little woods review

The Western has wholly transformed since the days when John Wayne first drew his pistols. No longer is it a glamorous validation of rugged individualism, or a sweeping ode to Americana. No, the times, they are a-changin’ — and with it, one of cinema’s oldest genres.

Nia DaCosta‘s haunting directorial debut, Little Woods, is the latest incarnation of the Western, a potent slow-burning thriller that taps into the economic devastation that has wracked middle America for the past few decades. And anchored by two incredible performances by stars Tessa Thompson and Lily JamesLittle Woods becomes an intimate and painfully now film that gives us a glimpse of the evolution of a genre primarily populated by hypermasculine men.

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New Blu-ray Releases the post

(Welcome to Not Dead Yet, a feature dedicated to new Blu-ray releases and what special features you should be excited about. Because yes, some of us still like to own physical copies of our movies.)

It’s that time again: time to round-up the best Blu-rays available right now. This column is for you, physical media fiends. Don’t give up the good fight. This week, we have a great, timely offering from Steven Spielberg; a highly entertaining Heat knock-off; a charming sequel; Liam Neeson on a train; Helen Mirren in a haunted house; and a brutal revisionist Western.

Here are the new Blu-ray releases and their special features you should check out this week.

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westworld featurette

Westworld is back, bringing a whole new set of mysteries for fans to obsess over. With those mysteries comes a new group of characters: the creepy, featureless Drone Hosts that are clearly up to no good. A Westworld featurette below looks at the creation of the Drone Hosts, and another video looks to the week’s ahead. Read More »

Westworld Journey Into Night Review

Welcome to our weekly recaps of HBO’s Westworld. This Westworld review takes a look at the first episode of season 2, “Journey Into Night.” Be warned: spoilers follow.

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hostiles clip

In anticipation of the Blu-ray and digital release of Scott Cooper‘s brutal Western Hostiles, we have an exclusive behind-the-scenes clip that looks at the film’s harsh landscapes. See the Hostiles clip below.

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Man in Black Westworld Season 2

Ed Harris looks upon your Westworld spoiler concerns, and scoffs. The cast and crew behind Westworld have been mostly tight-lipped about what happens in season 2. Ed Harris, meanwhile, decided to spill the beans regarding some details about his mysterious character, the Man in Black. In other words, if you want to go into Westworld season 2 100% spoiler-free, turn back now. Spoiler alert ahead! The Man in Black Westworld season 2 details (and potential spoilers) are below.

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Westworld season 2 spoiler video

This afternoon, Westworld creators/showrunners Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy made a daring promise: in order to avoid having Redditors guess season 2’s major plot beats before the show itself revealed them to its audience, the showrunners said they would release a detailed video online ahead of its premiere that went ahead and spoiled everything up front. According to them, the plan was to release this information to a select group of gatekeepers who would then be able to better control the flow of spoilers out into the larger world of the internet.

Tonight, Nolan and Joy followed through on their promise to release a spoiler-filled video. But as you might expect from the people behind such a mind-bending show, there’s a twist. Read More »

deadwood movie

Breaking news: Timothy Olyphant is a damn liar. Mere days after Mr. Olyphant broke our hearts and claimed the Deadwood movie had no chance of happening, word comes that HBO might start shooting the film as soon as October. We’re onto you, Olyphant.

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Westworld Shogun World

A few days ago, the website for Delos Incorporated – the fictional company that operates the title park in HBO’s hit sci-fi series Westworld – revealed some official details about Shogun World, the second theme park that we’ll be seeing when season 2 arrives later this month. Now, a new interview with showrunners Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy has yielded even more information about the show’s Japanese-inspired theme park, including why they chose that over Medieval World or Roman World, how significant a role Shogun World will actually play in the upcoming second season, and more. Learn about their intentions for the Westworld Shogun World park below. Read More »

deadwood movie

Timothy Olyphant has decided to be a jerk and throw some cold water on the Deadwood movie. HBO and creator David Milch have been going back and forth about the idea for years. Recently, it’s seemed closer to reality than ever before. Now, however, Olyphant, who starred in all three seasons of the Shakespearian Western, is warning fans to not hold their breath.

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