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    • Halloween Gets A Neat Teaser Poster! Michael Myers Is Getting Old!

      5 months ago


      We're exactly 6 months away from the release of the new Halloween movie and I'm pretty stoked to see how it plays out. David Gordon Green is directing from a script by himself and Danny McBride and, under the mentorship of John Carpenter, they're wiping away all the convoluted backstory shit and making a direct sequel to the very first movie. 

      The new poster they put out is striking. It's a monochrome image of the aged mask of Michael Myers. The years shown on the mask perhaps mirror the aged man underneath. Michael Myers is getting old! 

      It's a striking image. Check it out:


      Can't wait for this one. What about you guys?

    • Jurassic World: The Fallen Kingdom Final Trailer Shows A Whole Hell Of A Lot Of The Movie!

      6 months ago


      I'm holding out hope for the new Jurassic World film, mostly because I dig Chris Pratt in this universe and JA Bayona is a great filmmaker, but these trailers haven't been great. The footage itself is fine. I dig the moody, horror movie look Bayona is bringing to this universe and that he's clearly utilizing some practical dinosaur effects again. But the editing of these trailers have been head scratching at best. 

      This latest one has some really sweet footage, but all of it just seems jumbled together. That's not necessarily indicative of the final product, of course. Trailer editors aren't the ones cutting the actual movie, after all, but I am a little concerned that they're just shotgunning footage and seeing what sticks with people and in doing so have shown most of the movie at this point.

      Here's the trailer, let me know if you agree with me or not:

    • I introduced my young nephews to THE SHINING before watching Ready Player One. Here's how that went...

      6 months ago


      When I was sitting in the Paramount Theater watching the SXSW world premiere of Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One a thought ran through my head: the kids are going to flip their shit for this movie.

      Yes, that includes all children who like big, goofy, fun adventure stories, but “the kids” in this particular fleeting thought referred to my nephews, Max (7) and Rocco (10). One of the greatest joys of my life over the last few years has been introducing these kids to various movies, some obvious kid stuff, some a little more challenging, and watching Ready Player One that first time it felt like I had been building them up to this moment where it would all pay off.

      We've seen all three Back to the Futures on the big screen. They were intrigued by my Iron Giant poster hanging in the guest room of my house and saw that. I've had them on a steady Spielberg diet pretty much since the very first time their parents let me take them to the movies.

      On top of that, the oldest has been getting really into video games lately. I've walked him through some Destiny quests and more recently have been playing a goodly amount of Overwatch with him.

      So, they were ready for Ready Player One.


      There was one glaring omission from their cinematic education, a movie pretty adult even for these little monsters. Of course I'm talking about The Shining.


      Here's the deal. The older one's great with horror movies. Rocco watches them the way I did at his age. Open enough to be creeped out, but focused more on how fun and awesome they are. He flipped out for It last year and I've had the absolute pleasure of introducing him to stuff like An American Werewolf In London and The Sixth Sense.

      The younger one, Max, isn't so hot on horror movies. He loves big smash-em-ups and giant monsters and stuff, but it's tone that gets to him more than gore or something. He was there when we watched The Sixth Sense and I heard from his father a few days later that he had nightmares about “the boy with the bloody head.”

      So I typically save the scary stuff for when it's just me and Rocco, but I knew the second key quest wasn't going to land for them if they didn't see The Shining first... plus I honestly didn't want their first impressions of that film to be from the glimpses we got in Ready Player One.

      So I sat them both down on my couch yesterday, told them to buckle in because we were going to watch The Shining. They asked why we had to watch this movie. I said “I'll tell you after we watch Ready Player One.”

      Max was nervous. He only knew of the movie by title and DVD cover. Rocco seemed down, if not super enthused especially when I reassured them it's not “jump scare” scary. I said it's mostly a lot of people talking and that's true.

      I remember watching The Shining when I was about their age and I remember being engrossed in it, but that was before the Internet changed attention spans forever. Could a movie as talky and deliberate of The Shining work for today's youth?


