MADHERO: Hey, everyone. Welcome to NOT E3. Y'know, cause it ain't E3, but like E3, we do have trailers. Boy o boy do we have trailers. So many trailers that we can't cover them all. Its literally madness.
STICKMAN: It's MoviE3. It's time to experience entire movies within the space of two minutes.
LARRY: Literally. So....many....trailers.
MADHERO: So yeah, I hope you like trailers. As well as long awaited animated movie sequels. Got those in spades as well.
LARRY: Ooh damn, that's true. But that doesn't roll off the tongue.
DREAMWORKS RELEASES TRAILER FOR END OF HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON TRILOGY: THE HIDDEN WORLD
So it feels like its been a while since we've seen Hiccup and Toothless, hasn't it? Not that weird when you consider the sequel came out in 2014. Since then, most of the dragon exploits had been relegated to Netflix, but now here we are, with a teaser trailer for what is billed as "the epic conclusion," and it looks.... well gorgeous for one thing. There's really something about this franchise that makes Dreamworks bring their A-game.
Most of the trailer consist of the introduction of the Light Fury, a white female version of Toothless who seems to be from a hidden world where all dragons are from, and Toothless' goofy flirting that once again confirms that he's a sweet boy. Said sweet boy is also hunted by F. Murray Abraham though, and Hiccup, now chief of the village, seems to have some tough decisions ahead of him. Also Toothless goes full Thor at the end, so that's neat. Considering the trailer begins with "When I was a boy, there were dragons" there's the suggestion things might be a bit of a bummer. I feel like HTTYD is probably Dreamworks' strongest franchise, so I'm very curious how they stick the franchise and actually give it a proper conclusion.
STICKMAN: Continued adventures of franchise I don't care much for.
LARRY: Continued adventures of franchise I used to like but now don't care much for. Its sequel is trash.
MADHERO: I feel so weird being the one here that genuinely likes these movies considering the high regard they have on the internet. And I can't disagree more on that opinion on the sequel.
STICKMAN: Most people love this shit, you've been stuck with the two losers who don't. The sequel is better than the original but it's not really a big contest in terms of overall quality for me. STILL...this one looks more of the same.
LARRY: Ohhhhhh it so is NOT better. In my opinion anyway.
STICKMAN: I gave HTTYD the ol' college try and neither film impressed me. Happy others are excited thoooough, all about that Toothless.
MADHERO: This is truly a curse. Can't deny this is looking really pretty though, right?
STICKMAN: It looks very pretty yeah.
LARRY: Yes, the animation is stellar. But who the hell asked for Toothless to get a fuck buddy?
STICKMAN: I wish it were me. That mating ritual bit was pretty amazing.
MADHERO: Director Dean DeBlois has already said on a Reddit AMA that one of the big themes of the film is letting go, so my guess its going to be a bit of a bummer.
STICKMAN: Letting go of the last Dreamworks Animation franchise worth even once iota of a damn.
LARRY: Until Shrek 5 anyway.
STICKMAN: HAHAAHHAA. Good one Larry. Maybe one day Toothless will stop hunting the white dragon and settle for a handsome lizard boy.
LARRY: Hopefully this one turns out better than 2. If it's better, I'll watch it.
MADHERO: I'm looking forward to seeing my sweet dragon adventures, even if these 2 mooks don't see it.
WARNER BROS RELEASES FIRST TRAILER FOR LEGO MOVIE SEQUEL, THE SECOND PART
Ever since the first LEGO Movie, we’ve all been curious to see how they plan to follow it up given its massive success. Well, to be honest, it looks like they’re doing a fine job thus far. The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part is set five years after the Duplo aliens took siege of Legoland (aka the end of the first film), with the world becoming a Mad Max style apocalypse which seems to bum everyone out except Emmett.
And now, after Emmett’s friends are kidnapped by a mysterious alien, seemingly from Lego's Friends line, indicating the sister is oncer again more involved, it is up to him and his plant to save them. With a zany plot like this and a very similar tone and style compared to its predecessor, things are looking good for this sequel. It looks to have plenty of laughs, and Chris Pratt as Emmett seems to have not lost ANY of its luster as a fun protagonist to follow. Let’s hope Lord and Miller, alongside co-writers Dan Lin and Roy Lee AND directors Mike Mitchell and Trisha Gum, can pull this one off!
MADHERO: I always appreciate the use of Beastie Boys' Intergalactic
STICKMAN: Loving the idea that this, a story that's a sorta embellished retelling of a boy's imagination, has a gender politics callback to the previous movie that occurred years before this one. Other than that kinda cringey line...film looks to be a fun continuation of the original movie.
