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Fantasia 2016: Review of Mateo Gil's Cryonic Drama Realive
23 July 2016 10:55 PM, PDT
For decades individuals have been cryonically preserved and though the technology has been around since the sixties and is relatively inexpensive (you can get yourself – or your pet - frozen for less than the cost of some funerals), the practice remains on the fringes. Society is always on the search for the next miracle cure and the secret to slowing down the aging process but when it comes right down to it, freezing yourself to be re-animated at a later date takes a special kind of commitment and a special kind of person.
Mateo Gil's Realive introduces us to one of those special people: artist Marc Jarvis. Young, handsome and successful, at 33 Marc is diagnosed with cancer and given less than a year to live. Rather than le [Continued ...] »
First Kong: Skull Island Trailer!
23 July 2016 2:55 PM, PDT
Explorers encounter a gigantic ape and other creatures on a mysterious island in Kong: Skull Island.
The first trailer has appeared out of Comic Con and three things jump out at us. This is the biggest King we've had yet, the film is a period piece taking place in the 70's and the footage makes it look like a combat flick. So far, I'm pretty down!
To fully immerse audiences in the mysterious Skull Island, director Jordan Vogt-Roberts and his cast and filmmaking team are filming across three continents over six months, capturing its primordial landscapes on Oahu, Hawaii – where filming commenced on October 2015 – on Australia’s Gold Coast, and finally in Vietnam, where fi [Continued ...] »
Fantasia 2016: White Coffin is dark, slick and gory Argentinian horror [Review]
23 July 2016 1:49 PM, PDT
It's every mother's worst nightmare: the abduction of her child and the panic and desperation that immediately ensue. The prolific writing duo of Adrian and Ramiro Garcia Bogliano (Cold Sweat, Scherzo Diabolico) and noted Argentinian genre director Daniel de la Vega (Necrophobia) play to a genre audience by infusing their film with blood and gore and supernatural elements. But make no mistake: White Coffin is primarily a film about a mother's resolve in the face of unimaginable despair and the lengths she will go to to save her child.
Virginia (Julieta Cardinali [Continued ...] »
Wicked First Look at Neil Gaiman's American Gods Adaptation! [Trailer]
22 July 2016 11:48 PM, PDT
When it was announced that Neil Gaiman's "American Gods" was getting a TV adaptation, the internet went nuts. Fantasy fans were excited at the prospect of a smart new show, Gaiman fans were excited at the prospect of seeing one of the author's best works being adapted and me... well, I was excited that the project was being produced by Bryan Fuller (of "Hannibal," "Dead Like Me," "Wonderfalls" and "Dead Like Me" fame) and Michael Green (of the short lived but amazing "Kings," "Heroes" and "Everwood").
The story follows Shadow, convict whose life is turned upside down on the eve of his release when his wife Laura and his best friend are killed in a car accident.
With his life in pieces and nothing to keep him tethered, Shadow accepts a job from a beguiling stranger he meet [Continued ...] »
Adam Wingard's The Woods Gets a New Trailer & Title!
22 July 2016 10:58 PM, PDT
A few months ago we got a first look at Adam Wingard's upcoming new horror film The Woods and we were rightfully excited. The teaser suggested some great things to come not to mention it comes to us from from the man behind The Guest and You're Next, both super solid thrillers.
At San Diego Comic Con earlier today, Wingard presented a shinny new trailer for the upcoming horror film along with another surprise; a new title: Blair Witch. Yes, you read right. Adam Wingard's upcoming horror film is none other than a Blair Witch Project sequel and from what we've seen from the first teaser and from this new trailer, this new sequel is far more in lin [Continued ...] »
The Walking Dead Season 7 Trailer!
22 July 2016 11:54 AM, PDT
[Update: Full Season 7 trailer posted!]
While many fans threw up their hands in anger after the decision to end The Walking Dead season 6 with the crazy cliffhanger of who Negan may have killed (was it anyone?) with his barbwire baseball bat, I was secretly relieved. Call me a wimp if you want, but the latter half of that season was so emotionally devastating I don't think I could have handled a finale that saw the brutal death of beloved character. I needed a break from the relentless violence at that point.
But anyway, whether you were mad or not, I'm sure we'll all be back [Continued ...] »
First Valerian Footage Stuns Audiences at Comic-Con
21 July 2016 2:18 PM, PDT
From the first reactions coming in from Twitter, the crowd was stunned with what they saw and that makes me extremely pleased.
Time-traveling agent Valerian is sent to investigate a galactic empire, along with his partner Laureline.
Besson recently cast Clive Owen in the lead of the film based on a French comic series from writers Pierre Christin and Jean-Claude Mézières that first appeared in 1967. Owen will play a character called "Commander Arün Filitt".
Here are some o [Continued ...] »
Must Watch: First Operation Avalanche Trailer
21 July 2016 8:44 AM, PDT
Operation Avalanche is the second feature from Canadian filmmaker Matt Johnson whose indie comedy The Dirties gained a lot of attention a few years ago when it was embraced by Kevin smith who released the film through his Smodco film label.
A true DIYer with immense talent, Matt Johnson is also an open critic of the overly conservative Canadian film industry that refused to provide support for this film. Luckily for all of us, there are private entities who can actually recognize talent and understand that taking a risk on people can pay off in the long run. Unfortunately, Canada may have lost another great talent to the american system.
In 19 [Continued ...] »
Red Band Ash Vs. Evil Dead Season 2 Trailer!
