Stalker, the new movie from Inheritance writer/director Tyler Savage, is the latest entry into the “unhinged rideshare driver” subgenre, joining films like the Joe Keery-led Spree and the Quibi project The Stranger. Fair warning: watching the trailer for this movie might make you think twice about ordering that Uber or Lyft next time you need to go somewhere. Read More »
It’s pretty rare that the legendary Martin Scorsese puts his name on something that ends up being bad. In addition to his directing credits over the past few years, he’s executive produced things like Uncut Gems, The Souvenir, Pretend It’s a City, Shirley, and Happy as Lazzaro, and he’s done the same thing for Port Authority, a New York City-based romance that stars Dunkirk actor Fionn Whitehead and transgender model/actress Leyna Bloom. That movie is about to get released in the United States, and you can check out the trailer below. Read More »
The Amazon series Undone is the last significant film or television project I can think of that used rotoscoping to push the television medium forward, but an upcoming SXSW film is using that labor-intensive technique to capture a sense of the past.
The Spine of Night, a new ultra-violent fantasy horror film that debuts at next week’s virtual film festival, is made in the style of artists like Ralph Bakshi and Frank Franzetta and recalls projects like Heavy Metal and Fire & Ice. And it has a great cast to boot: Richard E. Grant (Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker), Lucy Lawless (Xena: Warrior Princess), Patton Oswalt (A.P. Bio), and more lend their voices to this movie. Take a look at the trailer below.
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Mike Mignola, the acclaimed writer and artist behind the beloved Hellboy comics, is getting his own documentary.
Mike Mignola: Drawing Monsters is a new film which “tells the definitive story of one of the most influential and important comic book creators of all time,” and “includes never-before-seen interviews conducted with the legendary creator at his studio, drawing demonstrations, behind-the-scenes footage from comic book conventions,” and more. Check out the new trailer and learn how you can support the project below. Read More »
13 is a hard age. No longer a child, not yet an adult, and nowhere to channel that teen angst, which is even rawer for angry delinquent Sammy Ko (Miya Cech), who is struggling to overcome the grief over losing her mother. So Sammy breaks things at her school and tattoos little x’s on her thigh with a makeshift tattoo pen, until her father (Leonardo Nam) gets fed up and threatens her with military camp. If she can make it through one business class over the summer, then she doesn’t have to go.
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Jane Schoenbrun‘s intimate narrative debut We’re All Going to the World’s Fair opens with an eight minute unbroken shot that immediately pulls you in. Alone in her bedroom, a high school girl named Casey (Anna Cobb, in her film debut) records a video of herself uttering the same phrase three times, pricking her finger with a pin, smearing blood across her computer screen, and pressing play on a video which bathes her in rapidly changing colors.
That’s the price of admission to enter a massive multiplayer online role playing game called The World’s Fair, which is described as “the Internet’s scariest online horror game” and said to incite physical transformations in those who play it. The rest of the movie (which is executive produced by A Ghost Story director David Lowery) is about Casey documenting and coming to terms with those changes – many of which serve as a metaphor about what it can feel like to experience gender dysmorphia.
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Poetry received a high profile boost recently thanks to Amanda Gorman’s fiery, powerful poem she delivered at Joe Biden’s inauguration. So perhaps now is a good time to release the trailer for Summertime, a new film from Blindspotting director Carlos López Estrada. Sort of an anthology movie, the film follows 25 young people as they criss-cross their way across Los Angeles on a hot summer day. Check out the trailer below.
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The best thing I can say about First Date, the wacky new crime comedy from writer/directors Manuel Crosby and Darren Knapp, is that it almost never takes its foot off the gas. It opens with a bang (someone gets shot in the first scene), and after a very brief sequence which establishes some of the main characters, it quickly kicks back into high gear. But that fast pace means the film never stays in one place for very long, and your mileage may vary on whether or not all of its detours and destinations are ultimately worthwhile. Read More »
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Someone once said that the best special effect in movies is simply the human face. Never has that sentiment been more true than in Searchers, a new documentary about online dating in New York City. Director Pacho Velez puts human faces in the center of nearly every frame of his film, creating a set up in which he projects the dating apps of his subjects onto the camera, resulting in people looking straight down the barrel of the lens at the audience as they swipe left or right on potential matches. It’s a film about dating that practically puts us into the app itself, giving us a unique vantage point to observe the thought processes behind each swipe. And the results are mesmerizing.
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There’s a moment in Jerrod Carmichael‘s directorial debut On the Count of Three where the comedian’s character Val delivers a line that feels like it could have easily been part of one of his stand-up acts. As he ponders why suicide is looked down upon by so many people, Val says, “When you’re a kid they tell you the worst thing in life is to be a quitter. Why? Quitting’s amazing. It just means you get to stop doing something you hate.” But in this movie, that line is much more than a quip. It’s the blunt, perturbing backbone of this dark buddy comedy where two best friends form a suicide pact to kill each other by the end of the day. Read More »