MADHERO: The Friends line-up being a thing here does sorta suggest we're going to be seeing more of that here, especially with some of the comments made. I do think Lord and Miller said that they wanted to do more with Wyldstyle/Lucy that they ultimately ended up doing, so I guess this is part of that, even if it involves kidnapping
LARRY: Yeah it doesn't look like a change in directors really made much of an impact. Watching Duplo fuck up Bricksburg is gonna be a weird sequence.
MADHERO: As a Brooklyn 99 fan, I'm really happy that they added Stephanie Beatriz to the cast. She's great on that show. My main hope is to see some FUCKING BIONICLE!
STICKMAN: I would literally scream if Bionicle turned up.
LARRY: Brush off all that "sorry we forgot about you" dust.
MADHERO: The people demand it, Lord and Miller. Do the right thing.
STICKMAN: DO IT. OR BOYCOTTTTT.
BLUMHOUSE RELEASES FIRST TRAILER FOR HALLOWEEN, A DIRECT SEQUEL TO THE 1978 ORIGINAL
Hey, it's your boi The Stickman, in 'Horror movies that caused a lot of buzz at Cinemacon but are now finally getting a first look online' Corner. Halloween...the direct sequel to Halloween...but not the remake of Halloween, no, the original Halloween. There was once a point in time where a new Halloween movie release was about as exciting as having toast for breakfast, it’s now been almost 10 years since the last installment, as it, along with most of the titans of the slasher genre have tried and failed to adapt to modern temperaments. That said, it's fair to say people are rather excited for this entry, a retcon of all Halloween's that followed from the 1978 classic that sees Laurie Strode and Michael Myers face each other again, for presumably the final time.
In what's a reasonably substantial first trailer, we see Jamie Lee Curtis back as Laurie Strode, now a hardened, combat ready woman eager to finally get her revenge on the man/monster who turned her life upside down forever. After an asylum bus crash, an escaped Myers returning to the scene of his original crime, it seems she'll get her chance. It's hard not to be wary of a Halloween movie, and a slasher movie in general, after so many years of mediocrity and lazy filmmaking, but the winds seem to be moving in the right direction for this one, and hopefully it proves to be a crowd pleaser this...HALLOWEEN. Halloween, the sequel to Halloween...out Halloween.
MADHERO: I liked the part where they made fun of the sequels and talked about Myers being Strode's brother as something made up.
LARRY: It's very fashionable nowadays to be self-aware, it seems.
STICKMAN: It's always a good idea to shit on slasher movie sequels.
MADHERO: He got his ass beat by Busta Rhymes in one of them. They deserve all the beating and being removed from canon. It really looks like its going back to basics, and there's some really fun imagery there what with the mental ward and all.
STICKMAN: That was surprisingly cool imagery for a Halloween movie. I think this kinda looks like an Aliens equivalent to Alien, where the unprepared victim becomes the attacker of sorts in the follow-up and I am HEEEERE for this.
MADHERO: Jamie Lee Curtis definitely gives off a Sarah Connor in T2 kinda vibe, and that's a very interesting way to go, especially when compared to H20, which made her suffer from PTSD.
LARRY: As someone who isn't really into Halloween all that much, this kinda makes me intrigued to watch them all.
STICKMAN: I wouldn't. Halloween 1 is the classic, Halloween 3 is the cult favourite, the rest are kinda...garbo.
LARRY: But won't this one feel great if it's any good given how trash its been?
MADHERO: Just watch the original. That's an absolute classic and the only one important here. And yes, also Halloween 3
STICKMAN: Halloween 3 is the real Halloween movie, where's THAT sequel.
MADHERO: The Silver Shamrock must live. Also John Carpenter may not be directing, but he's doing the music so get ready for some synthy tunes
STICKMAN: I am ready for some John Carptenter beats.
LARRY: They better not fucking modernize him. If I hear a fucking trap beat over the fucking Halloween theme...
STICKMAN: You can't modernise John Carpenter, he's like 900 years old. Also sweet dreams, anyone who's closets don't shut properly.
BUMBLEBEE TRAILER SHOWS OFF A VERY DIFFERENT TRANSFORMERS MOVIE
WHAT'S THIS? A TRANSFORMERS MOVIE THAT DOESN'T LOOK LIKE ASS?! Ok maybe that's harsh, but damn, this was a weird surprise to see. The Transformers spin-off Bumblebee always seemed like a bit of a dumb idea, and to be fair it still is, but there's something to be said about the lack of Bayhem and throwing in a spice of Iron Giant that just makes this feel more hopeful about this spin-off that may or may not launch a cinematic universe, what with Last Knight not doing great.
