the handmaiden review

Park Chan-wook has spent much of his career being compared to the great Alfred Hitchock and The Handmaiden isn’t going to stop that. But there’s something to be said for a modern filmmaker being constantly placed side-by-side with one of the greatest directors of all time and there’s something more to be said when that director was known for his range and his willingness to take risks. Yes, Park’s films are Hitchockian in that they’re technically precise thrillers, but they’re also Hitchcockian because they muddle elements of horror and black comedy into the mix. And with The Handmaiden, Park proves that he can also match Mr. Hitchock in another category – he too is gloriously perverted.

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the void review

In the eyes of many genre filmmakers, the horror genre peaked in the ’80s and this mindset has informed entire filmographies. To attend any genre film festival is to wade through movies that feel like deliberate riffs on the work of directors like John Carpenter, movies filled with gooey practical effects and set to icy synth soundtracks. This kind of affection for a bygone era even went mainstream this summer with the release of Netflix’s Stranger Things – everyone wants to make a great ’80s movie 30 years after the fact and it can feel stifling. Nostalgia can be a bitch and a half. After a few miserable ’80s horror pastiches, you can’t help but feel ready to throw this entire subgenre to the dogs.

And then something like The Void arrives and shows how you can do it right.

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Mr. Robot Season 2 Finale Questions

Mr. Robot Season 2 has come to a close, leaving us with a couple of cliffhangers and many questions. Thankfully Mr. Robot showrunner Sam Esmail and some of the cast have answered some of your burning questions, or at very least, providing insight into the choices that were made in this finale. What is going to happen to Phase 2 of F Society’s plans? How does Tyrell play into the future of this story? What is going on with Angela? Is the FBI too close to stopping it all? What’s with that post-credits scene? And what might we expect from Mr. Robot season 3? Hit the jump as we attempt to sift through the

Hit the jump as we examine the interviews and try to answer all of your Mr. Robot Season 2 finale questions.

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MacGyver producers interview

James Wan makes his television debut with MacGyver, CBS’s reboot of the classic ’80s action series. With showrunner Peter Lenkov, and after one false start pilot, Wan directed the pilot that will air this week and set the stage for the series going forward. Lucas Till stars as Angus MacGyver, a scientist who uses his knowledge of real principles in the field on missions from a covert task force.

You may have heard the term “MacGyvering” your way out of a situation. It comes from the original show starring Richard Dean Anderson. Will Forte’s MacGruber sketch on SNL and subsequent movie is a spoof of MacGyver. We spoke with Wan and Lenkov before their panel to the Television Critics Association this summer.  Read More »

This Is How ‘Moon’ and ‘Mute’ Are Connected

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Yesterday, we were pleased to report Duncan Jones will finally start shooting Mute next week. The director was hoping to make the Berlin-set sci-fi movie his directorial debut, but he spent years struggling to get it financed. During those years, though, he met Sam Rockwell, who read Mute when Jones was aiming to make it his first movie. The director wanted the actor to play the villain, but Rockwell was interested in another role. They couldn’t agree on which part he was right for, but that meeting ultimately led to Moon, which will be referenced in Mute.

When the director tweeted yesterday that the two films are related, some people were left wondering how, but for the past few years, Jones has been discussing a Mute and Moon connection, and a part of it is the Sam Rockwell. Below, learn more about that cameo and the potential Moon-iverse.

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Dave Filoni Star Wars Rebels season 3 interview
The third season premiere of Star Wars Rebels will air over the weekend. As you probably know, fans went crazy when it was revealed that Grand Admiral Thrawn had been resurrected from Legends and has rejoined the Star Wars universe canon as the season’s big villain. The morning after the episode was screened at Star Wars Celebration Europe 2016  I was lucky to get a chance to sit down with Star Wars Rebels creator Dave Filoni and talk about the upcoming season.

We talk about a wide variety of topics, including where we are now in the Star Wars timeline, how Ezra has made so much progress since we last saw him, when we will finally get some X-Wings in the rebellion, his thoughts on The Force Awakens, if it’s possible to actually kill off a good guy or turn them to the dark side on a kid show, if Darth Vader or more Inquisitors will appear in Season 3 of Rebels, the idea of Force neutral characters, how Saw Gerrera ended up in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Wedge Antilles new canon backstory, if Rebels will end before A New Hope begins, the process of adapting Grand Admiral Thrawn back into canon, and much more. Some of these answers have been broken out into stories on the site already, but there is also a wealth of material never published before as well.

And don’t worry, the interview is season three spoiler free. Read our complete Dave Filoni Star Wars Rebels Season 3 interview, after the jump.

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Mr Robot Season 2 Finale Recap

I strongly suspect Mr. Robot’s second season finale is going to be divisive. The episode itself was actually quite straightforward—hardly the mindtrip we got last week, which sent some viewers into a tizzy over whether the show might just be too much for them. The trouble the Mr. Robot has run into, rather, is that its first season was merely the beginning of something larger, and now that we’re piecing together that larger story, the smaller moments can come across as less consequential. This is what drives complaints that “nothing is happening” on the show, or that it’s too self-indulgent, or even that it’s lost sight of the plot.  Read More »

operation avalanche interview

Operation Avalanche is one of the most pleasant surprises of 2016. What begins as a wickedly funny conspiracy theory comedy about a team of CIA agents who fake the moon landing in 1969 slowly shifts into a thrilling, paranoia-fueled thriller, shot and edited to look like a long-lost documentary secretly assembled by the man in charge of the project. The making of the film is just as fascinating as the final product: co-writer/director/star Matt Johnson and producer Matthew Miller not only had to create a convincing ’60 setting on a small budget, they had to do it without much help from anyone who could have made it easy. This is the kind of production that involved everyone literally sneaking into NASA as part of a fake tour group to shoot chunks of the movie. Really.

I sat down with Johnson and Miller and they spilled the nitty-gritty details. What’s it like to bump heads with Stanley Kubrick’s estate? How to film a low-budget car chase inspired by Children of Men? How, exactly, do you define “illegal” when it comes to guerrilla filmmaking? They were more than happy to share.

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Ghost In The Shell movie

Timed with Wednesday night’s broadcast of the Mr. Robot season finale, Paramount treated us to our first look at the upcoming live-action Ghost in the Shell movie. After the jump, you can watch all five of the new Ghost In The Shell teaser trailers.
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