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.
Posted on Thursday, September 13th, 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.)
Another edition of Now Stream This is here to offer you a smorgasbord of streaming options! Be honest – you don’t want to leave your house. You want to stay inside and watch movies without getting up off the couch. If you find yourself in this situation, but remain uncertain about just what to watch, this column is here to help. In this edition, we have an anti-Western from Robert Altman, a brutal revenge flick, a Shakespeare adaptation that runs over 4 hours, a rom-com parody, and more.
These are the best movies streaming right now. Let’s get streaming.
The nightmare that is 2018 is almost over! Current events may be terrifying, but movies have been pretty damn good this year. Each day this week, a different member of the /Film team will be counting down his or her favorite films of the year so far, and now it’s my turn. My favorite films this year run the gamut from indie curiosities to films of absolute horror. And just to keep things from being a complete dour-fest, there’s a very nice movie about a very nice bear as well. These are the top 10 movies of 2018 so far, according to Chris Evangelista.
Posted on Wednesday, May 16th, 2018 by Ethan Anderton
It’s Wednesday, which means Mondo has a new soundtrack release on vinyl that you can get your hands on. But we also have another release from last week, which we think you should get your hands on as soon as possible.
First up, Mondo has a vinyl release of Michael Giacchino‘s score for Speed Racer, a film that everyone slept on in 2009 but have now come back around to under a decade later. Plus, they also have an awesome vinyl release for the electric score for Revenge, an indie thriller that we absolutely loved. You can check out both below. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, May 10th, 2018 by Ethan Anderton
There’s an endless supply of revenge thrillers in cinema, and among them are also plenty of thrillers about a woman who wants retaliation after being raped by a man. That’s exactly what Revenge delivers, but what makes this particular thriller stand out is that it hails from first-time French filmmaker Coralie Fargeat, bringing a refreshing female perspective to the proceedings that is not only empowering, but also downright bloody and merciless in its literal and figurative execution. Read More »
I miss going to the movies and buying a ticket for a Tony Scott movie. There’s no voice and style like his in the theaters these days. When big-budget movies come across as interchangeable sometimes, a commercial director who polarized and told stories with aggression and grit is missed. Talk about a director who knew how to create momentum and atmosphere!
Scott also knew how to make some grimy worlds visually appealing and immersive without glossing up unpleasant subject matter. During Scott’s best commentary track, for the thriller Man on Fire, he said, “I want to touch these worlds.” Whatever world Scott was depicting, he tried to stay honest to it. His eye for attention-to-detail is impressive in every track.
Like Scott’s brother Ridley, he not only directed landmark and influential films, he also kindly recorded many exceedingly high-quality commentaries for our pleasure throughout his rich and varied career. If you want a nice dose of honesty, humor, and passion, look no further than these tracks, which are sometimes bittersweet to hear now that he is no longer with us.
Posted on Friday, March 30th, 2018 by Ethan Anderton
There have been plenty of badass women on the big screen lately. Whether it’s the inspiring fantasy and sci-fi heroines of Wonder Woman and Star Wars: The Last Jedi, or the bloody, tough ladies of Atomic Blonde and Sicario, there are plenty of female protagonists to admire. But a new female-led revenge thriller from the festival circuit looks to get even more bloody and even more badass.
Revenge stars Matilda Lutz as Jen, the girlfriend of a dangerous man with even more dangerous friends who ends up clinging to life in the middle of the desert, left for dead by this gang of assholes. But rather than keel over and die, Jen comes back, and she only has one thing on her mind, and it involves painting the desert red, just like the restricted trailer for the movie that just debuted online. There’s a lot of blood in the red band trailer, but there’s also a green band trailer if you want to play it safe. Read More »
Posted on Monday, January 29th, 2018 by Jacob Hall
As the first major film festival of the year, Sundance is ground zero for distributors discovering some of the gems that will populate film release schedules throughout the rest of the year. Here is our list of movies sold at Sundance 2018 so far, which should be coming to theaters, VOD, and streaming services in the near future.
In this update: The Sentence, The Tale, and Sorry to Bother You.