Iron Fist Pulls Punches But Maintains Form

Overview: After being orphaned as a child and raised in a mystical Kung Fu monastery, Danny Rand returns home after fifteen years to reclaim his name. But the ancient organization of assassins and world-shapers known as the Hand have their own plans for Danny and the Iron Fist he harnesses. 2015; ABC Studios/Marvel Television; TV-MA; 13 episodes. False Start: Because it has become central to the conversation surrounding Iron Fist, and because it is impossible to talk about the show without first addressing these concerns, the fact of the matter is this: Marvel missed an opportunity to portray Danny Rand as Asian-American and cast an actor...

It Could Be All Of Us: Unearthing John Carpenter’s Apocalypse Trilogy Mar21

It Could Be All Of Us: Unearthing John Carpenter’s...

There’s a great big hole in the world. At its center resides the agent of our undoing. So we bury it. We build foundations over it, foundations built on the unknowable things we think we know. And while that agent of undoing may be covered, that hole is not filled. Relationships, religion, and entertainment form a holy trinity of forgetting, of distraction . . . that is until reality shifts and our holy man-made trinity is made unholy by a rediscovery of that thing thought buried, that thing in a hole, in the dark. This portrait of horror is as equally true about modern America as it is about John Carpenter’s Apocalypse Trilogy, and perhaps...

Edgar Wright Returns With Baby Driver Trailer Mar12

Edgar Wright Returns With Baby Driver Trailer

The wait is over! We’ve finally been rewarded with the first trailer for Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver, which premieres at SXSW this week. Edgar Wright does not disappoint! Baby Driver looks cool as hell and pretty much guarenteed to make everyone change-up their favorite movies lists by the end of the year. While the plot has been compared to Refn’s Drive, that doesn’t really matter considering what a strong an unique voice Wright has. We’re surely in for plenty of surprises, as nothing Wright has ever done has just been a straightforward take on familar topes. On that front, it was a great move not to give away...

Wonder Woman Goes to War in New Trailer Mar11

Wonder Woman Goes to War in New Trailer

Gal Gadot unveiled the second trailer for Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman tonight! Watch it and weep in the presence of her glory. ✨Welcome to Themyscria. I am proud to present the NEW trailer for #WonderWoman! ✨ pic.twitter.com/7q7SQ80ut1 — Gal Gadot (@GalGadot) March 12, 2017 And in HD: I’m in love! The great thing about this latest trailer for Wonder Woman is that it doesn’t feel like it’s giving too much of the plot or action sequences away. There’s enough new footage here to continue to build our anticipation while still feeling like it’s holding the best stuff, including the film’s central...

Charlize Theron Kicks Ass in Red Band Atomic Blonde Trailer Mar10

Charlize Theron Kicks Ass in Red Band Atomic Blond...

Charlize Theron has been making quite the name for herself as an action star. Her streak continues with the spy thriller Atomic Blonde, based on the 2012 graphic novel by Anthony Johnston, and directed by John Wick and the upcoming Deadpool 2‘s David Leitch. This looks slick as hell, and may end up being one of the year’s surprise hits, especially if people latch onto it the way they took to John Wick.  Not only is it great to see another badass female action hero, but Theron’s character also appears to be bisexual which is an awesome move for representation and a unique angle we rarely see explored in genre films. As if...

Its All About Family in New The Fate of the Furious Trailer Mar09

Its All About Family in New The Fate of the Furiou...

Universal unveiled a new trailer for F. Gary Gray’s The Fate of the Furious. Well this franchise certainly isn’t backing away from its absurdity or its overuse of the word family. Story-wise, there looks to be some interesting developments (retconning Charlize Theron’s character into the narrative for one), and writer Chris Morgan has developed the relationships between these characters in a way that we’ve grown to care about them, and their ridiculous personas. On the directing side, this is F. Gary Gray’s first blockbuster and the film’s visuals look to be a step away from the goregeous global scenery...

