Comet Emmy Rossum Justin Long

Editor’s note: This review originally ran in June, but the wonderful Comet opens in limited release this weekend, so we’ve republished it. It’s also on demand. Watch the trailer here.

Imagine you’re watching your relationship on TV. It is playing on five channels, with each channel airing a different stage of the relationship. When things get too uncomfortable, awkward or emotional, you just flip the channel. On that next channel, you’d continue to watch your relationship unfold, maybe from a point a few years later. The cumulative result of the experience would probably put into perspective the whole of what you and another person can be together. Loving in one moment, hateful in another, caring, selfish and more.

That metaphor is an elaborate attempt to describe Comet, the directorial debut of Sam Esmail, which had its world premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival this weekend. Comet stars Emmy Rossum and Justin Long as the central couple. While there is absolutely no TV channel surfing involved, the film’s complex and fascinating structure feels like that, from the audience perspective. It’s a dense, funny, insanely well-written and well-acted film. Unlike most romantic films, it keeps you guessing. Simultaneously, it raises questions about the nature of love, life, and truth, all disguised in an semi-conventional love story told in the most unconventional of ways. It’s a special movie. Read More »

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Every once in a while, you go to the movies with no idea what you’re about to see and witness something special. Even something miraculous, cinema in its purest form, without hype or expectations. That happened to me this summer when I saw Sam Esmail‘s Comet.

In Comet, Justin Long and Emmy Rossum star as a couple whose entire relationship is viewed in a series of connected scenes that change, transform and surprise in a multitude of ways. It opens in limited release December 5 and now the first trailer is here. Check out the Comet trailer below. Read More »

Bill Burr Breaking Bad

Comedian Bill Burr has had an eclectic journey to stardom. He first came to our attention with a few roles on Chappelle’s Show. That brought more and more people to his comedy shows, one of which became a legendary viral video in which he eviscerated the people of Philadelphia. A few acting gigs here and there lead to a small but crucial role on Breaking Bad. Now, finally, he’s got his own show.

Netflix just greenlit a show created by Burr and Simpsons writer Michael Price called F is for Family. It’s a a half hour animated series with a star-studded cast, about growing up in the ’70s. Read more about the Bill Burr Netflix show below. Read More »

Magic Mike

Amber Heard and Jada Pinkett-Smith will also star in Magic Mike XXL, despite being rather ill-equipped to play male strippers. Plus, see a new photo from behind the scenes of Magic Mike XXL. And also after the jump:

  • Star Trek 3 is reportedly shooting in mid-February
  • … and Simon Pegg says J.J. Abrams is “all over it”
  • Expendables 3 downloaders are being told to pay up
  • Justin Long wants more Galaxy Quest and Zack & Miri
  • Elizabeth Banks drops more hints about Pitch Perfect 2
  • Amityville: The Awakening loses its release date
  • Get a load of the new poster for V/H/S: Viral
  • The Insidious Chapter 3 poster involves a lot of reading

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Kevin Smith‘s Tusk is a prime example of a filmmaker in the midst of reinvention. Ever since the disaster that was Cop Out, Smith has been on a quest to become a new director. First he shunned Hollywood and self-distributed Red State, a welcome departure from his off-the-wall comedies of the past. Now he’s delving deep into horror with Tusk, the story of a man named Howard (Michael Parks) who kidnaps a podcaster named Wallace (Justin Long) and attempts to turn him into a Walrus.

Much like Smith’s up-and-down career path, Tusk has a fascinating trajectory. Everything starts off well with the director slowly but surely building a very specific, intriguing and foreboding tone. Even as the story begins to border on the ridiculous and the gore gets exponentially more intense, we buy it because the film has won us over with its sharp writing, well-timed humor, inventive plot and layered storytelling.

Unfortunately, about two-thirds into the movie, Smith apparently saw some brake lights in front of him because the film comes to a screeching halt. It stops being fun so suddenly and so painfully it’s almost unfathomable. Things never quite recover from that narrative roadblock and, by the end, it all feels arbitrary and amateurish. Read More »

‘Tusk’ Featurette Explores the Film’s Podcast Roots

Tusk Featurette

In Tusk, Justin Long plays a douchebag podcaster who travels to Canada in search of a story, and gets a hell of a lot more than he bargained for. The film is nuts, because it veers from horror to comedy in broad strokes. The end credits of the film (no spoiler) actually play some of the audio from the podcast that spawned the film, and that’s kind of the rosetta stone for deciphering the film’s disparate tones. This Tusk featurette is also a good thing to watch before seeing the movie, because it will help you understand just how seriously (or not) Kevin Smith approached the story.  Read More »

Tusk early buzz
Kevin Smith‘s latest film Tusk premiered Saturday night at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival as part of the festival’s Midnight Madness selection. The first reactions have been flooding twitter, and it seems like everyone agrees: the movie is fucked up. Is that a good thing? The film reportedly received a standing ovation, and most of the reactions seem to be positive. Hit the jump to read the Tusk early buzz and see the first tweet reactions to Kevin Smith’s new horror indie.

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See Five Photos From Kevin Smith’s ‘Tusk’

Tusk photo

Kevin Smith‘s latest film, Tusk, premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival this weekend. That means we’ll finally get word of exactly how far Smith pushed the envelope in his new horror film, which stars Michael Parks as a man trying to turn another (Justin Long) into a walrus. Haley Joel Osment, Genesis Rodriguez and maybe even Johnny Depp co-star as people looking for Long’s character.

We’ve seen a disturbing teaser trailer from the film and now, five new stills have been released. Everyone above (minus Depp) is represented and yes, they’re very creepy. Check out the new Tusk photos below. Read More »

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