      The answer is, as always, it depends on the kid. Rocco was in it the whole way through, but Max needed an escape. In that sense it worked a charm because the tone was getting to him. He wasn't antsy so much as he couldn't handle the tension so about halfway through I let him play Splatoon 2 on the Switch while Rocco and I stayed focused on the movie.

      That said I'd look over at Max from time to time and he'd be watching the movie, the game still in his hands, going unplayed. I think he just needed the ability to check out for a minute if things got intense.

      It was amazing to me to see how quickly they grasped the geek minutiae. The carpet pattern, the bloody elevator visions, the twins, Room 237, the hedge maze, redrum (they figured that one out much quicker than I did. “That's murder backwards,” Rocco exclaimed waaaaay before the mirror shot revelation), etc. 


      All those things they commented on. And, being young boys, they of course still snickered at a character being named “Dick,” but boy did they love Scatman Crothers. They kept saying over and over again how awesome he was, so you know they're wired right in the head.

      There were two moments I was worried about. I knew they could handle the deeper horror at play, that of a parent turning against their child. Jack Nicholson is cartoony enough and their real life dad is good enough that I didn't think any of that would get to them. But there were two things I wasn't sure about. One was the use of the “N word” in reference to Dick Hallorann and the other was the naked lady in the bathtub, which is pretty important they see because the whole point of watching The Shining at this moment was to give them a context for the sequence in Ready Player One.

      For the racial slur I was a little curious if they would know it and what it meant or if that would have be an uncomfortable conversation. When Grady utters the “N word” in the bathroom with Jack Torrance both boys instantly said “He's racist.” So they knew it and knew it was bad and that using it means you're a bad person. Phew.


      As far as the nudity, I gave them a little warning as Jack entered Room 237. “There's some nakedness coming up, so prepare yourselves.” They're at an age where I'm sure there's some curiosity digging in, but right now they're still embarrassed about sexuality, so they self-censored, looking all over the room and not at the TV while the naked lady gets out of the tub, stealing an occasional glance to see if the movie's moved away from the naked lady.

      When the big reveal happens next and the pretty naked lady becomes the creepy decomposing old lady ghost they were totally engrossed. I don't think they registered her body as something to be embarrassed about witnessing, which is interesting. Instead they were focused on the horror on display, with Rocco even commenting about how good the makeup was.

      Funnily enough the nudity to get the biggest reaction was Hallorann's giant-afro'd goddess portraits. It painted a completely different picture of the kind old dude they loved at the beginning of the movie and they're so of a different time and place that they thought they were the funniest things they've ever seen.

      When Hallorann met his fate they seemed a little upset... less that he died, but more that he went all that way just to get hacked up in the Overlook's lobby, which is a reaction I love because today everything is so streamlined and truncated that it really is shocking to see something where a guy spends 25 minutes of a movie trying to get somewhere and then almost instantly drops dead.

      We'll see if I hear any reports on nightmares from their parents but I don't think The Shining scarred them permanently. They were still curious why today of all days we watched this movie, but they figured it out soon enough.

      Going into Ready Player One they knew next to nothing. I told them it was kind of like Willy Wonka with video games and made by Steven Spielberg, the guy behind a ton of stuff I've showed them like Jaws, the Indiana Joneses, Jurassic Park, ET, etc, but they hadn't seen a trailer or poster or anything.


      They were so into the movie from the get-go, just like I thought they'd be. The constant barrage of references had them always excitedly pointing out stuff. Rocco went especially nuts when he saw Tracer from Overwatch because that's his favorite character to play.

      The whole movie played like gangbusters, the I was anxiously awaiting The Shining section. When they realized what was about to happen they both went “Whoa!” Which is exactly what I did when I saw the movie for the first time. They laughed at Aech talking to the creepy twins, they shook their heads “no” when Aech goes into Room 237, pointed at the July 4th, 1921 photo. They were in on the reference in a way they absolutely would not have been just a few hours before and it absolutely grabbed them.

      I could see their engagement go from passive to damn near interactive. In that moment they were collaborators with Spielberg. He was talking directly to them and you could see it on their faces.

      That is movie magic right there and I'll never forget it.

