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Cannes 2017: Okja is an Entertaining Mess [Quick Takes]

19 May 2017 4:03 PM, PDT

Editor's Note: "Quick Takes," as the name suggest, are initial impressions on movies from our man-on-the-ground at Cannes.

Setting aside the facts that the screen itself malfunctioned and that the non-press side of the Grand Theatre Lumiere was full of morons from the old guard of film distribution that were only there to boo and yell about Netflix not being "cinema" until they were politely but firmly escorted out, Okja in itself is low-grade propaganda on animal rights.

It is entertaining, that's the point after all, but the political agenda behind it bores me more that a real-time paint-drying contest in lower Ukraine on a Tuesday night.

All the ropes are there, the kind you could moor Leviathan itself with.

The opening story arc on the bonding of [Continued ...] »

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Alien: Covenant: An AI Cautionary Tale [Review]

19 May 2017 3:38 PM, PDT

The Alien franchise can (somewhat) cleanly be broken into two parts: the original films and then everything after Alien 4. Regardless of how you feel about the last two movies in the original series, Prometheus felt like a completely different beast: a movie that was set-up by the marketing as a direct prequel which would answer questions when in fact, it would have been better sold as a new story which takes place within the world of Alien.

Whether you think Prometheus is a good or bad entry into the franchise will likely determine how you feel about Ridley Scott's follow-up. Let's not mince words or bury leads: if you didn't like Prometheus, you're not going to like Alien: Covenant.

The new movie stars Billy Crudup as Oram, the [Continued ...] »

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New Footage in Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets TV Spot

18 May 2017 2:34 PM, PDT

A TV spot has emerged for Luc Besson's mega budget space opera, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. As a fan of Euro space opera like The Fifth Element and Besson in general I'm pretty excited for July to roll around.

Check the new TV spot out below.

Synopsis:

In the 28th century, Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) are a team of special operatives charged with maintaining order throughout the human territories. Under assignment from the Minister of Defense, the two embark on a mission to the astonishing city of Alpha—an ever-expanding metropo [Continued ...] »

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J.G. Ballard's Hello America Headed to Netflix

18 May 2017 2:01 PM, PDT

At the rate that humanity is hurtling towards collapse, it's only a matter of time before all of our worst dystopic nightmares become realities but until then, we'll just keep getting movies about those nightmarescapes. The next one on the docket: "Hello America."

J. G. Ballard's novel is set in 2114, generations after an ecological collapse has made most of North America a wasteland. A century after America was abandoned, a group of explorers sets off to explore what's left of North America, landing in Manhattan and heading west across a mostly deserted country "populated by isolated natives and the bizarre remnants of a disintegrated culture."

It has been anno [Continued ...] »

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Cannes 2017: Okja Revealed! [Trailer]

18 May 2017 12:17 PM, PDT

Oh Bong Joon Ho. You crazy, crazy man.

We all knew that Joon Ho's new movie was a creature feature but I'm pretty certain no one expected it to be about a giant pig. That's right. Okja is, for all intensive purposes, a giant swine.

Seo-Hyun Ahn stars as Mija, a young girl whose best friend is a massive animal she's named Okja. Her idyllic life is turned upside down when a multi-national company, the face of which is none other than Tilda Swinton, swoops in to take the animal - the first of what they hope is a new source of meat. Devastated and willing to do anything to rescue her best friend, Mija teams up with a ragtag group of animal rights activists, led by Paul Dano, to rescue her pet.

Okja also stars Steven Yeun, Lily Collins, Devon Bostick, Giancarlo Esp [Continued ...] »

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Cannes 2017: Blade Of The Immortal & Loveless [Quick Takes]

18 May 2017 10:58 AM, PDT

Editor's Note: Cannes 2017 is now in full swing and we've got some great coverage to come. This year we're adding "Quick Takes" which, as the name suggest, are initial impressions on movies from our man-on-the-ground.

