Sci-fi - Good movies you can watch on Netflix while stuck at home
"District 9": Director Neill Blomkamp's career since this Best Picture-nominated debut has been ... suboptimal. (*flashes back to "Chappie," wishes he hadn't*) But his first film is still stupendous, an action-packed, darkly funny political allegory that feels like a lot a sci-fi movies you love yet still feels excitingly fresh and new. And also, during one... read more...
Horror/thrillers - Good movies you can watch on Netflix while stuck at home
"Candyman": With the new sequel from Jordan Peele and director Nia DaCosta ("Little Woods") coming out this summer (hopefully) and a whole lot of time on our collective hands, there's no better time to catch up with this cult horror hit about a murderous legend who kills you if you say his name five times in a mirror."The Evil Dead": A movie about the... read more...
For kids - Good movies you can watch on Netflix while stuck at home
"The Croods": I get it: An animated movie about uncouth cavemen, starring Nicolas Cage, isn't the most appealing prospect. But this Dreamworks cartoon adventure is quite funny and, at the end, maybe even tear-inducing."Despicable Me": Sure, the sequels are nowhere near as good – and boy, are we tired of the minions after three movies and one spin-off of... read more...
Dramas - Good movies you can watch on Netflix while stuck at home
"2oth Century Women": One of the best movies of the past decade, Mike Mills' coming-of-age drama follows a teenage boy being raised by a collection of women in the late '70s. Watch this movie and cry because it's great – and then cry because somehow Annette Bening wasn't nominated for Best Actress."A Serious Man": One of the Coen Brothers' most... read more...
Documentaries - Good movies you can watch on Netflix while stuck at home
"20 Feet From Stardom": This Oscar-winning rock doc shines its spotlight on those musicians left out of it: the background singers that helped turn your favorite songs into iconic earworm-y hits."Amy": This Oscar-winning documentary follows the rise and fall of acclaimed singer Amy Winehouse, going through her musical genius and incredible voice but also her... read more...
Comedies - Good movies you can watch on Netflix while stuck at home
"Ace Ventura: Pet Detective": Alllllllll righty then! Jim Carrey's animated animal expert takes a case involving the missing mascot for the Miami Dolphins in this '90s comedy favorite."Airplane!": Still one of the greatest comedies ever made. Few movies throw as many jokes around as this '80s Zucker-Abrahams-Zucker spoof – and even few movies land as many... read more...
Action movies - Good movies you can watch on Netflix while stuck at home
"Ant-Man and the Wasp": Most of the Marvel movies have made their retreat to Disney+ by now, but this chipper and imaginative entry is still on the Big Red Streaming Monolith – and is a lot of fun. (Available until July 28)"Drive": A slick driver (Ryan Gosling) gets in over his head after a robbery gone wrong in director Nicolas Winding Refn's... read more...
How to Get Paid on Twitch
Top gaming streamers often get big headlines for the lucrative payouts their Twitch streams generate — and for good reason. Popular eSports streamers such as Richard Tyler Blevins and Shroud, with millions of loyal followers and subscribers, often generate income in the multimillions. And those earnings are likely to rise as the industry continues to grow.... read more...
‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ has so much going on, ‘it gets everywhere’
As Anakin Skywalker’s infamously cringeworthy line from “Attack of the Clones” about sand goes, it’s also “coarse, rough and irritating,” but the metaphor to “The Rise of Skywalker” probably falls apart somewhere in there.Coming in at just under two-and-a-half hours, the ninth (and supposedly final) film in the series is the franchise’s... read more...
‘Queen & Slim’ serves as mirror to Black lives in America
The titular characters from the new film “Queen & Slim” are not the black Bonnie and Clyde. The pair doesn’t entirely fit into the “life of sin” trope by choice; the decision was forced upon them. They represent the oppression and racism Black people face in the United States. Written by Lena Waithe and directed by Melina Matsoukas, “Queen... read more...
Digging Up the Marrow
If you’re a sucker for found-footage horror like me, you’ve got to check out this trailer for Adam Green’s latest, Digging Up the Marrow.
It’s got all of the undeniably appealing genre tropes you can’t get
enough of, but then the promo takes it one step further by showing off
the elements that could make the movie a standout -- the wildly... read more...
Have any interest in getting a taste of some '90s nostalgia mixed with
blood, gore, BMX bikes and postapocalyptic mayhem? Of course you do! The
very first teaser trailer for the Sundance official selection Turbo Kid
is here and it’s absolutely brimming with stellar imagery, stunning
displays of violence and some especially effective background music.... read more...
Does The Rewrite look like the greatest movie ever? Not really,
but it certainly looks like a nice feel-good flick -- and every now and
then that’s exactly what you need. This trailer is definitely a bit on
the hokey side with the whole
hotshot-screenwriter-turned-unlikely-teacher scenario, but there’s
something sweet and uplifting about his... read more...
Ted is fantastic, but it still seemed like one heck of a
challenge to come up with a worthy scenario for a sequel. However, based
on this first trailer for Ted 2, it looks as though Seth
MacFarlane might have pulled it off. The idea of Ted and Tammy-Lynn
(Jessica Barth) trying to have a baby is pure genius, and whether the
jokes pertain to that core... read more...
Even Liam Neeson seems bored by the imbecilic, repetitive "Taken 3," an action movie no one was clamoring for and no one will enjoy.
Did anyone really wonder how Neeson's growly ex-CIA agent Bryan Mills would react when bad guys get too close to his family, yet again? No, but viewers will wonder what's happening in the action scenes, since director Olivier... read more...
Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)
Release Date: December 18th, 2015
Starring: John Boyega John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Carrie Fisher Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill Mark Hamill
Director: J.J. Abrams
Writer: J.J. Abrams, Lawrence Kasdan, George Lucas
Studio: Walt Disney Pictures
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Star Wars: The Force Awakens, opens in theaters... read more...
Jupiter Ascending - 2015
Release Date: February 6, 2015
Starring: Channing Tatum, Mila Kunis, Sean Bean, Eddie Redmayne, James D'Arcy, Terry Gilliam, Douglas Booth, Vanessa Kirby,
Genres: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Directed By: Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski
Studio: Warner Bros.
Website: Jupiter Ascending Official Website
MPAA Rating: R
From the directors of The Matrix trilogy comes... read more...
Seventh Son - 2015
Release Date: February 6, 2015
Starring: Julianne Moore, Jeff Bridges, Djimon Hounsou, Olivia Williams, Ben Barnes, Kit Harington, Jason Scott Lee,
Genres: Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Directed By: Sergey Bodrov
Studio: Universal Pictures
In a time long past, an evil is about to be unleashed that will reignite the war between the forces of the... read more...
Assigning responsibility and oversight duties can lead to a virtual quagmire of red tape in the smallest of productions, much less something on the massive, epic scale of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.
In 2012, news began to come out about animal handlers who left the set when their concerns about the improper conditions in which the animals were... read more...
Snuff films have long been the stuff of urban legends-we've even talked about them a few times, here and here. For a quick recap, snuff films don't rely on special effects and fake gore. They're supposed to be the real thing. The defining characteristic of the snuff film is that it's not an accidental death, it's a planned death for the sake of... read more...