Posted on Tuesday, January 17th, 2017 by Jacob Hall
While streaming services like Netflix and Amazon tend to grab all the headlines and dominate much of the modern discourse on the future of television, it’s sometimes remarkable how pop culture connoisseurs tend to stop in their tracks and pay attention whenever HBO, a member of the old TV guard if there ever was one, debuts a new show. Sometimes, that show is bad. Sometimes, that show is life-changing. Sometimes, as is the case with The Young Pope, that show is so peculiar that the internet simply doesn’t know what to make of it.
In short, I like to pay attention to what HBO is doing, so that means that I’m paying attention when their president of original programming talks about more True Detective, The Night Of, and Deadwood.
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With all the superhero movies hitting theaters each year, audiences are getting a little sick of origin stories. But in the Sundance selected film Sleight, we get a movie that takes a homegrown approach to the superhero origin thanks to some ingenuity and street-level drama.
Sleight follows a young high school boy named Bo (Jacob Latimore) who must take on the responsibility of caring for his younger sister after a family tragedy leaves them alone. Barely getting by with the money he gets from strangers for doing street magic, he can’t help but get involved with some of the wrong people, for the sake of his family. That creates all sorts of problems, but he just might have the right tricks to get out of them.
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While blockbusters tend to throw visual effects in your face, the best use of the advanced technology we have to create computer generated imagery is used to enhance what was shot on set. The hardest thing to do is use extensive visual effects that fill in for reality, but when it comes to recreating an isolated ocean cove and a deadly shark patrolling the waters, two visual effects houses did an incredible job.
The Shallows follows Blake Lively as she ends up stranded on small set of rocks 200 yards from the nearest shore. Keeping her from swimming back to safety is one ferocious shark, and you might be surprised to see just how impressive the visual effects are that created the shark from scratch, as well as most of the ocean environment surrounding the terror.
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Posted on Thursday, January 12th, 2017 by Angie Han
If you’re tired of prestige-pic-season leftovers and Monster Trucks isn’t exactly your jam, perhaps Sleepless will be just the jolt you’re looking for. A remake of the buzzy 2011 French thriller Sleepless Night, it’s essentially Jamie Foxx‘s Taken, with a bit of The Departed mixed in. Michelle Monaghan is also there to glower at Jamie Foxx and David Harbour gets the chance to demonstrate that he can say “Nevada” correctly. Watch the Sleepless red-band trailer below. Read More »
Director Nicolas Winding Refn (The Neon Demon) has teamed up with screenwriters Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, best known for their extensive work on the James Bond franchise, for his Tokyo-set thriller, The Avenging Silence. Refn will again follow a man of few words with his next film. Based on its early plot synopsis, The Avenging Silence is about a mute former spy assigned with killing the head of a Yakuza family.
Below, learn more about The Avenging Silence plot.
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Netflix has always had a large library of streaming content, but in the next few years, they’re hoping that 50% of their library will be made up of original programming. But if they’re looking to have ample content in every genre, they have some work to do in building their original horror/thriller library. So far they’ve only released Rebirth, I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House and Mercy, but now they have a new one coming to theaters on Friday the 13th.
Clinical will hit the streaming service this weekend, and the first trailer has just arrived. While it does have some rather horrific imagery, this doesn’t look like your typical horror film. Instead, this appears to be a visceral psychological thriller that brings the real life horror of post-traumatic stress to life.
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When Willem Dafoe signs up for a movie, that film is pretty much guaranteed to have at least one good performance. We expect nothing less of Dafoe, an actor I can’t think of giving an underwhelming performance in recent memory. Not only is he consistent, he’s also great more often than not, so it’s satisfying to learn he’s joined Kenneth Branagh‘s Murder on the Orient Express remake.
Below, learn more about the Murder on the Orient Express cast.
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We first heard about Duncan Jones‘ Mute back in 2009, shortly after he had finished blowing us all away with his stunning science fiction debut, Moon. Since then, Jones has helmed two other movies, the very good Source Code and the noble misfire Warcraft, but his Berlin-set sci-fi noir has always hovered in the margins of every news post. When was he finally going to get around to making this one?
Then things started to come together. Alexander Skarsgård, Paul Rudd, and Justin Theroux joined the film. Moon composer Clint Mansell hopped on board. And then shooting started, with Netflix signing on to release the film straight to their streaming service at some point in 2017. Now, the first images from the film have arrived as the final piece of evidence: yes, Mute is actually happening. Finally and for real.
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Recently Michael Fassbender has played a mutant on a mission, a man with a Macintosh, and Macbeth. Now he finds himself in a caravan family of criminals in a new indie thriller.
Trespass Against Us sees Michael Fassbender as Chad Cutler, one chain in three generations of a family who have been outlaws living in the country for decades. Brendan Gleeson plays his father who proudly passes the mantle down, but it appears there’s a kink in the chain as Chad realizes he doesn’t want his son Tyson to follow in his footsteps. Though he’s attempted to stop his criminal ways, he can’t help but take on one last job from his father in order to finally leave it all behind.
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Looking to mix up the dullness of the big screen offerings in January is the action thriller Sleepless. The film stars Jamie Foxx as an undercover cop working to infiltrate some of his fellow police officers who have turned corrupt. But when he starts getting too close, one of the crime bosses he’s trying to bust kidnaps his son. Jamie Foxx doesn’t like that at all.
You can see how all that plays out in the first Sleepless trailer that debuted last fall, but now a clip from the movie has debuted, showing us the tense, cheeky relationship that Jamie Foxx has with Michelle Monaghan, who works in internal affairs and has no idea that Foxx is just pretending to be a corrupt cop as part of his job, and isn’t actually as bad as some of his colleagues.
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