The 80s were a sort of B-movie paradise where creating content cheaply to satiate the demands of home video viewers drove the production of endless films that otherwise might not have seen the light of day. As such, it's little surprise that a number of the best worst movies come from this special time period. Last week, we tackled Lethal Weepin', aka Tango & Cash. This week, we bring you another 80s treat from a true B-movie-Baron, David DeCoteau who still continues to this day to prolifically unleash these disasters upon the human race.
Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama is one of DeCoteau's finest; that is to say, worst. The movie's title itself is problematic as it's lengthy, involves the-over-use-of-hyphenization and really should have just played it safe and simple. Sorority Babes. Sorority Dames. Nerds vs. Sorority Babes. B-Movie Babes go to College. Why tax you're obviously already taxed audience; why strain their intellects? One can only presume that the 80s was such a shitstorm of Sorority Babe movies that one needed to distinguish oneself to stand out sufficiently from the crowd.
Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama succeeds in that, at least. It's so bad it's good. It's just utter garbage borrowing from everything it can possibly borrow from and doing it worse than those it borrowed from. It's a bottom-feeding hermit crab collecting other movies shit and building itself a shit home of a shell on its back. Truly incredible. Read on, if you dare.... read + comment
The seventh Old School Kung Fu Fest kicks off today in New York City at The Metrograph. The event runs all weekend, and celebrates the kick ass women of classic martial arts cinema. The official theme is "Wonder Women of the Martial Arts", which makes sense in a year that's seen the release of Wonder Woman and Atomic Blonde.
The following seven films will be screened this weekend:
- Hapkido (with star Angela Mao in attendance)
- The Fate of Lee Khan
- My Young Auntie
- Intimate Confessions of a Chinese Courtesan
- Come Drink with Me
- A Touch of Zen
- Yes, Madam
All of the films have their place in the female action canon, and I've been able to watch most them. My stray thoughts on these movies are by no means comprehensive, but they may help situate these movies in the various tropes and traditions of female action cinema, giving you more reason to check them out this weekend.... read + comment
It's August, and that means we're entering the second span of doldrums for movie releases for the year (the first being the beginning of the year). From now until late September, when all of the horror films start rolling in, we get studio leftovers and also-rans. It is, however, a great window of opportunity for a gem to crop up without the bluster of summer blockbusters to blow it away.
In most years The Hitman's Bodyguard probably wouldn't be that gem, but after a summer of watching action movies that were about as well made as my two-year-old son's macaroni art projects (oh... you put the glue on the table... interesting artistic choice), it is a surprising breathe of fresh air to find a competently directed, paced, and acted film. Normally, competence is a low bar, but that's where we're at.... read + comment
Excuse me, a bona fide disaster shot in IMAX.
A bigger screen won't fix bland, and this looks like the second Marvel series that showrunner Scott Buck will ruin. (The first was Iron Fist on Netflix.) CNET scored an interview with Dutch director Roel Reiné, who helmed the first two episodes of the show. Unfortunately (and unintentionally), Reiné's comments about The Inhumans make the show sound like fast, cheap dreck.
First of all, the shooting schedule was super-tight. "I had TV schedule time to shoot it with IMAX cameras, 20 days to shoot two episodes. It's nerve-wracking but I come from a low-budget film world, so 20 days for me is luxury."
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Even though the stand-alone Han Solo movie has gone through some major problems, Disney isn't giving up on Star Wars spin-offs. Heat Vision confirmed today that an Obi-Wan Kenobi movie is in the works. Academy Award-nominated director Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliott, The Reader) is in early talks to helm the picture. As of now, there is no script or screenwriter. There is also no word on if Ewan McGregor will reprise his role as the Jedi knight originally played by Alec Guinness.
Truly, Disney will squeeze the Star Wars cash cow until its swollen, tender teats no longer yield creamy blue milk.
I don't care what you think about the following scene from Billy Elliott--"Town Called Malice" is one of the best songs ever.