The trailer doesn't really go into much detail, with Hailee Steinfeld's Charlie getting a Volkswagen Beetle, who as it turns out, is the Transformer with the inability to talk that we we all know and love(?), 20 years before he would go and pee on John Turturro. The rest of the trailer shows some action, but much clearer, and also a tease for Starscream, who doesn't look like a metal Dorito this time and looks like his original form and color scheme. So yeah, I'm pleased by what I'm seeing. I really do hope Travis Knight and co manage to stick the landing and remind me why I liked this franchise in the first place. It'd be nice not to second guess being a Transformers fan.
STICKMAN: Bumblebee is a cutie. Protect him.
LARRY: I’m honestly here for this film.
STICKMAN: I'm not here for this film, but I'm here for Bumbleboi. By making him cute they're setting us up to cry when he gets thrown through the ringer.
LARRY: This looks far more in line with what a Transformers spinoff would look like if the original films weren’t ass.
MADHERO: I think the important factor here is that this is the first Transformers movie without Michael Bay, and one that doesn't cost like 300 million or so. This is a much more smaller scale and intimate story, with some bot action for good measure.
STICKMAN: There's rumours that after this they are aiming to change up the Transformers movies in general, without Bay. That'd be nice.
LARRY: That’d be lovely. Let Knight take over for all I care.
STICKMAN: No no, Travis Knight needs to come back to LAIKA. WHERE HE BELONGS.
MADHERO: With Last Knight being a disappointment at the box office and plans for TF 6 canceled, I really do hope this'll be a good new direction for them. Also, OG Starscream is making me more hype than it should.
STICKMAN: As someone without any connection to the original stuff, and not being a fan of the movies at all...I don't have a huge amount of interest in this, but Bumblebee is my favourite and he's the best thing about this already sooooo.
LARRY: Also, to all of the people trying to add a sexual tension between Steinfeld and Bunblebee........please stop.
MADHERO: I haven't seen any of that, but I'm sure that exists and I'm scared to look.
SPIDER-VERSE TRAILER SHOWS OFF UNIQUE VISUALS AS WELL AS DEBUTING VERSIONS OF PETER PARKER AND SPIDER-GWEN
My favorite trailer we are discussing today is for Spider-Man: Enter the Spider-Verse, a film that…honestly just has everything in its favor. While I still wish we got just a bit more plot squeezed out, we got to see plenty of new glorious characters: Miles’ father, a police officer and a total “dad”, Myles’ mentor, what appears to be an old and worn out Peter Parker (though some have theorized otherwise…), played by Jake Johnson. Oh, and the amazing reveal of SPIDER-GWENNNNNNN (Hailee Steinfeld). Amazing to see her in cinematic form.
We also get more of that luscious, vivid animation; this is honestly my favorite part. It feels like a damn comic book, from the colors, to the movement, to the pure energy bursting through it. Not to mention actual comic book descriptions appearing on screen. It really doesn’t look like any animated film out there. Needless to say, this film is gonna be a doozy when it hits us in December.
STICKMAN: THIS FILM IS SO DAMN PRETTY.
LARRY: ALL ABOARD THE HYPE TRAIN. CHOOOOO CHOOOOO
MADHERO: It sure is a good time to be a fan of Lord and Miller or Hailee Steinfeld. That or animation in general. Weird to think that this has a lot of the same animators as The Emoji Movie.
STICKMAN: With stuff like The LEGO Movie and this being around, it's really nice to see mainstream animation becoming more visually diverse, I hope the trend continues.
LARRY: Yeah this just looks like boatloads of fun, nuff said. It’s a movie that speaks for itself.
MADHERO: Well its nice to see that they're tackling Spider-Verse, which both serves as a good way to introduce Miles Morales and the other Spider-Men out there. That's a story not unadaptable, but definitely a lot harder in live-action.
STICKMAN: I'm still not sure just how they're tackling it honestly. There's no mention of these different spidies being from different dimensions, but there's 3 of them...and Spider-Gwen just casually turning up kinda suggests there is dimensional play at wooork, right?
MADHERO: Its really cool to see Spider-Gwen in there. Read her comics if you haven't and want a alternate take on the Marvel universe. It's really good.
LARRY: Ugh it’s so COOL to see her realized on screen. I’m gonna nerd out SO HARD.
STICKMAN: I like that we've got an older Peter Parker too, there's a lot lot to be excited about. Miles' dad is a lot funnier in the film than he is in the comics.
