Edgar Wright makes movies for movie fans, first and foremost. Is there a wide audience for a zombie comedy that upends the genre while also delivering one of the most affecting horror tales of the 21st century? Maybe not at first, but Shaun of the Dead exists and it is spectacular. It took too many people too long to fall in love with a stylized rom-com martial arts adventure that appropriates video game language to provide commentary on how relationships evolve, but Scott Pilgrim vs. the World has rightfully become recognized as a one-of-a-kind pop masterpiece.
And speaking of pop masterpieces, Wright’s latest film, Baby Driver held its world premiere at the SXSW Film Festival over the weekend and it’s remarkable for two reasons. First, Wright’s unique voice remains intact, even as he plunges into a genre that is new to him and a story that takes away some of his more familiar crutches. Second, he’s made a movie that feels like it has the capacity to win over the average moviegoer as quickly as it wins the hearts of his fellow cinephiles.
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Last night, attendees of South by Southwest were lucky enough to see the world premiere of Baby Driver, the latest film from Shaun of the Dead and Scott Pilgrim vs the World director Edgar Wright. The first trailer debuted just before the screening was over (watch it along with a much different international trailer over here), and if you’re somehow not convinced to see the movie, maybe the early buzz from the first reactions to the movie will help.
We have a round-up of some brief reactions to Baby Driver after the jump. Read More »
UPDATED: A much different international trailer for Baby Driver has been added. Our original post follows below.
This weekend brings the premiere of Baby Driver to the South by Southwest Film Festival. We’ll have a full review from our own Jacob Hall who is down in Austin, Texas for the film’s premiere (among other things), but until then, fans can satiate their appetite for a new film from the director of Shaun of the Dead and Scott Pilgrim vs the World with the trailer for this new film.
Baby Driver follows a young getaway driver named Baby (Ansel Elgort) who is nearly mute and suffers from a condition that leaves a constant ringing n his ears, so he relies on his own personal soundtrack to drown out the noise so he can do what he does best. Edgar Wright promised a movie that was powered by music, and the first trailer certainly gives us that.
Watch the Baby Driver trailer after the jump. Read More »
Barry Sonnenfeld has made some fine entertainment over the course of his career. In the 1990s, Sonnenfeld had a terrific run, directing Get Shorty, Men in Black, and The Addams Family movies. Before turning towards directing, as a cinematographer, he shot Raising Arizona, Miller’s Crossing, Big, Misery, and Throw Momma from the Train. Since working on all of those memorable films, he’s directed some pictures–Wild Wild West, Men in Black II, and Big Trouble–that sorely missed the mark. Sonnenfeld’s next film, Nine Lives, about a man (Kevin Spacey) that gets turned into a cat, doesn’t look as appealing as his earlier efforts, but at the very least, it has Christopher Walken playing a cat whisper.
Below, watch a Nine Lives clip.
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Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2016 by Angie Han
At first glance, the 1970 picture of Elvis Presley and Richard Nixon shaking hands in the Oval Office looks flat-out bizarre. The flamboyantly attired musician makes for a striking contrast to the staid politician, and it’s a little jarring to realize that not only did these two people once inhabit the same universe, they actually crossed paths once. Somehow, the story behind that picture is even stranger: To Elvis, at least, this was no mere photo up but a meeting to discuss his swearing-in as an undercover federal agent-at-large for the Bureau of Narcotics.
Liza Johnson‘s Elvis & Nixon is about that how that meeting came to be and what happened when these two larger-than-life figures finally collided, with Michael Shannon as the King and Kevin Spacey as Tricky Dick. But it’s less about the vast differences between this two men than the one thing, even more than a shared distaste for the counterculture of the times, that truly bound them together: the strangeness of fame. Read More »
At a time when movie theaters are dominated by comic book movies, sequels, reboots and more stories with established intellectual property, having an original comedy sounds like the perfect remedy. Unfortunately, one of the original comedies coming out this year is Nine Lives, a movie about a neglectful, workaholic father (Kevin Spacey) who will learn how to reconnect with his family after he ends up being trapped in the body of a cat.
Even after the teaser trailer showed up back in January, I wasn’t sure this movie was real, but the new Nine Lives trailer shows us that this movie is still coming. Is it just some cruel prank? Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, February 10th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
I’ve joked a few times about Netflix‘s approach to marketing the fourth season of House of Cards, which has mostly entailed them nothing at all. There has been some viral marketing and some vague teasers, but otherwise, the the streaming service’s flagship series has been awfully quiet for a pop culture juggernaut that is less than a month away.
And right on cue, the first proper House of Cards season 4 trailer has arrived. Don’t give Netflix too much credit, though – this is still very much a teaser. They know they have a built-in audience for this show no matter what they show off in previews.
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Posted on Thursday, January 28th, 2016 by Angie Han
Will 2016 be the year of feature-length cat videos? Last week we got the first trailer for Keanu, Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele’s action comedy about two friends out to save the cutest cat ever, and today we’ve got the first trailer for Nine Lives, starring Kevin Spacey as a cat. Well, technically it stars him as an uncaring billionaire who gets turned into a cat so he can learn about the value of family or the power of love or whatever.
And to answer your next two questions: yes, this is a real movie with a real theatrical release date and everything; and yes, we’re sure. Watch the first Nine Lives trailer after the jump. Read More »
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Posted on Wednesday, January 27th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
There are a handful of shows that could arrive without any fanfare and still lead to television fans of all kinds struggling to binge every episode before anyone else. Netflix‘s House of Cards is one of those shows and the streaming giant knows it. That’s why the new season arrives in a little over a month and we’ve only seen a few tiny teasers advertising the show – why spend the time, money, and energy to create a massive marketing campaign when countless people are just going to fire up their Netflix account, see that the new season has dropped, and dive in without being asked oh-so-kindly by a dozen trailers?
The latest House of Cards season 4 trailer is very much in line with the previous teasers that have been unleashed online. All they need is a smug Kevin Spacey and a release date.
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Posted on Monday, January 11th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
When someone writes a gigantic book about the history of mass entertainment a few decades from now, they’re going to need to dedicate a chapter to House of Cards. Netflix‘s first original series is one of those watershed moments – you can cleanly divide the timeline between before and after this show premiered. Here is the series that broke the dam on streaming shows. Here is the series that transformed Netflix into a major player in the film and TV industry. Here is a series that proved that you can somehow craft a hit show by running an algorithm.
And yet, you’d be hard-pressed to find too many fans who thought that season 3 of this crafty, dense political drama was up to snuff. It was a definite step down from the gleeful insanity of season 2, which saw the series embrace its soap operatic side with outlandishly entertaining results. So the new season has one primary objective: get everything back on course. And wouldn’t you know it? A new House of Cards season 4 trailer has arrived and you can watch it below. Let’s start judging.
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