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Talks of a third Gremlins film have been on the winds for going on two decades now. Original director Joe Dante apparently indicated at one point the sequel was dead because the technology made to create Gremlins and Gremlins 2 was so dated that it would have to rely on CGI, and the would be too un-Gremlins to do.
But Chris Columbus, Gremlins writer, tried to calm fears that Gremlins would be done with CGI, instead indicating that CGI would just be used to make the lives of puppeteers easier:
CGI will enable us to remove wires and make the puppeteers lives a little easier. It was brutal. It was like a marathon every night for those guys. In the bar scene alone there were 18 [or] 20 people behind the bar. No one had any space to move. It was just hellish for those guys so CGI will simplify that a little bit but it’s all puppets.
Chris added that the screenplay is complete and much darker. Because ever since 2008's The Dark Knight, darker, grittier versions of things that were previously too fluffy have been all the rage. Let's be real: Michael Keaton dropping Jack Nicholson into a vat of acid is some pussy-ass-shit. It needed to be made HARD. And gritty. It needed the True Grit treatment of True Grit.... read + comment
Yesterday, MoviePass, a company that allows its subscribers to see unlimited movies for a monthly fee, slashed the price of that fee. The internet ran with it, and now MoviePass is trending all over the web, especially on reddit. User Mdude2312 created a simple website that allows you tocheck if MoviePass is available in your zip code, and the post where he states this is, as of writing this, is at the top of the r/movies subreddit.
So, it's safe to say that MoviePass is a hit. However, as with any company on the verge of massive success, there's somone out there looking to scause legal trouble for the startup.
AMC Theatres is threatening legal action against MoviePass, likely in response to their incredibly low new pricing. AMC is the worlds largest theatre chain, and a lawsuit like this could threaten the longevity of MoviePass as a player in the industry. However, this isn't MoviePass' first lawsuit either; they've seen countless attempts from theatres to shut them down since their debut back in 2011. Still, having to deal with the worlds biggest exhibitor may prove problematic for a company that has yet to go public.
AMC is likely scared that MoviePass will end up killing their rewards program. After all, theatres make most of their money from concessions, and if less people use their program because of some pesky company like MoviePass, less people might end up buying their concessions. However, that logic only works under little amounts of scrutiny: if MoviePass increases turnout overall, wouldn't that increase concessions regardless of any rewards program?
Regardless of such speculation, Mitch Lowe, the CEO of MoviePass (and former executive at Netflix,) doesn't seem that concerned about legal action. In an interview with Variety, Lowe remarked that he's seen this type of behavior before.
“This is so much like Blockbuster was when we rolled out Netflix or Redbox. It’s the big guy being afraid of the little guy offering better value to consumers.”
Lowe's confidence in MoviePass is reassuring, but he's still in a tricky situation. If a majority of customers utlize their subscription, they'll be facing huge financial losses. After all, MoviePass purchases tickets for their subscribers, and relies on subscribers who go to the movies infrequently enough to get a net profit. Maybe the hype will die down for MoviePass, and the model will become sustainable for the young company, but if it doesn't, the subscription price will has to rise back up to account for their increased business.
Stay tuned, there's sure to be more developments with this story coming our way soon.... read + comment
If you saw our coverage of SDCC two months back, you may have seen this incredible trailer for the upcoming Thor: Ragnarok and thought to yourself, "Jeeeez that looks like a hell of a lot of fun!" I wouldn't blame you, it's what we were all thinking. Thor and Hulk teaming up with Loki to fight Hela, the goddess of death? And she's played by Cate Blanchett? Could this movie get any better?
It seems so.
There's an extended trailer out from Japan today, and while it's mostly just re-cut footage from the SDCC trailer, it makes up for it by including some new shots of Doctor Strange floating around and talking to Thor.
It's enough to stoke the flames of hype once again, and that's all we can really ask for with these Marvel movies. Thor:Ragnarok debuts on November 3, 2017.... read + comment
Netflix has had its share of ups and downs lately. They've outperformed all of their competitors, have exceeded their own growth expectations, and have seen their stock soar more than 10% in a day. However, with Disney pulling out of their 2012 deal, which allowed Netflix to be the sole platform for streaming new Disney films, they've also lost great content opportunities, and will likely face fierce competition down the road. Still, Netflix seems undeterred, and if todays news tells us anything, they might be more ambitious than ever.
In an interview with Variety, Ted Sarandos, Netflix's chief content officer, revealed that they would be expanding their budget for original shows again in 2018 - by another billion dollars. In 2017 the budget was $6 billion, making next years budget a monumental $7 billion. This well exceeds the budget of any of their competitors, like Hulu and Amazon, and is enough to make even the biggest of hollywood bigwigs sweaty and nervous.
Certainly, you could rationalize that number and say that the funding doesn't necessarily promise quality content - and I would agree. However, Netflix has been slowly curating its lineup into only the best and brightest shows. Clunkers like Bloodline are being burnt away like deadwood in favor of new programming and returning favorites, like Master of None, House of Cards, Orange is the New Black, and my personal favorite, the Wet Hot American Summer series. Those new shows aren't anything to laugh at, and small shows like Castlevania and Little Witch Academia turned out exceptionally well given their nature, and with more funding to go around, who knows how many more hidden gems will pop up in our queues?... read + comment
I'm guaranteed to watch anything from Greek filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos. Dogtooth haunted and disturbed me, and two-thirds of The Lobster is some of the best commentary on modern love I've seen. Lanthimos is back with his latest unnerving work, The Killing of a Sacred Deer, which stars Colin Farrell and Nicole Kidman.
Judging from this trailer, The Killing of a Sacred Deer may be one of the year's artsiest thrillers. Heck, I could go for a good psychological horror movie. (Also, nice subversion of the "moody cover song" trailer trope.)
Check out the trailer for The Killing of a Sacred Deer below.
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Here's a dirty little secret Adam Sandler seems intent on keeping under wraps: the man can act. Back in the day he seemed to be on the verge of pulling his comedy career into something more with films like Punch Drunk Love, but then he found out there wasn't much money in it and instead went out and made a string of insanely bad, but really successful comedies. Those of us who remember a Sandler who can deliver both comedy and drama have been waiting for a his return. The Meyerowitz Stories may be it.
With prolific dramedy director Noah Baumbach taking the realms of the film, and an insanely talented cast jumping in I think we might not only get Sandler's first truly good Netflix film, but his first truly good movie since Reign Over Me (fight me). This one looks like it's going to get pretty dark, but Baumbach is incredibly good at interlacing personal stories with comedic touches, and Ben Stiller and Elizabeth Marvel are just fantastic casting choices.
With Sandy Wexler not being the worst thing ever, and this movie looking to turn out really good, could we be seeing an actual return of Sandler to some sort of respectability or will he simply make a Ridiculous Six sequel and call it a day from here on out?
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There was a bit of a kerfuffle yesterday when Daniel Craig mentioned on a radio interview that nothing was finalized with him being in Bond 25. Turns out that was a lie as the actor had obviously agreed to super duper double officially confirm he's taking the role on the Colbert show. You can watch him do it below, and explain why he was just so grumpy after filming Spectre.
The most interesting part, however, comes at the end when Craig mentions that he wants to go out on a high note. Does this means he shares the general public's opinion on Spectre? We all know it was a bit of a letdown, and Craig came out of it saying he'd rather slash his wrists than do another Bond so... maybe his desire to conclude on a better note drove him back into Bond's loving arms. Of course history is against him. Most Bonds don't go out on a high note at all (Diamonds Are Forever, A View to a Kill, Die Another Day).
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On Tuesday it was confirmed that Anya Taylor-Joy, star of The Witch (which I will henceforth refer to by it's much cooler stylized title) and M. Night Shyamalan's Split was in talks to reunite with director Robert Eggers for the long reported but never started Nosferatu remake. There hasn't been any confirmation of parts or a casting yet but it is expected that Taylor-Joy will play the victim of the titular vampire. For those of us who loved the VVitch and want to see more in that vein of horror, this news will come as a welcome relief.
