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John Wick Trailer

Newest trailer for John Wick is a loose cannon


Oct 02
// Nick Valdez
Since this newest trailer for John Wick is quick and dirty, I won't talk about this for long. There are two scenes different from the previous trailer (that mostly prove Willem Dafoe is in this for some reason), and Kea...
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John Wick Trailer

First trailer for John Wick starring Keanu Reeves and a puppy


"I'm the bomb and about to blow up."
Sep 15
// Nick Valdez
John Wick has no right looking as interesting as it does. Revenge thrillers are always hit or miss. You take an aging actor, and send him out to kill some dudes. Sometimes it's goofy fun (Man of Fire), sometimes it's goofy f...
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A Most Wanted Trailer

First trailer for A Most Wanted Man, starring Phillip Seymour Hoffman


Apr 15
// Nick Valdez
A Most Wanted Man looks to be a great film that is going to fly under a lot of folks' radars. It's got everything you want. It's based on a novel, it's a spy thriller, and it stars Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Willem Dafoe, and ...

Review: Out of the Furnace

Dec 05 // Michael Jordan
[embed]216941:40975:0[/embed] Out of the FurnaceDirector: Scott CooperRelease Date: December 6, 2013Rated: R  Out of the Furnace's story can be summed up in three sentences: Two brothers have their worlds turned upside down by extreme but unrelated circumstances. Older Brother Russell Baze (Christian Bale) tries to resume his life where he left off as his younger brother Rodney (Casey Affleck) bites off more than he can chew when he presses his local good guy loan shark John Petty (Willem Dafoe) into setting up a bear knuckle fight deal with a habitually drunk and/or high hillbilly crime boss Harlan DeGroat (Woody Harrelson), so he can pay off his debt to said good guy loan sharks. Things go wrong, because it was the only way Scott Cooper thought would keep the plot moving along. You might have noticed that I did not mention Zoe Saldana, who plays Russell's love interest, Lena Taylor, a character which ultimately only serves as a tool try to make Russell's life even worse when she leaves him for Sheriff Wesley Barnes (Forest Whitaker). They are both extremely underutilized in this film and had the potential to provide much needed substance. Out of the Furnace is one of the most confused and oddly paced films I have ever witnessed. So much so that I had to ask myself if I was at the right screening, since the trailers and production notes seemed to be that of an entirely different film then the one I was watching. A more interesting and intense film that was filled with suspense throughout a series of backwoods bear knuckle fights in a small steel mill town with nods to our post Afghanistan treatment of soldiers. Instead, I was left watching a film that felt like bad tantric sex, changing it up every time something is almost enjoyable or about to have any substance.   Ultimately the biggest issue with the film is the pacing. Spending as much time dedicated to a driving and hunting scene as it does to show the span of four years is incredibly awkward, and leaves you asking “What was the point of that?” Actually a lot of the time you will be asking yourself this question as nothing is really ever followed through with. The direction of this film does this scenario with literally all points it tries to make. Let's talk about the problems solders coming back from war have and how they  are treated, and the motivation behind all the actions of one of the main characters, but let’s do it in a five min span of one conversation.  The cinematography is good, with some really beautiful shots, but nothing is really memorable about them outside of one scene around the middle of the film. It is also important to note, that Bale's character does not pick up a gun more then two times despite the imagery associated with the film; once nearly at the end of the film and in a hunting trip scene described above. On the bright side, the acting is actually quite good. Bale does what he does best with his brooding quite good nature role, and really tries hard with what he is given to work with in the script. Casey Affleck does a great job as a broken solder, when the film actually allowed him to go in that directing, but ultimately makes me feel like he got shortchanged on this one. Willem Dafoe’s performance is spot on and his character is genuinely interesting to the point that you actually might want to see a movie based around him being a small town good natured back ally business man. Harrelson is also spookily brilliant in his roll, even though he is also given extremely little to work with and his world is really not expanded on in a movie that kind of needs it. Ultimately this movie stands to be an example of how important direction and pacing really are. All the pieces were there to make an amazing film, but were placed in all the wrong slots, all the way through to the end. The story can be summed up in 3 sentences: Movie revolves around 2 brothers that have their worlds turned upside down by extreme but unrelated circumstances. Older Brother Russell Baze (played by Christian Bale) tries to resume his life where he left off as his younger brother Rodney (played by Casey Affleck) bits off more than he can chew when he presses his local good guy loan shark John Petty (played by Willem Dafoe) into setting up a bear knuckle fight deal with a habitually drunk and/or high hillbilly crime boss Harlan DeGroat (played by Woody Harrelson) so he can pay off his debt to said good guy loan sharks. Things go wrong because it was the only way Scott Cooper thought would keep the plot moving along.   You might have noticed that I did not mention Zoe Saldana who plays Russell love interest, Lena Taylor, who ultimately only serves as a tool try to make Russell his life changing event worse when she leaves him for Forest Whitaker, who plays Sheriff Wesley Barnes. They are both extremely underutilized in this film and had the potential to provide much needed substance.   Ultimately the biggest issue with the film is the pacing. Spending time as much time dedicated to a driving and hunting scene as it does to show the span of 4 years is incredibly awkward, and leaves you asking “What was the point of that?” Actually allot of the time you will be asking yourself this question as nothing is really ever followed through with. The Direction of this film does this scenario with literally all points it tries to make; Let us talk about the problems solders coming back from war have and how they  are treated, and the motivation behind all the actions of one of the main characters, but let’s do it in a 5 min span of one conversation.  The cinematography is good, with some really beautiful shots, but nothing is really memorable about them outside of one scene around the middle of the film.   On the bright side of all the pacing, fumbled story, and miss placed direction with total lack of substance, the acting is actually quite good. Bale does what he does best with his brooding quite good nature role, and really tries hard with what he is given to work with in the script. Casey Affleck does a great job as a broken solder, when the film actually allowed him to go in that directing, but ultimately makes me feel like he got shortchanged on this one. Defoe’s performance is spot on and his character is genuinely interesting to the point that you actually might want to see a movie based around him being a small town good natured back ally business man.  Harrelson is also spookily brilliant in his roll, even tho he is also given extremely little to work with and his world is really not expanded on in a movie that kind of needs it.   Ultimately this movie stands to be an example of how important direction and pacing really are. All the pieces were there to make an amazing film, but they were place in all the wrong slots, all the way to the end of the movie.    
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It probably should have stayed in the furnace.
When I sat down to watch Out of the Furnace, I had nothing but high hopes for the film. The trailers looked amazing and suspenseful and the premise seemed engaging. Plus, how could I possibly get burned on a film that stars some of my favorite actors? Before I knew it I was already covered in gasoline, and writer-director Scott Cooper was lighting a match.

