Category: Features

Tiny Human Movie Review: Frozen

Recently, my daughter (4) has become interested in (read: obsessed with) Frozen. Every day, she wants to watch Frozen. If she’s not watching it, she wants the music on. If the music isn’t on, she wants to act out the movie. She expresses herself in lines from the script (“please don’t shut me out” after I snap at her for dawdling, for example). In an effort to channel her enthusiasm for this one movie into films in general, I interviewed her to find out why she liked it, and since then have been using the same series of questions...

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Emily Blunt and John Krasinski Find A Quiet Place in New Trailer

Here’s the first trailer for the John Krasinski directed horrror film, A Quiet Place. There’s a real challenge to the art of horror movies that can effetively use sound to generate the majority of their scares and tension. If this trailer is any indication, A Quiet Place is up to the challenge, and is going to provide quite the sensory ride. The decision to hide the supernatural element is a good marketing move, and certainly adds an desired element of mystery. I have a feeling that this could end up being the kind of movie so many of us...

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The Strangers Take Us Outside in Prey at Night Teaser

Here’s the first teaser for the sequel a decade in the making, The Strangers: Prey at Night! Johannes Roberts’ takes over from the prior entry’s director, Bryan Bertino, and looks to expand the Strangers reign of terror to open spaces. Bertino, who co-write the script, has been discussing sequel plans since the original’s release nearly 10 years ago, and while this sequel looks like a departure from some of the quiet eeriness and clausterphobia of the first one, it certainly has the potential to be equally effective, especially given Roberts’ talent for creating clever jump scares. We’re definitely keeping...

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Truth in Justice: Kingdom Come and Zack Snyder’s DC

“In your children you shall make up for being the children of your fathers: thus shall you redeem all that is past.” – Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra In the beginning there was Superman. From him spawned an entirely new generation of heroes, and an entirely new generation of readers and consumers who took those superheroes and made them gods. Their stories made myths to monitor the pulse of an ever-changing world. The Justice League has remained at the forefront of our conversation on the changing ideals of heroism since their first appearance in 1960. From the team’s introduction...

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Fantasy Draft Casting: Justice League Dark

With the release of Justice League this week, we’re getting pretty excited for the next stage of the DCEU and the potential for this universe to further expand. Justice League Dark, formally Dark Universe, was announced as “in-development” at 2017’s WB San Diego Comic Con panel. The film has been on WB’s radar since 2012, with Guillermo del Toro at the helm before leaving the project in 2015. He was followed by Doug Liman who was briefly attached before departing earlier this year. Currently, Justice League Dark has several versions of a script but no director. We’d love to see...

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Ryan Reynolds Channels Bob Ross in Deadpool 2 Teaser

The ‘merc with the mouth’ is back in the lastest teaser for Deadpool 2, which briefly offers our first look at actual footage from the film! There’s not much to be said about this, given how little footage from the movie is actually in the teaser, but the marketing team has it down to a science, which attributed to a large portion of the first movie’s success. From what we can see, Deadpool 2 is definitely cruising with a bigger budget and a slicker style, not doubt thanks to the film’s director David Leitch, who took over from Tim...

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Dream, Baby, Dream: Music and Memories in American Honey

The other day, I was driving up New York’s West Side Highway to a friend’s birthday party, my wife in the passenger seat next to me. We weren’t paying much attention to the songs on the radio until a particular song came on: “Nookie” by Limp Bizkit. Our reaction was the same as yours likely is upon reading this. We laughed. What a bad band! What a bad song! Why is Limp Bizkit in Sirius Radio’s rotation? Do we pay for Sirius? Is this a good use of our hard-earned dollars? Then a funny thing happened: I realized I...

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Spielberg Takes on the White House in The Post Trailer

Here’s the first trailer for Steven Spielberg’s highly-anticipated awards contender, The Post. If Spotlight was any indication, awards voters love films about the press, and The Post could not be coming out at a more insturmental time. In our age of “fake news” and cover-ups coming straight from the White House, we could surely use more of Hanks and Streep’s earnest ability to convey honesty, and Spielberg’s human interest when it comes to the portryal of news media. We’re fully expecting this to be one of the most discussed films of the winter, and we couldn’t doubt Spielberg even...

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Comic-To-Film Primer: The Punisher

After months of waiting for a release date, we finally know when he’s coming, and that when he arrives, he’s coming for blood. The Punisher is arguably the most anticipated Marvel Netflix show since the first season of Daredevil, which is interesting because a Punisher show wasn’t originally part of Marvel’s Netflix plan. After emerging as the breakout character in Daredevil Season 2, Netflix decided to break the mold of their Defenders centric shows and offer up a sixth series, an outsider who fits in even less with the world of superheroes than our urban Defenders do. While The...

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Blade Runner 2049 and The Fight To Love Your Own Identity

Identity, the underlying thematic and narrative focus of Blade Runner 2049, is the most fundamental aspect of what makes us human. Despite the fact that the theme of “what it means to be human” is a storytelling cliche on a par with a cartoon mouse eating cheese, Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049 explores a modernized form of identity unique in its profundity. As a transgender woman who struggled to reconcile my gender identity for an excruciatingly long two decades, Blade Runner 2049, with its storyline about replicant Agent K’s turbulent struggle with his society’s expectation of replicant subservience while establishing  his own...

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UPDATED: The 100 Best Horror Movies of the 2000s

One of the questions we asked multiple subjects in our Horrortown interview series (which you can read here) is, “How would you respond to those people who say there are no good horror movies right now?” This question was inspired by our shared belief that “right now” is an exceptional moment to be a horror fan. More quality horror films are premiering at festivals, being made available On Demand, and opening in limited and wide-release than ever before. The 2000s have seen some of the best working filmmakers experimenting with the form, altering and enforcing the storytelling genre, opening...

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12 Directors Who Should Come Back to Horror

Horror has a notoriously welcoming community. It’s known for being the starting space for many independent filmmakers, giving them the freedom to explore the industry and have a great time doing it. Some of the most widely recognized voices in film today started there, and we think a few of them should get back into the game and amp up the scares. Check out our list below for 12 directors who once made a horror film (or a handful) and who should almost definitely make more. Adrian Lyne – Jacob’s Ladder Few directors capture the grit and grime of big...

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Saw: A Franchise In Review

In 2004, James Wan and Leigh Whannell entered into the mainstream horror scene with the theatrical release of Saw. Beholden to a slick aesthetic that tends to fall back on shock value—specifically explicit scenes of torture and gore—the film went on to launch a franchise that largely shaped a 2000s era preoccupation with torture porn. Starting with Saw II in 2005, writer and director Darren Lynn Bousman helped to reshape Wan and Whannell’s singular vision into an easily replicated narrative format. Thematically dependent upon actor Tobin Bell’s star-making performance as iconic serial killer-cum-vigilante John “Jigsaw” Kramer, the films that followed Wan’s directorial...

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Halloween: The True Classic

Some movies are just special. There is really no rhyme or reason as to why. But some movies just trigger us. They ignite a love for film, a love for genre, a love of emotion and experience. And it is different for all of us. For my wife, it is seeing Debbie Reynolds dance and sing in Singin’ in the Rain. For a close friend of mine, it is the romance of Cary Elwes and Robin Wright in The Princess Bride. My love for film is just a little bit darker, and I can remember it as soon as...

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