(PG-13: Language) Matthew McConaughey returns to comedy with the help of Harmony Korine (Spring Breakers). The actor plays Moondog, “a rebellious rogue who always lives life by his own rules.” Also starring Snoop Dogg, Isla Fisher and Zac Efron. Premieres 3/22/19.
Described by critics as “Shaun of the Dead meets La La Land“, Anna and the Apocalypse is based on Zombie Musical, a short film by Ryan McHenry. It’s about a group of high schoolers slashing and singing their way through a zombie apocalypse. Premieres 12/2018.
“Lorraine is a combination of Dr. Strange and Jean Grey, while Ed is… also there.” The Conjuring movies are legit scary, but there’s a lot to laugh about them as well. Screen Junkies points out the franchise’s love for children’s toys, expository dialogue and more.
Lessons from the Screenplay looks at how the screenwriters and sound designers created the sounds of A Quiet Place. The writers became creative with the screenplay, while the sound designers avoided extended silence, and used sound to mimic the flow of tension.
“There’s no before. There’s only from now on.” Peter Dinklage plays the only survivor in an apocalyptic event that wiped out his town. To his surprise, a young woman arrives. But she may bring more trouble than hope. I Think We’re Alone Now premieres 9/21/18.
Hugh Jackman stars as former American senator Gary Hart, who was a leading presidential candidate in the 1988 elections. But news of his extramarital affair broke, changing political media forever. Also starring Vera Farmiga, J.K. Simmons, Alfred Molina and Bill Burr.
Orson Welles never completed his final film, The Other Side of the Wind. Some of its crew eventually edited the footage according to Welles notes, and now Netflix has earned the rights to release the result. The film is about an aging director trying to make a comeback film.
Lessons from the Screenplay looks at how No Country for Old Men makes us put its story together instead of using dialogue alone. Characters are given depth and the plot is implied through actions, and the film’s progression clues the audience into its moral.
“Watching a Lau Kar-leung film is similar to watching an illustrated guide or documentation of kung-fu and its philosophy.” The Museum of Modern Art’s La Frances Hui talks about the history of kung-fu films before breaking down the work of legendary filmmaker Lau Kar-leung.
Jacob T. Swinney and Fandor dive into the film trope of an object of desire that its characters are searching for, but the audience doesn’t necessarily care about. It can drive motivations and momentum, but as we’ve learned before, MacGuffin’s aren’t always the best plot device.
(Gore) ScreenPrism talks about the trademarks of a Coen Brothers film. It often starts with a crime that goes awry, and eventually punishment gets dealt but in a roundabout manner, with random acts and vile characters as the jury. But it’s not totally hopeless.
Screen Junkies finally takes on the mega movie of the year, and they only needed one part to do it. Watch and look back on Avengers: Infinity War, a movie about Thanos the color-changing rock collector, who’s also on a quest to erase blockbuster movie franchises.
(PG-13) “Waaaake Up!” It’s set in Brooklyn, the scenes and language are vibrant and colorful, there’s a shot where the characters glide, oh and Spike Lee’s in it. But there’s more to Lee’s films than that. So what else is in a Spike Lee joint? ScreenPrism breaks it down.
In most movies, the protagonist changes either for better or for worse. But it doesn’t mean that a character who hasn’t “learned his lesson” or “evolved” will be boring. Just Write shows how a staunch believer can still be an interesting and inspiring character.
Simon Pegg reunites with his Cornetto Trilogy buddy Nick Frost in this monster comedy. In Slaughterhouse Rulez, Pegg plays a substitute teacher at an elite boarding school. Mayhem unfolds when a mysterious sinkhole appears on school grounds. Premieres 10/31/18.