Prisoners of the Ghostland review

Think back to your time in elementary school. Think about that one kid in your class who snorted Pixie Stix, constantly drank way too much soda, ran circles around everyone else at recess, and maybe even inspired some awe at his seemingly boundless amounts of energy. That kid’s actions were always so far removed from the traditional behavior of you and your peers that he may as well have been an alien, dropped into your school as some sort of bizarre social experiment.

If that kid were a movie, he’d be Prisoners of the Ghostland, filmmaker Sion Sono‘s unhinged new genre mashup which combines elements of classic westerns, samurai movies, John Carpenter’s Escape From New York, Stephen Chow’s Kung Fu Hustle, George Miller’s Mad Max, and more. This spastic burst of cinematic energy is the type of film that gleefully embraces the knowledge that it will gain absolutely zero traction outside the midnight movie crowd. But while there are a couple of Nicolas Cage freakout scenes, the rest of Prisoners of the Ghostland may end up being a little too cryptic for casual genre fans looking to kick back and have a good time.
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Archenemy trailer

Joe Manganiello is built like a comic book character. He’s played one before, popping up very briefly as Deathstroke in the post-credits scene of Justice League – a tease which, through no fault of his, will likely never pay off. Now he’s toying with the superhero genre again in Archenemy, a new film in which he plays an alcoholic and homeless character who may or may not be a hero from another dimension.

Oh yeah, and his character’s name is “Max Fist.” Amazing.

Check out the trailer for the film below, which reminds me of what might happen if Hancock was mixed with Taxi Driver. Read More »

Spree trailer

You probably know Joe Keery best from his portrayal of popular kid-turned-mentor Steve Harrington on Netflix’s Stranger Things. But his performance in Spree, a new techno-horror thriller, is an entirely new gear for the young actor. In the movie, Keery plays Kurt, a rideshare driver and total loser who’s desperate for social media attention. To gain more followers, Kurt does the only thing he can think of: he starts a live-stream, and begins killing all of his customers. The first Spree trailer is here, and you can see a whole new side to Joe Keery below. Read More »

An Accidental Studio giveaway

What does the irreverent comedy Monty Python’s Life of Brian have in common with the deadly serious Bob Hoskins thriller The Long Good Friday? Both movies were produced by HandMade Films, the production company of former Beatles superstar George Harrison.

A new documentary called An Accidental Studio details the company’s early days, how it took chances few other companies were taking in the 1970s and ’80s, and more, all through unreleased archived interviews with Harrison and people like Hoskins, Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam, Richard E. Grant, Neil Jordan, and Ray Cooper. We’re giving away three Blu-ray copies of the new movie, so check out the trailer below and find out how to win. Read More »

the postcard killings trailer

Jeffrey Dean Morgan is trading his blood-stained bat for blood-drained murder victims in The Postcard Killings, which adapts James Patterson and Liza Marklund‘s #1 New York Times bestselling thriller about a New York detective who joins an international manhunt for a serial killer who had brutally murdered his daughter and son-in-law on their honeymoon in London. And like many a nefarious serial killer, this killer has a calling card — a postcard, in fact. Watch The Postcard Killings trailer below.

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