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/Filmcast Ep. 480 – The Meg and BlackkKlansman

David, Devindra, and Jeff discuss their favorite crossover events of all time, thank the #SaveDaveWave, plus David has a special announcement to celebrate opening weekend of Crazy Rich Asians. Be sure to read about how Crazy Rich Asians was made, the #GoldOpen movement, and how BlackkKlansman got revenge on Birth of a Nation.

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Superhero Bits: Moon Knight Was Discussed for ‘Iron First’, ‘Justice League’ Reacts to ‘Infinity War’ & More

Ant-Man and the Wasp Concept Art

Did you know The Avengers once teamed up with a soap opera character? What’s the premiere date for the second season of Runaways on Hulu? Which Crazy Rich Asians star landed a role in Spider-Man: Far From Home? Will the Wasp get a new suit in future MCU installments? What was the original plot idea for Deadpool 2? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits.

A promo for the upcoming second season of The Gifted teases what’s in store for the Marvel mutant series.

Did you know The Avengers once teamed up with a soap opera character from the series Guiding Light?

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Here’s a new ad for the home release of Deadpool 2, featuring plenty of praise from Ryan Reynolds‘ mother.

Iron Fist showrunner M. Raven Metzner said there were discussions about having Moon Knight in season 2.

One fan created a trailer featuring Tom Hardy‘s Venom facing off against Andrew Garfield‘s Spider-Man.

Some kind of wolf creature character will be soon be joining DC’s Legends of Tomorrow in a recurring role.

Ant-Man and the Wasp Concept Art

ComicBookMovie.com has some trippy, new pieces of Ant-Man and the Wasp quantum realm concept art.

The second season of Marvel’s Runaways has been confirmed to debut on Hulu starting on December 21.

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Daily Podcast: Horror Movies That Traumatized Us, “So Bad They’re Good” Movies, MoviePass, The Nun, and Mailbag Questions Galore

The Nun

On the August 14, 2018 episode of /Film Daily, /Film senior writer Ben Pearson is joined by managing editor Jacob Hall, weekend editor Brad Oman, and writer Chris Evangelista to discuss the latest film and TV news, including MoviePass’s latest screw-up and a YouTube ad for The Nun. We’ll also dive into the mailbag to answer some listener questions.

You can subscribe to /Film Daily on iTunes, Google Play, Overcast, Spotify and all the popular podcast apps (here is the RSS URL if you need it).

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Opening Banter:

In The News:

 

In The Mailbag:

Paul T. from Horsham, England: Recently had a chance to see Incredibles 2 and agreed with Peter that he found it a bit lacking in some areas. He thought it was fun but “was missing a lot of the wit, charm, and emotion I would normally associate with a Pixar movie.”

My second point is in relation to the proposed Kraven The Hunter movie. You guys were reflecting on if anyone thought he was a good character to bring to the screen or if there is even a story worth telling. Well I can tell you that he is a beloved villain for spider-man fans and that there is a lot of potential if they decided to adapt the “Kraven’s Last Hunt” story arc. The only caveat i’d put in place for that is IT ONLY WORKS IF YOU HAVE SPIDER-MAN IN IT! I really hope Sony learns that the only thing that makes these villains of any interest is their interaction with Spidey and their overlapping stories. I could be wrong but so far Venom looks like hot garbage (or should that be hot turd?). Marvel/Disney please save us.

Nicholas E. from Chicago, Illinois: Hey guys, I was just wondering if you guys had any horror films that traumatize you or really affected you as a child. For me, it was Chuckie.

Michael O. from Nashville, Tennessee: I’m curious how you classify what year a movie falls in. I enjoyed your “Best of 2018” podcast but as I was looking some of the films up, it seems like IMDB and Letterboxd classify some of them as 2017 or even 2016 movies. Usually I would just add these movies to my personal 2018 rankings, but I always want to put an asterisk by these films. Help destroy my OCD!

Leanne R from L.A.: Just wanted to shout out to HP Hogwarts Mystery! Like HT, I use the game as an excuse to take micro-breaks at work and it really helps pass the time. I’m a completionist at heart when it comes to video games so I’m in this for the long haul; thankfully they do have mini side quests in the game, one of my personal favorites being the dueling club and the addition of pets. Just wanted to add that there is also still a big fan base for the game (I recently joined the subreddit for this and it’s got a good number of people) and I’m happy that I’m still a part of it.

Conor B.: Jacob went off on twitter over the weekend on MST3K/movie commentary that pokes fun of movies as being a low form of art/harmful etc…I feel as though he has mentioned other films as “so bad it’s good” schlock and such, so I’m confused as to how he can say that without being a total hypocrite. Would love for the whole crew to weigh in on their thoughts and if they find things such as MST3K enjoyable or not. A lot of these films received a second lease on life due to MST3K rediscovering them – best worst movie is a great example of this as well.

Love the site and the podcast, vehemently disagree with Jacob on this however!

Favorite “so bad it’s good” movies?

 

Other articles mentioned:

All the other stuff you need to know:

You can find more about all the stories we mentioned on today’s show at slashfilm.com, and linked inside the show notes.

/Film Daily is published every weekday, bringing you the most exciting news from the world of movies and television as well as deeper dives into the great features from slashfilm.com.

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Daily Podcast: Horror Movies That Traumatized Us, “So Bad They’re Good” Movies, MoviePass, The Nun, and Mailbag Questions Galore

The Nun

On the August 14, 2018 episode of /Film Daily, /Film senior writer Ben Pearson is joined by managing editor Jacob Hall, weekend editor Brad Oman, and writer Chris Evangelista to discuss the latest film and TV news, including MoviePass’s latest screw-up and a YouTube ad for The Nun. We’ll also dive into the mailbag to answer some listener questions.

You can subscribe to /Film Daily on iTunes, Google Play, Overcast, Spotify and all the popular podcast apps (here is the RSS URL if you need it).

https://www.podbean.com/media/player/8fer3-974cdc?from=yiiadmin&vjs=1&skin=1&fonts=Helvetica&auto=0&download=0&rtl=0

Opening Banter:

In The News:

 

In The Mailbag:

Paul T. from Horsham, England: Recently had a chance to see Incredibles 2 and agreed with Peter that he found it a bit lacking in some areas. He thought it was fun but “was missing a lot of the wit, charm, and emotion I would normally associate with a Pixar movie.”

My second point is in relation to the proposed Kraven The Hunter movie. You guys were reflecting on if anyone thought he was a good character to bring to the screen or if there is even a story worth telling. Well I can tell you that he is a beloved villain for spider-man fans and that there is a lot of potential if they decided to adapt the “Kraven’s Last Hunt” story arc. The only caveat i’d put in place for that is IT ONLY WORKS IF YOU HAVE SPIDER-MAN IN IT! I really hope Sony learns that the only thing that makes these villains of any interest is their interaction with Spidey and their overlapping stories. I could be wrong but so far Venom looks like hot garbage (or should that be hot turd?). Marvel/Disney please save us.