Nosferatu will be a remake of the 1922 movie of the same name based on the classic Bram Stoker novel Dracula. No release window has been set yet and as of now the only other star rumored to be attached is genre veteran Doug Jones. Early reports of the filming technique cite that the movie will use CGI imposed colorized images of the original movie sets which sounds a little too close to the Star Wars prequels to me but I trust that Eggers knows what he is doing.... read + comment
It's no secret that movie theaters have been struggling lately. With so many movies available online; on Netflix, Hulu and Amazon, the average person sees little need to go out of their own way to see a movie in theaters. I mean, who cares about seeing the latest movie when ticket prices are high, and interest is low? Poor turnout has caused several theaters in my town alone to shut down over the past few years, and it seemed that going to the movies was becoming a pasttime that not many folks were engaging in.
However, that may be set to change. MoviePass, the company that allows consumers to see as many movies as they want per month - for a hefty fee - has just gutted their fee. What was once a monthly charge of $50 (kinda steep if you ask me) is now a mere $9.95 (That's...cheaper than a single matinee showing).
The deal goes like this: MoviePass subscribers can see as many movies as they want on regular 2D screens, and limited to once-per-day. Now, the new low price of the service may encourage a robust customer base.
MoviePass' CEO Mitch Lowe is behind this pivotal decision, and it might be wise to trust his instincts. Lowe is an former executive for Netflix who helped the company thrive before it was everyones favorite streaming service, and he's the former president of Redbox. In short, Lowe has been working for years to make entertainment more convenient, and less expensive.
And while investors are skeptical that this radical decision will work, the internet, on the other hand, is running mad with the idea. Several websites that have heralded this story have shut down due to heavy traffic, and the MoviePass website itself is just barely chugging along. Does this mean MoviePass just won itself a cavalcade of new customers? It's entirely possible, so long as interest holds strong amongst potential consumers.
I first heard about MoviePass from an East Coast friend of mine about two years ago. It seemed like a good idea then, but the downpayment was always the barrier that prevented me from seriously considering that kind of service. But...10 bucks? Sign me up. No, seriously, I'm signing myself up for the service right now so I can save some money!
Stay tuned, we'll be on lookout for any future developments.... read + comment
Subway Cinema's seventh edition of The Old School Kung Fu Fest is back this weeked at The Metrograph, running from Friday, August 18th through Sunday, August 20th. Last year's Old School Kung Fu Fest celebrated Golden Harvest, the quintessential purveyor of Hong Kong action cinema in the 1980s and 1990s.
This year, the theme of the Old School Kung Fu Fest is "Wonder Women of the Martial Arts". This showcase of violent femmes includes Michelle Yeoh, Cynthia Rothrock, Kara Hui, Cheng Pei Pei, and many more. The following kung fu classics will be screened this weekend:
- The Fate of Lee Khan
- My Young Auntie
- Intimate Confessions of a Chinese Courtesan
- Come Drink with Me
- A Touch of Zen
- Yes, Madam
Maybe you knew, maybe not, but there’s a Ducktales reboot. The original series ran from 1987 to 1990 and was most definitely a kid’s show (I would know, I was one). The new iteration tries something a little different, but includes some of the original dialogue! (“I made my name being tougher than the toughies and smarter than the smarties.”)
Watch the first episode of Ducktales here.... read + comment
YOU WERE RIGHT AND I WAS WRONG:
BRONN is spelled with a double n. It's been a while since I've seen all these names in print!
That said, my main point of contention with earlier season 7 episodes continues to problematically rear its head: characters are now moving across this world multiple times in the same episode! As some of you have pointed out, this contrasts so greatly with the sequential timing of the rest of the show that it's jarring to watch; we're not used to characters traveling by foot, horse, and wind-powered ships to move from extremity to extremity so quickly. Usually, there have been journeys, or it was only happening with one person amongst the cast, not the entire cast jumping around like Westeros was a checkers board and our cast the checkers. It is a bit much, but it also is what it is.
Maybe they could explain it away more easily if other people started riding dragons? Let's see where that goes.