MADHERO: Its also cool to have Morales as the lead. It may not be Black Panther level, but its up there. That and along with the amazing animation makes it all seem very exciting. Hopefully it pays off.
LARRY: My boi SHAMEIK MOORE finally getting some more work.
STICKMAN: God if this film blows I'm going to be SO DISAPPOINTED.
MADHERO: DON'T DISAPPOINT US, SONY! USE VENOM FOR THAT INSTEAD
STICKMAN: I'm happy for Venom to die so I get a good Miles movie. I'm MORE than happy.
AMAZON RELEASES FIRST TRAILER FOR HORROR “REIMAGINING” SUSPIRIA, DIRECTED BY LUCA GUADANIGNO (CALL ME BY YOUR NAME)
Although the follow-up film from 'Call me by your Name' director Luca Guadagnino was always going to be a hot topic, after news of all the Amazon Studios luncheon discourse from the remake of 70s horror classic Suspiria broke out, it's fair to say a lot of people were looking forward to seeing the film for themselves. WELL, the first teaser is out, and whilst it doesn't deliver on the grisly sequences that caused canapes and mini-sandwiches to be dropped to the ground a couple months back, it did instead deliver a rather promising and effectively eerie experience for sure.
Bolstered by what's already a very exciting and creepy score by Radiohead singer and first time film composer Thom Yorke, we didn't see a lot of disturbing scenes at all really, but instead the hint of the horrible deeds to come just out of frame.
Although notably lacking the psychedelic colours of the original film, it seems to be following a similar direction in terms of location and narrative, albeit perhaps with a more intense and graphic modern horror mentality. Ignoring the music and visuals, Tilda Swinton and Dakota Johnson are the stars of this teaser, them...and a rather unpleasant looking metal implement draped neatly on a table covered in blood. I guess we'll find out where all that raspberry jam came from later this year, but with the highly toted extreme violence and now a very promising teaser that's gotten the film a lot of attention? Suspiria has a lot to live up to.
MADHERO: This is one spoopy trailer. Well, more unsettling really.
LARRY: Lots of teasing and good shots. Saving the spoopiness for the film.
STICKMAN: It's pretty great that we've got two great looking horror trailers this week, and they couldn't be more different if they tried. Arthouse disturbing horror versus popcorn entertainment. I'm down for both, and this looks great so far.
LARRY: Plus you got Hereditary out right now. Good time for horror.
MADHERO: I do notice that Jessica Harper is listed in the credits, and she's the original lead in Suspiria. Could this be....A SEQUEL?!
STICKMAN: OH MY GAWWWWD It's probably just a cameo to be fair. Maybe we find out where all the colours went.
LARRY: Oh lordddddd
MADHERO: Sucked out like in Paper Mario Color Splash. Its an interesting stylistic choice when compared to the original, which is super colorful and adds to its psychadelic nature. This one seems more muted, but from what we've heard, will probably still be batshit insane.
STICKMAN: I'm so down for it. If people walk out the cinema, it's gonna be amazing. I do wonder if we're going to get to see any of the grisly details prior to release, or if they're saving the nightmares for the big screen.
MADHERO - Last Sunday at 1:09 AM
Shout-out to the Twitter account as well which has been having fun.
LARRY: Also a really nice logo. Can’t wait for when they begin competing for Oscars.
STICKMAN: And that SCORE. My crazy dancing boy Thom Yorke giving us that creepy synth goodness. The members of Radiohead will soon be composing all movies.
MADHERO: Its gonna be a goodun for sure. Alright., we had plenty of trailers, but we also have plenty of FILMS COMING OUT!
LARRY: BUT THE TRAILERS ARE MORE FUN
MADHERO: Sorry. Yep, so much so that Larry has only gone and seen one of them already. Genderswapped remakes are really hot right now, what with Ghostbusters totally not causing any controversy, and that Overboard remake.....existing I guess. We now move on to Ocean's 8, although here its more of a sequel from what I've heard. I dunno, didn't see it, but Larry sure did.
LARRY: Well, it is technically a sequel I suppose.
MADHERO: Alright, enough set up. How does this destroy the Hollywood patriarchy? Also is it any good?
DIRECTOR: Gary Ross (The Hunger Games, Free State of Jones)
STARRING: Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina, Rihanna, Helena Bonham Carter, Richard Armitage, James Corden
SYNOPSIS: Debbie Ocean (Bullock) attempts to pull off the heist of the century at New York City's star-studded annual Met Gala. Her first step is to assemble the perfect crew (Blanchett, Kaling etc.)
