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The Good Place Featurette

Next week brings the beginning of the final season of The Good Place. After last season’s (kinda) cliffhanger ending, fans are eager to see if Eleanor (Kristen Bell), Jason (Manny Jacinto), Tahani (Jameela Jamil) and Chidi (William Jackson Harper) can prove that people can be good. But before we start the end of this journey, a new featurette from the recent Paley Center special paying tribute to series features Mike Schur explaining how the series came to be. Watch below! Read More »

The Vast of Night Review

Certain decades have their own tangible fears. The 1950s possessed a culture of fear that has been explored repeatedly throughout the horror and sci-fi genres. Cold war fears were heavily centered around an aversion to the other, technology, nuclear war, and aliens. There’s a singular simplicity in film and television that captures the emotional impact of these anxieties, allowing filmmakers to enhance metaphors through style, dialogue, and setting as opposed to overt displays of violence and nightmarish imagery. Director Andrew Patterson’s feature debut The Vast of Night at Fantastic Fest 2019 applies all of the conventional trepidation of the time period, while delivering a film with concise and unorthodox storytelling along with subtle suspense rooted in sci-fi. Read More »

Deerskin review

Have you ever loved a jacket? I mean really loved a jacket? Ruined your life for a coat? Destroyed your marriage and your finances for cool-looking cool-weather clothing? Have the fringes on your outfit caused you to live a fringe existence, evaporating your sanity, and driving you to a rampage? And was your outfit made out of Deerskin?

Director Quentin Dupieux’s new film will certainly speak to anyone with a dash of fashionphilia, or even a simple desire to rid the world out of outerwear. It’s a completely bonkers exercise in lunacy and cold, calculated obsession, all revolving around a really groovy suede outfit. Read More »

Fantastic Fest Day Two Recap

(Welcome to The Fantastic Fest Diaries, where we will be chronicling every single movie we see at the United States’ largest genre film festival.)

Welcome to Fantastic Fest 2019, day two. In this entry, Reflections of Evil is one of the most insane movies ever made, The Death of Dick Long is a surprisingly tender movie about idiots, and Color Out of Space is the wild H.P. Lovecraft movie we’ve been waiting for.

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The Aeronauts Trailer

The Aeronauts, inspired by a true story, focuses on young widow Amelia Wren (Felicity Jones) and headstrong scientist James Glaisher (Eddie Redmayne) as they set out to fly a hot air balloon higher than anyone in history, all with the hope of determining whether or not they can predict the weather. A new The Aeronauts trailer has just arrived from across the pond, showing more footage from the high-altitude adventure drama. Read More »

Tammy and the T-Rex Review

Tammy And The T-Rex is a tale as old as prehistoric time. Boy meets girl. Girl falls in love with boy. Girl’s punk ex-boyfriend kidnaps her new crush and leaves him to be mauled by lions in a wildlife park. Wounded boy is stolen by a crazed genius, has his brain removed, then implanted into an animatronic Tyrannosaurus Rex. Boy, now a Jurassic Park prop, goes on a deadly rampage in order to win back his lover and reclaim a new body. Shakespear meets Mary Shelley meets 90s slapstick comedy.

Stewart Raffill, what have you done. Read More »

Penny Lane Manic Pixie Dream Girl Criticism

Almost Famous is a favorite among many of the /Film staff members (both present and past), but the movie hasn’t been beyond criticism despite being loved by many entertainment journalists since its release nearly 20 years ago. In the years since, contemporary views have called out the movie for being one of many in the 21st century to utilize what has come to be called the “manic pixie dream girl,” a cliche female character often used in films to teach broodingly soulful young male characters to embrace life and its infinite mysteries and adventures. But director Cameron Crowe doesn’t see the character Penny Lane, played by Kate Hudson, as fitting into that criticized trope. Read More »

in the tall grass review

Just how scary can grass be? Ask Stephen King and Joe Hill, who crafted an immensely disturbing tale of terror called In the Tall Grass. Then ask director Vincenzo Natali, who has taken King and Hill’s story and worked it into an off-the-wall crazy adaptation that mostly captures the madness of the story…but not quite. Just when you think Natali will fully embrace the shocking twists of the source material, the filmmaker takes the easy way out, resulting in something that’s both horrifying but also oddly muted.

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Fewer trailers

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 celebrate 10 years by finna to get off death row, dance like everyone is watching, luxuriate in good design, watch some of America’s huddled masses try to eke out an existence, and get a little more book smart without all that readin’. Read More »

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Did you know Weird Al Yankovic was voicing a villain on Teen Titans Go! vs Teen Titans? Are you excited to hear Birds of Prey is heading to DC Black Label? Want a glimpse of Angelina Jolie on the set of The Eternals? Ready for a Batman Day crossover on Fortnite? Why did Chris Hemsworth punch Tom Hiddleston on the set of Avengers? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »