The return of cinema will officially be complete this October with the release of Jackass Forever, the fourth (okay, technically fifth) and apparently final installment in the long-running comedy franchise. It has been eight years since the release of Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa and eleven years since Jackass 3D and after everything the world has been through over the past year and a half, the trailer cleverly frames it as a chance to catch up with old friends. Johnny Knoxville, Steve-O, Chris Pontius, Dave England, Wee Man, Danger Ehren, Preston Lacy are all back but there is also some new blood in the mix as well (Bam Margera was reportedly fired from the production after breaking sobriety and his contract). It seems unfortunate that as they get older there is still pressure to continue topping their previous stunts, but ultimately it looks like this is one last hurrah that cannot be missed. Jackass Forever hits theatres on Oct. 22nd; check out the trailer below and see what you think.
Ridley Scott is back in historical epic mode with his upcoming film The Last Duel, based on the true story of France’s last sanctioned duel between Jean de Carrouges and Jacques Le Gris during the Hundred Years War. The movie stars Matt Damon and Adam Driver in the lead roles alongside Jodie Comer (Killing Eve) as Carrouges’ wife, Marguerite, who bravely spoke out after being viciously assaulted by Le Gris. The story seems to have been chosen for its timeliness and relevance to the current #MeToo movement and it will apparently be told from multiple perspectives “in order to examine the immutable fact that although often multiple people who experience the same event come away with differing accounts, there can only be one truth.” Ben Affleck also co-stars and co-wrote the script with Damon and Nicole Holofcener (Can You Ever Forgive Me?). The Last Duel hits theatres on Oct. 15th; check out the trailer below and let us know what you think.
With a third season of What We Do in the Shadows coming to FX in September and the spin-off series Wellington Paranormal currently airing on The CW and HBO Max, Taika Waititi is already busy with a couple of well-received TV shows (plus he has a couple of movies currently in post-production). Now he is also teaming up with Native American filmmaker Sterlin Harjo to bring another comedy series to Hulu next month called Reservation Dogs. The show revolves around four Indigenous teenagers living in rural Oklahoma who steal, rob and save with the goal of eventually moving to the “exotic, mysterious and faraway land of California.” It is unclear just how involved Taika Waititi will be but he did co-write the pilot with Harjo and the trailer carries his playful tone. That being said, the unique backdrop and fresh cast of characters seem to be the real draw here. Reservation Dogs premieres on Aug. 9th; check out the trailer below and let us know what you think.
We offer our initial opinions on Valve’s Steam Deck handheld PC gaming console and speculate on what Netflix getting into video games might look like plus we also talk Turnip Boy Commits Tax Evasion, Mario Golf: Super Rush, CrossCode, Phantasy Star and Sam & Max: This Time It’s Virtual!.
After premiering at Sundance earlier this year, IFC Films acquired John and the Hole with a plan to give the tense thriller a U.S. release this August. The movie revolves around 13-year-old John (Charlie Shotwell), who discovers an unfinished bunker in the woods near his house and decides to trap his parents (Michael C. Hall and Jennifer Ehle) and older sister (Taissa Farmiga) inside. The trailer is definitely giving off Goodnight Mommy vibes and it has drawn comparisons to the works of Yorgos Lanthimos, Michael Haneke and Ruben Östlund. Directed by Pascual Sisto and written by Nicolás Giacobone (Birdman, Biutiful), the movie hits select theatres and VOD on August 6th. Check out the trailer below and see what you think.
Dash Shaw’s animated film Cryptozoo made a big splash at Sundance earlier this year where it earned Shaw the NEXT Innovator Award. This is his follow-up to the 2016 film My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea, which also had a very unique visual style but seems somewhat restrained by comparison. Cryptozoo takes place in a surreal world where a group of cryptozookeepers are attempting to capture a legendary creature called a baku but soon find themselves questioning whether it should be brought to a zoo or remain hidden from public view. With a voice cast that includes Lake Bell, Michael Cera, Angeliki Papoulia, Zoe Kazan, Peter Stormare, Grace Zabriskie, Louisa Krause, Thomas Jay Ryan and Alex Karpovsky, Cryptozoo arrives in select theatres and on VOD on Aug. 20th. Check out the trailer below and let us know what you think.
