guns akimbo release

Over the weekend, the release of Guns Akimbo was put into question after its director Jason Lei Howden launched a vicious Twitter harassment campaign that appeared to target female writers of color. But despite widespread criticism of Howden’s behavior, which sparked verbal attacks and death threats against the writers he targeted, distributor Saban Films confirmed that they still intend to release Guns Akimbo this week as planned.

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Guns Akimbo trailer
In Guns AkimboDaniel Radcliffe plays a loser who wakes up with guns physically bolted to his hands (yes, really). Not only that, but his character is tasked with killing an assassin on a live-streamed internet show.

Points for originality must go to writer/director Jason Lei Howden for this deranged-looking movie. If happen to have spent the last few minutes considering if you should take a swig of Red Bull to get a jolt of energy, maybe just watch this new trailer instead – it’ll probably have the desired effect. Read More »

Guns Akimbo Review

“You like this?!” asks Daniel Radcliffe’s Miles to a covert camera live streaming his misfortunate adventures as he fights for his life. It’s a breaking point for him as a character in Guns Akimbo, and he launches into quite the screed about the cowardice of the viewers who cheer on imperiling people from behind the remove of their screen but could never face a similar situation in their own lives. In a smarter movie, Miles might also be addressing us, the audience, with his impassioned rant. After all, haven’t we, too, been watching his plight voyeuristically and getting a kick out of his misery?

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Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week we pledge allegiance to the Prince of Dark Metal, watch waxed mustachioed dudes make a pot of coffee, ponder the existence of Russell Brand for a moment, blow stuff up like it’s a 1986 action movie, and see what made Bryan Cranston put on those purple tights.

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Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week we worship the devil as we do battle with evil, get all up in Nicolas Winding Refn’s personal space, see just how elegant Chow Yun-Fat is with the soft shoe, see how Adam Carolla’s crowdfunded film turned out, and go pre-GamerGate with a movie about independent video game developers.

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