15 items from 2017
Pete Dillon-Trenchard Apr 22, 2017
This article contains lots of spoilers.
Smile, folks - it’s that time of the week again where we take tonight’s episode of Doctor Who and shake it repeatedly until all of its hidden secrets fall out of its pockets - as well as callbacks and generally interesting observations. And if you think we’ve missed something, let us know in the comments below!
Happiness Will Prevail
If you’re reading this, you’re likely to fit into one of two categories – those of you who love and understand emojis and those of you (myself included) who have resigned »
Within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the two Thor films have been among the most forgettable. They’re not bad, but they lack personality and the fun of the rest of the McU. Well, as you’ll see with this Teaser Trailer that debuted yesterday, Thor: Ragnarok certainly seeks to change all of that. As will become apparent, there’s a lighter tone in effect, a larger scale, and a vibe that isn’t at odds with the rest of the McU. It’s very different, almost entirely in good ways. The Teaser Trailer will probably tickle your fancy, but before we get to that, some mild analysis is coming your way! This sequel is the third Thor film and one that works as a sequel not just to Thor: The Dark World, but also to Avengers: Age of Ultron and Captain America: Civil War as well. Having left Earth, Thor »
- Joey Magidson
A Star Wars Story.
One of the quirks of my cinephile upbringing was that, despite Star Wars coming out the year before I was born, I didn’t see it until I was eighteen. At the time I was preparing to major in film at a program focused specifically on non-narrative experimental filmmaking, and we were actively scorned for caring about popular films or indeed any popular art. (I only lasted a year before they gave me the heave-ho, partially for liking Led Zeppelin, although that was a symptom, not the disease; it was thus that I became a literal film school reject.) The desire to fit in didn’t supersede my personal taste, but strictly in terms of the kind of movies I was seeing at the time, and not having grown up with Star Wars like everyone else my age, watching the original trilogy for the first time on VHS, in »
- Danny Bowes
The cast of Warner Bros. and Legendary's highly-anticipated Godzilla: King of Monsters is still coming together, with another actor lining up a key role in the sequel. Straight Outta Compton star O'Shea Jackson Jr., the son of rapper/actor Ice Cube, has entered negotiations to play an unspecified role in this big-budget action thriller, that serves as a follow-up to the 2014 blockbuster Godzilla. While it remains to be seen how many more new characters will come aboard, it is believed that only one actor from the 2014 Godzilla will return.
Variety broke the news of this casting, and while no details were given for his character, he is just the latest to come aboard recently. We reported in January that Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown is making her feature film debut with Godzilla: King of Monsters, with Kyle Chandler and Vera Farmiga coming aboard to portray her character's father and mother, »
I grew up on Broadway musicals. Once upon a time when going to see a show on Broadway didn’t cost you your mortgage plus the life of your first-born, my mom and dad were avid theatergoers. They saw the original production of South Pacific with Mary Martin and Ezio Pinza, the original production of Camelot with Richard Burton and Julie Andrews and Robert Goulet, and the original production of The King and I with Gertrude Lawrence and a then little-known Yul Brynner.
When they were still dating they went into town to see Oklahoma! Over the years they saw Carousel, and Brigadoon, and Rex Harrison and Julie Andrews in My Fair Lady, and Zero Mostel in Fiddler on the Roof, and Carol Channing in Hello, Dolly!, and the original West Side Story with Carol Lawrence and Larry Kert. My father fell asleep at Cats and my mother said she »
- Mindy Newell
Having finally caught and absorbed James Mangold’s Logan, the finale to the Og X-films, I find myself hoping that the execs behind the soon-to-be-released Wonder Woman and Justice League movies were taking notes. A caveat: I’m going to attempt to keep my lens wide this week. While I don’t believe I’ll be spoiling anything more than people on your Facebook feed have blathered about, be nonetheless forewarned.
Before I get into my listicle (they’re what make articles click-baity, don’t-cha-know), let me quickly pontificate. Logan was one of the most powerful superhero films I’ve ever seen. Perhaps second only to The Dark Knight. It was a straight-forward small-scale road picture that kept a handle on a single-thread story, presented as an homage to the westerns it evoked throughout the picture. In spite of a heavy-handed two-hour run-time, the film itself moves at a steady pace. »
- Marc Alan Fishman
Carley Tauchert Mar 15, 2017
Lois & Clark: The New Adventures Of Superman was silly, joyful fun. We take a fond look back at the 1990s series...
A flash of red cape, the S sitting proudly on the chest, the warrior of Truth, Justice and the American Way, Superman has always been the most recognisable and iconic of all the superheroes. After many changes on-screen over the years from the All-American hero in the 1978 movie to the recent darker and moodier version, you'd be hard pressed to go anywhere on the planet and find somebody who had never heard of the Man of Steel.