Outside of the problematic geography and ease of travel, many plot lines continue to build to a forthcoming conclusion and that is sort of fun. Reunions continue to abound, some expected (Tyrion and Jaime) some far less so (read on, spoilers ahead).
In the south, people continue to worry about the problematic nature of dragons, that is, they tend to kill people, and often by burning them alive. Followers of the Mother of Dragon aren't really sure how they feel about this, now that it's happening in their own homeland--it's fine to burn a bunch of slavers, but when they start burning Westerosi lords and your former arms-men, it's easy to be conflicted. And enemies of the Mother of Dragons, well, they've now had a taste for the reality of the situation and found it to be ... bitter. Far too much reality, it turns out. Up until meeting a dragon, they thought they could win. Now, not so much.
[Editor's Note: This recap will obviously go into detail about last night's episode of Game of Thrones, so there are going to be a ton of spoilers. Final warning! ~ Nick, copied and pasted by Rick]
[Editor's 2nd Note: Apologies for my drinking my way through the episode and writing this recap, but it makes it hella more fun ya'll.]... read + comment
It's a dark world out there, no matter how you look at it. There's bills a plenty, and not that much money to go around. The saying "you gotta do, what you gotta do" is more prevalent now than ever before. We've seen a lot of movies in the post 2008 recession about this type of stuff, but we've never seen it from the point of view of a child.
Enter The Florida Project by Tangerine director Sean Baker. The Florida Project tells the story of a single mother and child living in a budget motel just outside of Disney World. Told from the perspective of Moonee the innocent six year old child of Halley, the movie looks to show a different perspective on the struggles of everyday life. A forgotten view of the world now that we've all grown up and need to worry about things like money, jobs, and Willem Dafoe being your landlord.
The trailer while filled with childhood innocence and frivolity is balanced out by muted colors and a nagging reminder that all is not as rosy as it may seem. This looks to be a new turn for veteran Dafoe who outside of playing Jesus has spent years being the tough guy and now looks to be the compassionate father figure. The Florida Project will release on October 6th so look out Blade Runner, Dafoe's here to take your top spot.... read + comment
I liked The Conjuring well enough, and I do find creepy dolls really creepy, but of all the horror franchises in existence to have a horror "universe" born out of it I would not for a moment have guessed it would be the one about a frumpy married couple who get rid of ghosts. For it's own part all four movies in the series have, at the very least been decent, so far, but I'm just not sure how far audiences will be willing to go with this. Then again, we're getting like a 20th Saw movie too so, who the hell knows anymore.
Horror franchises do lend themselves to endless sequels considering there's always a fresh crop of idiots to terrorize in every film, but Annabelle is very different monster than the slasher killers of the 80s. She doesn't really move or anything, and now that we know how she was created where are we going to go with this? Then again, maybe her lag of stabby stabby kill kill will keep the franchise interesting. Seems audiences are still engaged anyway.
So who can't wait for The Sawing: Annabelle Meets Jigsaw? (Sidenote: Freddy vs. Jason is a modern masterpiece.)
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Imagine a time when movie heroes were heroes not for being pretty, metrosexual types capable of playing a broad range of characters aptly displaying a broad spectrum of emotions, but because they had big muscles, or knew kung-fu. The year is 1989, and two such heroes are Sylvester Stallone and Kurt Russell. Another wildly popular trope of the time period is buddy cop movies. Do you sense what's coming here? You're sensing wrong. The team behind Tango & Cash decided that buddy cop movies had been done. It was time for a brand new type of movie: so they made one, the first ever shower buddy cop movie. You're welcome.
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I've always thought Jennifer Lawrence (Passengers, The Hunger Games) and Javier Bardem (Skyfall, No Country for Old Men) would make a great couple. Like, they have so much in common, and obviously there'd just be so much charisma there, wow. So, I'm happy to see that director Darren Aronofsky thought the same thing and put them in a movie together as a happily married couple living out a tranquil life in a big house in the country.