Nicholas E. from Chicago, Illinois: Hey guys, I was just wondering if you guys had any horror films that traumatize you or really affected you as a child. For me, it was Chuckie.

Michael O. from Nashville, Tennessee: I’m curious how you classify what year a movie falls in. I enjoyed your “Best of 2018” podcast but as I was looking some of the films up, it seems like IMDB and Letterboxd classify some of them as 2017 or even 2016 movies. Usually I would just add these movies to my personal 2018 rankings, but I always want to put an asterisk by these films. Help destroy my OCD!

Leanne R from L.A.: Just wanted to shout out to HP Hogwarts Mystery! Like HT, I use the game as an excuse to take micro-breaks at work and it really helps pass the time. I’m a completionist at heart when it comes to video games so I’m in this for the long haul; thankfully they do have mini side quests in the game, one of my personal favorites being the dueling club and the addition of pets. Just wanted to add that there is also still a big fan base for the game (I recently joined the subreddit for this and it’s got a good number of people) and I’m happy that I’m still a part of it.

Conor B.: Jacob went off on twitter over the weekend on MST3K/movie commentary that pokes fun of movies as being a low form of art/harmful etc…I feel as though he has mentioned other films as “so bad it’s good” schlock and such, so I’m confused as to how he can say that without being a total hypocrite. Would love for the whole crew to weigh in on their thoughts and if they find things such as MST3K enjoyable or not. A lot of these films received a second lease on life due to MST3K rediscovering them – best worst movie is a great example of this as well.

Love the site and the podcast, vehemently disagree with Jacob on this however!

Favorite “so bad it’s good” movies?

 

Other articles mentioned:

All the other stuff you need to know:

You can find more about all the stories we mentioned on today’s show at slashfilm.com, and linked inside the show notes.

/Film Daily is published every weekday, bringing you the most exciting news from the world of movies and television as well as deeper dives into the great features from slashfilm.com.

You can subscribe to /Film Daily on iTunes, Google Play, Overcast, Spotify and all the popular podcast apps (RSS).

Please feel free to send your feedback, questions, comments and concerns to us at peter@slashfilm.com. Please leave your name and general geographic location in case we mention the e-mail on the air.

Please rate and review the podcast on iTunes, tell your friends and spread the word!

Thanks to Sam Hume for our logo.

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‘Westworld’ Season 3 Will Undergo a ‘Radical Shift’, Confuse Everyone Again

westworld season 3

Westworld season 2 left a lot of viewers scratching their heads, and it looks like season 3 will take things even further. Showrunners and creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy say that when Westworld season 3 arrives, we can all expect a “radical shift” in the world of the show as we know it. 

When Westworld season 2 kicked off, I found it to be a bit of an improvement over season 1 (which I also liked). But by the time the season had ended, the show had gone off into some very strange, very confusing directions. Many fans were perplexed, wondering just what the heck was going on, and where the show would go from here. The answer: somewhere different. Season 3 is going to take us extensively outside of the park in ways the previous seasons didn’t – a move described as a “radical shift” by co-creator Jonathan Nolan (speaking with THR):

“I think it’s a radical shift. What’s compelling and appealing about these characters is that they’re not human. As we said in the show, humans are bound by the same loops the hosts are, in some ways even smaller. You couldn’t expect human characters to withstand and survive the kind of story that we’re telling. The hosts have a different version of mortality, a different outlook. I think clearly with Dolores, as she’s laid out, there is a longer view here, a larger set of goals. They’re existential. They span eons. And that’s a fascinating level of story ?to engage in.”

Getting outside the park is a neat idea, and I’m curious to see what happens here. At the same time, the park was such a huge part of the show that moving beyond it is a tad strange. If the showrunners can make it work, though, I’m all for it.

Lisa Joy goes on to say that while things may seem confusing for now, they had a clear plan regarding what’s happening, and what’s going to happen next. Specifically, Joy confirms that the showrunners always had a specific idea about what to do with Tessa Thompson‘s character, who – spoiler alert – was killed last season and recreated as a host robot with Dolores’ consciousness inside.

“We always knew that we were going to do this reveal and let her expand into this new role,” Joy says. “We have a very diabolical arc for her planned out. Part of the fun for the character will be self-realization. She will be realizing the things we know about who she is.”

While I got a bit frustrated with Westworld near the end of season 2, I am curious to see where the show is headed. A “radical shift” may be exactly what Westworld needs now to shake things up. Or it could backfire spectacularly and confuse everyone again! We’ll see!

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‘Halloween 4’ Mazes Coming to Halloween Horror Nights

Halloween 4 mazes

Horror film icon Michael Myers (AKA The Shape) is making his triumphant return to the big screen this year with the upcoming release of a new Halloween movie, but visitors to Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights will also have an opportunity to come face-to-face with the masked menace starting one month from today. New Halloween 4 mazes are coming to the theme park’s annual event starting on September 14, 2018. See a sneak peek video of the new mazes below. 

Halloween 4 Mazes

This year has been especially active on the Halloween Horror Nights front, with tons of mazes based on new releases (The First Purge, Stranger Things) and iconic films alike (Trick ‘r Treat, Child’s Play, Killer Klowns from Outer Space, Poltergeist). But a maze based on a specific sequel in a long-running series is a new development. Past Halloween mazes have cobbled together bits and pieces from various sequels, but making mazes specifically devoted to Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers means that the theme park might be interested in doing something similar for other franchises in the coming years.

Here’s the official description of this year’s Halloween 4 mazes, which will be coming to both Universal Studios Hollywood and the Universal Orlando Resort:

Based on the fourth installment in the classic slasher series created by John Carpenter, the mazes will transport guests to the suburban town of Haddonfield, Illinois on Halloween night where Myers has escaped Smith’s Grove Sanitarium and is hungry for revenge. This time, he relentlessly stalks his niece Jamie as his next victim, stopping at nothing to kill her.

Guests will follow Myers as he escapes the mental hospital, encounters his first victims at Penney’s Gas Station and Diner, and wreaks terror on Haddonfield, all set to Alan Howarth’s ominous score. The maze will include horrifying scares by Myers in his classic featureless white mask and navy jumpsuit, with guests dodging his bloody knife at every turn. Halloween fanatics can expect a cameo by Myer’s psychiatrist Dr. Loomis and other famous characters from the film as they try to escape the bloodbath.

Halloween Horror Nights begins Friday, September 14, 2018 in Hollywood and Orlando and on Friday, September 28, 2018 in Singapore. The press release promises that additional details will be revealed soon, so they may have even more horror-centric mazes planned for this year’s festivities. Tickets and vacation packages are on sale now, and more information can be found at the official site.

