Fantastic Fest Review: ‘Let The Corpses Tan’ Is A Bonkers, Beautiful, Confusing Exploitation Homage

Fantastic Fest Described in the program as a “giallo in its purest form” (a genre with which I can’t pretend extreme familiarity), Let the Corpses Tan, a film out of Belgium from directors Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani, is basically shot as if the entire thing lives in the gun fight from The Good The Bad and the Ugly — dramatic close-ups, epic music, stylized sex and violence. It’s the kind of tits n’ splatter film that … [Read more...]

‘The Killing Of A Sacred Deer’ Is Another Odd, Flawed Gem From Lanthimos

A24 As with his 2015 relationship absurdo-comedy, The Lobster, about a quaint island resort where awkward singles are hunted for sport, Yorgos Lanthimos’ latest film, The Killing of a Sacred Deer, stars Colin Farrell, and seems to take place entirely within an alternate universe where everyone is simultaneously extremely awkward and extremely forthright. A representative moment is when Farrell’s character introduces his daughter, … [Read more...]

Weekend Box Office: ‘IT’ Is Now The All-Time Highest Grossing Horror Movie, But Can It Top ‘Kingsman’?

20th Century Fox Thanks to a number of new releases, there was a lot of activity at this weekend’s box office, which delivered fairly large numbers overall, although it wasn’t great news for everyone. Despite middling reviews (51 percent on Rotten Tomatoes), Kingsman: The Golden Circle finally knocked IT from the top spot, scoring around $40 million. The good news for Fox is that Golden Circle bested the opening weekend of the first … [Read more...]

Fantastic Fest Review: Joachim Trier’s Divisive, Unforgettable Coming-Of-Age Nightmare, ‘Thelma’

The Orchard Joachim Trier’s Thelma opens with an unforgettable sequence, a daughter trailing her father across a frozen lake, trout swimming beneath the ice shot from below. As she closes in, her father slowly levels his hunting rifle at a deer, and then… at his daughter? It’s the opening salvo to a dark (narratively) luminescent (visually) drama about a Norwegian girl (Eili Harboe) coming of age, coming of sexuality, and trying … [Read more...]

Frotcast 345: ‘The Accountant,’ With Dave Lozo

WB “Fack me sideways, Chahlene, these numbahs ah facked.”– Listen on the player above, or download as an mp3 here (right-click, save as). You can also listen on Stitcher. With Allison Mick stuck in traffic, we’ve got Dave Lozo joining Vince and Matt Lieb on the Frotcast this week, to discuss the Tomb Raider remake, JJ Abrams directing … [Read more...]

A Festival Virgin Road Trips To The Oregon Eclipse Festival

Eclipse Festival A few weeks ago, an estimated 30,000 people — filthy, dust-covered, dreadlocked people — gathered at Big Summit Prairie, deep in Oregon’s Ochoco National Forest for Oregon Eclipse 2017†, a Burning Man-style festival of art and music centered around the total solar eclipse, at a site directly in the path of totality. Despite a firm vow never to attend Burning Man or anything like it, I was there — glad I … [Read more...]

‘Amityville: The Awakening’ Is Finally Being Released… For Free

Dimension Films Amityville: The Awakening — the 19th movie about a purportedly cursed house in Amityville, New York — is finally being released after years of delays and four changes to its release date. When the Weinstein Company, Dimension Films, and Blumhouse delayed the film after lead actor Jennifer Jason Leigh was nominated for an Oscar, we assumed someone paid to have it taken out back to see the rabbits. But it survived after … [Read more...]

‘Battle Of The Sexes’ Triumphs By Eschewing Easy Villains

Fox Searchlight It’s been said that victory has a hundred fathers but failure is an orphan, and in a way the reverse is true of true story narratives. When they suck there’s blame to go around and a million causes — the unearned creative liberties, the important points unfairly omitted, the obvious elements unnecessarily fussed over. When they’re good it seems preordained, as if God told the story and all you had to do was … [Read more...]

Wonder Woman Is Almost Definitely Coming To The Rescue Of ‘Flashpoint’

Warner Flashpoint, the DCEU’s solo movie for The Flash (Ezra Miller), hasn’t exactly zoomed into theaters. The film lost its first director, Seth Grahame-Smith, over “creative differences,” although that may be for the best since Grahame-Smith has never directed a feature film before (He wrote Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter among other things). Then the highly-sought-after Rick Fumayiwa (Dope) signed on but ultimately … [Read more...]

The ‘Wonder Woman’ Honest Trailer Doesn’t Confuse Length With Depth

“She’s the hero the DCEU doesn’t deserve, but sure as hell needs right now.” That’s right, it’s Wonder Woman, the not-much-maligned subject of the newest honest trailer from Screen Junkies. They took on the Herculean task of trying to find reasons to complain about a critically acclaimed and record breaking movie. About that challenge they say, “If we’re being honest there’s no way this … [Read more...]

‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Director Taika Waititi Is In Talks To Direct ‘Akira’

Marvel Warner is still serious about making a live-action Akira film, although they’ve gone through several directors, screenwriters, and actors over the years in their attempt to adapt books one through six into two movies. The first movie was going to be directed by Ruairi Robinson, then he was replaced by the Hughes Brothers who were replaced by Jaume Collet-Serra who then departed then returned then departed again (Is he a cat? In or … [Read more...]

‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Still Looks Like A Smashing Joyride In A Very ’80s Trailer Edit

“What if Thor: Ragnarok was actually made in the ’80s?” That’s the question answered by The Nerdist in the trailer edit and mashup above. The first trailer for Thor: Ragnarok already had a bit of an ’80s action movie feel to it thanks to What We Do In The Shadows director Taika Waititi, but this trailer edit redoes the whole thing like it’s a Cannon Films VHS being rented out until the tape disintegrates. The … [Read more...]

The First ‘Tomb Raider’ Teaser Features Alicia Vikander Cheating Death

The #TombRaider movie trailer drops tomorrow, in theaters March 2018. @tombraidermovie — Tomb Raider (@tombraider) September 18, 2017Tomb Raider‘s first trailer is going to drop later today, but we already have a little bit of the footage as well as a new poster. Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina) is playing Lara Croft, specifically the young, shipwrecked, first-time adventurer version from the 2013 video game … [Read more...]