Richard Newby Talks Logan On The Freakin’ Awesome Podcast Mar08

Richard Newby Talks Logan On The Freakin’ Aw...

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of talking about Logan with Benjamin and J.M. Abaya on The Freakin’ Awesome Podcast. Give it a listen to hear our thoughts on that movie, the Wolverine movie we wish Hugh Jackman could have done before his retirement, our thoughts on the Alien: Covenant trailer, and more! March 6th, 2017 Subscribe to the Freakin’ Awesome Podcast, and follow them on Twitter! (@TFAnow, @benjaminabaya, @abayarts) Featured Image: 20th Century...

Deadpool 2 Teaser Riffs On Superman Mar04

Deadpool 2 Teaser Riffs On Superman

The weekend’s worst kept secret has now made its way offical online. Here’s the teaser for Deadpool 2 that plays before Logan. Audiences lost their minds when this teaser (really a short film, since the sequel doesn’t have a release date yet) played during my screening of Logan on Thursday. It’s definitely smirk worthy, and the True Romance score that plays across the end is a nice touch, but based on the reaction it got in my screening, it might has well been a gift of manna dropped down from the heavens upon starving massess. Fox’s calvacade of merry mutants certainly won’t be hurting over Wolverine...

Logan is a Poignant Rumination On Mortality Mar04

Logan is a Poignant Rumination On Mortality

Overview: In a future where mutants have become near extinct, a world-weary, battle-damaged Logan must make his way alongside Charles Xavier to deliver a young mutant girl to North Dakota’s fabled mutant safe-haven, Eden. 20th Century Fox; 2017; Rated R; 137 minutes. I See A Darkness: “Maybe we’re God’s mistake,” a haggard Logan tells an equally haggard Charles Xavier, as both men come to terms to with their failing powers and grief over the fact that most of their kind have died, be remembered as novelty acts at best. For seventeen years, we’ve watched X-Men films proclaim that mutants were the future, children of the atom who were...

YO HO Pirates of the Carribean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Trailer Mar02

YO HO Pirates of the Carribean: Dead Men Tell No T...

Here’s our first full look at the fifth Pirates of the Caribbean movie! While a fifth installment may beg the question of who is asking for more of these movies, the billion plus dollars the last installment took in has assured Disney that there’s an audience. We wouldn’t be surprised if this latest entry brings in similar box office numbers, given the property’s global appeal. Personally speaking, the first three films are really strong and remain a nice reminder of the ingenuity of blockbuster films when studios reach beyond comic book properties. Dead Men Tell No Tales could be a return to form after the...

AE Monthly Book Club: Gerald’s Game

March is said to be a lucky month, but when it comes to fiction we find that a bit of bad luck is more compelling. And for this month’s book, the bad luck comes in spades. This time around, bad luck is nothing more than an escalation of outright terror. For March’s book, we’ve chosen Stephen King’s Gerald’s Game. A film adaptation directed by modern horror maestro Mike Flanagan is set to be released on Netflix later this year, so we thought we’d find out what we’re in store for ahead of time. The publisher’s description reads: Once again, Jessie Burlingame has been talked into submitting to...

Feel the Beat in New Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Trailer Feb28

Feel the Beat in New Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. ...

Courtest of Jimmy Kimmel Live, here’s a new trailer of one of the summer’s most antcipated movies: Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2! Move on over Fast and Furious franchise, Guardians of the Galaxy has their own ex-wrestler to deliver lines about family, and their own mysterious Kurt Russell character as well. We’re really running out of great things to say about awesome this movie looks, and at this point we just want all those spectacular visuals, charming banter, and rockin’ 70s track sspalshed across the big-screen and blaring out of surround-sound speakers. Given the reception of the first film, which hasn’t...

Discover the Dark Side of Paradise in New Alien: Covenant Trailer Feb28

Discover the Dark Side of Paradise in New Alien: C...

Here’s the second trailer for Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant! Ridley Scott has said that he’s going back to full on horror with Alien: Covenant and this eerie new trailer has us fully convinced. As some of the new creatures in the trailer would suggest, Ridley Scott seems to have plenty of surprises up his sleeve and will continue to push the mythology of Xenomorphs forward, just as he did in Prometheus. The fact that Scott, at 79, can release big-buget R-rated movies that aren’t based on comic books, and still have creative freedom, is something to celebrate. We’re ready for whatever he has in store for us....

Imperfect Animal: The Enduring Appeal of Wolverine

There is a wilderness of the soul, a place of undying conflict that’s marked by signposts of pain and suffering. A place kept wild by questions, chief among them the oldest question we know: Who am I? The answer, sometimes brief, other times sprawling, alternates between being a fountain of hope or of despair, but made concrete in moments defined by our will to survive and emerge stronger, better even. Perhaps more than any comic-book character, James Howlett, Logan, Weapon X, The Wolverine, best exemplifies the ever shifting nature of human identity, through his own post-human struggle that has remained one of comic books most enduring...

The King Returns in Latest Kong: Skull Island Trailer Feb27

The King Returns in Latest Kong: Skull Island Trai...

This morning, Tom Hiddleston tweeted our latest look at Kong: Skull Island! New trailer! Kong is back. In cinemas all over the world. March 10, 2017. #kongskullisland #kongisking pic.twitter.com/OLnyGYKLW0 — Tom Hiddleston (@twhiddleston) February 27, 2017 We may not have needed a new trailer for Kong: Skull Island a week before the film’s release, but it’s a hell of a trailer! The movie looks visually spectacular, and seems to possess a sense of humor that’s unexpected but could be quite refreshing. This could end up being one of the year’s surprise hits. Plus, I’m hearing that we’d do well to sit...

Get Out Gets Into the Frightening Reality of the Black Experience Feb25

Get Out Gets Into the Frightening Reality of the B...

Synopsis: A black man goes to visit his white girlfriend’s family for a weekend getaway, but they offer more than he bargained for. Universal Pictures; Rated R; 103 minutes. Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner: The set-up, the racial minority reluctantly going to meet the family of his/her white significant other, is one that we’ve become accustomed to across media, particularly in film. Played for romance, laughs, and drama, the racial tension created amongst interracial couples has become one of American storytelling’s great stage acts. But none of these racially-loaded meet and greets have been downright horrific. Sure, there have been some...

Alien: Covenant Prologue Introduces Us to the Crew. Feb22

Alien: Covenant Prol...

During tonight’s episode of Legion on FX, Fox unveilved a prologue to Alien: Covenant, fittingly titled, “Last Supper.” The short doesn’t give us any plot details, but it does give us a chance to see the personalities of the crew and get a sense of their working-class...

Just Like the Rest of Us: The Noble Humanity of Si...

In the 1967’s mystery thriller, In the Heat of the Night, a prejudiced Police Chief looks Sidney Poitier’s detective, Virgil Tibbs right in the eyes and says, “You’re just like the rest of us, aint’cha.” This statement not only defined Tibbs but much of Sidney Poitier’s early acting career, a career defined by characters who lessened the sentiment that blackness should be equated with “other.” For many blacks, myself included, Sidney Poitier has always been associated with excellence, an example to be passed down by our parents and grandparents. This is skill, they say. This is craft. And they’re not wrong. Refined, dignified, and able to...

Stephen King’s Shared Universe Comes Together in Castle Rock Feb17

Stephen King’s Shared Universe Comes Togethe...

Ever full of surprises, J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot has announced a Castle Rock series coming to Hulu. For those unfamilar with the name, Castle Rock is a fictional town in Maine that serves as home for some of King’s most well known works, including: The Dead Zone, Cujo, The Dark Half, and Needful Things. It’s also mentioned in the majority of King’s other works as well. The teaser makes references to a number of King’s stories and characters including IT, Misery, Salem’s Lot, and The Shawshank Redemption. While those stories take place in other fictional towns of King’s creation (Derry,...

