Thursday, February 25, 2021

Zack Snyder's 'Army Of The Dead' Trailer Executes A Heist In Zombified Las Vegas

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A heist movie, but make it zombies. I’ve heard much worse ideas, and that’s the basic premise behind Zack Snyder’s upcoming Netflix movie, Army of the Dead. While this first trailer doesn’t reveal much, it teases action, the undead, and the myriad problems that arise when those two elements collide. In short, it looks like a fine time. Check it out below.

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

'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.

Monday, February 22, 2021

'Wrong Turn' (2021) Movie Review

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At a certain point a franchise has to reinvent itself or risk doing the same thing time and time again to diminishing returns, sinking into obscurity all the while. That’s where the mutant backwoods cannibal saga Wrong Turn finds itself in 2021. With six films in can, the increasingly gory DTV series hasn’t had an installment since 2014. But a new year means a new movie, as well as a new direction. Don’t worry, there are still backwoods cannibals. 

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Timo Tjahjanto To Direct 'Train To Busan' Remake

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Train to Busan took over the world back in 2016. It wowed audiences when it premiered at Cannes, broke box office records in South Korea, and became one of the most acclaimed horror movies in recent memory. Almost immediately chatter of an American remake began. Though rumors died down for a while, things apparently kept moving forward. While it’s not a project I was ever particularly excited about, today the production did something that definitely kicks up my anticipation quite a bit: they hired Timo Tjahjanto to direct.

This 'Mortal Kombat' Red Band Trailer Has Bloody Ice Daggers And Tons Of Violence

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Video game movies have a bad rap, which, let’s be honest, is largely earned. As much as I enjoy the Resident Evil movies and a handful of others, there are some absolute dogs. Yet every time a new adaptation comes out, we collectively ask, “Is this the one that breaks the curse?” Who knows if it will, but the latest attempt to translate Mortal Kombat to the big screen has a lot going for it and this first trailer looks pretty damn rad.

Monday, February 15, 2021

The 2020 Seattle Film Critics Society Award Winners

seattle film critics society logoIt’s that time of year again. Okay, thanks to COVID-19, it’s significantly later than usual, but still, it’s the middle of awards season, the time where various groups get together to laud their favorite movies of the past year. I’m fortunate enough to vote in a couple of film critics groups and one, the Seattle Film Critics Society, just announced our 2020 awards.

Friday, February 12, 2021

'Willy's Wonderland' (2021) Movie Review

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Nicolas Cage battling evil animatronics come to life. That’s it, that’s the pitch. Based on that, most people probably know whether or not they want to watch Willy’s Wonderland. I’m a simple man and I’ve watched movies for so much less. And as someone who grew up traumatized by the heyday of hellish robotic children’s entertainment of this ilk, the kind featured at establishments like ShowBiz Pizza (and to a lesser degree, for me at least, Chuck E. Cheese), this hits very close to home indeed.

Thursday, February 11, 2021

'Lapsis' (2020) Movie Review

Using the lens of science fiction to examine current real-world predicaments and ills is a staple of the genre. Writer/director Noah Hutton’s indie sci-fi outing Lapsis settles neatly into this category, looking into the pitfalls of the gig economy, while sparing enough time to hurl barbs at the healthcare industry that forces people to choose between massive debt and medical attention. And all of this in the guise of a dystopian mystery, a sci-fi story that executes big ideas on a budget with inventiveness and creativity.

Friday, February 5, 2021

'PVT CHAT' (2021) Movie Review

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Writer/director Ben Howzie’s grimy indie drama, PVT CHAT, takes some big swings and has grand ambitions on a miniscule budget. A little bit mystery, a little bit thriller, it aims to unravel the tricky nature of connection in the modern age. The examination of how we communicate through screens, and how the personas we craft online bleed over into the tactile world, is especially poignant in this moment. 

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

'Prisoners Of The Ghostland' (2021) Movie Review

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During production, Nicolas Cage said Japanese director Sion Sono’s Prisoners of the Ghostland the “might be the wildest movie I’ve ever made.” Which is saying something from a man who once made a movie where he wore John Travolta’s face. Then again, he’s not wrong. Face/Off, however off-the wall, doesn’t have the testicular explosions, irradiated mutant ghosts, and the ubiquitous cracked mannequin masks of Prisoners. The final product is something like a hyper-absurd post-apocalyptic Escape From New York riff. And I’m here for every last second.