Here’s a video of a Halloween-themed maze from 2016:

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Jordan Peele Could Host the New ‘Twilight Zone’ Reboot

Twilight Zone Reboot

Submitted for your approval: a Twilight Zone remake not only produced by Jordan Peele, but also featuring him as on-screen host. The original Twilight Zone kicked off each episode with creator Rod Serling stepping before the camera to introduce the story we were about to watch. As Peele works on his new take on The Twilight Zone, he hasn’t ruled out the option of following Serling’s lead.

Even if you’ve somehow never watched an episode of The Twilight Zone, you’re likely familiar with the iconic image of creator Rod Serling, cigarette in hand, walking into the frame and introducing the twisted tale to come. Serling’s intros were always a highlight of the show – he was like a cold, indifferent god with supreme power and foresight. He’d walk into a scene after it had already begun, and none of the other actors noticed him. Only we could see him, and hear whatever haunting words he was about to impart. He was our phantom host – a droll, tight-lipped guide into a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind.

Rod Serling Twilight Zone Intro

Get Out director Jordan Peele is currently developing a Twilight Zone reboot for CBS All Access. Like Serling, Peele is the driving force behind the show, so the question has to be asked – will Peele take on Serling’s on-screen narrator role? Maybe! At the very least, the filmmaker hasn’t ruled the idea out. Speaking with Variety, Peele says he’s “resisted but not ruled out” the idea of appearing on screen. Even if he ultimately doesn’t, the interview makes clear that he really gets what made The Twilight Zone so special to begin with, and what a new take on the show can achieve.

“The realization, for me, was that it was an opportunity to attempt to continue with Serling’s mission,” Peele says. “If we approach it without ego and sort of bow to Serling, that will hopefully suffice for our fellow Twilight Zone fans but also bring back a show that I think is needed right now. Because it’s a show that has always helped us look at ourselves, hold a mirror up to society.”

This echoes the statement Peele made when the project was first announced: “Too many times this year it’s felt we were living in a twilight zone, and I can’t think of a better moment to reintroduce it to modern audiences.”

There’s no air date yet for Peele’s Twilight Zone, but 2019 is probably a good guess. At which point I’ll finally have to sign-up for CBS All Access.

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Greta Gerwig’s ‘Little Women’ Cast Keeps Getting Better, Adds Laura Dern

Little Women cast

In her never-ending quest to drive Film Twitter into a frenzy, Greta Gerwig is adding yet another impressive name to her already impressive Little Women cast: Laura Dern. Dern will join a line-up that includes Meryl Streep, Saoirse Ronan, Timothee ChalametEmma Stone and Florence Pugh.

What’s that? You thought Greta Gerwig was done adding impressive actresses (and actors) to her adaptation of Little Women? Think again! THR has learned that the always-incredible Laura Dern is now in talks to join the film. There’s no word on which character Dern might play, so I’m going to just go ahead and assume she’s reprising her role of Lula Fortune from Wild At Heart. I could be wrong, though.

Little Women is Gerwig’s adaptation of Louisa May Alcott‘s classic novel about four sisters growing up during the backdrop of the Civil War. When the project was first announced, Gerwig’s take was described as a “retelling”, which could indicate she’s straying from the source material in some regard. Gerwig might even attempt a modern-day version of the story. That might sound crazy, but a modern-day Little Women remake is being released next month, distributed by Christian film company Pure Flix and starring Lea Thompson. It’s safe to say Gerwig’s take on the story is going to be considerably different than the Pure Flix version.

Here’s the book’s synopsis:

As a New England mother struggles to support her family in the wake of her husband’s service in the Civil War, her four daughters struggle, too—caught between childhood dreams and the realities of burgeoning adulthood. For Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March, raised in integrity and virtue, negotiating the right path in life means making choices that will either narrow or expand their destinies.

Should Dern sign onto Gerwig’s Little Women, she’d be joining Saoirse Ronan, playing primary character Jo March; Emma Stone and Florence Pugh as Jo’s sisters, Meg and Amy; Meryl Streep as Marmee, the matriarch of the family; and Timothee Chalamet as Jo’s friend Laurie Laurence. Sharp Objects breakout Eliza Scanlen is also in talks to play Beth. All of these people, plus Gerwig, are pretty great on their own, which makes the prospect of them coming together very exciting.

Dern can next be seen in Jeremiah Terminator LeRoy, which will close out the Toronto Film Festival. She’s also currently filming Big Little Lies season 2, which also features Little Women co-star Meryl Streep.

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‘Arizona’ Trailer: Danny McBride Murders His Way Through This Dark Comedy

arizona trailer

Danny McBride breaks bad with Arizona, a new dark comedy that finds the actor murdering his way through the dry desert heat. McBride plays a disgruntled home owner who kidnaps a real estate agent, played by Rosemarie DeWitt. Things go from bad to worse very quickly, while McBride quips his way through the bloodshed. Watch the Arizona trailer below.

Arizona Trailer

Danny McBride’s career trajectory has been fascinating. While he’s primarily known for his comedy work, and for popping-up in scene-stealing supporting roles, he’s also branched out a bit. He appeared in Ridley Scott’s criminally underrated Alien: Covenant, and he co-wrote the script for the upcoming HalloweenArizona looks to find him back in the comedy zone – although it’s clear the comedy on display here is of the super dark variety.

Arizona has McBride on a killing spree, although that doesn’t stop him from minding his manners. I’m not really sure what to make of all this. McBride is generally great, as is co-star Rosemarie DeWitt. The rest of the cast is nothing to scoff at either: Luke Wilson, Kaitlin Olson and David Alan Grier all co-star.

But tone might be an issue here. It’s very hard to balance dark comedy. The Coen Brothers are masters of it, but more often than not, other filmmakers falter. This is the feature debut of Jonathan Watson, and perhaps he’ll surprise us all.

Our own Ben Pearson saw Arizona at Sundance, and had some positive things to say about it in his review. Sort of. “DeWitt, a capable character actress who hasn’t led a movie in years, does the best she can with an underwritten role, making Cassie both mildly detestable and sympathetic,” Ben wrote, adding: “McBride, meanwhile, is basically just doing his normal schtick; fans of his will probably dig it, though a few of those bros strike me as the types that will laugh just a little too hard when they see a woman hit in the head with a golf club in one scene.”

Ultimately, Ben concluded his review stating: “I actually had some fun watching McBride’s unhinged performance, and the ending is relatively satisfying, but at the end of the day, it just didn’t add up to enough for me to be able to recommend it without hesitation.”

Make of that what you will.

Arizona opens in theaters and on VOD & Digital HD August 24, 2018.

Cassie (Rosemarie DeWitt, La La Land) is a real estate agent and single mom struggling to keep it all together during the housing crisis of 2009. Her problems go from bad to worse when disgruntled client Sonny (Danny McBride, Pineapple Express) violently confronts Cassie’s boss and then kidnaps Cassie – making one outrageously bad, and bloody, decision after another. Things completely spiral out of control in this explosive action comedy, also starring Luke Wilson (Idiocracy), Kaitlin Olson (“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”), David Alan Grier (“The Carmichael Show”) and Elizabeth Gillies (“Dynasty”).

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‘John Wick 3’ Image Reveals a Meeting Between Two Old Frenemies

John Wick TV show

There are two kinds of people in the world: those who think the John Wick movies are just action movies and those who think the John Wick movies are a feverish pinnacle of pop culture art that we will explore and study for years to come. I’ve gone on record as being part of the latter.

A new image from John Wick 3 (or John Wick 3: Parabellum, as it is apparently titled) has arrived online and it caters specifically to Wick nerds like me. There’s not a gun or a Keanu Reeves in sight. Just the promise of a meeting between two very dangerous men.

John Wick 3 Image

Yep, that’s a rooftop meeting between Ian McShane‘s Winston, mysterious mastermind of the “fancy hotels for assassins” chain known as the Continental, and Laurence Fishburne‘s Bowery King, a former henchmen who escaped a brutal injury at the hands of John Wick and went on to found an unground criminal organization staffed entirely by homeless people. Honestly, that sentence explains 75% of the appeal behind the John Wick series – this kind of insane world-building feels effortless on the screen. (Or course, that remaining 25% is Keanu Reeves shooting bad guys in the face.)

As you may recall, John Wick: Chapter 2 ended with John Wick breaking the rules of the Continental and enacting violent revenge on its grounds. Not even his old ally Winston could get him out of this jam, and a massive bounty was placed on his head. Cue that agonizing final shot of John and his doggo fleeing through the streets of New York City, knowing that soon everyone will be coming for him.

So we probably have a pretty good idea what those two very different criminal masterminds are chatting about: John Wick. Or rather, the many millions of dollars that will be paid if he dies. Winston was a loyal friend to John throughout the first two films, but the Bowery King was a reluctant ally, assisting our vengeful hero with the absolute bare minimum asked of him. There’s no loyalty or love lost there. In either case, both of these guys gunning for him is going to be a huge problem.

In addition to Reeves, McShane, and Fishburne, John Wick 3 will see the return of Common and Lance Reddick. New cast members include Halle Berry, Angelica Huston, Asia Kate Dillon, Mark Dacascos, Jason Mantzoukas, and Hiroyuki Sanada. Derek Kolstad once again wrote the screenplay and Chad Stahelski once again directs. The film will hit theaters on May 17, 2019.

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‘The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot’ Star Sam Elliott on Making a Movie With *That* Title [Fantasia Film Festival Interview]

The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot - Sam Elliott

There are few actors whose voice and mustache are revered more than those possessed by Sam Elliott. From Road House and We Were Soldiers to The Big Lebowski and last year’s heartfelt The Hero, Elliott is often cast as the voice of authority and righteousness in role after role, including the current Netflix series The Ranch and the upcoming Bradley Cooper-starring/directed A Star Is Born (in this latest adaptation, Elliott plays Cooper’s manager/brother).

And while the 74-year-old performer is often cast as a hero, it’s difficult to remember a time when he’s played a character who has killed both Hitler and Bigfoot in the same movie. Then again, there’s never been a film quite like The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot, from writer/director Robert D. Krzykowski, making his feature debut.

As much as the premise and title of the film may sounds like it’s a comedy, in fact, it’s told as a straight-forward, alternate history version of the world we live in. Or maybe it’s the truest version of history, with a younger version of Elliott’s Calvin Barr (Aidan Turner) successfully pulling off a mission to assassinate Adolf Hitler in the early part of the story, then agreeing never to mention the event again, allowing a more acceptable version of history to enter into the world. As an older man, circa 1987, Turner spends most night drinking by himself at his local watering hole, until he is approached by the governments of America and Canada to kill Bigfoot, which is spreading a plague-like disease that threatens public health on a massive scale. And by playing all of this straight-faced and “realistically,” Elliott and the filmmakers have made one of the coolest men in movies and television just a little bit cooler. If you want to see Elliott punch Bigfoot in the face in an old-school brawl, look no further.

The Man Who Killed Hitler made its world premiere at Fantasia Festival in Montreal recently, and there couldn’t have been a more appropriate setting for a film that takes its genre roots and storytelling seriously. It should also be mentioned that the film lists among its producing team the likes of John Sayles, Douglas Trumbull and Lucky McKee.

/Film sat down with Elliott and Krzykowski just hours before their triumphant unveiling and the subsequent, overwhelmingly positive critical praise began rolling in (including a very positive review by this writer) to discuss the origins of the story, and why the filmmaker finally gave himself permission to alter/correct history in order to make the best movie possible.

***

Sam, the last time we spoke, it was for your film The Hero, directed by Brett Haley. Have you seen his new film Hearts Beat Loud, with you friend Nick Offerman?

Sam: I have. I saw an early version of it that Brett showed me when they were in post-production, and I went again, paid for it, when it opened. I saw Nick a week ago, to see he and his wife do their show together. It’s a nice film, and Nick is so good in it.

I realize that you haven’t even officially shown the film yet, but I’m guessing that the question you’re going to get the most is about the title. Even if it’s the worst movie ever, it’s the best title maybe ever. And the movie gives you exactly what the title promises. How long did you labor over landing on the title, because you could have gone in any number of directions.

Robert: The very first draft of the movie was going to be a much more pulp adventure, in the spirit of Raiders of the Lost Ark. I wrote it in 2005; I was just a kid. That was the goal for the movie, and then a couple things happened in my life—to my wife and I—that were really tragic, and they changed the shape. I was still writing it, so I went back and said, “I’m going to make it about loss, about a good and decent person looking backwards.” So the title…the movie isn’t about the man who killed Hitler and Bigfoot, it’s going to be about this other thing. So I’ll just put that out front—here’s what it’s about, and then it’s actually about all of these other under-layers. John Sayles and I talked about that a lot and talked about Kurt Vonnegut and how fantasy and science fiction were also a great Trojan Horse for deeper ideas. I don’t think there was a lot of calculation going in; it just organically happened. But I knew that that title was big and splashy and absurd, and it would get people’s attention, and hopefully if it spoiled the whole movie, they’d realize it’s about something else.

Sam, you’ve been on this incredible role over the last few years. So what goes through your head when you get this script with this title? This is a film where you get vomited on by Bigfoot. What was it about this that spoke to you?

Sam: All of those things [laughs}.

You’ve been waiting for that script where you get vomited on by Bigfoot. I knew it!

