Every year we continue to see new directors emerge who are getting their careers off the ground after growing up on a steady diet of weird ’80s genre movies. Not surprisingly, many of their debut films end up being homages to the ’80s in some form, the latest in this group being a trio of Montreal filmmakers known as RKSS: Anouk Whissell, François Simard, and Yoann-Karl Whissell. Their film Turbo Kid just premiered at Sundance and it seems to fall somewhere in the same realm as movies like The FP and Manborg.
Not surprisingly, it is executive produced by Jason Eisener (Hobo with a Shotgun) and it takes place in a post-apocalyptic version of 1997. The story revolves around an orphaned outcast known as The Kid (Munro Chambers), who, with the help of a mysterious girl and his trusty BMX bike, must face Zeus (Michael Ironside), the sadistic leader of the Wasteland. Turbo Kid is still in search of distribution; check out the first trailer and a couple of clips from the film after the jump and let us know what you think.
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Oh, you didn’t know? It’s Episode 13 of the Ball Junk Podcast! The Super Bowl Preview show you’ve all been waiting for. The Gasman & Frankie Knuckles discuss DeflateGate and all the stories surrounding the Patriots clash with the Seahawks. We also review Bennett Miller’s new film Foxcatcher, talk footy fans in Balls Around the World, answer your questions in Sack Time and Frank once again gets the ol’ Gas Pedal. Download and listen now before the game on Sunday. Ballin’!
0:00:00 – Intro
0:00:15 – Super Bowl Preview
0:26:43 – Movie Review: Foxcatcher
0:39:16 – Balls Around The World
0:46:55 – Miscellaneous Discussion: Kobe Injury, All Star Games
1:01:24 – Sack Time
1:20:50 – Gas Pedal / Outro
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With the release of The Avengers: Age of Ultron now just a few months away, a lot of people are wondering what will be next for the Marvel Cinematic Universe and The Avengers in particular. We already know that Robert Downey Jr. will be appearing in Captain America: Civil War in 2016 and that some new characters will be getting their own films including Black Panther and Doctor Strange. But even with these new solo films popping up, it was kind of assumed that Joss Whedon would continue to steer Marvel’s flagship series, eventually taking on the two-part The Avengers: Infinity War. However, it now sounds like he is getting burnt out on giant blockbusters and will likely step back to allow someone else to direct. Here’s what he had to say about it in a recent issue of Empire:
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We’ve got three new movies in wide release this weekend, but American Sniper should make short work of them even with the Super Bowl occupying the older male demographic on Sunday. The Michael Bay-produced teen-oriented time travel film Project Almanac is expected to lead the new releases, while Kevin Costner’s racially-themed drama Black or White and the Karl Urban thriller The Loft are playing on significantly fewer screens. J.C. Chandor’s crime drama A Most Violent Year is also expanding this weekend, while in select theatres we have Simon West’s Wild Card starring Jason Statham, Cannes hit Girlhood and the Oscar-nominated Mauritanian film Timbuktu. If none of those options sound appealing, you can also catch the last two fourth season episodes of Game of Thrones on IMAX screens for a limited time. What will you be watching this weekend?
Although he appeared in front of the camera for Jack Reacher and Parks and Recreation (and lent his voice to both The Wind Rises and Penguins of Madagascar), it’s been a few years since Werner Herzog has given us a new project from behind it. The 2011 documentary Into the Abyss was his last feature film, but the wait will be over this year with the release of Queen of the Desert, his epic biopic about British archaeologist and explorer Gertrude Bell. The movie stars Nicole Kidman, James Franco, Damian Lewis and Robert Pattinson and is scheduled to premiere at the Berlin Film Festival in just over a week. As we anxiously await the first wave of reviews, here is some brief footage from the film to examine. Are you looking forward to Queen of the Desert? Check out the first clip after the jump and see what you think.
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All of the movies that will run commercials during this year’s Super Bowl have already released trailers of some sort, but if we’re lucky there will still be some brief snippets of new footage to analyze and dissect. Case in point: the Super Bowl spot for Terminator Genisys has just arrived online and it does have a few new things to look at including a better look at the geriatric T-800. They are also keen to convince us that the movie will feature plenty of stuff we haven’t seen before: “New Threat. New Mission. New Fate.” Terminator Genisys hits theatres on July 1st; check out the new 30 second spot after the jump and see what you think.
