Netflix version starring Frank Grillo and Anthony Mackie. It drops next month and the first trailer is here to prove it.

Monday, June 17, 2019

'Into The Ashes' Trailer: Frank Grillo, Crime, And Revenge

frank grillo and some goons

A grim, gritty saga of betrayal, revenge, and retribution starring Frank Grillo? Stop right there, Into the Ashes, I will partake of this particular bit of cinematic moral gray-zoning, no need to say more. Oh, there’s a trailer? Why yes, I am interested in watching that as well. If you care to join me, take a look below.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

'Doctor Sleep' Trailer: Mike Flanagan Shines In Stephen King's 'The Shining' Sequel


It’s well-known that Stephen King has never been a fan of Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of The Shining, but it’s still one of the best movies, horror or otherwise, ever made. That really has nothing to do with anything, but we’re talking about Mike Flanagan’s adaptation of King’s Doctor Sleep, the sequel to The Shining, so it seemed worth noting. Both a new film from Flanagan (Oculus, Hush) and adaptation of the horror master himself are worth celebrating, and now we have the first trailer for Doctor Sleep. Take a gander.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

'Desolate' Trailer: Check Out This Grim Modern Western Thriller

Jack Conley with a shovel stands his ground while others flee

A grim, proto-western about hardscrabble outsiders struggling to scrape by and ultimately turning towards a life of crime to make it through? Yeah, I’m here for that. And if you, too, like the sound of this, check out the trailer for director Frederick Cipoletti’s upcoming Desolate.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

'The Dead Don't Die' (2019) Movie Review

bill murray, chloe sevigny, and adam driver stare at carnage

The Dead Don’t Die is a movie that, on paper, sounds fabulous. Indie icon Jim Jarmusch assembled an amazing cast—Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Chloe Sevigny, Tom Waits, Steve Buscemi, Tilda Swinton, Danny Glover, and a murderer’s row of others—and the last time splashed around in the horror pool we got Only Lovers Left Alive, one of my favorites of 2014. But goddamn if this doesn’t miss in every conceivable way. 

Monday, June 10, 2019

Top 10 Films Of SIFF 2019

seattle international film festival 2019

It’s been 25 days (more than six weeks for press), but another Seattle International Film Festival is in the books. An epic undertaking, I saw north of 50 movies—not my highest total, not my lowest, but a solid amount—and lived to tell the tale. 

Friday, June 7, 2019

SIFF 2019: 'Pigeon Kings' Movie Review

a man sits alone in his back yard with pigeons

Did you know there’s a specific breed of pigeons that summersault mid-air? Did you know groups of people around the world who raise birds to do just that and have turned it into a competitive sport? Neither did I, at least until I watched Milena Pastreich’s documentary Pigeon Kings.

'Jiu Jitsu': Tony Jaa, Frank Grillo, JuJu Chan, And More Join Nicolas Cage's Martial Arts Versus Aliens Movie

tony jaa practices martial arts

When you hear about a movie named Jiu Jitsu, you probably don’t expect it to involve aliens. However, this particular film also stars Nicolas Cage, so all bets are off. And his upcoming action flick just added a ton of badass talent. In addition to Cage and Alain Moussi, star of the recent Kickboxer revamp, the cast now includes Tony Jaa, Frank Grillo, JuJu Chan, Rick Yune, and Marie Avgeropoulos.

Thursday, June 6, 2019

'The Gangster, The Cop, The Devil' (2019) Movie Review

a group of men in suits walk in slow motion.

To lump all South Korean cinema together and paint the industry with a singular, this-is-what-they-do brush is to do it a disservice. It cuts across genre boundaries, topics, and subsets, with standouts in each category along the way. But goddamn, do the South Korean filmmakers do dark, thoughtful crime thrillers really well. Oldboy, I Saw the Devil, The Yellow Sea, and many more. The latest addition to this canon is Lee Won-tae’s The Gangster, the Cop, the Devil.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

SIFF 2019: 'Lynch: A History' Movie Review

Marshawn Lynch throwing skittles during the seahawk's super bowl parade

For a man notorious for not talking, Marshawn Lynch is imminently quotable: “I’m just about that action, boss,” “I’m just here so I won’t get fined,” “Run through a mother fucker face.” In Lynch: A History, David Shields combines all of his greatest hits, clips of the former Seahawks running back’s career from high school through the pros, and unrelated footage and interviews to provide larger context of the man, his life, and the world that formed him. 

'Ad Astra' Trailer: Brad Pitt Explores Daddy Issues In Deep Space

I despised The Lost City of Z, just hated it with a white-hot fiery passion, in a raw, visceral manner I don’t hate many things. It makes me angry in a way that usually only racists and bigots do. In most cases, even if I dislike a film, I can at least wrap my head around how and why other people enjoy it. Not this time. I was shocked so many people love it and find zero value on screen (except Robert Pattinson, he’s rad). That said, I’m excited for director James Gray’s next film, the sci-fi adventure Ad Astra. It has a great cast, falls into one of my favorite genres, and checks all the boxes. The first trailer is here. Watch it below.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

SIFF 2019: 'Koko-Di Koko-Da' Movie Review

cat watches over small people

We’ve seen the Groundhog-Day-as-horror conceit before, most notably with Happy Death Day, but in Swedish oddity Koko-di Koko-da, writer/director Johannes Nyholm takes the concept to straight-up psychological nightmare territory. Twisted and terrifying, it offers a time-loop of grief, death, and adorable animated shadow puppet bunnies and birds, which he also manages to turn scary and unnerving as all hell. 

Monday, June 3, 2019

SIFF 2019: 'The Art Of Self-Defense' Movie Review

jesse eisenberg in a dojo

In Riley Stearns’ dark comedy, The Art of Self-Defense, Jesse Eisenberg plays Casey, a milquetoast office drone with no social skills a no friends outside of his dachshund, joins an agro karate dojo to learn to defend himself and become what he fears.