The character has had many faces and been in many decades and settings, but one of the best that deserves a bit more love and a lot more praise is that of »
Ryan Lambie Mar 10, 2017
So Kong: Skull Island's post-credits sequence. What's that all about, then? Ryan takes a spoiler-filled look...
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If you're into your big, angry creatures, you've probably read about the MonsterVerse, the string of English-language kaiju movies Legendary Entertainment has planned for the years ahead. The toothsome film universe officially began in 2014 with director Gareth Edwards' Godzilla - a moody reboot which neatly set up the backdrop for a series of similar monster flicks.
Godzilla dreamed up a secret history of the mid-20th century, where the nuclear weapons tests of the 1950s were, »
Despite the best efforts of Ryan Reynolds to convince him to postpone his decision, Jackman has ruled out the possibility of a Deadpool/Wolverine movie, but he’s now admitted that the lure of a team-up with The Avengers would prove too much to turn down.
“If that was on the table when I made my decision, it certainly would have made me pause, that’s for sure,” Jackman told Screen Rant. “Because I always love the idea of him within that dynamic, with the Hulk obviously, with Iron Man but there’s a lot of smarter people with MBAs who can’t figure that out [laughter]. You never know. At the moment, honestly, if I really did have them there, »
- Gary Collinson
Ryan Lambie Feb 27, 2017
Time has begun to tell on the Wolverine. His face is careworn, he needs glasses to read, and even one of his adamantium claws doesn't quite extend as smoothly as it used to. This is, of course, Hugh Jackman's last hurrah as the sharp-clawed superhero, and an air of finality hangs heavily on Logan, directed by James Mangold.
It's a road-trip movie, it's western, it's neo-noir, it's science fiction. But overwhelmingly, it's a portrait of three outcasts and how they interact. There's Logan himself - trying in vain to lay low and work as a chauffeur on the Mexican border, »
The year is 2029, and the mutant formerly known as the Wolverine isn’t quite as invincible as he used to be. After being alive for almost 200 years, he’s finally starting to show his age. He’s haunted by something from his past (you’ll have to see the previous movies to find out what, or re-visit them to remember), and he hurts people in his dreams. He’s rotting from the inside out, he needs reading glasses, and his healing powers can’t keep up. He’s saved the world like eight times over, but he’s now a glorified Las Vegas Uber driver who cares more about his limo than he does his life. He may be the one guy on Earth who can’t drink himself to death, but that certainly hasn’t stopped him from trying. He’s pretty much a Johnny Cash song with adamantium claws. »
- David Ehrlich
“My life has been an extraordinary adventure,” Wyman said. “The time feels right to delve into the archive and tell my story before I croak.”
The film has been made in collaboration with the former founding member and bass guitarist of the Rolling Stones, who performed with the iconic band from 1962 to 1993. He was the oldest member of the band when he joined at age 26 and — along with drummer Charlie Watts — usually opted for a low public profile. He’s led the band Bill Wyman’s Rythym Kings since 1997.
The film will feature previously unseen film footage and photographs. The deal was announced at the Berlin Film Festival on Thursday.
- Dave McNary
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His wife left him seventeen years ago, he’s lonely, has no family and like some of us he’s just trying to find a reason to get out of bed every morning. Well he definitely has a reason now, as he finds out his ex-wife put a child up for adoption seventeen years ago and makes it his mission to find her and build the family he’s always wanted.
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- Garrett McCormick
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In some ways, Trainspotting is not the type of movie that begs a sequel. The frenetic, scatological story of heroine addicts Renton (Ewan McGregor), Sick Boy (Jonny Lee Miller), Spud (Ewen Bremner) and Begbie (Robert Carlyle) was hailed as an indie gem when it was released in 1996, and needed no follow-up. But on the other hand, who better to catch up with than those chemical-addled misfits? Have they cleaned themselves up? Have they built enjoyable lives? Director Danny Boyle »
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This has easily been the hardest time I’ve ever had whittling down my favorite genre offerings for the year. I was fortunate to watch so many great movies throughout the course of the last 12 months (over 150—new and old!), and considering the quality of projects from both the studio and independent sides of the business was exceedingly high, I probably could have featured 20 films on this list, and still would have at least a dozen more I could recommend to fellow fans. 2016 was definitely one of the best recent years in horror and that’s pretty rad.
Beyond the realm of movies, horror also had a strong showing on TV, as it seems almost every single network these days has something of interest if you’re looking to immerse yourself in horror on the small screen. I was also fortunate enough to attend several amazing genre events in 2016, making »
- Heather Wixson
15 items from 2017
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