      I liked it so much that I had to share it with you guys. I felt compelled to write about this experience, which was so emotional and powerful to me that it refused to be kept bottled inside. I have no idea if anyone will give a shit, but it meant a lot to me. Plus it was an excuse to talk about Kubrick and Spielberg again!

    • New Incredibles II trailer! New Incredibles II trailer!

      6 months ago


      Brad Bird is back in the super comfy Pixar saddle for Incredibles II, which sees Mr. Incredible having to grapple with his biggest challenge yet: being Mr. Mom. I dig the starting point here... Elastigirl being the face of the new renaissance of supers while her supportive, yet a bit disgruntled, husband handles the more mundane, yet personally more important, role of managing the day to day of the Parr family.

      It's just nice to see everybody back and I can't wait to see how it all comes together. Check out the new trailer below:

    • Yep, Rogue One's reshoots were a Hail Mary pass to save the picture, according to Tony Gilroy!

      6 months ago



      Credited screenwriter and guy brought on to finish Rogue One opened up about the the process on a podcast called The Moment With Brian Koppelman, being pretty frank at how dire the situation was when he was brought on board. 

      He reshot the ending and apparently ghost directed a significant amount of the movie. He did enough work to warrant a screenplay credit in arbitration. He wouldn't say how much of the movie is his exactly, but consider that Gareth Edwards had locked his director's cut before Gilroy came on board and Gilroy "easily won" arbitration to have his name added to the screenplay roster. What does that mean? According to the WGA's website you are given a screen credit if a WGA board, who goes over every draft, determines you have provided at least 33% of the final film's content.

      So, a panel at the WGA determined Tony Gilroy at rewrote at least a third of the movie and gave him the credit.

      To twist the knife further, Gilroy said when he came on "they were in such a swamp... they were in so much terrible, terrible trouble that all you could do was improve their position." Yikes.

      Still, I'm extremely curious as to what Edwards' original cut looked like. Was it really awful or just not going in the right direction? I guess we'll never know...

    • Is Steven Spielberg Finally Getting Around To Making The Talisman?!?

      6 months ago



      As a big fan of both Steves, I've been wondering what the hell Spielberg was going to do with The Talisman since I found out he had the rights to King's fantasy epic. And he's had the rights for a very, very long time. Universal bought the eternal rights to The Talisman and gave them to Spielberg before the book even came out, so we're talking 35 years here, people.

      Over the years there have been a few almosts with this property, some for TV, some for the big screen. House of Sand and Fog's Vadim Perelman was going to direct a film version at some point and truly awful screenwriter Ehren Kruger (all the recent Transformers) has taken a stab at a script. I've read some of these scripts and none of them have worked 100%.

      It seems like Spielberg might finally be revving up on this one again, though. He told Entertainment Weekly that he wants it to become a reality in the next two years, although he didn't necessarily say he'd direct it, which is a shame because it's about the most ideal Steven Spielberg-y story.

      The book follows a young boy name Jack Sawyer who embarks on a journey to visit his dying mother, sure that he can save her from the cancer eating her alive. The twist is he does it by jumping back and forth between this reality and a fantasy world called "The Territories" that is a mirror image of our own except they have werewolves and monsters and stuff. Each person that exists in our world has a twin in the other.

      It's a dark, but ultimately uplifting fantasy adventure and is so totally Spielbergian in its awe and fantasy and kid lead that I'm shocked it hasn't happened yet.

      Now, Spielberg isn't saying he'll direct it, only that he wants to usher it into being as producer, but I really hope he reconsiders. It's the perfect material for him and he's got such a great eye for these big, emotional set pieces. 

      Anyway, that's the news. The Talisman is back on Spielberg's plate. Here's hoping it comes together and comes together correctly!

