0:00 – Intro 3:45 – Review: Stowaway 25:10 – Other Stuff We Watched: The Mitchells vs. The Machines, Titanic, Alita: Battle Angel, The Sparks Brothers, Copycat, Rock ‘n’ Roll High School, Wira, The Bone Collector, Sasquatch, Chain Reaction 1:19:10 – Cheap Charts Bits 1:23:25 – This Week on DVD, Blu-ray and VOD 1:27:35 – Outro 1:29:50 – Spoiler Discussion: Stowaway
With 2016’s Elle, Dutch filmmaker Paul Verhoeven proved that at the age of 78 he still had plenty of provocative stories left to tell on the big screen and now this year he will return with a new movie playing in competition at Cannes. Alas, this is not his Jesus of Nazareth movie but it is a religious film called Benedetta, perhaps more easily summarized as an erotic lesbian nun romance. It seems destined to get some people very riled up and yet it is based on a true story and the non-fiction book Immodest Acts: The Life of a Lesbian Nun in Renaissance Italy. The story takes place in late 15th century Tuscany where a young woman joins a convent and starts a love affair with another woman while also suffering from disturbing visions. Benedetta stars Virginie Efira, Charlotte Rampling, Lambert Wilson and Daphne Patakia and it hits theatres in France on July 9th; check out the official trailer after the jump and see what you think.
Posted by Sean on May 4th, 2021 Filed under: Drama, TV
After The Irishman, Rolling Thunder Revue and Pretend It’s a City, it looks like Martin Scorsese’s relationship with Netflix is set to continue in the near future. Not only is he developing another upcoming project with them, but he is also bringing his old friend Paul Schrader into the fold for a new TV series they will collaborate on for the streaming service. In a recent interview with The New Yorker, Schrader revealed that they are developing a three year drama series about the origins of Christianity. Here’s what he had to say about it:
With theatres starting to reopen in the U.S. and the summer movie season about to kick off, Marvel has released a new teaser trailer / promo reel for their upcoming movies to invite fans to return to the MCU. After recapping some big moments from the previous films, the video shows footage from Black Widow and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings in addition to offering the first glimpse of Chloe Zhao’s Eternals. The trailer also reveals that Black Panther 2 will be officially titled Black Panther: Wakanda Forever while Captain Marvel 2 will be The Marvels, which makes sense because it will find Captain Marvel teaming up with Ms. Marvel. Are you looking forward to these upcoming MCU films? Are you excited to “get lost in a story” in a dark theatre in the near future? Check out the new Marvel Studios promo after the jump and let us know what you think.
Posted by Sean on April 30th, 2021 Filed under: Game Junk
We get into the debate over whether gamers should support their favourite games by paying full price for them and discuss Sony’s latest State of Play with a Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart gameplay demo plus we also talk Genesis Noir, Kaze and the Wild Masks and Nier: Automata.
Netflix has had no shortage of original TV shows based on comic books over the past few years from their various Marvel shows to things like The Umbrella Academy and the upcoming Jupiter’s Legacy. Next on their schedule is an adaptation of Jeff Lemire’s Sweet Tooth, but unlike those other shows this isn’t a superhero story. The series takes place in a post-apocalyptic future where something called The Great Crumble has caused widespread destruction and also the emergence of human-animal hybrids. A deer-boy named Gus befriends a wandering loner named Jeppard and together they set off across America in search of answers. The show is created by Jim Mickle (Stake Land) who also directs and it is produced by Robert Downey Jr. and Susan Downey. Sweet Tooth debuts on Netflix on June 4th; check out the trailer below and let us know what you think.
After a 7 year break from directing, many people were starting to wonder if David Cronenberg would get behind the camera ever again. We had been hearing rumours of a few possible TV projects including an adaptation of his novel Consumed, but he was clearly in no hurry to return to filmmaking. This week, however, we have some exciting news: not only will David Cronenberg be directing a new movie but he will be writing it as well. It also sounds like it may be a return to form for him in terms of genre and themes. The movie is called Crimes of the Future, sharing a title with a very early film he directed back in 1970 although they do not appear to be directly connected. The plot synopsis is as follows:
0:00 – Intro: Oscar Talk 21:25 – Review: Mortal Kombat 38:45 – Other Stuff We Watched: The Abyss, Aliens of the Deep, Pacific Heights, Blue Steel, The Father, Kuffs, Love and Monsters, Event Horizon, E.R., The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, This is a Robbery 1:32:00 – This Week on DVD, Blu-ray and VOD 1:38:40 – Outro 1:41:12 – Spoiler Discussion: Mortal Kombat
Between Marvel movies, Jurassic movies and Lego movies, Chris Pratt has kept himself pretty busy with massive blockbuster franchises these days. There hasn’t been a whole lot of room in his schedule for much else although he did manage to fit in a few things like Passengers, The Magnificent 7 and Vincent D’Onofrio’s The Kid. Next up is an original sci-fi action movie called The Tomorrow War, where he will carry another potential new franchise without any of the levity that he is generally known for (it’s actually hilarious just how generic and humourless this looks although the teaser is pretty short). Directed by Chris McKay (The Lego Batman Movie), the movie finds a group of time travellers from the year 2051 coming to the present day to recruit soldiers and civilians to help them fight a future war against a deadly alien species. It was originally supposed to get a theatrical release but it was acquired by Amazon earlier this year. The Tomorrow War arrives on Prime Video on July 2nd; check out the first teaser trailer below and see what you think.
Although it was a bit of a slow start for Apple TV+, the streaming service has been building momentum as of late with Ted Lasso becoming a breakout hit and some of their other shows starting to find an audience including For All Mankind and Servant. With The Mosquito Coast set to debut this weekend, they have released a trailer for another upcoming series called Physical, a dark comedy from creator Annie Weisman (Almost Family) and director Craig Gillespie (I, Tonya). The show stars Rose Byrne as an unhappy housewife in 1980s San Diego who finds her calling as an aerobics instructor. The trailer certainly indulges in plenty of ’80s nostalgia and seems to be marketing itself to fans of Netflix’s GLOW. Physical premieres on Apple TV+ on June 18th; check out the trailer below and see what you think.
In addition to acting as musical director and in-house DJ for the Oscars last night, Questlove also had a trailer debut during the broadcast for his upcoming film Summer of Soul. The documentary marks his directorial debut and examines a largely unknown but very significant music festival that took place during the same summer as Woodstock. The 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival featured performances from Nina Simone, Sly & the Family Stone, B.B. King, Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight and many others set against the backdrop of a decade spent fighting for racial equality. Although the festival was filmed, the tapes sat in a basement for 50 years and are now finally being presented here, resulting in a Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award at Sundance earlier this year. Summer of Soul arrives in theatres and on Hulu on July 2nd with a release planned for Disney+ in other regions via Star later this year. Check out the teaser trailer below and see what you think.
Posted by Sean on April 26th, 2021 Filed under: Awards
After a very strange year for movies in general it seems only fitting that the Academy Awards were equally weird. Held at Union Station in Los Angeles with only the nominees and presenters in attendance, it was a very stripped down and very quiet evening although most of the major awards still went as expected. Nomadland took Best Picture with Chloe Zhao and Frances McDormand also winning Best Director and Best Actress respectively. However, the biggest surprise came at the very end of the night with Anthony Hopkins taking Best Actor for his performance in The Father, upsetting heavy favourite Chadwick Boseman. Of course, that only happened after they had already announced Best Picture, which was an unexpected change to the ceremony this year. What did you think of this year’s Oscars? Check out the full list of winners after the jump.