New Ghost in the Shell Trailer Delivers More Cyberpunk Visuals Feb13

New Ghost in the She...

Here’s our second look at Rupert Sanders’ Ghost in the Shell! The visuals and production design for this movie still look absolutely fantastic, which should come as no surprise given the look of his previous film, Snow White and Huntsman. While all the trailer thus far have sold...

The Lego Batman Movie Offers Both Celebration & Satire Feb10

The Lego Batman Movie Offers Both Celebration ...

Overview: When the Joker unleashes a dastardly new plot to destroy Gotham City, the emotionally ill-equipped Batman must learn the value of his relationships with his allies, villains, and the city he’s sworn to protect. Warner Bros.; 2017; Rated PG; 104 minutes. The Brick Knight: In his 78-year history, we’ve seen nearly every variety of tone and take imaginable for the caped-crusader. He’s been a medieval knight, a Cold War revolutionary, a vampire, an alien, a Western hero, and a grounded vigilante, and he’s survived through all of it. Yes, he’s even been George Clooney, and he survived that, too. The elasticity of Batman is largely what...

It’s OK in Chilling It Comes At Night Teaser Feb08

It’s OK in Chilling It Comes At Night Teaser

To say that A24 has been on a roll would be an understatement. Last year, they released what amounted to enough greatness to fill many of our best of the year picks, including two of the best horror movies of the decade with The Witch and Green Room. A24 looks to continue thier tradition of exceptional horror films with release of It Comes at Night, directed by Trey Edward Shults, who brought us last year’s Krisha. Check out the official plot synopsis below: A man (Joel Edgerton) learns that the evil stalking his family home may be only a prelude to horrors that come from within. Secure within a desolate home as an unnatural threat...

John Wick: Chapter 2 is a High Art Action Film of Mythic Proportion Feb08

John Wick: Chapter 2 is a High Art Action Film of ...

Overview: When a former ally forces John Wick to make good on an old debt, he finds himself caught in a whirlwind of repercussions with a bounty on his head. Summit Entertainment; 2017; Rated R; 122 minutes. Working Again: Before we even get to the opening credits and title card for John Wick: Chapter 2, the film quickly dispenses with the plot that any standard action sequel would go for by wrapping up the threads from John Wick. Reclaiming the car that was stolen from him in the first film and dealing with the threat of Viggo’s brother Abram (Peter Stormare), Wick destroys any notion that we’re about to see Chapter 2 play out on the same...

Blaxploitation Corner: A Q&A with Josiah Howa...

Last February, Audiences Everywhere celebrated Black History Month by taking a deep dive into the Blaxploitation movement of the 70s, with a countdown of the 10 best Blaxploitation films, a retrospective on Pam Grier’s career, and an analysis of Blaxploitation’s legacy and impact on film in For a Time We Were There. Within those pieces, I examined a world of black power where crime, justice, stardom, and some of the best soundtracks to ever be featured in motion pictures collided in a way that provided insight into the only black film boom in history, and it’s contemporary influence. This year, I had the pleasure of discussing...

Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn Get Snatched in First Trailer Feb07

Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn Get Snatched in First ...

Here’s our first look at Amy Schumer’s continuing rise to movie stardom in Jonathan Levine’s (50/50, The Night Before) Snatched. Official Synopsis: After her boyfriend dumps her on the eve of their exotic vacation, impetuous dreamer Emily Middleton (Amy Schumer) persuades her ultra-cautious mother, Linda (Goldie Hawn) to travel with her to paradise. Polar opposites, Emily and Linda realize that working through their differences as mother and daughter – in unpredictable, hilarious fashion – is the only way to escape the wildly outrageous jungle adventure they have fallen into. I think by now everyone has an...