LARRY: So I didn’t initially plan on seeing Ocean’s 8, but my friend got access to an early screening of the film this past Wednesday, and it was free, which me likey. So, I decided to give what looked like an unnecessary cash grab a chance, and I was surprised at how much I ended up enjoying myself.
It’s no masterpiece by any stretch—it doesn’t even touch Ocean’s 11, though it probably falls in the middle between Ocean’s 12 or 13 in terms of quality. However, it’s cast is very strong, each being their own distinct personality while having a fun chemistry with one another, and the script has many genuinely funny moments, which unfortunately is somewhat rare for these gender-bent reboots. It’s heist isn’t particularly that clever or inventive, but it still delivers the suspense that any heist movie should strive for. Its problems lie in the storytelling, with a third act this is ultimately pointless and poorly structured. Plus, it doesn’t seem to have much to say other than....female empowerment yay. But, for a film with little to offer thematically or sub-textually, it, at the very least, is a fun time at the movies for those looking for some laughs and good times. I certainly didn’t regret not paying for it.
STICKMAN: Does it do anything different to draw in someone like me, who didn't like the Oceans films priorrrr?
LARRY: Oh, definitely not I’m afraid. This is an Ocean’s film, through and through.
MADHERO: The cast looks like its having a lot of fun. Are there any that in particular stand out and ones you could've done without? The previous Oceans movies had Clooney, Pitt and Damon and the rest besides Cockney Don Cheadle were pretty disposable
LARRY: I mean, yeah some are clearly funnier than others. Sandra Bullock is thriving in this role, and Blanchett provides some of the best lines. Anne Hathaway basically plays a parody of herself and is excellent, and probably the biggest surprise was Sarah Paulson being pretty great. The most disposable is probably Mindy Kaling, cuz she gets the least amount to do and the most clunkers in regards to jokes.
MADHERO: Well that's unfortunate, considering how fun Kaling is on stuff like The Office. How much is there in terms of connections to the other Oceans movies? Some cameos maybe?
LARRY: Yes, a few distinct cameos and Clooney’s character being dead (not a spoiler, it’s literally in the trailers). These appearances have little weight on the story, they might as well be slightly elevated Stan Lee cameos. One of them is actually arguably a MASSIVE plot contrivance
MADHERO: O dang. RIP. So yeah, sounds like its a fun if rather disposable film. Nothing wrong with that, and a good two hours, but you won't be thinking about it much after. That a fair assumption for your wrap up?
LARRY: Yeah, it’s disposable for someone like me. But I’m sure some people will really enjoy it. It’s also worth noting that Gary Ross is a solid director all things considered and it’s cool to see him getting big films like this, even if they ultimately aren’t his strongest work.
STICKMAN: I'll give it a hard pass.
LARRY: Yeah, I didn’t expect otherwise lol. I would’ve passed too, but free movies and fun friend timessssss. Also, Cate Blanchett forever has my heart now. With this, Blue Jasmine, and Carol, she may be my new favorite actress.
STICKMAN: She's pretty neato beans.
MADHERO: She's pretty Incredible. Speaking of which.....
THE INCREDIBLES 2
DIRECTOR: Brad Bird (The Incredibles, Ratatouille)
STARRING: Holly Hunter, Craig T. Nelson, Sarah Vowell, Huck Milner, Samuel L. Jackson, Jonathan Banks, Bob Odenkirk
SYNOPSIS: Bob Parr AKA Mr. Incredible (Nelson) is left to care fort he family (Vowell, Milner) while Helen AKA Elastigirl (Hunter) is out saving the world in a campaign to bring “supers” back.
MADHERO: FOURTEEN YEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARS
STICKMAN: I'm in the minority where I wasn't like...super into The Incredibles? I liked it, but I didn't loooove it. I've only seen it the one time and that's when it first came out.
LARRY: Well it’s time to revisit it!! I’m seeing a double feature of both films, which about to be the highlight of my Summer.
MADHERO: It sure has taken their sweet time getting there. I've been wanting a sequel to this film since I was 10, and I'm 24 now. That's fucking wild. Anyway, this looks like fun.
STICKMAN: Sounds like it's gonna deliver the goods, too.
LARRY: Reviews are hella positive. I JUST WANNA SEE IT ALREADY
MADHERO: Yeah, I honestly wasn't sure what to expect from the trailers, but the impressions from critics that watched it have been extremely positive
STICKMAN: The trailers seem to be hiding a lot of the film, which is a good thing if what's being hidden is great.
