A screenwriter is working on a list of every hit film you can’t stream

We’ve all had moments trying to hunt down films that just don’t seem to be anywhere online, whether on streaming services, for rent or to purchase. Screenwriter John August (Charlie’s Angels, Big Fish, the upcoming live-action Aladdin) noticed that Ron Howard’s light sci-fi film Cocoon wasn’t available online, he started a list collecting other popular […]

‘Summer of ’84 Directors on Crafting Their Nostalgic Horror Throwback and the Status of ‘Turbo Kid 2’ [Fantasia Film Festival Interview]

What is about the image kids on bicycles, having an adventure, that just screams “This is a story set in the 1980s”? The trio of Montreal-based filmmaking team, known collectively as RKSS (and individually as François Simard, Anouk Whissell, and Yoann-Karl Whissell), decided to find out when they got their hands on the Summer of ’84 […]

‘Pledge’ Review: A Lean, Mean Fraternity Murder Convenes in Daniel Robbins’ Thriller [Fantasia Film Festival]

As a college attendee who never participated in Greek life myself, fraternal thrillers are always something of an outside-looking-in affair. My behind-closed-doors knowledge comes only from friends who recall their “elephant walks” or 24-hour drinking binges, always uttered with an air of unbelievableness. That’s what makes this subgenre so difficult. Can a movie sell sorority […]

‘Tokyo Vampire Hotel’ Review: Bizarre, Bloodsucking Battle Royale Would Make ‘Blade’ Blush [Fantasia Film Festival]

Tokyo Vampire Hotel is a 142-minute bloodsucker royal rumble – cut down from roughly 390 minutes of Amazon’s original Japanese series – almost entirely located inside an almighty princess’ “nether region.” Are you tuning out after that sentence? Don’t. Writer and director Sion Sono’s (kinda) got this. The man behind Why Don’t You Play In […]

Paramount Greenlights ‘Meet Jimmy’, a Horror Film About a Killer Podcast

True crime podcasts have become some of the hottest of the entire medium over the past few years, but now a new movie is on the way about a podcast that may actually kill its listeners. Paramount has acquired the rights to Meet Jimmy, a short film from Dutch director David-Jan Bronsgeest and writer Tim Koomen that’s […]

The Animated ‘Star Wars’ Shows Owe a Great Debt to a Classic Sonny Chiba Samurai Film

(Welcome to The Movies That Made Star Wars, a series where we explore the films that inspired, or help us better understand, George Lucas’s iconic universe. In this edition: Shogun’s Shadow.) Samurai films have been a strong influence on the Star Wars saga since its very earliest days. When George Lucas was sitting down to […]

Colin Farrell and Mel Gibson Will Become ‘War Pigs’ in WWII Action Film

A new World War II revenge thriller is in the works, and as is seemingly the new normal these days, any time a new war project is announced, Mel Gibson‘s name bounces around the fringes. The actor/director, who was recently nominated for an Oscar for Hacksaw Ridge and is now lining up a new war movie […]

‘People’s Republic of Desire’ Turns Its Lens On China’s Live-Streaming Culture [Fantasia Film Festival]

If you’re anything like me and the thought that you’ve accidentally Instagram Live-d your makeup routine induces sudden nausea, than making a living by live-streaming is probably not one of your career goals. But for the subjects of Hao Wu‘s documentary People’s Republic of Desire, live-streaming isn’t just how they make their living, it’s how […]

‘It looks like it will catch us’: Russian fishermen film stunning whirlwind (and it did catch them)

They got their viral video, but maybe these Russian fishermen should have moved away a bit faster. “A whirlwind. A Twister. 500 meters from us. Very beautiful. It’s huge,” said Pavel Chernyavsky, as he narrates his Instagram video, geolocated off the coast of Gelendzhik in the Black Sea. “Maybe it will catch up with us,” […]

‘Just a Breath Away’ is ‘The Mist’ Meets ‘A Quiet Place’ in Paris [Fantasia Film Festival]

Supposedly, if you want to know how wealthy someone is in Beijing, you simply ask them what floor they live on. The bigger the number, the wealthier they are. To live above the air pollution is a much coveted position, one which, in the case of the protagonists of Dans La Brume (the film’s English […]