silk road

Lionsgate has scooped up crime thriller Silk Road and plans to release it in February of 2021. Directed by Tiller Russell, the pic stars Jason Clarke, Nick Robinson, Alexandra Shipp, Jimmi Simpson, Katie Aselton, Lexi Rabe, Darrell Britt-Gibson, Daniel Stewart, and Paul Walter Hauser, and follows the creation of a dark web website that sells narcotics. It’s based on a true story, as chronicled in David Kushner’s Rolling Stone essay “Dead End on Silk Road: Internet Crime Kingpin Ross Ulbricht’s Big Fall.”

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The Last Narc trailer

In 2018, Michael Peña (Ant-Man and the Wasp) joined the cast of Netflix’s Narcos: Mexico to play DEA Agent Kiki Camarena, who went undercover in the 1980s to try to take down the Mexican cartel. Now one of Netflix’s rivals, Amazon Prime Video, is bringing us The Last Narc, a four-episode documentary series that tells the true story of what happened to Camarena, in all its brutal detail. Check out the trailer below.  Read More »

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 spend time learning about Paul Newman’s obsession with racing, spend some time with corrupt cops, Kickstart some sci-fi, snatch some kids for funsies, and see if any of us can figure out what in the hell prêt-à-porter means beyond just being a really terrible movie from two decades ago.

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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: I celebrate all levels of trailers and hopefully this column will satisfactorily give you a baseline of what beta wave I’m operating on, because what better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? Some of the best authors will tell you that writing a short story is a lot harder than writing a long one, that you have to weigh every sentence. What better medium to see how this theory plays itself out beyond that than with movie trailers?

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