spiral from the book of saw review

Serial killer Jigsaw is long dead but his lust for Rube Goldberg-like torture devices lives on in Spiral: From the Book of Saw, the ninth installment in the seemingly never-ending Saw series. But in many respects, Spiral feels like a sequel in name only. Hell, take that Book of Saw subtitle away and you have less of a Saw movie and more of a serial killer thriller that seems to be cribbing, badly, from Seven and its many knock-offs. Spiral has the unique distinction of featuring Chris Rock and Samuel L. Jackson, two of the biggest stars to ever grace this film series. But those hoping their star power will lend Spiral weight are in for a rude awakening.

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spiral clips

Spiral: From the Book of Saw is almost here, and it will either be a wonderful new revival of the horror franchise or a weird curiosity we all puzzle over. Either way, people are going to watch it, and until it opens next month everyone can tide themselves over with two new clips. In the first Spiral clip, Chris Rock receives a message from someone who is copycatting Jigsaw’s crimes. In another, Samuel L. Jackson, playing Rock’s father, comes across some of those creepy pig masks that somehow became iconic even though they barely featured into the original franchise.

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Spiral, AKA Spiral: From the Book of Saw, was originally supposed to unleash its bloody horrors last summer. The pandemic nixed that idea, but now, with an end (hopefully) in sight, the sequel is ready to hit the big screen. This latest entry in the Saw franchise stands out because it comes from an unexpected source: Chris Rock. Not only does Rock star in the film, he also is the one who came up with the story, too. Here, Rock plays a cop investigating a series of murders that may or may not be connected to the infamous serial killer/elaborate trap builder Jigsaw. Watch the Spiral trailer below.

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Spiral: From the Book of Saw Photo

Chris Rock is best known for being one of the best comedians in the business, but he’ll soon expand his career in a surprising way by starring in the serial killer thriller Spiral: From the Book of Saw, a quasi-reboot of the popular Saw franchise.

Originally intended for release in May of 2020, Spiral: From the Book of Saw is now slated to arrive in May this year due to the coronavirus pandemic delaying a bunch of big Hollywood movies. As we wait to see if the movie’s 2021 release date will remain in place, a new photo and details about the movie have arrived, including talk of a vibe that emulates David Fincher’s masterful Seven. Read More »

The Queen's Gambit Chess Explained

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, listen to a world chess champion analyze some of the chess scenes from the Netflix miniseries The Queen’s Gambit. Plus, hear what stuntmen have to say about Hard Target, Project Power, The Rundown and some Hong Kong martial arts comedies. And finally, marvel at an awesome story about Eddie Murphy and Richard Pryor from Arsenio Hall. Read More »

david o. russell movie

David O. Russell, the filmmaker behind films like American HustleThree KingsThe Fighter, and Silver Linings Playbook, has been relatively MIA from Hollywood since directing 2015’s Joy. But he’s back to direct a new mystery movie that might have one of the most stacked casts ever, and it’s just strengthened its ranks.
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Chris Rock Total Blackout Trailer

Chris Rock is back with a new Netflix comedy special! Well, okay, it’s not exactly new. Instead, Chris Rock: Total Blackout is an extended version of Rock’s 2018 Netflix stand-up special Chris Rock: Tamborine. In the Total Blackout trailer below, Rock himself tells us that the best way to describe this is as “a remixed version of a special.” The remix will feature about 27 extra minutes of material, including “never-before-seen jokes, interviews, and behind the scenes footage.”

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Chris Rock Hosted Saturday Night Live

Saturday Night Live made its triumphant return to Studio 8H, complete with a live audience tested for COVID-19 and socially distanced for safety, including a floor crowd full of first responders. Unfortunately, the return of SNL was a little bit rough, perhaps shaken up by the new normal of producing the show with enhanced safety protocols. There were certainly plenty of coronavirus-centric sketches, and not even the seasoned SNL veteran Chris Rock felt like he was totally comfortable.

Let’s run through the best and works sketches from the Chris Rock hosted Saturday Night Live below. Read More »

First Look at Jim Carrey as Joe Biden

Saturday Night Live is back this weekend with the 46th season premiere. After spending the last three episodes of the 45th season in quarantine and producing sketches remotely, the cast and crew are back in Studio 8H, and for at least the first month of the new season, they’ll have a big star playing around with them.

Jim Carrey has been given the task of playing former Vice President Joe Biden during this election season, and SNL has just provided a first look at the rubber-faced star, who has literally been given at least a partial rubber face (or whatever material that the make-up prosthetic pieces are made out of). Get a first look at Jim Carrey as Joe Biden below. Read More »

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Chris Rock Hosting Saturday Night Live

Saturday Night Live is returning to NBC in a couple weeks for the show’s 46th season. The series will be back in Studio 8H at 30 Rock in New York after closing out last season with three remotely produced shows where cast members wrote and performed sketches from their various quarantine residences across the country. And even though SNL veteran Chris Rock has been announced to host the season premiere on October 3, executive producer Lorne Michaels isn’t sure they can pull it off. Read More »