LARRY: Can’t wait to relish in shady Bob Odenkirk.
STICKMAN: I've yet to see anyone call it a tearjerker, which is a miracle given Pixar made this film.
MADHERO: Yep. Apparently Jack-Jack and Edna steal the show, so I'm very curious why what they do. And Odenkirk in your movie is never a bad thing.
LARRY: Ednaaaaaa.Brad Bird’s greatest accomplishment.
MADHERO: 14 years I've waited, so I'm definitely seeing this asap. If this makes me want a Incredibles 3 and I'll only get it when I'm 38, I'm going to be pissssssed.
DIRECTOR: Jeff Tomsic (directorial debut)
STARRING: Ed Helms, Jeremy Renner, Jon Hamm, Jake Johnson, Annabelle Wallis, Hannibal Buress, Isla Fish, Rashida Jones, Leslie Bibb
SYNOPSIS: A group of ex-classmates (Helms, Renner etc.) meet up and organize a game of tag that finds them traveling across the country.
STICKMAN: Here's where Hawkeye was. "Sorry I couldn't fight Thanos you guys, I was playing Tag"
LARRY: Yeah he had to get his arms CGI’d.
STICKMAN: That's a fun tidbit for this otherwise soso looking film.
MADHERO: Just hanging out with the coach from Spider-Man Homecoming, so there's your MCU connection
LARRY: If Tag became canon with the MCU, I’d have zero problems with that.
MADHERO: For a comedy, this does actually have a pretty interesting cast. I guess Buress, Johnson and Helms are people you expect in a comedy like this, but less so with Renner and Jon Hamm, and people don't give enough credit to how funny Jon Hamm is.
LARRY: Don’t forget my boi Jake Johnson!!
MADHERO: I'm not the biggest fan of that guy, but that may be cause I can't stand New Girl.
LARRY: Go watch Safety Not Guaranteed and get back to me.
MADHERO: O yeah he was in that. That was good. But yeah, fun comedy about a weird real life story and will likely be about the real tag being the friends we met along the way.
LARRY: I’m excited for this one!! Cast looks great, humor looks funny, and even some fun physical comedy. Ticket sold for me.
STICKMAN: I'll be here, not watching.
DIRECTOR: Ari Aster (directorial debut)
STARRING: Toni Collette, Alex Wolff, Milly Shapiro, Gabriel Byrne, Ann Dowd
SYONPSIS: When the matriarch of the Graham family dies, her daughter, Annie (Collette), suspects a presence was left behind. With the household under threat by a supernatural force, Annie must explore the darkness to escape their inherited fate.
MADHERO: Prepare for the spoops delivered straight by A24.
LARRY: Gotta love that divisive D+. Some people just can’t handle the spoops.
STICKMAN: The best horror films make people angry. Strong reviews but a mixed audience reception, someone called this film emotional terrorism, and I'm here for this.
LARRY: I completely agree. Just fascinating to note that.
MADHERO: The Alamo Drafthouse apparently had some people wear heart monitors during the screening and some shot up to 165 Bpm which is pretty wild.
STICKMAN: I can't wait to have a £10 heart attack.
LARRY: I’m genuinely scared to go see this one. I don’t do well with horror.
STICKMAN: I'll hold your hand babe.
MADHERO: The film goes quite batshit at the end, so my guess that when it all gets a little too in tents.
STICKMAN: Another solid 2018 horror film. BRING IT ON I SAY.
DIRECTOR: Drew Pearce (directorial debut)
STARRING: Jodie Foster, Sterling K. Brown, Sofia Boutella, Jeff Goldblum, Bryan Tyree Henry, Dave Bautista, Jenny Slate, Zachary Quinto, Charlie Day
SYNOPSIS: Set in riot-torn, near-future Los Angeles, 'Hotel Artemis' follows the Nurse (Foster), who runs a secret, members-only emergency room for criminals.
LARRY: Poor everyone in this film... Doesn’t seem to be doing too hot.
STICKMAN: This feels like such an under the radar release for something seemingly so high profile, given the cast.
MADHERO: You know this is one of those films that got made when John Wick got really popular . Definitely has that vibe, even if it apparently doesn't have nearly as much action as expected.
LARRY: I’d go for Bautista alone.
MADHERO: Its a genuinely great cast. Jodie Foster, who seems to be having a lot of fun, Sterling K. Brown, Charlie Day, Sofia Boutella, Jeff Goldblum. I feel like this is going to get a cult following very soon
STICKMAN: Jodie Foster alone y'knooow, but oh welll.
