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, let’s rank The Best Movie Trailers of 2018.
Posted on Friday, January 4th, 2019 by Chris Evangelista
The films of 2018 featured lovely, strange, and sometimes downright terrifying music. Just what it is that makes a good soundtrack? Is it something that stands out, intruding on scenes? Or is it something that hangs back, to the point where you don’t even notice it? Or perhaps it’s something in between. Or maybe the best film scores are the ones that trigger a specific emotion somewhere within your mind; a memory, a regret, a loving embrace. Music that cuts right through to your very soul. Music that you won’t soon forget. These are the best soundtracks of 2018.
Posted on Thursday, January 3rd, 2019 by Chris Evangelista
Horror had a great year in 2018, perhaps because our everyday lives have morphed into an on-going horror story. But while the real world offers no clear conclusion to our current nightmare, horror movies provide a kind of catharsis, because they always draw to an end. Sure, sometimes evil wins in these films, but sometimes, good prevails. The major themes of horror movies in 2018 revolved around revenge, regret, and reflection. So many films on this list are about characters ruminating on the horrors of the past, and coming out a different person in the present. The message seems to be that we all crave change, but we realize we’re going to have to go through hell to achieve it. These are the 20 best horror movies of 2018.
Now that we’re officially in 2019, the /Film team wanted to take a look back at the year in film that was 2018, and that includes some of the best marketing we saw. Often times, even before a trailer arrives online, we’ll see a poster announcing the arrival of any given movie. And while most posters are forgettable and lack any remarkable style, movie posters are still very much an artform, and a lot of studios know how to do them right. That’s why yours truly took the time to round up what I have deemed the 20 Best Movie Posters of 2018. Read More »
Several people have told me they thought 2018 was a disappointing year for movies. I say: nuts to that. Any year that gives us Nicolas Cage fighting with a chainsaw, Ethan Hawke having a crisis of faith, and Rachel Weisz, Emma Stone and Olivia Colman in a power-grabbing love triangle is a-okay in my book. Below you’ll find my top 10 movies of the year – a list I struggled with, because there were so many films competing to make it into these top spots. In addition to the 10 below, let me just throw an honorable mention shout-out to the following titles: Burning, Widows, Suspiria, BlackKklansman and The Sisters Brothers. Now, onto my top 10 movies of 2018.
Posted on Tuesday, December 25th, 2018 by Chris Evangelista
Mandy was the acid-trip surprise of 2018, featuring eye-popping visuals and one of Nicolas Cage‘s best performances in years. So will Mandy director Panos Cosmatos reunite with Nic Cage for another movie? You better believe it. Cosmatos says he and Cage have already begun talking about working together again, and while it may or may not be a Mandy sequel, that’s still exciting.
Posted on Monday, December 10th, 2018 by Chris Evangelista
Somebody goofed. First-round voting has kicked-off for the Academy’s Best Original Song and Best Original Score awards, and four buzz-worthy scores have already been disqualified. The causes behind the disqualifications vary, but the Solo: A Star Wars Story score might have the most embarrassing reason: someone forgot to submit it in time. Other scores that didn’t make the cut include Mandy, Green Book and The Other Side of the Wind.
Now Stream This: ‘First Reformed’, ‘The Ballad of Buster Scruggs’, ‘Mandy’, ‘Sorry To Bother You’ and More
Posted on Thursday, November 22nd, 2018 by Chris Evangelista
(Welcome to Now Stream This, a column dedicated to the best movies streaming on Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and every other streaming service out there.)
There’s a very long holiday weekend on the way. That means one thing: spending time with family! Just kidding – it actually means you now have an excuse to stay inside and stream some movies. Thank heavens I’m here to steer you in the right direction. In this edition of Now Stream This, you’ll find not one, not two, not three, but four of the year’s best films; a weirdo Western; a classic thriller; a somewhat forgotten Bill Murray movie; a great new horror TV series; and more.
These are the best movies streaming right now (and beyond). Let’s get streaming!
Posted on Friday, October 26th, 2018 by Ethan Anderton
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, the crew at Tested models an outstanding Judge Dredd helmet using 3D printing. Plus, a video essay explores the effect of film grain on the recent indie thriller hit Mandy starring Nicolas Cage, and some kids have the unfortunate opportunity of meeting Halloween slasher Michael Myers. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, October 25th, 2018 by Ben Pearson
Panos Cosmatos‘s Mandy is what happens when an uncompromising filmmaker shoots a revenge thriller as a psychotic, neon nightmare. It’s a jaw-dropping movie that operates on its own rhythm, unconcerned with convention or tradition and slowly unleashing more and more chaos on its protagonist, a revenge-seeking madman played by Nicolas Cage.
Mandy is such a singular piece of work that it’s hard to imagine what a sequel could be like, but in a new interview, Cosmatos reveals that he already has an idea for one – even if it’s unlikely to ever happen.
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