It’s a simple case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time in Jeremy Saulnier’s ‘Green Room,’ except that place happens to be a hard metal club filled with murderous neo-Nazis. After playing a show in the backwoods of Oregon, punk band The Ain’t Rights discover a dead girl in the venue’s green room. When bassist Pat (Anton Yelchin) tries to call the cops, Macon Blair’s Gabe locks them inside while Patrick Stewart’s club owner Darcy begins scheming a brutal cover-up on the outside. What was supposed to be a quick gig turns into all-out warfare between the punks and the skinheads.
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After a few ups and downs in Hollywood, director Karyn Kusama returns with The Invitation, an exquisitely intense and torturously intimate thriller that meditates on grief, propriety and courtesy. Starring Logan Marshall-Green, Michiel Huisman and Emayatzy Corinealdi (to name a few), the film centers on a man who takes his new girlfriend to a dinner party hosted by his ex-wife and her new beau, and it's not long before his misgivings give way to something truly unnerving. We had a chance to sit down with Kusama and co-writer Phil Hay to discuss their fantastic new film, which hits select theaters and VOD on April 8.
In this age of delayed sequels, Paul Reubens has achieved something almost miraculous with Pee-wee’s Big Holiday, delivering a film that is just as joyful, hilarious and wonderfully weird as you hoped. 31 years after Pee-wee's Big Adventure, Reubens has returned to his iconic and enduring character for a new Netflix movie in which Pee-wee Herman is inspired by Magic Mike star Joe Manganiello to take his first-ever vacation. We had a chance to speak with Reubens and Manganiello following the world premiere at SXSW, where the two discussed their bromance and whether or not Pee-wee's Big Holiday is a prequel.
There’s no doubt about it – Trey Edward Shults’ feature film debut ‘Krisha’ is intense as hell. It’s a family drama about addiction and alcoholism that’s far from easy to digest, yet one with little resemblance to films about similar topics. From the aggressive, yet exhilarating ‘Trainspotting’ to the utterly traumatizing ‘Requiem for a Dream,’ many films about addicts rely on graphic depictions of substance abuse to portray how low one can fall. As important as such stories can be, sometimes smaller personal traumas resonate the loudest.
Among the more surprising developments in recent months was the seemingly-out-of-nowhere announcement that J.J. Abrams and Bad Robot teamed up with genre director Don Coscarelli to restore Phantasm. The cult classic received a full 4k makeover, enhancing both sight and sound to restore the wonderfully weird and creepy horror-fantasy to something even better than its former glory. The remastered Phantasm debuted at SXSW, allowing fans both old and new to rediscover and experience Coscarelli’s cinematic fever dream.
You probably haven’t heard of ‘Dan Trachtenberg’ unless you’ve seen his sci-fi short, ‘Portal: No Escape,’ or followed news about him directing the mysterious Bad Robot project ‘Valencia.’ As we all learned two months ago, ‘Valencia’ was actually the codename for ‘10 Cloverfield Lane,’ a secret film related to the 2008 monster movie’ Cloverfield.’
How big of a secret was the J.J. Abrams produced ‘10 Cloverfield Lane’? So big that star Mary Elizabeth Winstead didn’t even know the movie’s title until an hour before the rest of world did. Up until the trailer for the movie surprised audiences in front of Michael Bay’s ‘13 Hours’ two months ago, no one outside of the cast and crew knew the upcoming thriller was related to 2008's ‘Cloverfield.’
One of the many intriguing aspects of the Sony e-mail leak was the news that Warner Bros. was in talks with Jeff Nichols (the upcoming Midnight Special) to direct the Aquaman spinoff. We know now, over a year later, that Warner Bros. eventually hired James Wan to direct Aquaman, but I caught up with Nichols today to get the full story on what happened to his version of the film, and why he eventually decided to walk away.
Emmanuel Lubezki just won his third Academy Award, marking a three-year-in-a-row streak for the Mexican cinematographer. Like ‘Birdman’ last year, Lubezki’s second collaboration with Alejandro Iñarritu, ‘The Revenant,’ won big at the 2016 Oscars, certifying him one of the most celebrated cinematographers of our time.
As the story goes, corrupt government officials intentionally introduced a dangerous drug into marginalized minority communities resulting in increased power for politicians and law enforcement through the manipulated fear of the middle class. This narrative has been the subject of a number of popular conspiracy theories over the years concerning the CIA’s alleged involvement in the crack cocaine epidemic among the African American community in the mid-80s. It’s also the plot of the 55th Disney animated movie starring a group of cute, talking animals.