20 July 2016 3:31 PM, PDT
To celebrate the return of the show, a new trailer and retro poster were released for San Deiego Comic Con.
“Ash vs Evil Dead” follows Ash, the stock boy, aging lothario and chainsaw-handed monster hunter who has spent the last 30 years avoiding responsibility [Continued ...] »
Jcvd Is Master in Kickboxer Remake [Trailer]
20 July 2016 3:25 PM, PDT
Well, if you're going to remake an 80s action movie, you could do a lot worse than Kickboxer - especially with the current popularity of Ufc and Mma. So here we have it: Kickboxer: Vengeance an update of the 1989 classic which originally starred Jcvd as Kurt Sloane. This time around, the action star returns as the master while newcomer Alain Moussi takes on the role of student.
Directed by John Stockwell (a personal favourite of mine with credits which include Crazy/Beautiful, Blue Crush, Into the Blue and Turistas), Kickboxer: Vengeance sees Sloane travel to Thailand to avenge the death of his brother at the hands of the vicious fighter Tong Po (Dave Bautista) but not before training with Master Durand (Van Damme).
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Vin Diesel Revives Xander Cage in XXX Sequel! [Trailer]
19 July 2016 8:05 PM, PDT
I am not ashamed to admit that I love xXx. I love the concept of a guy who loves extreme sports getting himself mixed up with the government. I love how silly it is. I love Vin Diesel as Xander Cage. It's fun, doesn't take itself too seriously and is ridiculously watchable. Now, nearly 15 years since the original was released, Xander is making a return.
xXx: The Return of Xander Cage brings back Xander as the high octane loving extreme sportsman who is left for dead after an "incident." The entire thing is a cover for him to take on a secret assignment for his handler Agent Gibbons played by Samuel L. Jackson who is reprising his role from the first movie.
Ti West Goes West in In A Valley Of Violence [Trailer]
19 July 2016 4:15 PM, PDT
We first saw a preview of the upcoming western last year when a few images of Ethan Hawke and his companion appeared online and with the movie's release due later this year, we're finally getting a trailer for the revenge thriller which stars Hawke as a man seeking vengeance for the murder of his friend.
West has certainly shown himself a capable filmmake [Continued ...] »
Jackie Chan & Renny Harlin Team Up for Action Comedy Skiptrace [Trailer]
19 July 2016 3:47 PM, PDT
After years of relatively unmemorable projects, Chan appears to be back in the comedy/action mode that made him an international star. Then there's the Harlin factor. Sure, there's a lot of mediocrity in his filmography but it's always fun to watch. Can't say that about a lot of the action that's flying around these days. As for Knoxville... he's the major drawback here though under certain circumstances, even he can be palatable. Hopefully this is one of those times.
Chan stars as Bennie Chan, a Hong Kong detective who teams up with an American gambler (Knoxville) in an attempt to br [Continued ...] »
Godzilla Resurgence Looks Awesome! [Trailer]
19 July 2016 3:25 PM, PDT
We've already had a few glimpses of the newly minted Godzilla which will be gracing the big screen in the Japan later this month in Godzilla Resurgence and it looks pretty badass.
Surprisingly, the trailers so far have been exactly the kind of thing you'd expect from a foreign movie marketing to an international audience rather than to a domestic fanbase: plenty of money shots and almost nothing as far as story. But I guess that goes with the territory. What is there to say about a Godzilla movie? Godzilla shows up. Destruction ensues. The end.
It remains to be seen if Godzilla Resurgence will eventually open in North America though I expect that's [Continued ...] »
Fantasia 2016: Rupture is a Solid Sci-Fi Thriller [Review]
18 July 2016 6:10 PM, PDT
Indie writer-director Steven Shainberg has never been one to stick to a single genre, hopping from crime thriller (1998's Hit Me) to kinky dark comedy (2002's criminally under-appreciated Secretary) to biographical drama (2006's Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus). Now, ten years after his last feature, Shainberg tries his hand at science fiction/horror with Rupture, a solid abduction thriller starring Noomi Rapace (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo), Michael Chiklis (Fantastic Four), and Peter Stormare (Fantasia Festival favorite Bad Milo).
Rapace plays single mother Renee Morgan, whose teenaged son is prone to emotional and angry outbursts. As the audience watches them prepare for their day, we notice that, oddly, some of what we’re [Continued ...] »
Russian Trailer for Sean Byrne's The Devil's Candy
18 July 2016 1:57 PM, PDT
Sean Byrne (The Loved Ones) Finally has a new flick out called The Devil’s Candy. It premiered at Tiff last year and is supposed to be wonderful, but has not landed a Us distributor yet for some reason.
Thanks to Bloody Disgusting we have the first trailer for flick which comes on the heels of its Russian release.
In this creepily haunted-house tale a struggling painter is possessed by satanic forces after he and his young family move into their dream home in rural Texas
More as it comes, folks!
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First Look at Blade Runner 2's Toxic Dystopia!
18 July 2016 9:46 AM, PDT
Director Denis Villeneuve (Sicario, Enemy) starts shooting Blade Runner 2 this month. The only things we know about the story is there is a search for Deckard, and that pretty much everyone involved says the script is incredible.
Cast announcements have been coming fast and furious with Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Robin Wright, Mackenzie Davis, Barkhad Abdi, Dave Bautista, Ana de Armas, Sylvia Hoeks, and Carla Juri all attached.
Some concept art from the sequel has emerged (below). While retaining the look of the original film, it also appears to have upped the smog a [Continued ...] »