After a five year break following 2016’s Star Trek Beyond, Paramount looks to be once again refocusing their attention on a new Star Trek movie. There were a few previous attempts to put together a movie under different creative teams, but now the studio has reportedly landed a new director for the next installment. That director is none other than WandaVision helmer Matt Shakman. (Whether it is a coincidence that this announcement came on the same day that WandaVision was nominated for 23 Emmys remains to be seen.) We are hearing that the movie will bring back Chris Pine and the rest of the cast, although deals are not yet in place. Hit the jump for more details.
The nominees for the 73rd Annual Emmy Awards were announced yesterday, serving once again as a reminder of the tectonic shift happening in television right now. As usual, HBO led the way with 130 nominations, the highest total of any network, but Netflix was right behind them with 129 and Disney+ also scored an impressive 71 nominations in their second year. The Mandalorian tied with The Crown as the show with the most individual nominations at 24 each, followed by WandaVision with 23. It feels unexpected to see Star Wars and Marvel up for so many awards but there were several other genre shows in major categories including The Boys, Lovecraft Country and Cobra Kai. On the comedy side, Apple TV+ scored with Ted Lasso, which earned 20 nods. It seems safe to say that streaming is now dominating the golden age of television. Check out all of the Emmy nominations in major categories after the jump and see what you think.
0:00 – Intro 21:30 – Review: Black Widow 56:25 – Other Stuff We Watched: The Ice Road, The Tomorrow War, Raya and the Last Dragon, Loki, Censor, Fear Street: Part 2 – 1978, George of the Jungle, No Sudden Move, Metallica: Some Kind of Monster, Summer of Soul 1:56:25 – This Week on DVD, Blu-ray and VOD 1:59:00 – Outro 2:02:10 – Spoiler Discussion: Black Widow
With Luca bypassing theatres last month and going direct to Disney+, Pixar’s only 2021 release has already come and gone with very little fanfare. Their Disney+ series Monsters at Work is also currently being released in weekly episodes, but their next big theatrical release won’t arrive until next year. The first trailer for that movie has just arrived online this week and it is called Turning Red. Written and directed by Domee Shi (Bao), it revolves around a thirteen-year-old girl who is struggling through adolescence and also turns into a giant red panda whenever she becomes flustered. With a voice cast that includes Rosalie Chiang and Sandra Oh, Turning Red hits theatres on March 11, 2022. Check out the first trailer below and see what you think.
Thai filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul is a director who seems to have fully earned his reputation as a visionary artist based on previous works like Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives and Cemetery of Splendor. His latest film Memoria finds him teaming up with Tilda Swinton for his English language debut, a mysterious drama with a curious premise: a Scottish woman hears a loud bang at daybreak and begins to experience a strange sensory syndrome while travelling through the jungles of Colombia. It’s difficult to tell from the trailer what else goes on in this movie but clearly it will deliver a combination of striking imagery and unnerving sound design. Memoria premieres at Cannes this week before getting a theatrical release courtesy of Neon later this year; check out the trailer below and see what you think.
After starring together in J.C. Chandor’s acclaimed 2014 film A Most Violent Year, Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain are once again reteaming to play husband and wife in an upcoming HBO remake of Ingmar Bergman’s Scenes from a Marriage. The 1973 original (which was also originally released a TV mini-series in Sweden) starred Liv Ullmann and Erland Josephson as a divorce lawyer and psychology professor going through a tumultuous relationship charted across a span of 10 years. The new version was created by Hagai Levi (In Treatment, The Affair), who also writes and directs all six episodes. Scenes from a Marriage premieres on HBO and HBO Max this September; check out the first teaser trailer below and let us know what you think.