Evolution review

(This review is based upon a viewing of the film at Fantastic Fest 2015.)

Evolution is a deep swim in mysterious seas. This tale blends folklore and science fiction into a powerful hallucination of life where land and sea blur together, in which bodies are induced to behave in ways that are new and, in a Lovecraftian sense, possibly even obscene.

Director Lucile Hadzihalilovic, who previously directed Innocence and is a creative partner to spouse Gaspar Noe, keeps the final details of this story shrouded in shadow. She draws on the mysteries of the sea and the pains of growing up to synthesize her own powerful new fable.    Read More »

‘The Choice’ Trailer: Nicholas Sparks Is Back

The Choice trailer

Like the seasonal return of locusts, Nicolas Sparks is back. It would be unfair to call Sparks movies a plague — there’s an audience for every movie — but films based on Sparks novels are certainly numerous, and now there’s one more that you can struggle to distinguish from the rest. The new film is The Choice, which features Benjamin Walker, Teresa Palmer, and Tom Welling in the story of a romance that spans years and tries to overcome tragedy.

The Choice trailer showcases so many of the elements we’ve come to take as given in a Sparks movie: pretty young leads, a romantic triangle, golden North Carolina landscapes, and that one horrible event that changes everything. Check out the footage below. Read More »

George Miller Man of Steel

The next film from Mad Max director George Miller probably won’t be a huge spectacle, and he’s almost certainly not making a Man of Steel sequel.

It’s been a strange journey for George Miller in the past decade. Work on Mad Max: Fury Road began about fifteen years ago, and when that film was delayed he turned to Justice League, casting and designing the film (see the concept art above) and getting it to a point where production could begin. Then the economic situation changed in Australia and the writers’ strike happened. Justice League died and Miller went back to Happy Feet Two, and to Mad Max, which was finally released to great acclaim this year.

There were rumors that Miller, who grew up on DC Comics, might go back to a DC movie, with reports pegging him as a possible Man of Steel 2 director. But now Miller says his next film will be a small one even as he pushes aside those Man of Steel reports. Read More »

Ip Man 3 teaser

Here’s the first Ip Man 3 teaser, complete with some footage of Mike Tyson as the antagonist of the film. (He’s not playing himself, by the way.) Donnie Yen returns as Ip Man, most famous for teaching Bruce Lee, though that point in his life is only one of many achievements.

Bruce Lee, by the way, has been said to be appearing in this film through the demonic magic of CG, despite attempts from the Lee estate to contest that plan. We’ll see how that goes; fortunately there’s no CG Lee in this footage.  Read More »


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Liberty Valance remake

Paramount is making moves to remake one of the classic westerns. John Ford’s The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance starred Jimmy Stewart, John Wayne, and Lee Marvin in a story about a naive lawyer (Stewart) new to a small town who gets help from a local rancher (Wayne) when he stands up to a controlling outlaw — the title character Liberty Valance (Marvin).

The movie plays with moral shades of grey and plays with some well-established western character archetypes. Considered one of the last great classic westerns, it has become a staple of the film canon, and is included in class courses and the United States National Film Registry at the Library of Congress.

So, naturally, Paramount is looking into the creation of a Liberty Valance remake. Read More »

‘Jessica Jones’ Trailer: Bad Reputation

Jessica Jones trailer

Marvel Entertainment and Netflix have released one more teaser for their upcoming series Jessica Jones, which features Krysten Ritter in the title role. This footage shows Ritter at a bar’s jukebox, where she cues up ‘Bad Reputation’ by Joan Jett, before strolling back across the bar through the remnants of a big fight.

Check out this latest Jessica Jones trailer below. Read More »

Blade Runner 2

Ridley Scott has been working on the script for Blade Runner 2 for a couple years. It’s a script Scott has said original Blade Runner star Harrison Ford called the best he’s ever had when Scott delivered it to him a while back. While Scott is not directing the sequel to his 1982 science fiction landmark — that duty falls to Denis Villeneuve (Sicario, Enemy) — he is producing and in general overseeing and guiding the movie.

Ridley Scott is out promoting The Martian now, which gives people the opportunity to bring up Blade Runner 2. Speaking about the sequel, Scott insists that part of the story is Rick Deckard, Ford’s original character, owning up to the fact that he is a replicant. The movie also features Ryan Gosling, and Scott suggests that part of the plan now is to hand things off to Gosling for additional sequels. Read More »

serial TV series

The popular podcast Serial, which was spun off from the podcast series This American Life, is going to return as an audio series sometime in the next few months. But there’s also a Serial TV series on the way, and now we know some details. Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the duo behind The Lego Movie and the 21 Jump Street films as well as Fox’s series The Last Man on Earth, will produce the Serial TV series. Read More »

Macbeth featurette

Macbeth, from director Justin Kurzel and starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard, appears to be, if nothing else, a visually overwhelming adaptation of the play by William Shakespeare. Fassbender plays the general Macbeth, of course, who becomes king through treacherous violence, while Cotillard plays his devious and ruthless wife Lady Macbeth.

This Macbeth featurette features interviews with those three primary voices (Shakespeare not included) and features interesting notes just as Kurzel saying the script read like a western, and the idea that Macbeth is suffering from PTSD.

There are some good “making of” shots here, too, which are just as visually striking as the film’s footage itself. Fortunately, this featurette is just a bit more substantial than most things of this type. Running five minutes long it’s still a pretty digestible piece of marketing, but it gives the actors room to talk, and so we’ll take it.

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‘John Wick 2’ Shoots This Fall [Updated]

John Wick 2 Shoot Date

Keanu Reeves is about to put on a sharp suit once again for the sequel to 2014 the sleeper success John Wick, in which Reeves played a back-from-retirement assassin on a mission of personal vengeance.

Chad Stahelski is back to direct and presumably oversee the film’s action scenes — a big part of the popularity of John Wick in the first place was the great action and stunt work put together by Leitch and Stahelski, who spent much of their career in the stunt realm.

[Update: While we originally reported that David Leitch would co-direct with Stahelski, following the way in which the two made the first film, Collider now reports that Stahelski will direct John Wick 2 solo. Leitch will be credited as an exec producer.]

Now it looks like the John Wick 2 shoot date is set for this fall, as announced by production company Thunder Road. Read More »