Oh my, this is just the kind of pick me up I needed today. Given the chaotic, unstable state of the world—what with entitled assholes refusing to stay home or wear masks to prevent a global pandemic and Black people begging the police not to murder them—many may not want to watch an apocalyptic, end-of-the-world movie. I, however, say bring that shit on. Especially when it stars Gerard Butler. And in that spirit, here is the first trailer for the Gerard-Butler-fights-a-planet-killing-comet movie, Greenland. Yeah, that’s the good stuff.
Thursday, June 25, 2020
Wednesday, June 24, 2020
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.
Thursday, June 18, 2020
Best known for playing sarcastic comedy sidekicks and for being the younger brother of someone more famous, Dave Franco decided to show off another side. He’s about to make his directorial debut with the horror thriller The Rental, which he also co-wrote with indie staple Joe Swanberg. When actors step behind the camera it’s often a mixed bag, but with this first trailer, The Rental definitely looks promising.
Tuesday, June 16, 2020
2016’s Train to Busan is one of those zombie movies that comes along every few years and reminds everyone how good the genre can be. The South Korean horror film was a big international hit and now the sequel, Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula, is on the way, with another new trailer as proof.
Tuesday, June 9, 2020
As bleak as 2020 has been, we could all use a touch of hope, optimism, and to be a bit more excellent to each other. Which is part of why we’re so excited for Bill & Ted Face the Music, the long-in-development third chapter in the Bill & Ted saga. (Also, because the first two rank among our favorite films of all time.) Face the Music is still slated to open this summer—we’ll see how that goes—and now we have our first trailer. Check it out, dudes.
Monday, June 8, 2020
If you’re old enough to remember 1995, you probably remember the fervor surrounding Showgirls, Paul Verhoeven’s debauched look at the life of a Vegas dancer clawing her way to the top. It was critically reviled, publicly scorned, and the subject of an unending parade of controversy as it became the first, and still only, NC-17 rated movie to receive a wide release. Despite the popular drubbing, Showgirls has received something of a critical and popular reevaluation, a process chronicled in Jeffrey McHale’s new documentary You Don’t Nomi.
Friday, June 5, 2020
When a perfect young couple moves in with an older couple, they get more than they bargained for and it permanently alters their lives. The basic premise of Shirley is simple. But when the older couple consists of troubled horror writer Shirley Jackson (Elisabeth Moss) and her professor husband, Stanley (Michael Stuhlbarg), it’s so much more complicated for aspiring professor, Fred (Logan Lerman), and his young wife, Rose (Odessa Young).
Thursday, June 4, 2020
If you’ve ever wanted to watch a young girl bludgeon, pummel, and otherwise dismantle a bunch of white supremacists, Jonathan Milott and Cary Murnion, the directing duo behind Bushwick and Cooties, is here for you with their new film Becky. When it hits its stride, the film is a total blast and as much fun as watching a kid murder Nazis with neck-stabbing and flamethrowers sounds. Think an angsty tween Home Alone meets You’re Next. It also features a couple well-known actors doing things decidedly out of their wheelhouse. That said, despite what rules, major issues keep it from greatness.
Wednesday, June 3, 2020
Some families have certain activities they like to do together, but making eerie, low-budget horror movies isn’t usually one. During the credits of The Deeper You Dig the phrase, “An Adams Family Film” (not Addams Family) pops up on screen. And sure, it’s good for a chuckle, but it’s also an accurate representation of what you’re about to see. It’s nothing if not a family affair. Written and directed by husband and wife team John Adams and Toby Poser, the couple also star in two of the three main roles. The third? Filled by their daughter, Zelda Adams.