We offer our thoughts on Resident Evil Village and discuss Manifold Garden and The Mosaic plus we also answer some questions from Discord covering topics like difficulty levels, DualSense design ideas, PC gaming and video game malaise.
Focus Features has released the trailer for Edgar Wright’s very first documentary feature, The Sparks Brothers, which is heading to select theatres this summer. The film covers the extensive history of the prolific rock band Sparks and the unique dynamic between the two brothers behind it, Ron and Russell Mael. Featuring an eclectic panel of eager interviewees that includes Beck, Flea, Weird Al Yankovic, Jason Schwartzman, Mike Myers, Steve Jones, Jane Wiedlin, Fred Armisen, Neil Gaiman, Bjork and Edgar Wright himself (not to mention Ron and Russell), the movie communicates a love for a long overlooked band and manages to capture their creative energy and ironic sensibility on screen in fascinating and exciting ways. Even if you aren’t familiar with the band, this doc is pretty enjoyable (albeit a little long-winded). The Sparks Brothers hits select theatres on June 18th; check out the trailer below and see what you think.
Update:Variety is reporting that Free Guy and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings will both debut exclusively in theatres and will play for 45 days before transitioning to streaming.
Disney announced back in March that Black Widow and Cruella would both be maintaining their theatrical release dates while also arriving on Disney+ via Premier Access day and date. Almost two months later, as theatres are reopening in the U.S. and moviegoers are slowly returning, Disney is still hesitant to commit to those three words, “Only in Theatres.” They are continuing to hedge their bets by carrying over the hybrid release strategy to their next big summer movie: Jungle Cruise starring Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt. The movie will be arriving both in theatres and on Disney+ Premier Access on July 30th. Dwayne Johnson made the following announcement today via Instagram:
0:00 – Intro 9:00 – Review: The Empty Man 31:25 – Review: Jiu Jitsu 54:35 – Retro Review: Free Enterprise 1:15:45 – Other Stuff We Watched: Wira, Double Indemnity, One False Move, The Call (2020), Son in Law, Made for Love, Mythic Quest, Flashdance 1:53:10 – This Week on DVD, Blu-ray and VOD 1:57:09 – Outro 2:00:48 – Spoiler Discussion: The Empty Man
With studios currently relying heavily on mid-range genre movies to help kickstart movie theatres again, it makes perfect sense that Blumhouse would be staking out the July 4th weekend with a brand new Purge movie. The Forever Purge is actually being framed as the final installment in the series and it finds a group of lawless marauders carrying on the Purge after the 24 hour period is up, attempting to usher in a new era of neverending chaos and murder. The movie continues to deal with issues of race and class but seems to be embracing a western vibe this time around not unlike Rambo: Last Blood. At the very least, you can generally rely on these movies to deliver some very cool posters. Directed by Everardo Gout (Days of Grace, Mars), The Forever Purge hits theatres on July 2nd. Check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.
These days it seems like every major streaming service needs a Stephen King adaptation among their line-up of original programs and next month Apple TV+ will become the latest to join the club. Julianne Moore stars in an adaptation of King’s 2006 novel Lisey’s Story, where she plays the widow of a successful novelist who is being stalked by one of his obsessed fans while following a series of mysterious clues that he left behind. Clive Owen plays her husband, seen through flashbacks, who seemingly also has the ability to enter an alternate world that may or may not be real. Directed by Pablo Larraín (Jackie), the mini-series also stars Joan Allen, Dane DeHaan, Sung Kang and Jennifer Jason Leigh. Lisey’s Story premieres on Apple TV+ on June 4th; check out the trailer below and let us know what you think.
After being delayed by over a year, A24 has finally dropped a full trailer for David Lowery’s upcoming fantasy film The Green Knight. The movie is based on the story of King Arthur’s nephew Sir Gawain (played by Dev Patel) as he sets off on a quest to confront a giant green-skinned stranger. Given Lowery’s previous films like A Ghost Story, Pete’s Dragon and Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, it seems safe to assume that this will be a slightly different take on Arthurian legend and one that will potentially be a Feast for Thine Eyes™ without the benefit of a massive budget. The Green Knight also stars Joel Edgerton, Alicia Vikander, Ralph Ineson, Sarita Choudhury, Sean Harris, Kate Dickie, Barry Keoghan and Erin Kellyman and it hits theatres on July 30th; check out the new trailer below and let us know what you think.
It may not seems like your usual summer blockbuster but Focus Features has just released the first trailer for their upcoming movie Stillwater which is coming to theatres this July. Directed by Tom McCarthy (Spotlight, The Visitor) and starring Matt Damon, the movie feels like it could be an awards season drama (it was originally scheduled for release last November) although on the other hand it also feels like the kind of thriller that Liam Neeson usually stars in. The story revolves around an Oklahoma man (Damon) who travels to Marseilles to try and get his daughter (Abigail Breslin) out of prison after she is accused of a murder she did not commit. He ends up taking on the investigation himself and finds himself in over his head as he tangles with local criminals. Stillwater hits theatres on July 30th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.
After a major backlash surrounding the Golden Globes earlier this year, it looks like next year’s Golden Globes awards ceremony will not be airing on NBC. The organization behind the Golden Globes, The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, came under fire earlier this year when it was revealed that out of their current 86 members, not a single one was black. Since then they have promised a 50% increase in membership over the next 18 months and various other steps to improve diversity, although there are doubts about whether this will actually address the issue. Netflix and Amazon decided to boycott the HFPA until they can demonstrate meaningful change and now NBCUniversal is standing alongside them, opting not to air the 2022 Golden Globes. Here is the statement released by NBC:
Ruben Fleischer’s Venom was not particularly well-received back in 2018 but it still earned over $850 million worldwide so now we have a sequel to contend with whether we like it or not. Venom: Let There Be Carnage is directed by Andy Serkis and finds Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy) seemingly having found a way to co-exist amicably with the symbiote, despite the occasional light-hearted disagreement. Naturally, a new villain enters the fray to shake things up and now we have our first look at Carnage, played by Woody Harrelson. Stephen Graham also gets a brief appearance in the trailer although his role is unclear, along with Naomie Harris who is believed to be playing Shriek. Venom: Let There Be Carnage hits theatres on Sept. 24th; check out the first trailer below and let us know what you think.
After the success of Bird Box back in 2018, Netflix has released a handful of other apocalyptic stories to varying levels of success. This summer the streaming service will debut another movie that revolves around a global disaster; this time around the world’s electronic devices have been knocked out with the additional twist that humans have also lost the ability to sleep. Gina Rodriguez plays a former soldier who discovers that her daughter is somehow immune and may be the key to survival (yet another familiar plot element). Directed by Mark Raso (Kodachrome), Awake also stars Shamier Anderson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Ariana Greenblatt, Barry Pepper and Finn Jones and it arrives on Netflix on June 9th. Check out the trailer below and see what you think.