Only, I'm not happy. Because I can't even tell if they're supposed to be married based off this trailer. In fact, what with the creepy fonts and violin music, I'm more scared than anything else. What sort of romantic comedy is this? Was that blood?
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Jon Feltheimer, formerly known as the CEO of Lionsgate, now known as the man who made teenage dreams come true, told Wall Street investors that there is no way his studio won't make more Twilight movies about angsty teenage vampires and their mewling human crushes or about dystopian entertainment Hunger Games movies that aren't as good as The Running Man. You know, if author/creators Stephanie Meyer and Suzanne Collins are into it. And, if fellow author J.K. Rowling's propensity for making movies based off nonexistent books is any indicator [hint: it is], they will be because, survey says: MONEY!... read + comment
We have some big news today.
Disney announced during its earnings report on Tuesday that all of its movies will be taken off of Netflix. The two corporate monoliths inked a deal back in 2012 stating that Disneys future properties would be available to stream on Netflix in 2016. Now all that has changed, and at the end of 2018, all Disney films will be taken down from the streaming giant. That includes all Pixar titles as well.
Instead of using Netflix, Disney intends to launch its very own super-deluxe streaming service in 2019 where potential customers will be able to stream their films. Details are light about this new service (it doesn't even have a name yet) but we can assume it will include all Disney films currently on Netflix, like Rouge One: A Star Wars Story and Moana, and possibly more. After all, the Netflix-Disney deal only included films released after January 1, 2016, and Disney has one hell of a back-catalogue they could deploy onto this new streaming service.
In addition, Disney stated that they are planning "significant investment" into television series and movies available exclusively for this new platform. So on top of the cavalcade of Marvel movies, Star Wars films, and Disney-animated features, this platform will host original content.
Well, that's a lot to take in. Just as we got used to the convenience of the our most popular blockbusters being available to stream, we'll soon have them taken away. And what is this Disney streaming service? Will it have Disneys back-catalogue of films? What kind of original programming will we see on this new platform? Will there be any non-Disney movies available, like Netflix has? Or will this be more of an HBO styled approach? There are so many unaswered questions right now, and no answers in sight.
Still, it's hard to be uninterested with such a big development like this. We'll keep an eye out for any future updates to this story.... read + comment
Back in 2012, Dredd was the sleeper-hit action movie none of us knew we wanted. Sure, it seemed like just another phoned in action-flick, but director Pete Travis took the campy premise to amazing heights with solid execution (heh) of the ultra-violent action, simple story and fun characters. Yet another reason people loved Dredd was for it's leading actor, Karl Urban. Urban's scowling face (or just his jaw), gruff delivery of dialogue, and large presence on screen brought Judge Dredd to life.
So, when IM Global and Rebellion started working the TV Series Judge Dredd: Mega-City One, fans asked: Will Urban return? The answer could be a yes.
In an interview with TrekMovie, Urban divulged that he is in talks with the producers of Mega City One about reprising his role as Judge Dredd,
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I am in discussions with them about that. I told them that if they write the material and give Dredd something to do and give him a function, I will be there. I would love to.
Last week, we left Game of Thrones feeling the episode was "effective and satisfying." Well, HBO heard our applause and answered the call for an encore, delivering us The Spoils of War, which at 50 minutes in running time was short and that didn't matter at all. There were overtures of and to things that I've harked on already from season 7; players continue to jump about the Westerosi map like they're using Roddenbury-like technology, and Danny feels inclined to ask Missandei about her sexual adventures with Greyworm and his worm--let's be honest--let's hope he's not named for that. But otherwise, the episode delivers many satisfying reunions, moments that define what we've been waiting for throughout the GoT run, and plenty of just desserts.... read + comment
If you had told me that The Conjuring would spawn a franchise of horror films over the coming years from its release I would have been pretty surprised. Yet here we are with a sequel to a spin-off from that film. Who knows how long they can play this out, but I'll admit that Annabelle is a creepy ass doll. Feel like being creeped out? Grab some passes.