LARRY: Hopefully Charlie Day doesn’t fuck a Kaiju brain in this film...
STICKMAN: Wait what.
MADHERO: I think that's from Uprising. Also gross.
LARRY: I wish it wasn’t a thing. But it certainly is.
STICKMAN: I'm so confused.
MADHERO: I could've gone my life without knowing that. Anyway, this might be for people who want something smaller, but probably don't expect much in the way of action that the trailers might tell you.
STICKMAN: Why he fuck the braaain though.
MADHERO: See Uprising and find out.
DIRECTOR: Director X (Across the Line, Center Stage: On Pointe)
STARRING: Trevor Jackson, Jason Mitchell, Michael Kenneth Williams, Lex Scott Davis
SYNOPSIS: Youngblood Priest (Jackson), a cocaine dealer, decides to make one more deal before getting out of the business and turning his life around.
MADHERO: From Acclaimed director....Director X
MADHERO: This is one of those cases where this is beyond our scene, cause he's directed stuff like the Hotline Bling video and plenty more music videos. It just really caught me off guard and thought it was funny
LARRY: Its funny. Ya won’t catch me near it tho.
MADHERO: Of all the movies to remake, Superfly seems like such a weird one since its such a part of its era and genre. That film basically started the blaxploitation genre.
LARRY: Yeah. Not sure if we need more blaxploitation....
MADHERO: Well maybe it was a Black Dynamite style homage. This just kinda feels like a really standard gangster film.
STICKMAN: By DIRECTOR X.
LARRY: Yeah the name of the director is more interesting than the film.
MADHERO: This is one of those reboots that we really could've done without.
STICKMAN: I wasn't aware of it prior to this episode, and I'll forget about it soon after.
LARRY: Weird how something managed to topple Ocean’s 8 for most unnecessary reboot. What a world.
MADHERO: Right, that about does it for the films out this week, but luckily there's MOVIE OF THE WEEK!
MADHERO: Its a bit of a weird week, what with a pretty big movie that;s out right now here in Europe but not quite yet in the US, but we figured something out, and I think we have quite a eclectic list.
STICKMAN: But I saw the big blockbuster movie of the week though.
LARRY: Proud to always deliver those subversive indie hitters.
MADHERO: Subversive indie hitter, you say? Well then, Larry. What's your Movie of the Week?
MOVIE OF THE WEEK
LARRY: I’m sure some of our readers in the states have seen the occasional ad or trailer for this film online since its premiere at Sundance, and if you would’ve skipped it based on that and that alone, I wouldn’t have blamed you. But do NOT let its marketing fool you; American Animals is not your average heist film. Not even close. What the marketing has been deceptively (and I say that as a compliment) hiding is this film’s clever blending of both documentary and narrative techniques to create its own strange specimen of a genre.
I don’t want to spoil how, it’s best you go in blind, but hot damn did it throw me for a loop. What follows is an interestingly crafted story that had me engaged from minute one; with a strong directorial voice from Bart Layton, a great cast led by Evan Peters and Barry Keoghan, and some ingenious editing, It masterfully plays with audience perception in ways that few films ever have and probably ever will. Even though it ultimately doesn’t do as much with its world as I would’ve liked to see, it nevertheless is a minutely flawed but still thoroughly enjoyable, darkly funny experience that I couldn’t recommend enough. One of my favorite films of the year thus far.
STICKMAN: This looks like it could be a fun heist capperrrr.
LARRY: Oh, it’s so much more than that my friend.
MADHERO: I honestly had only vaguely heard of this and haven't seen any trailers for it. Cool poster though. Do creepy looking flamingos come into play?
LARRY: I mean, I didn’t think it looked creepy per se. But there is indeed a flamingo. It is a cool poster, with an aesthetic heavily featured in the film.
STICKMAN: It makes me want to play Hotline Miami for some reason.
LARRY: Whenever you guys get it, you gotta go see it.
MADHERO: A good heist film is always fun to watch. I guess this one is a little less expensive than the one in Oceans 8
STICKMAN: I wanna see an animal heist movie that isn't The Nut Job.
LARRY: Okay but I wanna stress. This is NOT just a heist film. Don’t go in expecting anything like Ocean’s. I swear, the blinder you go in, the more it’ll surprise you in the best ways.
MADHERO: Alright, Sticky. What's your Movie of the Week?
STICKMAN: This week's E3, so what better time to look at a movie based on a video game that didn't do very well critically or financially! Hurrah! The third installment in the movie versions of the popular series, and a reboot more on par with the gritty game reboot....reboot...TOMB RAIDER...is a film that isn't perfect by any means, it's got a long wrong with it, and when compared to the game itself, lacks the same ambition, scope or action...but...as its own film? It's pretty good honestly.