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Nymphomaniac posters show us their 'oh face'


Oct 10
// Matthew Razak
The promotional stuff for Lars von Trier's Nymphomaniac has been absolutely stellar. They kicked off with a incredibly awesome, yet simple poster, then went into an interesting series of trailers and now finish off ...
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Details on Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel


Fox Searchlight may release film at the end of the year
Mar 28
// Hubert Vigilla
Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom was our pick for the best comedy of 2012. Anderson's latest film, The Grand Budapest Hotel, is another period piece and it may lead to back-to-back Golden Pterodactyls for best comedy. Fox Sear...
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Trailer: Tomorrow You're Gone


Featuring Willem Dafoe as a man who wants to kill a guy
Mar 15
// Nick Valdez
Tomorrow You're Gone is about an ex-con who just wants to gets his life together but has to commit one last job (now where have I heard that before?) because Willem Dafoe told him to. There's a bit more to the film than that...
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Big ensemble cast for Wes Anderson's Grand Budapest Hotel


Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Willem Dafoe, Tilda Swinton, Edward Norton, and more
Dec 27
// Hubert Vigilla
The cast for Wes Anderson's new film is set, and it's one hell of an ensemble. (Johnny Depp is not involved with the film, by the way, contrary to our report a few months ago. Ditto Angela Lansbury.) The Grand Budapest Hotel ...
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Trailer: 4:44 Last Day On Earth


Feb 28
// Jamie R Stone
We all knew this day was coming. 4:44 Last Day On Earth. It's when Zombie Jesus rises from the dead to give all the good little girls and boys their Easter eggs they've been pining for... or something. Look, all's I kno...

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