Evil Patrick Stewart

Jeremy Saulnier, the cinematographer-turned-director, got our attention in a big way with Blue Ruin. (That thriller is on our list of 50 great films you should see in 2014.) Now he’s making his second feature as a director. The movie, Green Room, features Patrick Stewart as a white supremacist scumbag who leads a gang that ends up in conflict with a punk band that witnesses one of the gang’s violent acts.

(Seriously, this movie sounds like a deep-sleep dream hatched after a night pounding boilermakers and reading a vintage issue of Maximum RocknRoll. I can’t wait.)

The first image of skinhead Patrick Stewart and his Green Room gang is out now; see it below. Read More »

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Patrick Stewart Green Room

Jeremy Saulnier is putting together the follow-up to his excellent thriller Blue Ruin, and he’s got a cast that makes the film an instant lock to see. Anton Yelchin, Alia Shawkat and Imogen Poots all star in Green Room, which Saulnier wrote and will direct. But it’s the most recent addition that will probably get your attention. Patrick Stewart has joined the cast to play the leader of a bunch of “white power skinheads.” Read More »

Blue Ruin trailer

The indie thriller Blue Ruin is one of your best bets for spring moviegoing. This is a lean, compact, and really effective revenge tale about a guy who takes extreme measures in an ill-considered effort to protect and avenge his family. It’s a dark, violent movie with flashes of macabre, gruesome humor, and a nicely-pitched lead performance from Macon BlairJeremy Saulnier‘s revenge tale just doesn’t mess around, and should captivate anyone who wants to spend an hour and a half in some pretty dark (yet still entertaining) places. Check out a great new trailer below.

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Blue Ruin trailer (UK)

There are some great small thrillers coming your way soon. The excellent Cheap Thrills is on VOD now, for example, and will be in theaters later this month. Following that is Blue Ruin, a movie that did the festival circuit last year and has earned a reputation as a lean and very compact thriller.

I really enjoyed Blue Ruin; it doesn’t mess around, and doesn’t indulge in anything for the sake of impressing the audience. It sets up the story of a young man (Macon Blair) who returns to his hometown to deliver a violent blast of vengeance against the man who hurt his family. But writer/director Jeremy Saulnier isn’t interested in making a typical bloody revenge thriller; there’s a much more grounded and effective tone to Blue Ruin

Check out a new Blue Ruin trailer below; this ad from the UK is as compact as the movie it represents. 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 reconnect with our family, eat some wings, question reality, sleep with our wife’s sister and take some bloody revenge. 
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