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Seth MacFarlane will attempt to bounce back from the disaster that was A Million Ways to Die in the West this summer with what should be an easy win: Ted 2. The sequel to his hugely successful R-rated comedy finds Mark Wahlberg’s foul-mouthed teddy bear pal getting married and wanting to have a baby. Unfortunately for him, in order to do that he is required to prove that he is a person in the court of law. Is it just me or does this premise somehow seem a little too “cerebral” for its own good? I suspect we will have to wait for the red band trailer to get a true taste of what MacFarlane has up his sleeve. Ted 2 hits theatres on June 26th; check out the first trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.
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For years Wu-Tang Clan frontman RZA has been known as a hardcore connoisseur of kung fu flicks, so when it was announced a few years ago that he would finally get the chance to direct his own martial arts film, it seemed like a glorious opportunity. Unfortunately, The Man with the Iron Fists ended up being a bit of a mixed bag with some fans criticizing it for relying too much on CG effects. Still, it was successful enough to get a direct-to-video sequel, and although RZA is reprising the title role, he will not be directing.
Instead the sequel will be helmed by Dutch filmmaker Roel Reiné, who has built a career on DTV fare like The Marine 2, Death Race 2 and The Scorpion King 3: Battle for Redemption. It’s possible that this could end up being the old school action film that kung fu fans really wanted, but with all the quick cuts in this trailer, it’s hard to tell what to expect. The Man with the Iron Fists 2 hits DVD, Blu-ray and Digital HD on April 14th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.
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No surprises here… Michael Mann’s epic heist film Heat took first place in last week’s poll with a commanding 52% of the votes. It was a little more interesting to see what came after that, as five other films fought hard for second place with just a handful of votes separating them. In the end, Collateral took the #2 spot, beating The Insider by just a single vote. The Last of the Mohicans and Thief rounded out the top 5. His two made-for-TV movies, L.A. Takedown and The Jericho Mile were tied at the bottom, but probably more due to lack of availability more than anything else. Do you agree with these results?
1. Heat — 52%
2. Collateral — 10%
3. The Insider — 10%
4. The Last of the Mohicans — 9%
5. Thief — 8%
6. Manhunter — 7%
7. Public Enemies — 2%
8. Ali — 1%
9. Blackhat — 1%
9. Miami Vice — 1%
11. The Keep — 1%
12. L.A. Takedown — 0%
12. The Jericho Mile — 0%
It’s still a little hard to believe that a Wet Hot American Summer TV series is happening, but this week Netflix indulged us by releasing a short teaser trailer to prove it. It may not be much to look at, but it does rattle off a huge list of cast members including Elizabeth Banks, Michael Ian Black, Bradley Cooper, Judah Friedlander, Janeane Garofalo, Joe Lo Truglio, Ken Marino, Amy Poehler, David Hyde Pierce, Paul Rudd, Molly Shannon and Michael Showalter. The fact that they were able to get all of these people involved, even in some small way, is extremely impressive. How exactly they will explain that they are all 14 years older when, in fact, the show is supposed to be a prequel remains to be seen. Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp will debut on Netflix sometime this summer; check out the teaser trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.
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Just a few months after Universal Pictures acquired the long-gestating Steve Jobs biopic from Sony, they have managed to do what Sony couldn’t: put it in front of a camera. This week Universal announced that they have kicked off principal photography on the film, which is now officially titled simply Steve Jobs. It would appear that all of the deals are in place and after so many rumours and delays, this thing is actually happening. As previously reported, Danny Boyle is directing and Michael Fassbender is playing the late Apple founder while the rest of the cast has also been confirmed. The full line-up is as follows:
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Although Tom Hardy won’t be starring in David Ayer’s Suicide Squad movie, you’ll still be seeing plenty of him over the next little while as he has quite a few upcoming movies already in the can. The biggest of these is obviously Mad Max: Fury Road, but before that hits theatres we will also see him in Child 44, a period thriller set in post-WWII Soviet Russia. Based loosely on a true story, the movie finds Hardy playing a disgraced military officer who is tasked with catching a child killer known as The Red Ripper. Directed by Daniel Espinosa (Safe House), the movie also co-stars Gary Oldman, Noomi Rapace, Joel Kinnaman, Jason Clarke and Vincent Cassel. Child 44 hits theatres on April 17th; check out the first trailer after the jump and see what you think.
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