The opening scenes prior to her actual adventure are probably the best parts, since they do their own thing and show the character with a lot of heart and personality. Once things get to the island, it's a little less engaging, but it's still fun, with enough discourse-inducing deviations from the source material to make it a fresh experience even to those who've played the game itself. Again, this ain't a great movie, but it's easily the best video game movie to date that isn't Resident Evil Vendetta, which is the Citizen Kane of video game movies.
MADHERO: This one is definitely the most appropriate for this time of year.
STICKMAN: Lara Croft was even at E3. You're WELCOME GUYS.
LARRY: I still have yet to see this, though I’ve been meaning to.
STICKMAN:It's fun, I'm not going to pretend it's an amazing movie, but as a fan of the franchise I enjoyed it. It's biggest flaws are how it isn't like the game, so if you haven't played the gaaaame...
MADHERO: Its been interesting to see this come and slightly go. Wasn't a huge hit but definitely successful.
STICKMAN: It was a mild success but it didn't quite hit the cultural zeitgeist, as tossers would say.
MADHERO: It wasn't no "Jolie posters everywhere " type of success. Does make me wonder what the plan is. Still, it can comfortably hold the crown for best Hollywood video game game movie for now.
LARRY: Personally I’m only interested in still seeing this for Vikander, cuz I hear she is quite good in it. And I’m happy she got this opportunity.
STICKMAN: She's a great Lara yeah. I think the first 20 minutes are the highlight and then it loses its way a bit, STILL...worth a watch maybe. I don't know if it'll get a sequel given it was a tepid box office success, but who knooooows. Anyway, what'd you watch Mad, some weird Netflix release?
MADHERO: My Movie of the Week....is not for the faint of heart Seriously, while the trailer may not seem that scary, it not does prepare for the absolute mayhem that unfolds. Bone Tomahawk follows sherrif Kurt Russell as he and a posse go into the wilderness of the Wild West after a couple of people are kidnapped by a clan of troglodytes, who as it turns out, are cannibals, so that's fun. The film itself takes a while to get going, with you mostly alongside these characters and what the harsh environment is doing to their mental state.
But once it gets going, oh lord does it get going. Any gorehound will probably have their moments of OH MY FUCKING GOD. There's one sequence there that's so bad that I had to pause and make sure I wasn't feeling ill, and I'm generally pretty good when it comes to that stuff. Its fucking insane, and much credit to S. Craig Zahler, who assembled quite a good cast and immediately becomes a different voice in Hollywood. He seems to have cemented that with Brawl in Cell Block 99 as well. So as mentioned, not for the faint of heart, but you're in for a great ride if you're prepared.
STICKMAN: I like movie horror gore, but I don't like Westerns. What a sticky situation.
LARRY: I’m interested now that I hear it’s bonkers.
MADHERO: A Western can often be boring. This one is definitely not, but you need to take the time before it gets to the crazy shit
STICKMAN: So it's like Dust till Dawn, which I didn't realise was THAT movie until it happened. And then I was like...oh.
MADHERO: Sorta. You get hints here and there, but there's definitely the moment where the brakes go off and its full speed ahead.
STICKMAN: Cannibals always have that effect, I find.
LARRY: I’m down for some good ol’ fashioned gore.
MADHERO: Oh this ain't good ol fashioned. This goes really, really hard. You are not prepared for the "wishbone scene"
LARRY: Honestly I wish more films went as far as you say this does. Studio films are afraid of their audiences getting petrified. But man, gore tends to enhance a film if it’s done properly.
STICKMAN: We should aaaaalll watch Dredd.
MADHERO: Its on Netflix here, but it should be on digital for relatively cheap. Check it out for sure if you want something different. Don't have a weak stomach though
STICKMAN: My stomach is strong and hearty, except when eating oranges.
MADHERO: Alright, that's it for this episode. Next up we're going to talk about DINOSAURS! That's always fun.
STICKMAN: I love Dinosaurs. Maybe too much.
LARRY: DINOSSSSSSbutalsolazyandhackneyedstorytellingBUT DINOSSSSSS
MADHERO: Its for a Jurassic World sequel though, so y'know, prepare for takes.
STICKMAN: I've seen it already so y'all gotta check yourself.
MADHERO: Oh shiiiiiiiiiiiiiit. Find out what Stickman thinks about his lizard bros......NEXT TIME!
LARRY: Peace out, home skillets.