    • The Russo Bros Politely Ask You To Not Be Dicks And Spoil Infinity War

      6 months ago


      We are only 24 short days away from Avengers: Infinity War hitting screens all across the world and its directors have officially asked everybody to be cool and not spoil every moment of the movie via a clever note posted to social media


      Word on the street is that we're not just talking about a surprising twist (a la Civil War). What I've heard is that there are multiple big choices made in this movie and that's why the studio isn't screening it much prior to release. No junket press see it, regular press screenings are, like, two nights before release... sometimes that's a bad sign, indicating the studio doesn't want critics to tell their readers that the movie sucks. I don't think that's the case here. I think they're genuinely wanting to preserve some of these big choices.

      Funny way of asking nicely, though. The Russos should know by now that the internet is full of dickheads and they'll delight even more at spoiling the shit out of the movie, but for the nice people out there... play it cool. At least give superhero movie fans the weekend to see the movie before blabbing all over social media at the universe-changing events that happen in this one.

    • Guillermo del Toro sets up multi-picture deal at Fox Searchlight!

      6 months ago



      It was a given that doors would open for Guillermo del Toro after The Shape of Water took home the Oscar for Best Picture (not to mention him nabbing Best Director) and it looks like the first sign of that happening is with Shape of Water's home studio.

      Fox Searchlight has struck a multi-picture deal with Guillermo del Toro for horror/sci-fi/fantasy stories that he will either write, direct, produce or some combination of all three.

      Per Deadline, the first movie out of the gate is a project he will produce called Antlers about a troubled elementary school student "with a mysterious family secret" and his relationship with his teacher. Scott Cooper will direct a script written by Nick Antosca and Henry Chaisson. 

      del Toro has always been supportive of young genre voices, having produced the first features of people like J.A. Bayona (The Orphanage) who is now wrapping up the Jurassic World sequel and Andy Muschietti (Mama) who hit a home run with his adaptation of Stephen King's IT last year.

      I'm sure we'll be getting some signature del Toro movies in this deal as well as his nurturing of young talent projects. I've still got my fingers crossed he's putting together a deal to finally make his take on HP Lovecraft's At the Mountains of Madness.

    • Creed II Officially Filming!

      6 months ago



      It's time to get excited for more boxing movie goodness! Creed was great, a surprisingly emotional reconnection to the world of Rocky Balboa that launched director Ryan Coogler into superstardom and really showed the world just how great Michael B. Jordan was. Let's also not forget Tessa Thompson.

      The point is the first Creed was a springboard for so many people and many of them are returning for the sequel, which has officially begun production (although I think they've been shooting for a bit already). Sadly Coogler isn't directing (that duty falls on Steven Caple Jr. this time around), but he is producing and Jordan is back as Adonis Creed, Thompson is back as well and, of course, Sly Stallone as Rocky.

      Joining them this time out is Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren) and his son (Florian Munteanu). This confrontation was inevitable. Remember Ivan Drago is the one who killed Adonis' daddy, Apollo, way back in Rocky 4. 

      So, this is going to be emotionally taxing for our new lead in this franchise, not to mention for his mentor watching his protege follow in his own footsteps. 

      Rocky himself made the announcement on Instagram live from the set. 

      We don't have long to wait for this one, which sees a November 21st release date. 

    • Some Surprise MCU Characters To Appear In Captain Marvel Movie!

      6 months ago



      We all know that Captain Marvel has been filming, but now Disney has officially announced that filming is underway. Not only that, but they released a cast list with some surprising names on it.

      Remember that Captain Marvel will take place in the '90s, so some of these now deceased people were still very much alive and kicking. Yes, we knew Samuel L. Jackson's Nick Fury was going to be involved, so it shouldn't be much of a shock that Clark Gregg's Agent Coulson is also around. What is interesting is that Guardians of the Galaxy's bad guy, Lee Pace, and bounty hunter dude Korath (Djimon Hounsou) is in the cast list. 

      That definitely tips its hat to the cosmic side of the MCU playing a significant role in the film. Comic fans know that Carol Danvers' powers originate from the cosmos, so it makes sense, but it is still a nice surprise to see some Guardians crossover.

      I'm sure there are a ton more little surprises and Easter eggs to discover in the film. Very much looking forward to seeing what they give us with this one and just how majorly it impacts the MCU. I'm guessing it'll change just about everything. That's what happens when you introduce villains like The Skrulls. 

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