Sam: I don’t know why over the last few years good fortune has smiled on me. I know we’ve talked about it before, and this is part of it. This script came out of nowhere and there was no not wanting to do it. I was working on The Ranch at the time and had very little window to work through my hiatus. I also had another film I was going to do. And, I walked away from it for about five minutes; Robert had written a letter to my agent that I became privy to, and I read it and was overcome by the content of it. I called Robert and said “I’m in.” It’s just the kind of stuff I want to do; it’s good material, great material. It was a first-time filmmaker directing it, but he also wrote it, so who better to direct it. And he had some brilliant filmmakers at his side. How could you not want to do this?

More than anything, Calvin Barr spoke to me. I didn’t know much about that war he was in [World War II]; I know men who where in that war and I’ve portrayed a guy who was in that war in all three major conflicts in We Were Soldiers. I talked to a number of people in that war, but my war was the Vietnam War. I think on some level, war is war; and PTSD is PTSD, and I think Calvin suffered from it. That was part of his persona, at least that was my take on it. I understand lost love, and I think that can destroy a man more than anything if it was a deep love that is lost somehow. There was a lot I understood about Barr, and I like to think that I’m a decent human being, and I know at the core, Calvin Barr is a decent human being. There were a lot of things that spoke to me about him. (long pause) Being vomited on by Bigfoot was not one of the things I knew about.

[Everybody laughs]

Did you have to be convinced to go through with that?

Sam: No, I was happy to do it. It was just a disgusting moment.

At some point, you gave yourself permission to create this—I wouldn’t even call it an alternate reality—it might be actual history. At what point in the writing did you say “It’s okay to do this”? Was that always there, or did you have to work up the courage to say “I’m going to do this”?

Robert: That is exactly what it was. The whole script always felt organic and came out of this place of wanting to write this big, iconic action hero, but his core is simple decency. In these strange times, I wanted to point people to someone like that. The hardest section, and the most difficult section, to write is when Calvin sits down with the FBI and RCMP. That was my chance to make it all as real as it could ever be. If the audience believes what those guys are saying, then they’ll roll with the rest of the movie. And in that moment, he gets to explain his feelings on Nazism, the notion that ideas can be monsters, and then selling this whole notion of Bigfoot and making it real. If that scene worked, the rest would work; if it didn’t, it wouldn’t. It was just a roll of the dice.

That moment when he says that killing Hitler didn’t win the war, that’s so powerful, and it explains that if this really happened, why the Allies and the Germans would have agreed to not let that news out.

Robert: The puzzle was, how can we, in 2018, believe that in 1987, these two things could have happened. How do you even approach selling that? How do you connect the dots so that a man killed Hitler, and then history marches on just like we read about. That was the most fun and challenging part of the script, and when I figured that out, it gave me permission to do all of the other crazy stuff. Then when you see Sam in the movie, he’s so deadly serious and sells it so honestly, and Ron Livingston [playing the FBI agent] is giving so much on his face for Sam to work with. I was going, “I believe this and I don’t believe any of this.” [laughs]

I’m half tempted to come to the screening tonight just to hear the audience’s reaction. Have you ever been to this festival before?

Sam: I have not, and I haven’t seen the movie yet.

Robert: He wanted to wait for the premiere.

There’s going to be a moment, and it will be different for everyone, when the realize that this isn’t a comedy. I can’t wait to hear how it plays.

Robert: That’s the most nebulous thing. For all of the filmmakers that made this movie, including John Sayles, Lucky McKee and Douglas Trumbull, we just don’t know how it will be received.

And I don’t mean to imply that it’s all seriousness. In addition to being a meditation on growing older and loss, it’s also a tremendous action-adventure film. The Bigfoot fight scene alone is worth the price of admission. I’m sure there were stunt people involved, but how much of that was you, Sam?

Sam: Most of it. There was a double around, and we used him when Bigfoot jumped on me off of a rock, and the stunt guy sprained his ankle in that moment. We’d done a lot of the fight scene up to that point, and the second he stepped in for that stunt, he sprained his ankle. Mind you, I haven’t seen the film, but maybe there’s a shot of me going into a rock…

Robert: Yeah, there’s a throw with the stuntman where he flies into a rock. Everything else was Sam. And then the street fight earlier on, with the guys that try to mug Sam, for the most part, Sam did everything. He bounced his head off the roof of the car; the whole town was watching from the wings, and Sam is taking his licks for hours, and it’s only a 45-second fight scene.

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Evangeline Lilly Doesn’t Want The Wasp Going Solo, But She’s All About a Female Superhero Team-Up

The Wasp Movie

Ant-Man and the Wasp finally gave one of the female superheroes of the Marvel Cinematic Universe a proper leading role, with Evangeline Lilly suiting up as Hope Van Dyne, the more capable and experienced insect-inspired partner of Paul Rudd’s Scott Lang. However, just because she’s a big part of the Ant-Man movies, don’t expect the Wasp to spin-off into a movie of her own.

Evangeline Lilly has been making the press rounds along with convention appearances, and while appearing at Fan Expo in Boston, the actress flat-out said she’s not really interested in the Wasp starring in her own franchise. However, she’s all about appearing in some kind of female superhero team-up movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

ComicBookMovie.com was in attendance at Fan Expo Boston, and that’s where Lilly had this to say about the prospect of the Wasp splitting off from Ant-Man for her own adventure:

“I actually don’t like the idea of a Wasp standalone film, because Ant-Man and Wasp, since the very beginning in the comic books, were always a team. And really, they’re kind of one of the only proper and true teams in the MCU, otherwise it’s mostly a lot of individuals. And I love the team aspect of it, I love watching the interplay between Wasp and Ant-Man and Ant-Man and the Wasp. For me it’s the most fun part of the film.”

While it’s true that the Wasp is consistently teamed up with Ant-Man, that doesn’t mean she can’t be a solo superhero. After all, Black Widow has always been part of SHIELD or teamed up with Hawkeye, but Scarlett Johansson will be starring in a movie focused on the spy sometime in the near future. But if Evangeline Lilly isn’t interested and Marvel Studios doesn’t have any plan for a solo spin-off, then it’s likely not in the cards for the time being. But there is one spin-off Evangeline Lilly would love to be part of, and she wouldn’t need to bring Ant-Man with her.

Ant-Man and the Wasp Trailer Breakdown - Evangeline Lilly as The Wasp

Evangeline Lilly Down for a Female Avengers Ensemble

While making press rounds for Ant-Man and the Wasp, which only just recently opened in the United Kingdom and other European markets due to a delay caused by the World Cup, Evangeline Lilly said that she would love to lead a female assembly of superheroes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But then she got cold feet and realized how terrifying that would be. But she’s on board to follow another upcoming superhero into battle (via PopBuzz):

“Well, it seems only natural Captain Marvel would lead because she is a general? And she’s the captain. And Captain America leads the other Avengers, right, so maybe Captain Marvel would lead. I’d think so.”

Is she a general or a captain? I mean, it’s right there in the name. But we’ll cut Evangeline Lilly some slack. She follows up by saying, “I think I’m being a bit old-fashioned and maybe a bit rigid about this. Because if it is an all-female Avengers film, then then the sky’s the limit. We can reinvent the wheel. We don’t have to do anything anyone’s ever done before. We can just make it all up and change the game.”

Getting a female team of Avengers together sounds like exactly what the MCU needs sooner rather than later.

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New Blu-ray Releases: ‘Avengers: Infinity War’, ‘First Reformed’, ‘American Animals’

New Blu-ray Releases Infinity War

(Welcome to Not Dead Yet, a feature dedicated to new Blu-ray releases and what special features you should be excited about. Because yes, some of us still like to own physical copies of our movies.)

This week’s Blu-ray column features the best movie of the year! And also Avengers: Infinity WarInfinity War is the big title here, so much so that there aren’t many other Blu releases to compete with it. That said, we’re also looking ahead, to next week’s release of First Reformed, the best film of 2018 (as of now). Also here: American Animals, an underrated movie that was poorly marketed.

Here are the new Blu-ray releases and their special features you should check out this week and beyond.

Avengers: Infinity War

Here it is, Marvel fans. What you’ve been waiting for. The opportunity to once again go into shock as you watch a huge chunk of your favorite characters go up in smoke, from the comfort of your own home! Avengers: Infinity War was sold as the biggest Marvel movie yet, and in many ways, that’s true. But there’s a problem: there’s so much stuff going on here that a large group of characters get short-changed. This is less an Avengers sequel and more of a Guardians of the Galaxy movie mixed with a Thor movie that just happens to have cameos from some Avengers (and Spider-Man).

And that’s fine! Infinity War mostly works, and Josh Brolin’s Thanos is a shockingly well-drawn character. Marvel had problems with its villains for the longest time, but they’ve really started to hit their stride in this territory. Thanos isn’t as great a villain as Killmonger in this year’s Black Panther, but he’s got an actual arc, and Brolin finds a way to make him empathetic (I’ve seen people call him sympathetic, too, but I refuse to use that word. Thanos is trying to commit genocide, folks – there’s nothing sympathetic about that).

Infinity War concludes with a surprisingly eerie conclusion – the montage of the MCU characters going up in smoke unnerves in ways no other Marvel movie has before. But there’s a catch: we know it can’t be permanent. We know that all these characters will be back, somehow, some way. It robs the film of having as much impact as it should, but still, for most of the ride, Infinity War is captivating.

Special Features to Note:

“Strange Alchemy” kicks off with Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige talking about the idea of all the MCU characters teaming up for the first time in Infinity War. From there, the featurette goes on to have interviews with the cast (and the Russo Brothers) ruminating on the decisions were made to team-up certain characters. The Russos thought in terms of which team-ups would create the most spark, and that colored their decisions. 

“The Mad Titan” focuses on Thanos (Of course). “Thanos has been lurking in the shadows of our universe since Avengers,” says Feige. The Russo Brothers talk about the Infinity Stones being hidden through the franchise. Josh Brolin talks about how complex Thanos is – how he thinks what he’s doing is a positive thing. There’s nothing very in-depth about the big purple menace here, but it’s a breezy watch overall. 

Also included: four deleted scenes:

“Happy Knows Best” has a few more moments of Tony and Pepper, before everything goes to hell. It’s more quippy banter from Robert Downey Jr., and gives Gwyneth Paltrow a bit more to do. In the midst of their conversation, Happy Hogan shows up and complains about stuff. It’s an amusing scene, but you can understand why it was cut.

“Hunt For the Mind Stone” has more of Scarlet Witch and Vision after they’re first attacked by Thanos’ gang, the Black Order. Since this scene was never completed for the film, the effects work on the Black Order is a bit wonky – they look like video game characters. The scene is tense but also briefly muted, with the Black Order staying very still momentarily as they try to locate where Scarlet Witch and Vision are hiding,

“The Guardians Get Their Groove Back” is a deleted scene that’s already been put online (watch it here!). It involves Peter Quill and Drax arguing with each other after Gamora has been captured Thanos, only to later find out that Nebula has sent them many, many warning messages. It’s funny, and I wish it were still in the movie. 

“A Father’s Choice” (which is available online here) offers us more scenes of Thanos and Gamora together. First we see a flashback of a younger Gamora (with a different haircut) conversing with Thanos, and seeming content to be working for him. But this is all a vision being conjured up by Thanos, and the present-day Gamora is unhappy and bickering with Thanos. Thanos attempts to explain why he’s doing what he’s doing, and why he adopted Gamora as his daughter.

Beyond this, there’s your standard Marvel movie gag reel, which is just a montage of the actors making goofy faces and dancing around in between takes. There’s also two featurettes that explore the many, many, many special effects that went into creating two big fight sequences – one on Titan, one in Wakanda. Overall, if you’re a fan of Infinity War, this Blu is a must-own. But at the same time, since this is the biggest Marvel movie to date, you’d think there would be just a bit more, special features-wise. Oh well.

Special Features Include:

  • Strange Alchemy (5:08)– Share the thrill of characters from across the MCU meeting for the first time—and discover why some were teamed up together.
  • The Mad Titan (6:34) – Explore the MCU’s biggest, baddest villain, his trail of influence through the stories, and the existential threat he represents.
  • Beyond the Battle: Titan (9:36) – Dive into the climactic struggle on Thanos’ ruined world, including the epic stunts and VFX, to uncover the source of its power.
  • Beyond the Battle: Wakanda (10:58) – Go behind the scenes to find out how the filmmakers pulled off the most massive and challenging battle Marvel had ever attempted.
  • Deleted and Extended Scenes (10:07)
    • Happy Knows Best (1:23) – Tony and Pepper spar over the details of their upcoming wedding—until a hassled Happy Hogan pulls up with an urgent request.
    • Hunt for the Mind Stone (1:24) – On a darkened street, Wanda Maximoff and the wounded Vision attempt to hide from Thanos’ brutal allies.
    • The Guardians Get Their Groove Back (3:20) – As Peter Quill and Drax quarrel over their failed mission to Knowhere, Mantis interrupts with news.
    • A Father’s Choice (4:00) – Thanos confronts Gamora with a vision from her past—and with lying to him about the Soul Stone.
  • Gag Reel (2:05)– Watch your favorite Super Heroes make super gaffes in this lighthearted collection of on-set antics.
  • Audio Commentary (approx. 149 min.) by Anthony and Joe Russo, Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely.

 

First Reformed
(Available August 21) 

The year isn’t quite over yet, but as of now, in my humble opinion, First Reformed is the best movie of 2018. Writer-director Paul Schrader draws on his script from Taxi Driver, and also finds inspiration from Robert Bresson’s Diary of a Country Priest and Ingmar Bergman’s Winter Light. But these are films of the past, and First Reformed is very much here in the present. It is a portrait of a world spiraling into chaos, and one man’s attempt to make sense of it all – and failing.

Ethan Hawke gives the performance of his career as a lonely, dying reverend in the midst of a crisis of faith. When one of Hawke’s congregants (Amanda Seyfried) comes to help, asking for counsel for her troubled husband, Hawke is happy to help. But Hawke’s words of faith do little to sway the husband, who is in the midst of his own crisis due to obsessing over climate change and the general terribleness of everything in the world right now. The man’s troublesome thoughts are infectious, to the point where Hawke begins to develop them as well.

While Seyfried is quite good here, and there are a few other noteworthy performances, First Reformed is essentially Hawke’s one-man-show, and he doesn’t disappoint. The actor plays his character’s spiritual crisis to perfection, drawing us into his fractured, worried mind. The harsh, often cold delivery of Hawke’s narration sells us on how untethered he’s become, and we’re helpless to do anything about it.

First Reformed isn’t flashy. It isn’t a big, booming film. It’s quiet, and haunting, and it plays hell with your emotional state. It lingers long after the credits have rolled. We’ll be talking about this film for years.

Special Features to Note:

“Discernment” is a making-of featurette where director Paul Schrader discusses the origins of the film. Schrader talks about how he wrote spiritual films in the past, but never thought he’d direct one himself. Now, at the age of 70, he felt the time was finally right. Ethan Hawke is also interviewed, and says Schrader’s script was one of the finest he had ever read. Schrader reflects on the “transcendental style” – “a spiritual state by means of austere camerawork, acting devoid of self-consciousness, and editing that avoids editorial comment” – which he previously highlighted in his book Transcendental Style in Film, and how he applied it to this project. Schrader also talks about how he didn’t want to use music and emotions to “tell the audience how to feel”, and how he attempted to “push a viewer back in order to bring him forward.” That said, it should be noted that First Reformed does indeed use some music – although sparingly. 

Beyond this, Schrader is blunt when talking about the casting around Hawke: he cast actors that the financiers thought would help bring in audiences. He talks about how he had a list of actresses in mind for the female lead, and when he brought the list to the financiers, they told him to go with Amanda Seyfried. Seyfried in turn told Schrader she was pregnant at the time, which made him change the script to make her character pregnant. In the end, it all worked out. Seyfried gives a strong performance, and her character’s impending pregnancy adds a whole extra layer to the film. 

Special Features Include:

  • Audio Commentary with Director Paul Schrader
  • “Discernment: Contemplating First Reformed” Featurette

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New Blu-ray Releases: ‘Avengers: Infinity War’, ‘First Reformed’, ‘American Animals’

New Blu-ray Releases Infinity War

(Welcome to Not Dead Yet, a feature dedicated to new Blu-ray releases and what special features you should be excited about. Because yes, some of us still like to own physical copies of our movies.)

This week’s Blu-ray column features the best movie of the year! And also Avengers: Infinity WarInfinity War is the big title here, so much so that there aren’t many other Blu releases to compete with it. That said, we’re also looking ahead, to next week’s release of First Reformed, the best film of 2018 (as of now). Also here: American Animals, an underrated movie that was poorly marketed.

Here are the new Blu-ray releases and their special features you should check out this week and beyond.

Avengers: Infinity War

Here it is, Marvel fans. What you’ve been waiting for. The opportunity to once again go into shock as you watch a huge chunk of your favorite characters go up in smoke, from the comfort of your own home! Avengers: Infinity War was sold as the biggest Marvel movie yet, and in many ways, that’s true. But there’s a problem: there’s so much stuff going on here that a large group of characters get short-changed. This is less an Avengers sequel and more of a Guardians of the Galaxy movie mixed with a Thor movie that just happens to have cameos from some Avengers (and Spider-Man).

And that’s fine! Infinity War mostly works, and Josh Brolin’s Thanos is a shockingly well-drawn character. Marvel had problems with its villains for the longest time, but they’ve really started to hit their stride in this territory. Thanos isn’t as great a villain as Killmonger in this year’s Black Panther, but he’s got an actual arc, and Brolin finds a way to make him empathetic (I’ve seen people call him sympathetic, too, but I refuse to use that word. Thanos is trying to commit genocide, folks – there’s nothing sympathetic about that).

Infinity War concludes with a surprisingly eerie conclusion – the montage of the MCU characters going up in smoke unnerves in ways no other Marvel movie has before. But there’s a catch: we know it can’t be permanent. We know that all these characters will be back, somehow, some way. It robs the film of having as much impact as it should, but still, for most of the ride, Infinity War is captivating.

Special Features to Note:

“Strange Alchemy” kicks off with Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige talking about the idea of all the MCU characters teaming up for the first time in Infinity War. From there, the featurette goes on to have interviews with the cast (and the Russo Brothers) ruminating on the decisions were made to team-up certain characters. The Russos thought in terms of which team-ups would create the most spark, and that colored their decisions. 

“The Mad Titan” focuses on Thanos (Of course). “Thanos has been lurking in the shadows of our universe since Avengers,” says Feige. The Russo Brothers talk about the Infinity Stones being hidden through the franchise. Josh Brolin talks about how complex Thanos is – how he thinks what he’s doing is a positive thing. There’s nothing very in-depth about the big purple menace here, but it’s a breezy watch overall. 

Also included: four deleted scenes:

“Happy Knows Best” has a few more moments of Tony and Pepper, before everything goes to hell. It’s more quippy banter from Robert Downey Jr., and gives Gwyneth Paltrow a bit more to do. In the midst of their conversation, Happy Hogan shows up and complains about stuff. It’s an amusing scene, but you can understand why it was cut.

“Hunt For the Mind Stone” has more of Scarlet Witch and Vision after they’re first attacked by Thanos’ gang, the Black Order. Since this scene was never completed for the film, the effects work on the Black Order is a bit wonky – they look like video game characters. The scene is tense but also briefly muted, with the Black Order staying very still momentarily as they try to locate where Scarlet Witch and Vision are hiding,

“The Guardians Get Their Groove Back” is a deleted scene that’s already been put online (watch it here!). It involves Peter Quill and Drax arguing with each other after Gamora has been captured Thanos, only to later find out that Nebula has sent them many, many warning messages. It’s funny, and I wish it were still in the movie. 

“A Father’s Choice” (which is available online here) offers us more scenes of Thanos and Gamora together. First we see a flashback of a younger Gamora (with a different haircut) conversing with Thanos, and seeming content to be working for him. But this is all a vision being conjured up by Thanos, and the present-day Gamora is unhappy and bickering with Thanos. Thanos attempts to explain why he’s doing what he’s doing, and why he adopted Gamora as his daughter.

Beyond this, there’s your standard Marvel movie gag reel, which is just a montage of the actors making goofy faces and dancing around in between takes. There’s also two featurettes that explore the many, many, many special effects that went into creating two big fight sequences – one on Titan, one in Wakanda. Overall, if you’re a fan of Infinity War, this Blu is a must-own. But at the same time, since this is the biggest Marvel movie to date, you’d think there would be just a bit more, special features-wise. Oh well.

Special Features Include:

  • Strange Alchemy (5:08)– Share the thrill of characters from across the MCU meeting for the first time—and discover why some were teamed up together.
  • The Mad Titan (6:34) – Explore the MCU’s biggest, baddest villain, his trail of influence through the stories, and the existential threat he represents.
  • Beyond the Battle: Titan (9:36) – Dive into the climactic struggle on Thanos’ ruined world, including the epic stunts and VFX, to uncover the source of its power.
  • Beyond the Battle: Wakanda (10:58) – Go behind the scenes to find out how the filmmakers pulled off the most massive and challenging battle Marvel had ever attempted.
  • Deleted and Extended Scenes (10:07)
    • Happy Knows Best (1:23) – Tony and Pepper spar over the details of their upcoming wedding—until a hassled Happy Hogan pulls up with an urgent request.
    • Hunt for the Mind Stone (1:24) – On a darkened street, Wanda Maximoff and the wounded Vision attempt to hide from Thanos’ brutal allies.
    • The Guardians Get Their Groove Back (3:20) – As Peter Quill and Drax quarrel over their failed mission to Knowhere, Mantis interrupts with news.
    • A Father’s Choice (4:00) – Thanos confronts Gamora with a vision from her past—and with lying to him about the Soul Stone.
  • Gag Reel (2:05)– Watch your favorite Super Heroes make super gaffes in this lighthearted collection of on-set antics.
  • Audio Commentary (approx. 149 min.) by Anthony and Joe Russo, Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely.

 

First Reformed
(Available August 21) 

The year isn’t quite over yet, but as of now, in my humble opinion, First Reformed is the best movie of 2018. Writer-director Paul Schrader draws on his script from Taxi Driver, and also finds inspiration from Robert Bresson’s Diary of a Country Priest and Ingmar Bergman’s Winter Light. But these are films of the past, and First Reformed is very much here in the present. It is a portrait of a world spiraling into chaos, and one man’s attempt to make sense of it all – and failing.

Ethan Hawke gives the performance of his career as a lonely, dying reverend in the midst of a crisis of faith. When one of Hawke’s congregants (Amanda Seyfried) comes to help, asking for counsel for her troubled husband, Hawke is happy to help. But Hawke’s words of faith do little to sway the husband, who is in the midst of his own crisis due to obsessing over climate change and the general terribleness of everything in the world right now. The man’s troublesome thoughts are infectious, to the point where Hawke begins to develop them as well.

While Seyfried is quite good here, and there are a few other noteworthy performances, First Reformed is essentially Hawke’s one-man-show, and he doesn’t disappoint. The actor plays his character’s spiritual crisis to perfection, drawing us into his fractured, worried mind. The harsh, often cold delivery of Hawke’s narration sells us on how untethered he’s become, and we’re helpless to do anything about it.

First Reformed isn’t flashy. It isn’t a big, booming film. It’s quiet, and haunting, and it plays hell with your emotional state. It lingers long after the credits have rolled. We’ll be talking about this film for years.

Special Features to Note:

“Discernment” is a making-of featurette where director Paul Schrader discusses the origins of the film. Schrader talks about how he wrote spiritual films in the past, but never thought he’d direct one himself. Now, at the age of 70, he felt the time was finally right. Ethan Hawke is also interviewed, and says Schrader’s script was one of the finest he had ever read. Schrader reflects on the “transcendental style” – “a spiritual state by means of austere camerawork, acting devoid of self-consciousness, and editing that avoids editorial comment” – which he previously highlighted in his book Transcendental Style in Film, and how he applied it to this project. Schrader also talks about how he didn’t want to use music and emotions to “tell the audience how to feel”, and how he attempted to “push a viewer back in order to bring him forward.” That said, it should be noted that First Reformed does indeed use some music – although sparingly. 

Beyond this, Schrader is blunt when talking about the casting around Hawke: he cast actors that the financiers thought would help bring in audiences. He talks about how he had a list of actresses in mind for the female lead, and when he brought the list to the financiers, they told him to go with Amanda Seyfried. Seyfried in turn told Schrader she was pregnant at the time, which made him change the script to make her character pregnant. In the end, it all worked out. Seyfried gives a strong performance, and her character’s impending pregnancy adds a whole extra layer to the film. 

Special Features Include:

  • Audio Commentary with Director Paul Schrader
  • “Discernment: Contemplating First Reformed” Featurette

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‘All About Nina’ Trailer: Mary Elizabeth Winstead Is a Struggling Stand-Up Comedian

All About Nina Trailer

Mary Elizabeth Winstead has enjoyed quite the eclectic career in film, ranging from indie roles in the likes of Smashed and Swiss Army Man to more mainstream flicks like Live Free or Die Hard, 10 Cloverfield Lane and Scott Pilgrim vs the World. More recently she’s been comfortable on television with a role in FX’s series adaptation of Fargo, but this fall, she returns to theaters as a stand-up comedian.

All About Nina follows Mary Elizabeth Winstead as a blunt, struggling stand-up comic who covers all the usual rough and tumble about life and relationships. And we get to see all the highs and lows of this life from a troublesome and abusive boyfriend (Chace Crawford) to a new love interest (Common) that she seems likely to screw up somehow.

Watch the All About Nina Trailer

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Entertainment Weekly debuted the trailer. This film from writer/director Eva Vives looks like a typical indie about a lost thirtysomething trying to fix herself, but there is something to be said about how charming and lovely Mary Elizabeth Winstead can be. Plus, Common is apparently outstanding in this movie, as evidenced by a quote in the trailer calling him “utterly charismatic” from our own Hoai-Tran Bui, who caught the film at Tribeca earlier this year.

My biggest concern is whether or not Winstead is believable as a stand-up comedian with no background in it. But our review specifically says, “Vives’ screenplay sings with a real raunchy, aggressive humor, and Winstead delivers each punch line with aplomb. She gamely dives into the showman-y parts of this role, even serving up some stellar Bjork impressions.” Thankfully, she balances this with an outstanding dramatic performance too. You can read more about that in our full review.

Here’s the synopsis from Tribeca earlier this year:

Nina (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) isn’t your typical brash stand-up comic. Her sets may be littered with frank sex talk, sarcastic cynicism, and vulgarity, but her act is no mere act. Having finally ditched her abusive lover (Chace Crawford), Nina hightails it to Los Angeles with the hope of finally making it big. Things begin to improve in her career, as well as in her love life—thanks to a new love interest, Rafe (Common)—but this hard-drinking heroine isn’t sure she can handle stability. Despite her budding successes, Nina struggles to reconcile being authentic and happy in both her career and in her personal life.

All About Nina hits theaters on September 28, 2018.

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