Posted on Monday, October 5th, 2015 by Angie Han
In Bridge of Spies, Steven Spielberg‘s new Cold War drama, Tom Hanks plays an upstanding American civilian defending a Soviet spy caught on American soil. At a time when even being suspected of having Communist sympathies could ruin one’s personal and professional life, his assignment is an unsavory, even dangerous one, and there would be good reason for him to feel conflicted about doing his job.
The film doesn’t really explore that ambivalence, though. Bridge of Spies is more interested in telling a tale of crystal-clear heroism, which would be fine if it weren’t so disinterested in digging into the murky atmosphere surrounding it. Instead it feels disappointingly thin, even as it does a great job of demonstrating that James B. Donovan was a pretty swell guy. Read More »
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As you’ve surely noticed, there’s a lot of big stuff celebrating Back to the Future this month. It’s the original film’s 30th anniversary, and this month will also mark the exact day and year and Marty and Doc travel to the future in Back to the Future Part II. We even put together a whole guide with all the anniversary celebrations happening this month and beyond.
And now we have yet another promotion to throw on the pile, with Pepsi making one of Back to the Future Part II‘s predictions about 2015 come true. On October 21st, the soda company will release a limited edition collectible Pepsi Perfect, modeled after the unique bottle design that Marty picks up in Cafe 80s. Read More »
Just last week, the final trailer for James Bond next’s mission, Spectre, arrived with a lot of action. It arrived not long after the film’s new theme song, “Writing’s on the Wall” by Sam Smith, debuted online. And now the film and the theme song meet in the Spectre theme music video.
While there are a lot of shots of Sam Smith singing while looking very sad and introspective, there’s some new footage from Spectre in the video as well, including some shots of James Bond (Daniel Craig) getting frisky with Monica Bellucci and also sharing a tender moment with Léa Seydoux. Read More »
Back at Comic-Con, director J.J. Abrams said that a new trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens would be arriving in the fall. That season has arrived, but we’re not sure exactly when the new trailer will arrive. A smart bet might be The Good Dinosaur, but that’s just speculation on my part.
While we wait, check out this clever Star Wars: The Force Awakens Disney trailer mash-up that takes characters and elements from some of the House of Mouse’s classic hand-drawn animated films (and some computer animated too) and puts them in scenes from the second teaser trailer for the forthcoming Star Wars sequel. Read More »
Best Stories of the Week is a round-up of the previous week’s best and biggest stories, from news to editorials to trailers.
This edition we’ve got pieces on the Kingsman: The Secret Service sequel, the future of the Terminator franchise, a Watchmen TV series at HBO, some news on the potential director of Furious 8, and another Ghostbusters movie in development.
In addition, we’ve got new trailers for James Bond’s next mission in Spectre, The Revenant starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Marvel’s Jessica Jones series and more.
Get all the Best Stories of the Week after the jump! Read More »
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Son of Saul is a significant achievement made all the more astonishing by the fact that it is the director’s debut feature. This intimate story from within the Holocaust avoids World War II movie cliches, turning away from convention to embrace an unflinching vision of one man’s quest for redemption in the inferno of Auschwitz.
The phrase “Holocaust movie” may inspire an instinct to avoid rather than rush towards a film; in this case please don’t give in. Son of Saul approaches its subject without gingerness or caution, but this film’s spirit never falls into exploitation. More important, focusing on one man’s experience does not trivialize the weight of the story’s context. Seeing the Holocaust through Saul’s own personal mission gives us a view of the genocide that is unlike any other in cinema. Read More »
It seems like Nicolas Cage doesn’t turn down anything nowadays. From Left Behind to Season of the Witch, the last five years haven’t been full of Cage’s best decisions. However, there was one point when Cage was a little more choosy, and he turned down what could have been one of the biggest roles of his career.
In a recent interview, Cage revealed that he was offered a lead role in Lord of the Rings, but he ended up turning it down. So which Nicolas Cage Lord of the Rings pairing almost happened? Read More »
Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week we get out of the house to see some cartoons, herald a new He-Man documentary, say goodbye to a Chicago summer, take some candids of people cooler than us, and get to know one of soccer’s most pretty players.
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Posted on Friday, October 2nd, 2015 by Angie Han
What’s the latest on Josh Boone‘s New Mutants? Who’s directing Jessica Jones? When will Batman: Arkham Knight return to PC? What happens when Superman oversleeps? Has the Arrow / Flash crossover episode started shooting? What would the Justice League look like as D&D characters? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »