1917 featurette

Cinephiles and casual movie-goers alike often go gaga over the idea of scenes, and even entire movies told in one continuous shot. Not only is it a technical achievement, but it also looks pretty darn cool, too. Sam Mendes‘ World War I film 1917 is the latest piece of entertainment to rely on this trick, tellings its entire story in one continuous shot. Of course, the movie wasn’t really shot that way, since that’s virtually impossible. But Mendes, cinematographer Roger Deakins, and more have banded together to make the film seem like it’s unfolding in one very long take. A new 1917 featurette highlights the technique.

Read More »

midway trailer new

Remember Pearl Harbor? Not the actual attack, but rather the endless 2001 faux-prestige drama from Michael Bay? Well, Roland Emmerich, master of blowing shit up, decided to wait a few years and then remake it. Enter Midway, a big-looking action flick starring Ed Skrein, Patrick Wilson, Luke Evans, Aaron Eckhart, Nick Jonas, and more. Watch stuff go boom in the latest Midway trailer below.

Read More »

catherine the great trailer

Helen Mirren doesn’t need to play an empress to prove that she rules. But it doesn’t hurt. Mirren stars as the legendary Catherine the Great, one of history’s most powerful — and according to this HBO limited series, most passionate — monarchs. Watch the Catherine the Great trailer below.

Read More »

the king trailer

Timothée Chalamet and his gorgeous head of hair is everywhere nowadays, but fans of the Call Me By Your Name Oscar nominee will have to suffer with him shaving those curls off and rocking a bowl cut in The KingChalamet stars as Hal, the wayward prince who goes on to become King Henry V, in the adaptation of Shakespeare’s various plays about the English king directed by David Michôd. Watch The King trailer below.

Read More »

apocalypse now final cut trailer

Apocalypse Now may be universally hailed as a cinematic masterpiece, but that hasn’t stopped director Francis Ford Coppola from tinkering with it multiple times since its 1979 release. It only took 40 years, but the Oscar-winning director is finally satisfied. The upcoming Apocalypse Now Final Cut is being touted as Coppola’s favorite version of the film, and viewers can finally experience it at its special 40th anniversary theatrical re-release in IMAX theaters this month. A new Apocalypse Now Final Cut trailer teases this IMAX release as well as the 4K Blu-ray release later this month. Watch the Apocalypse Now Final Cut trailer below.

Read More »

Halo TV show cast

Showtime’s Halo TV series hit a snag at the end of last year when Rupert Wyatt departed the project as director. Today at the Television Critics Association summer press tour, Showtime executive Gary Levine made some Halo announcements and took our questions, indicating that the Halo series is very much on track. 

Find out when Halo goes into production, when we can see it, what has changed since Wyatt left, and who has been cast alongside Pablo Schreiber‘s Master Chief. Read More »

1917 trailer

After two globe-trotting movies with a certain suave spy, Skyfall director Sam Mendes is making his return to the period piece with 1917. A war drama that follows two soldiers in a single day at the height of World War I, 1917 has a stacked cast full of every British actor in existence, including  Colin Firth, Benedict Cumberbatch, Richard Madden, and Hot Priest himself, Andrew Scott. Watch the 1917 trailer below.

Read More »

Inglourious Basterds - Brad Pitt & Eli Roth

When a character in Inglorious Basterds looks down at the camera and says, “I think this just might be my masterpiece,” it’s clear that writer-director Quentin Tarantino is carving a self-congratulatory blurb for his own World War II film. Maybe he’s earned the right to gloat. As a viewer, when I think of Tarantino, I think of chapterized revenge. The revenge in Inglorious Basterds is of a historically revisionist nature. It unfolds in five chapters, which collectively serve as a five-point-palm exploder on the moviegoer’s chest. As Once Upon a Time in Hollywood hits theaters this Friday, we can hazard a guess that it might take a similar revisionist approach to its treatment of the Manson murders.

Tarantino was the quintessential filmmaker of the 1990s and he’s never made a movie that was as culturally significant as Pulp Fiction. That kind of era-defining success only comes once in a career. There are cinephiles who prefer Jackie Brown—a like-minded exercise in restraint that consciously appeals to an older audience. These two entries are linked in Tarantino’s directorial filmography in that they’re the only instances where he’s shared a writing credit with someone else. Roger Avary helped conceive the story for Pulp Fiction and Jackie Brown is based on an Elmore Leonard novel.

As great as those movies are, it’s the exuberance and unpredictability of his more original screenplays that made me a fan of Tarantino’s work. In Inglourious Basterds, these elements come into play in a film that is perhaps the truest expression of Tarantino’s style, which is simultaneously cartoonish and craftsmanlike. Tempering some (but not all) of his excesses, he distilled his ideas for a TV miniseries down into a punchy script with sections that play like short stories. Don’t let the title fool you: the results were glorious.

Read More »

Mulan Trailer

Disney’s remake of Aladdin just recently crossed the $900 million mark at the worldwide box office, making it only the sixth live-action Disney film to cross that major milestone. So there’s no better time to keep the hype train going than by teasing the next remake of one of their beloved animated classics.

Mulan is based on the 1998 feature animated action adventure inspired by one of China’s most popular folktales. The film follows a young woman who masquerades as a man to take her father’s place in the Imperial Army, and now that story is getting the live-action reboot treatment. However, don’t expect the musical part of the original movie to make a comeback this time.

Read More »

Cool Posts From Around the Web:

glory returning to theaters

Edward Zwick‘s Civil War drama Glory is turning 30 this year, and the film will march back into theaters to mark the occasion. Fathom Events, Sony Pictures, and Turner Classic Movies, have partnered to show Glory on 600 movie screens around the U.S. on two select days. The screenings will feature  pre- and post-film commentary that delves deeper into the production.

Read More »