kin director interview

Kin is a crime drama about two brothers on the run from a dangerous man, an intimate story of how family transcends blood. But there’s also a sci-fi gun in the mix.

Summing up the feature debut of directors Jonathan Baker and Josh Baker is a bit tough. It’s a science fiction movie where the genre elements sit at a distance, a movie featuring a powerful (Alien? Experimental? From the future?) laser gun that isn’t actually about the laser gun. It’s just something one of those brothers happened to find. A massive sci-fi world sits adjacent to Kin, even as the film focuses on those two brothers (Jack Reynor and Myles Truitt) and their relationship above all else.

I recently sat down with the Baker brothers, as well as screenwriter Dan Casey, to talk about this wild new movie, how they expanded their original short film, injecting genre elements into a more realistic world, and how Vimeo is the place to be for young filmmakers.

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Kin early buzz

Jonathan and Josh Baker‘s debut feature Kin is an expansion of their short film Bag Man, a sci-fi coming-of-age story about a young boy who finds an oversized alien gun. The feature version, which features the boy and his brother on the run across the country with the gun in tow, has a stacked cast, including veterans like Dennis Quaid, Jack Reynor, Zoe Kravitz, Carrie Coon, and James Franco and newcomer Myles Truitt in the lead.

Now, the first reviews of the movie have arrived in advance of its theatrical release later this week. Check out what critics are saying about Kin below.
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twilight re-release

Twilight is coming back to life in theaters. The hugely popular teen vampire romance franchise celebrates the 10th anniversary of its first movie this year with a re-release in movie theaters nationwide. But unlike the immortal lives of Edward and the Cullens, the re-release has a short lifespan: Twilight will only be screening for two days.

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John Wick TV show

There are two kinds of people in the world: those who think the John Wick movies are just action movies and those who think the John Wick movies are a feverish pinnacle of pop culture art that we will explore and study for years to come. I’ve gone on record as being part of the latter.

A new image from John Wick 3 (or John Wick 3: Parabellum, as it is apparently titled) has arrived online and it caters specifically to Wick nerds like me. There’s not a gun or a Keanu Reeves in sight. Just the promise of a meeting between two very dangerous men.

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Hunter Killer Trailer

Every now and then, Hollywood decides to submerge themselves in Navy thrillers like U-571, Crimson Tide, The Hunt for Red October and of course, Battleship. Now the time has come for Gerard Butler to take a crack at commanding under the sea.

Hunter Killer follows Gerard Butler as Captain Joe Glass, who is at the helm of a highly sophisticated nuclear attack submarine called a “hunter killer.” When the Russian president is kidnapped in a coup, he takes it upon himself to team up with a crew of Navy SEALs to rescue him and hopefully help reduce heightened tensions between the United States and Russia. Yeah, it’s probably not the best time for this movie to be coming out. Read More »

John Wick 3 parabellum

John Wick 3 officially has a title. Keanu Reeves, the star of the cult action series, has confirmed that the third entry in the John Wick franchise is called John Wick 3: Parabellum.

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John Wick 3 image

While the gun-fu and shootouts of the John Wick franchise are brilliantly staged and executed, there has always been something more important than all of the broken bones and exit wounds: dogs! Today, a new John Wick: Chapter 3 photo has arrived, and it shows new cast member Halle Berry flanked by two new canine additions to the franchise. Lionsgate really knows how to give the people what they want.
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Robin Hood first look

Ready for another Robin Hood movie? It’s been about seven years since the last one, so I suppose it’s time for Robin to break out his bow and arrow again and give the Sheriff of Nottingham a run for his money. The gritty new take on Robin Hood features Kingsman star Taron Egerton as the legendary outlaw who robs from the rich and gives to the poor. The Robin Hood first look reveals him in-character. Is he wielding a bow and arrow? Take a guess. Read More »

Early Man trailer

The folks at the British animation studio Aardman are responsible for beloved movies like Chicken Run, Shaun the Sheep, and Wallace and Gromit, and while CG has largely won out as the dominant form of animation for most major movies, Aardman’s sticking with claymation for a decidedly old school look. That’s especially appropriate for their new film Early Man, which is about as old school as you can get: it’s the story of cavemen butting heads with new technology.

Check out a brand new Early Man trailer below.
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Ascendant TV Series

Despite making it three films into a franchise, the Divergent book series will no longer be adapted for the big screen. Instead, the series will continue on cable with Starz developing the TV series version of Ascendant, the final chapter of the series based on Veronica Roth‘s book series.

The biggest question fans probably have is who from the Divergent film franchise will be returning to take a role in the series, and the bad news is that most of them probably won’t. But at the very least, the filmmakers hired to write and direct the final installment of the Divergent series will be involved in the show. Find out more about the Ascendant TV series below. Read More »