Renny Harlin has a lot to say about his movies. So much to say that, in what was supposed to be a career-spanning interview, we only touched on the early days of his career in a half-hour discussion. Harlin was fresh off directing a horror-thriller, The Refuge, and promoting his new comedic crime caper, The Misfits (now on VOD). The director’s latest, which stars Pierce Brosnan, is a light throwback to the action movies of the ’90s.
Of course, the ’90s were a special time for Harlin. It’s when he directed one of the great buddy action comedies, The Long Kiss Goodnight, and the extremely entertaining Sylvester Stallone film Cliffhanger. And no one will ever forget 1999’s Deep Blue Sea, a movie that remains as entertaining as ever more than 20 years after it hit theaters.
In the future, we’ll talk to Harlin more about those titles, as well as his time making movies in China, including the under-seen gem Bodies at Rest. And we already spoke to him about the experience of making A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master. In the meantime, here’s a conversation with Harlin about how he originally envisioned his filmography, what he hoped to accomplish with The Misfits, and one career regret he’s trying to resolve at the moment.
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Jordan Peele made quite an impression on audiences with his directorial debut Get Out. The thriller used racism as the crux of the terror, offering plenty of sharp social commentary along with more genre-driven chills. Even though it took a little while, another filmmaker is trying the same thing, but with seemingly far worse results.
Karen is a new thriller focusing on a racist white woman who is hellbent on terrorizing a new Black family that just moved in next door. It has all the beats of a traditional suburban thriller, but with the subtlety of a sledgehammer bought at Home Depot on a Sunday. Read More »
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What a twist! This summer, M. Night Shyamalan is back with a new thriller – Old, a movie that takes Shyamalan from his familiar Philadelphia stomping grounds to a mysterious, secluded beach. But there will be no fun in the sun here, folks. Just an inexplicable series of mysteries that a group of unlucky characters will have to deal with. Below, learn everything you need to know about Old before it arrives in theaters.
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Instead of focusing on solving a crime or hunting down a seasoned sexual predator, AMC’s newest show The Beast Must Die features a heartbroken mother out for revenge against the man who killed her son. British actress Cash Jumbo (The Good Fight, Postcard Killings) stars alongside Jared Harris (Mad Men, Chernobyl), who is the target of her grief-fuelled aggression. Take a look at The Beast Must Die trailer below and see if your heart doesn’t immediately start racing, or breaking for that matter. Read More »
In the near future, nothing is more addictive than the past.
Reminiscence, the first feature film from Westworld co-creator Lisa Joy, takes place in a near future in which some of Miami has flooded due to rising water levels, and its residents rely on nostalgia as a means of escape. Technology exists that can let people fully immerse themselves in their previous experiences, reliving memories not only visually, but through all of their senses. With that as the backdrop, Hugh Jackman plays a “private investigator of the mind” (hell yes) who meets an alluring femme fatale, played by Mission: Impossible actress Rebecca Ferguson, and quickly becomes obsessed with her.
Despite the film’s impressive production design, sleek visual style, and mind-related plot mechanics, Reminiscence is not related to Christopher Nolan’s Inception. (We think.) But take a look at the first full trailer and see what Joy was able to craft during her first time in the director’s chair.
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Sony has paid a seven figure number for the rights to author Don Winslow‘s upcoming crime trilogy epic City on Fire. The yet-to-be-published crime books from Winslow, who has penned the screenplays to adaptations of his novels like Savages and Satori, has already generated enough buzz to become one of the biggest book deals of the year so far.
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The wheels are turning on Hypnotic, Robert Rodriguez‘s detective thriller starring Ben Affleck, again. It’s added a new cast member, Alice Braga (Queen of the South), and has set a new production start date for this September, more than a year after it was originally due to start shooting in April 2020. But like so many other projects, it was delayed due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
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Dexter is making a comeback to Showtime later this year, and fans are hoping that it will fix the disastrous final season that sent off the serial killer in such a disappointing fashion. The serial killer series revival has already started things off on the right foot by getting rid of that hideous lumberjack beard that Michael C. Hall donned last time, and a new teaser trailer shows Dexter is not only clean-shaven, but he’s trying to live a peaceful life in a small town with a new identity. How long will that last? Read More »
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M. Night Shyamalan‘s comeback hasn’t been as glorious as one would hope. After being welcomed back into the moviegoing public’s good graces with sleeper hit The Visit and the acclaimed horror film Split, Shyamalan stumbled once again with Glass, a sequel to Unbreakable and Split that failed to stick the landing. But with a well-liked Apple TV+ series Servant going strong and an intriguing new thriller on the way, Shyamalan might pull off that comeback after all.
Old is a concisely titled horror film from Shyamalan which boasts a star-studded cast and an intriguing premise: what if a group of beachgoers started rapidly aging for no apparent reason? Watch the Old trailer below.
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Escape Room brought six strangers together in a series of deadly puzzles where only the last one standing would survive. But Zoey (Taylor Russell) and Ben (Logan Miller) both beat the system and walked away with their lives. Unfortunately, the game isn’t done with them yet as the two suddenly find themselves in a series of new puzzles with a whole new group of strangers. But this time, the game gets more challenging, because as the Escape Room: Tournament of Champions trailer reveals, everyone else has played before too. Read More »