Amy Schumer Live at the Apollo

It seemed like Amy Schumer was cracking jokes everywhere in 2015. She had her first starring feature role in Trainwreck, and her first HBO stand-up special Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo. She hosted Saturday Night Live for the very first time and returned to Comedy Central for the third season of her sketch series Inside Amy Schumer.

But after that impressive run, it seems Schumer is ready to branch out into new territory as an actress: drama. Schumer has just boarded the PTSD drama Thank You for Your Service, joining Miles Teller. Oscar-nominated American Sniper writer Jason Hall is directing.  Read More »

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Interstellar Cinematographer

Christopher Nolan‘s next movie, the World War II action thriller Dunkirk, will already serve as a reunion for several of the filmmakers previous collaborators. Tom Hardy is slated to star in the film and Hans Zimmer will compose the score. And now one more name who has worked with Nolan preivously has come on board the project as well.

Instead of going with his usual director of photography Wally Pfister, Nolan made Hoyte van Hoytema his Interstellar cinematographer. And now van Hoytema has been confirmed to reunite with Nolan for Dunkirk as well. Read More »

INDEPENDENCE DAY, 1996,

During Bill Clinton‘s time in office, the President watched a total of 171 movies, ranging from comedies to dramas to fantasy pictures. The President has eclectic taste in movies, and based on what he watched from 1993 to 2001, he’s got pretty good taste, too. Thanks to some damn fine reporting, you can now discover every single movie Clinton watched as President.

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son of saul trailer

There’s a strong chance you’ve heard about László Nemes‘ directorial debut, Son of Saul. This harrowing drama is the current frontrunner for Best Foreign Language Film at this year’s Academy Awards. It took home the foreign film award at the Golden Globes last week. It even made my personal top 10 of 2015, which is surely the greatest honor of them all.

While you have heard about it, chances are strong that you haven’t had a chance to actually see Son of Saul. It’s not like brutal Hungarian Holocaust dramas are a common sight at your local multiplex. However, a new trailer for this incredible film has arrived, which should serve as a reminder to check out this movie as soon as you have a chance (and on the big screen, if you can make that happen).

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pearl harbor

Even Michael Bay‘s most passionate fans rarely stand by Pearl Harbor. There are people out there that like the movie, but, unlike with the Transformers movies, you rarely get called an idiot online for not being a fan of Bay’s 2001 epic. The film was new territory for the director, but it missed the mark, thanks to miscasting, some tone-deaf humor, and its glossy aesthetic. Which means it’s ripe for getting ripped apart. After the jump, watch the Pearl Harbor honest trailer.

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13 Hours Trailer

Hoping to find the same audience that made American Sniper a hit around this same time last year, Paramount Pictures is releasing 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi this weekend. And now a new international trailer has arrived, showing what director Michael Bay can do with action and drama that doesn’t have any transforming robots, but still has plenty of gunfire and explosions. Check out the new 13 Hours trailer after the jump! Read More »

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hans zimmer dunkirk

Hans Zimmer scoring Dunkirk for Christopher Nolan is probably the least surprising news you’ve read all week.

Although the never-not-ambitious director of The Dark Knight and Interstellar is venturing outside of his comfort zone for the upcoming World War II drama, he’s surrounding himself with familiar faces and frequent collaborators. Inception and The Dark Knight Rises star Tom Hardy will act in the film. Editor Lee Smith, who has been cutting Nolan’s films since Batman Begins, is on board. Warner Bros. will foot the bill, just as they have for the majority of Nolan’s projects so far. So of course Zimmer, whose propulsive and bombastic music lent tension and urgency to five previous Nolan movies, is reporting for duty.

And yes, he’s certainly going to slip a dramatic “BRAAAHHM!” or two into this score.

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Michael Bay

We’re a short week away from Michael Bay‘s Benghazi movie. The director, once again using his clout from the Transformers movies, tells a story about the dual 2012 attacks on American compounds in Libya. 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, originally titled 13 Hours, should be a slight change of pace for Bay.

After the jump, watch a 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi featurette on Michael Bay’s work ethic.

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quentin tarantino movies ranked

I’ve spent the past few weeks immersing myself in the world of Quentin Tarantino. To prepare for the release of his latest film, The Hateful Eight, I ranked each and every one of his characters. Then I wrote about The Hateful Eight itself, which I saw in its glorious “roadshow” version. Now, it’s time to close the book on this subject for a little while… or until Mr. Tarantino decides to get around to making another movie. It’s time to rank all of his movies. Because this is the internet and ranking things is what we do.

So how do you rank the work of a filmmaker whose worst movie is still an exceptional piece of cinema? With great difficulty. This kind of thing isn’t science. This isn’t definitive by any means. Consider this an opportunity to talk about Tarantino’s work, to debate and discuss his movies. You will most certainly disagree with this ranking and that’s kind of the point.

Now, let’s dive in.

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