Posted by Sean on April 23rd, 2021 Filed under: Awards
The Film Independent Spirit Awards broke with tradition this year and opted for a Thursday evening ceremony as opposed to the usual Saturday night before the Oscars. Going into the evening, Never Rarely Sometimes Always led with 7 nominations but ultimately the film was shut out and Chloe Zhao’s Nomadland took home Best Feature, Best Director, Best Cinematography and Best Editing. Frances McDormand did not win Best Female Lead, however; instead that went to Carey Mulligan and Promising Young Woman also won Best Screenplay. Sound of Metal also ended up earning three awards including Best First Feature, Best Male Lead and Best Supporting Male. The stage is now set for the Spirit Awards and the Oscars to once again share Best Picture winners after a few years of divergence (the last movie to win Best Picture at both was Moonlight back in 2016). Check out the full list of Spirit Award winners after the jump and let us know what you think.
We break down all of the winners from the 24th Annual D.I.C.E. Awards and discuss some of the announcements from the Oculus Gaming Showcase plus we also talk MLB The Show 21, Fantasian, Little Nightmares, Nier: Automata and Xcloud beta on iOS and PC.
After several spin-offs, The Conjuring franchise returns this year with another mainline installment called The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It. Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson once again reprise their roles as paranormal investigators Lorraine and Ed Warren tackling a real case from the early ’80s that led to the first ever murder trial in the U.S. where demonic possession was used as a defense. Because of this, it looks like a slightly different kind of Conjuring film and it is also the first one without James Wan at the helm. The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It is directed by Michael Chaves (The Curse of La Llorona) and it arrives in theatres and on HBO Max on June 4th; check out the first trailer below and let us know what you think
After winning the Grand Jury prize at last year’s Venice Film Festival, the timely near future dystopian thriller New Order arrives in North American theatres next month courtesy of Neon. Directed by Mexican filmmaker Michel Franco (After Lucia, April’s Daughter), the movie has a bit of a Parasite vibe as it revolves around a high society wedding being interrupted by a lower class uprising that is causing chaos in the streets of Mexico City. Set against this backdrop, the authorities take the opportunity to enforce military rule and pit both groups against each other, pushing the social divide even further. New Order hits select theatres on May 21st; check out the trailer below and see what you think.
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Ubisoft first started producing movies based on their own video game franchises back in 2016 with Assassin’s Creed. Since then, they’ve been developing many other projects including adaptations of Splinter Cell, Ghost Recon and The Division, but their next movie will not be based on any of these blockbuster games but rather a small VR game instead. Werewolves Within is a social deduction multiplayer game where players are forced to guess who is a werewolf in disguise. The movie takes that concept and places it in a small town where the residents have been snowed in and are being stalked by an unknown killer (think The Wolf of Snow Hollow). Directed by Josh Ruben (Scare Me), the movie has a definite comedic vibe and it stars Sam Richardson, Milana Vayntrub, George Basil, Sarah Burns, Michael Chernus, Michaela Watkins and Harvey Guillén. Werewolves Within hits select theatres on June 25th and VOD on July 2nd. Check out the first trailer below and see what you think.
Just over two years ago, Netflix released the first season of Love Death + Robots, an animated anthology series from producers David Fincher, Tim Miller, Joshua Donen and Jennifer Miller. It was a big enough hit that a second season was commissioned and now this week a trailer for that new season has finally arrived along with the surprise announcement that a third season is also in the works. Love Death + Robots: Volume 2 looks to be another strange, eclectic, and sometimes violent ride, but based on the trailer there may be a slightly higher ratio of CG animated segments this time around. The full list of directors and studios has yet to be announced but Jennifer Yuh Nelson (Kung Fu Panda 2 and 3) acted as supervising director. Love Death + Robots: Volume 2 arrives on Netflix with eight episodes on May 14th while Volume 3 is expected sometime in 2022. Check out the trailer below and see what you think.
Leos Carax’s long-awaited follow up to his 2012 film Holy Motors has just been announced as the opening film for this year’s Cannes Film Festival. To coincide with that, the first trailer for the film has been released online revealing another mysterious visual marvel. Annette stars Adam Driver and Marion Cotillard as a stand-up comedian and world-renowned opera singer who fall in love in Los Angeles only to have their world turned upside down by the birth of their first child. Featuring original songs and a score by Sparks, the movie is Carax’s English-language debut and will be released by Amazon in North America sometime this summer. Annette premieres at Cannes on July 7th; check out the trailer below and let us know what you think.
Between the recent announcement that he will be joining Indiana Jones 5 and his upcoming role replacing Johnny Depp in Fantastic Beasts 3, Mads Mikkelsen is currently taking on some of the highest profile roles of his career. Before either of those movies arrive, however, he is starring in a Danish revenge thriller called Riders of Justice. Mikkelsen plays a recently deployed soldier who returns home following a tragic train accident that killed his wife. When he receives information that it may not have been an accident, however, he teams up with several unlikely acquaintances to punish the group responsible. Riders of Justice is directed by Anders Thomas Jensen (Men & Chicken) and it arrives in select theatres and on VOD on May 21st. Check out the trailer below and see what you think.
Believe it or not, the Academy Awards are almost upon us! This year it may seem harder than usual to get excited but Film Junk is here to help make the festivities feel slightly less dull. The Film Junk Oscar pool is happening once again and thanks to the efforts of Falsk we have a Google form ready to accept your picks. The winner will receive a $100 Amazon gift card (Nomadland controversy notwithstanding) and bragging rights for the year. In addition to that, you can experience the glitz and the glamour of our annual Oscar chat via the Film Junk Discord. The main discussion will be in the #oscar-chat channel but there could be some exclusive content for Patrons in the Patreon channel at some point as well. We will kick it all off when the Oscar broadcast starts at 5 pm PT / 8 pm EST this Sunday April 25th. So get your picks in now (the Oscar pool entry form is also embedded below) and we hope to see you all on Sunday!
After going a full year without a single MCU release, Marvel is getting back to business as usual this year with at least four Disney+ shows and four movie releases planned for 2021. The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is due to wrap up this week and now the studio has released the first trailer for their upcoming movie Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. The movie stars Simu Liu, Awkwafina, Michelle Yeoh, Florian Munteanu and Tony Leung Chiu-Wai and will be the first “Phase Four” movie to introduce a brand new character to the mix. It is clearly drawing from traditional kung-fu movies although there looks to be plenty of CG action here as well. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is currently scheduled to hit theatres on Sept. 3rd; check out the trailer below and let us know what you think.
With Borat Subsequent Moviefilm already having won a couple of Golden Globes and a WGA Award, Amazon is apparently looking to give the movie one last Oscar push by offering up even more footage and also by pulling back the curtain just a little bit. The movie is up for Best Adapted Screenplay and Maria Bakalova is also nominated for Best Supporting Actress but now Amazon has released a trailer for something called Borat Supplemental Reportings Retrieved From Floor of Stable Containing Editing Machine, which seems to be a brand new movie composed of outtakes and unused scenes. The Jackass crew previously did this with both Jackass 2.5 and Jackass 3.5 and there looks to be some decent stuff here, but perhaps the most intriguing moment is when Sacha Baron Cohen appears to drop out of character during a potentially dangerous situation. There is no official release date but Borat Supplemental Recordings is coming soon to Prime Video; check out the trailer below and let us know what you think.