Remember your seats aren't saved so get there early and come back and tell us what you thought.... read + comment
The Dark Tower movie is out and it's a bit of a let down, but that isn't going to stop production companies MCR and Sony from trying to move this thing into a full blown franchise. News has come that Glen Mazzara of Walking Dead fame has been tapped to be the showrunner for the still-in-the-works TV show that will focus on Roland's coming of age in Gilead. Not much else is known about the series as the only casting made is Idris Elba returning to the role of a much younger Roland.
While I didn't love the movie I'm still happy that the TV show has a chance. Wizard and Glass, the book that the show will be mostly based off of, is an outlier from the rest of the series as its a flashback to the Arthurian western kingdom of Gilead where Roland was raised. It's a really cool concept, and I'm dying to see it on the screen. The show is being seen as an origin story and as such can operate pretty independently from the movie so I don't hate the idea of everyone getting a second crack at the franchise. A TV show is easily the way to go with some this complex anyway.
Of course this could all go away. If the movie doesn't catch on and Sony gets cold feet then we may not see the show come to light. It doesn't have a network yet, though since it's aiming for a short run (10-12 episodes) it'll probably target cable or Netflix where that format is more accepted.
There'll be water if god will it, I suppose.... read + comment
In the opening scene of Detroit, a large group of African Americans are rounded up and arrested en masse for having an indoor party; their crime: not having a liquor license, supposedly. They are put in the backs of paddy wagons until everyone there is gone.
On the day the film hit limited release, the president of the United States of America said the following: "And when you see these towns, and when you see these thugs being thrown into the back of a paddy wagon—you just see them thrown in, rough. I said, 'Please don't be too nice.' Like when you guys put somebody in the car and you’re protecting their head—the way you put the hand over, like don't hit their head, and they've just killed somebody. Don't hit their head. I said, 'You can take the hand away, okay?'"
I mean... I can just stop right there, right? That fact should be enough to make it very clear that this movie is disturbingly relevant in a way that not even the filmmakers could have envisioned. Detroit may not be the best film based on true events with a seven-letter title named after a real place beginning with a D to come out in the past month, but it's sure as hell the most important.... read + comment
If you've read Stephen King's prolific Dark Tower saga you know it's a weird, wonderful, flawed, brilliant, mess of an epic that touches so many genres it's hard to classify it at all. It bounces from western to science fiction to fantasy to horror and so on at the author's whim, and goes from weird (sentient monorails) to weirder (Stephen King himself showing up) as it goes along.
You also know that while on the surface it appears to be a simple quest story about Roland, an Arthurian cowboy, on a quest to find the Dark Tower it is just as much about Stephen King himself, the creative process, and the nature of storytelling itself. It was written over the course of 30 years with what was clearly no plan and no direction. It is a wonderful mess, and if you haven't read it I highly encourage you to dive in.
That's all to say that adapting the story to screen is far more complex than it may sound, and studios have been trying for the last 10 years since King finished the saga. Finally, someone has gotten it done. Their solution to tackling a big, messy, interesting, unique world? Condense it down to nothing.... read + comment
Your nostalgia has just crane kicked you in the face. A 10-episode half-hour sequel series to The Karate Kid is coming to YouTube Red, starring Ralph Macchio and William Zabka. There was reportedly a bidding war for the series between various streaming platforms, that also included Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and AMC. (I assume Netflix didn't have the money for it.)
Titled Cobra Kai, the series picks up 30 years after the tournament at the end of the first film. Described by The Hollywood Reporter as a comedy, Cobra Kai will follow a down-on-his-luck Johnny (Zabka), who re-opens the Cobra Kai dojo. He inevitably runs afoul of Daniel, who is struggling to balance his life without his friend and teacher Mr. Miyagi (the late Pat Morita, who was nominated for an Oscar for this role). Then they fight, I guess.
The show will be written by Josh Heald (Hot Tub Time Machine) and writing duo Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg (Harold and Kumar). No word on if Martin Cove or Thomas Ian Griffith will reprise their roles as top tier Cobra Kai baddies John Kreese and Terry Silver. (Terry Silver, incidentally, is the best over-the-top villain.)... read + comment