Blade of the Immortal, dir. Takeshi Miike

It's been somewhat of a hit and miss with Miike recently, the last one I watched was thematically and formally a shit ton of locust droppings, so there was some apprehension towards yet another godforsaken manga adaptation. Turns out I was wrong, this one is a keeper.

There is absolutely nothing in the story you've not seen; young girl seeking revenge hires a bodyguard with supernatural powers is one of the tropes, and even if you've never heard of Japanese culture it can be summed up with an Occidental [Continued ...] »

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Cannes 2017: A Superhero Rises in Jupiter's Moon [Trailer]

17 May 2017 4:39 PM, PDT

"Superheroes" and "Cannes" aren't exactly two words one would expect to see together but that's exactly the case with Kornel Mundruczo's new movie Jupiter's Moon.

The director of White God returns to the festival with an unlikely tale which is part immigrant story and part superhero movie about a young man named Aryan. He is shot while attempting to cross the border and is taken to a refugee camp where a doctor discovers that he has somehow managed to heal himself and more than that, he begins to develop powers.

With a help of a camp doctor who wants to study him, Aryan manages to escape only to find himself in even more trouble: searching for his father while being chased by authorities.

Mundruczo has shown immense talent in building great genre [Continued ...] »

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New Captain, New Adventures, Familiar Aliens. First Look at Star Trek: Discovery [Trailer]

17 May 2017 3:57 PM, PDT

Star Trek is one of those franchises that simply refuses to die and I'm not certain if that's a good or bad thing.

CBS' "Star Trek: Discovery" has hit some difficult patches since the series was originally announced. Besides the fact the new show is destined to air on the network's streaming only service, the loss of showrunner extraordinaire Bryan Fuller (he of "Wonderfalls," "Pushing Daisies," "Hannibal," and most recently "American Gods" fame) didn't help the project any.

News of the cast did seem like a move in the right direction with the great Michelle Yeoh leading the crew as Captain Georgiou along with Sonequa Martin-Green ("The Walking Dead") as her apparent second in command, along with Jason Isaacs and one of my personal favorites, James Frain.

The [Continued ...] »

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Snowpiercer Headed For TV

17 May 2017 12:30 PM, PDT

TNT is working on a TV adaptation of the snowy post-apocalyptic sci-fi flick Snowpiercer which was itself adapted from a French comic.

The film, directed by Bong Joon Ho, was about the last of humanity living on a train which encircles the world. If you haven't seen it, it comes highly recommended.

No word on when it's shooting, let alone premiering, but it will star Daveed Digs.

Synopsis:

A post-apocalyptic ice age forces humanity's last survivors aboard a [Continued ...] »

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Dan Stevens Saves the World in Kill Switch, Pov Style [Trailer]

16 May 2017 4:21 PM, PDT

A couple of weeks ago we had our first glimpse at Dan Stevens saving the world in the sci-fi action thriller Kill Switch.

That first trailer was short and sweet and focused mostly on the visual effects which did look fairly impressive and though this trailer uses much of the safe footage, it is interspersed with a little more on plot - but we mean only a little more.

The story focuses on an energy creating plan which goes severely wrong. Stevens stars as a pilot who is forcibly recruited by the government for an operation which includes him jumping in time (or maybe to a parallel world - hard to tell) to plug in a box, the kill switch, which will save his world.

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Good Time Trailer: A Symphony of Violence and Mayhem

16 May 2017 8:35 AM, PDT

The first trailer for Good Time, featuring Robert Pattinson has dropped. Following the mind-bending Heaven Knows What, celebrated filmmakers Josh and Benny Safdie return to the mean streets of New York City with Good Time, a hypnotic crime thriller that explores with bracing immediacy the tragic sway of family and fate.

Synopsis:

After a botched bank robbery lands his younger brother in prison, Constantine Nikas (Robert Pattinson) embarks on a twisted odyssey through the city's underworld in an increasingly desperate—and dangerous—attempt to get his brother out [Continued ...] »

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