Posted on Sunday, February 12th, 2017 by Jacob Hall
I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that Unlocked was originally conceived over a decade ago – the trailer feels like something we’d be seeing in theaters around 2004 or so, at the height of Hollywood’s attempt to come to grips with the events of September 11, 2001. You have a heroic CIA interrogator (which has become something of an oxymoron) battling Islamic terrorists to prevent a biological attack in London. This thing looks like a throwback to the days when Jack Bauer was shooting out kneecaps and beating up ACLU lawyers on Fox’s 24. It feels positively ancient.
But maybe that’s part of the appeal? After all, 24 is back. Maybe it will be fun to watch Noomi Rapace and Orlando Bloom running around London shooting people while respected character actors furrow their brows in expository scenes where they have to talk about where bombs are located and who sold them out and so on. Maybe?
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Dozens of independent films debuted at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, and plenty of them got picked up for distribution, presumably sometime later this year. One of those films was Beach Rats, which ended up landing a directing award in the U.S. Dramatic section of films for director Eliza Hittman, making her second feature film.
The first Beach Rats trailer has arrived online, and while it doesn’t show much, it does give us a hint of the personality of the main character we’ll meet played by Harris Dickinson, who received plenty of praise for his performance in the film. Watch below. 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 have hope for addicts making their way up a very big hill, we get the bands back together, get fired and try to murder the boss, speak with the guy who helped teens everywhere blow stuff up good, see the softer side of chefs, and kick our drug habit by walking up a big hill. Read More »
Seann William Scott was once quite the popular comedic actor, but in recent years, he hasn’t been as in demand as he once was. Thankfully for him, fans of the 2011 hockey comedy Goon have been wanting to see him return to the ice for years, and how the American Pie franchise star finally has his skates on and fists up for the sequel.
Goon: Last of the Enforcers brings back Seann William Scott as Doug “The Thug” Glatt. But in the new trailer for the movie, it appears the years of beatings have finally caught up with Doug as the doctor tells him that he can’t play hockey anymore. Meanwhile, a lockout brings some new players to Doug’s old team, the Halifax Highlanders, including his rival Anders Cain (22 Jump Street star Wyatt Russell) as the new captain. Doug has no choice but to pick up his stick and throw some punches back on the ice.
Watch the Goon 2 trailer after the jump, but beware of some potentially NSFW language. Read More »
FX’s Legion aired last night and I have some brief thoughts on the pilot episode. You can find those after the jump, alongside the Legion season 1 trailer, a teaser for Legion episode 2, and a good making-of featurette on the creation of the world of the series.
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Posted on Thursday, February 9th, 2017 by Angie Han
As evidenced by the popularity of Black Mirror, feeling uneasy about technology is just part and parcel of life in the developed world in 2017. Who among us hasn’t felt a twinge of anxiety about where our Facebook photos or Twitter posts could end up, or worried that someone could be watching through our built-in laptop cameras? We fret a bit, and then we keep sharing and posting and liking things anyway. Because what else are you going to do? Just not be a part of modern society?
In The Circle, that stress gets taken to a whole other level when a bright young woman named Mae (Emma Watson) is hired by a powerful tech company that looks a bit like Google, Facebook, and Apple all rolled into one. At first, it seems like a warm and welcoming place with a tight-knit corporate culture — but pretty soon, she starts to see the true cost of ultimate transparency. Tom Hanks plays the company’s founder, and John Boyega a mysterious colleague. Watch The Circle trailer below. Read More »
Actress Joey King gives an excellent performance in The Conjuring. The sense of fear and terror she expresses is unsettling, especially during the “there’s someone behind the door” sequence. Not all actors are believable acting scared, but she can pull it off. Now she’s back in the horror genre with Wish Upon, which reunites her with The Conjuring‘s cinematographer, John R. Leonetti, who directed that film’s hit spinoff, Annabelle.
Below, watch the Wish Upon trailer.
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While John Wick is full of brutal gun shots to pretty much every part of the body, the one that that really made audiences sad was that the bad guys killed the title assassin’s adorable dog. That was just one of the many reasons that John Wick was thinkin’ he’s back. But what if instead of John Wick’s dog getting killed, it was John Wick himself who was killed, leaving his loyal canine to seek revenge for his master’s death.
Find out how deadly John Wick’s dog is in the Dog Wick trailer below. Read More »
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Posted on Wednesday, February 8th, 2017 by Angie Han
When it rains, it pours. Netflix has unleashed a veritable flood of teasers in the past 24 hours, so let’s dive right in. After the jump, watch the first promos for four very different new spring shows: Dear White People, Girlboss, Anne, and Buddy Thunderstruck. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, February 8th, 2017 by Jacob Hall
It’s hard to imagine two filmmakers more different than Sofia Coppola and Don Siegel, but now the two of them have something in common: they have both made film adaptations of Thomas P. Cullinan‘s 1966 Southern gothic novel A Painted Devil titled The Beguiled. Siegel’s 1971 version was his third collaboration with star Clint Eastwood (Dirty Harry would arrive the same year); Coppola’s 2017 version marks her third collaboration with star Kirsten Dunst.
In other words, it’s going to be fun to watch these two movies back-to-back and discover how two vastly different storytellers tackle the same material. We can get the ball rolling a little early by watching the trailer for Coppola’s remake (or is it re-adaptation?).
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