Ready Player One trailer breakdown

Every week in /Answers, we attempt to answer a new pop culture-related question. Since the entire /Film team is still recovering from their Comic-Con 2017 hangovers (read all of our coverage here), this week’s edition asks “What piece of Comic-Con news excited you the most this year?” As always, we have submissions from the /Film writing crew and podcast team.

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midnight texas review 1

NBC’s foray into the supernatural, Charlaine HarrisMidnight, Texas, brings the familiar flair of Harris’ other work, True Blood. But this time around, things are less R-rated and more suitable for the conventions of primetime basic cable viewing. If you’ve been hankering for a dark fantasy show while you wait on the return of FOX’s Lucifer and The Exorcist, this might fit the bill.

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The Last Tycoon Trailer

Amazon’s new series The Last Tycoon might be Mad Men for the film industry. Based on the F. Scott Fitzgerald novel, The Last Tycoon is set at the fictional Brady-American Studios in the 1930s. Matt Bomer plays studio executive Monroe Stahr and Kelsey Grammer is the studio namesake Pat Brady.

Brady and Stahr navigate the politics of pre-WWII international relations and personality clashes with movie stars. Some major players of Hollywood’s Golden Age share scenes with the fictional Stahr and Brady, and The Wizard of Oz script is floating around while Brady-American makes their fictional silent films and musicals.

The Last Tycoon series comes from Billy Ray and Christopher Keyser. As a screenwriter and director, Ray has tackled true stories like Captain Phillips, Breach and Shattered Glass, along with science-fiction like The Hunger Games and Volcano. Keyser has produced television as diverse as Tyrant and Party of Five. Ray and Keyser spoke with /Film by phone out of New York about their new series.

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Mohawk Review

Fresh from his ghostly triumph We Are Still Here, writer/director Ted Geoghegan finds himself combing the woods for a different kind of horror with Mohawk. One part revenge thriller, one part historical drama, one part home invasion where the United States is the home being invaded, this ambitious indie project delivers a spark of real-world tragedy yet falls prey to its low budget limitations.

The hook of Mohawk seems simple, but old grudges add gasoline to the fire and ensure no one leaves without blood on their conscience. It opens near the end of the War of 1812 as tribe members Oak (Kaniehtiio Horn) and Calvin Two Rivers (Justin Rain), and British soldier Joshua Pinsmail (Eamon Farren) try to convince elder Wentahawi (Sheri Foster) to join in war against the Americans. She refuses, and things start racing downhill once Two Rivers murders a bunch of American militiamen as they sleep. A cadre of American soldiers is dispatched to hunt him down, but, like the old adage says, if you embark on a journey of revenge dig, like, fifteen or sixteen graves.

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Preacher Sokosha Review

(Each week, we’re going to discussion Preacher’s season 2 by examining the differences between the original comics and AMC’s television adaptation.)

This week’s review is going to be a little different, because for once, the Preacher comics are directly represented in the TV show. In fact, they’re shown on screen!

See, when Jesse, Cassidy, and Tulip want to bone up on their knowledge of just what the Saint of Killers is all about, they head on over to the graphic novel section of their local library. There, they pull down what turns out to be Preacher: Saint of Killers, a real four-issue limited series that reveals the killer cowboy’s backstory.

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game of thrones stormborn review 8

(In our coverage of Game of Thrones season 7, we’ll be examining each episode with one simple question in mind – which character is winning the game of thrones this week?)

If last week’s season premiere was all about establishing the parameters of the Game of Thrones endgame, “Stormborn” was all about letting us see where the final players stand. This was an hour of uneasy alliances, hostile meetings, and grand planning. No one has enough friends and everyone has too many enemies. And there’s only room in the Seven Kingdoms for about half of these characters.

But “Stormborn” also lights the match that ignites the war, thrusting us into the final conflict between these various kings and queens. Alliances are hazy when the episode begins, but after the events of the final scene, everyone is going to scrambling to find a buddy or a thousand. Fast.

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Get Shorty TV Series

Pay cable network Epix just launched its first scripted original series in 2016 with Berlin Station and Graves. For its third, show runner Davey Holmes has adapted Get Shorty. The series will apparently be closer to the Elmore Leonard source material than the 1995 movie which was based on the book.

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killing ground review

Why do people even bother to go camping anymore? To quote Jim Gaffigan, “The only happy camper is the one leaving the camp ground.” When you head into the woods for a getaway, you have to contend with the heat, bugs, uncomfortable sleeping situations, and, if movies are to be believed, psycho killers. It seems whenever characters in films decide to pitch a tent somewhere, it’s not long before weapon-wielding lunatics come calling (and killing). 

This very familiar scenario gets a mostly inventive twist in Damien Power’s slow-burn Aussie horror flick Killing Ground. Writer-director Power takes the traditional set-up of young people in peril in the woods and tinkers with the narrative, building every so deliberately toward an inevitable, unsettling conclusion.

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Thor Ragnarok - Hulk vs Surtur

Now that the dust has settled on all the big San Diego Comic-Con news that broke throughout last week and weekend, we wanted to take a deep dive into one of the big trailers that hit the web shortly after debuting during the Marvel Studios panel in Hall H.

Thor: Ragnarok was one of the prominently featured films during the panel, and it’s the only Marvel Studios movie teased that released footage shown at Comic-Con immediately after it. If you’ve seen the trailer (make sure you watch it here), you might be wondering about some of the new reveals and details that can be glimpsed within. Thankfully, we’ve got one of our helpful trailer breakdowns to help clear things up and offer some speculation.

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Thor Ragnarok Comic-Con Footage and Panel

Members of the /Film staff spent much of the past week in San Diego to cover Comic-Con 2017, the enormous convention that explores every single corner of the geek world (and surely you’ve heard of it and already knew that). We saw footage from Marvel’s upcoming movies, including Avengers: Infinity War. We were able to listen to Steven Spielberg talk about Ready Player One. We explored the world of Blade Runner 2049 in a special VR experience. We watched 7,000 people go totally nuts over the first trailer for Stranger Things season 2.

But that’s only the tip of the iceberg. We’ve compiled all of our Comic-Con coverage from the past week into one handy post, organized by category. So please: peruse and enjoy and get your fix.

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