Once again we have ourselves a film tackling the subject matter of human connections and relationships along with technology's role - both beneficial and detrimental - in the matter. These films portray millennials reliant upon a smattering of websites and smartphone apps that give them the ability to instantly connect with one another physically and/or pseudo-socially, yet ultimately failing when connecting face-to-face emotionally. The difference with Zachary Wigon's debut, compared to the others, is that his film, The Heart Machine, is an intimate exploration bereft of judgement or ridicule.
There are plenty of frightening things knocking about the local Wal-Mart, but Hasbro’s Ouija board – in the toys and games aisle right between Scrabble and Boggle – isn’t one of them. The mass-produced novelty made of common cardboard and plastic is not a vessel for contacting the spirit world but makes for a satisfactory piece of spooky entertainment for tween slumber parties. That’s clearly the target demographic for Ouija, a smorgasbord of homogenized horror that relies on jump scares and a rote haunted house story to supply the shocks. Predictably, the results are more tiring than terrifying.
In the post-Raid era it’s an unescapable certainty that any action film that follows simply won’t be able to achieve the lofty heights of those masterfully made films. The films, especially the second one, featured a fine balance between compelling drama and hard-hitting, fast-paced action. They had a palpable energy that many films, regardless of genre, seldom achieve. For recent action films, the adage of “old is new again” holds true as many of the big action films have been ‘80s-‘90s action-throwbacks that feature aging action-stars. Actors like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, Kevin Costner, Pierce Brosnan and Liam Neeson have all graced the silver screen with action-thrillers, some with greater success than others. Keanu Reeves now joins that group with the action-thriller John Wick.
The first teaser trailer for Leigh Whannell‘s Insidious Chapter 3 has been released, which acts as a prequel to the original two Insidious films. The film follows the team of paranormal investigators from the the first two as they attempt to help rid
Director Michael Spiccia‘s bleek Australian thriller Yardbird is a wonderfully crafted short film that, like all quality shorts, tells a compelling story with a strong lead within a brisk thirteen and a half minute runtime. Moreover, the film’s protagonist, played by Mitzi Ruhlmann, doesn’t utter a
A new red band teaser trailer for the upcoming remake of The Gambler has been released. Played originally by James Caan, the new version stars Mark Wahlberg as an English professor ravaged by the world of high stakes gambling. The film also stars Brie
The first trailer for The Woman in Black: Angel of Death, the sequel to 2012’s The Woman in Black, has been released, which takes place 40 years after the events of the first film. The film takes place during WWII, with Phoebe Fox
I’ll likely piss off some readers, especially horror fans, when I say the slasher genre has pretty much been dead for the last two decades. It has been one of the weakest and most under-utilized subgenres of horror film lore, and looking back, it’s been nothing more than remakes, sequels to remakes and cookie-cutter, cliché-riddled schlock.
Drafthouse Films has released a trailer for Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Look of Silence, his follow-up to the Oscar nominated documentary The Act of Killing, which looks at the Indonesian genocide which left over a million people dead at the hands of kill
Sean Bean has been announced as the latest addition to Ridley Scott’s upcoming sci-fi flick The Martian, which also stars a slew of big name talent including Matt Damon, Jeff Daniels, Jessica Chastain, Kate Mara, Michael Peña, and Kristen Wiig.
Deadline reports that Warner Bros. and New Line have decided to push back the release of The Conjuring 2 from October 23, 2015 to sometime in 2016. With the huge success of the first Conjuring along with the decent sales of
Here Comes the Night has the hallmarks of do-it-yourself filmmaking. It was written and produced by directors Pete Shanel and Peter Kline as well as the film’s principal actors, Ben Duhl and Kurt Haas. The result is nearly 90 minutes of what amounts to the beginning of a film; that is, there is a premise that is never fully explored or realized. Duhl and Haas create likeable characters who might have something to say in a bigger universe than the one they inhabit on the streets of Los Angeles.