Crazy Awesome Trailer for the Psychokinetic Horror Film THE MIND’S EYE

Whacked Out Trailer for the Psychokinetic Horror Film THE MIND'S EYE

Holy freakin' awesome! Seriously, you've got to watch this trailer for a crazy looking psychokinetic horror thriller called The Mind's Eye. The movie comes from director Joe Begos, and it has an awesome retro vibe that pays tribute to the early films of David Cronenberg and Brian De Palma.

No joke, this flick looks like a legit badass movie that's going to be a blast to watch. The story centers on two characters with psychokinetic capabilities who are being hunted down by a doctor who is looking to harvest their powers. The official poster of the film says it's "the best Scanners sequel we never got." If that's not enough to get you to want to watch this movie, then watch the trailer! It should do the trick. But first, here's the synopsis:

Zack Connors and Rachel Meadows were born with incredible psychokinetic capabilities. When word of their supernatural talents gets out, they find themselves the prisoners of Michael Slovak, a deranged doctor intent on harvesting their powers. After a daring escape, they are free from his sinister institution, but the corrupt doctor will stop at nothing to track them down so that he may continue to siphon their gifts for his own use. The Mind’s Eye is “a mind-bogglingly gory film that has heart, soul, and suspense, but is above all, unbelievably fun to watch.” (Modern Horrors)

The movie stars Graham Skipper as Zack Connors and Lauren Ashley Carter as Rachel Meadows. The Mind's Eye will be released in theaters on August 5th, 2016.

Two Artists Get in a Colorful Bar Brawl in Beautifully Animated Short Film

If you're a fan of animation, I've got a wonderfully animated short film for you to watch called "Au Lapin Agile." The story is set in 1910 in Montmartre, and it centers on a bar fight that breaks out between artists. As they fight, the colorful art explodes around the bar. The short is only about a minute long and was created by the students of Gobelins School of the Image. Enjoy the fight! 

Trailer for the Western Revenge Thriller OUTLAWS AND ANGELS

The first trailer has been released for a western called Outlaws and Angels. It's always exciting to see a new western get released, and this is one that I heard some great things about. It premiered at Sundance earlier this year, which is where I was hearing the buzz for it. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to see it, but my chance is coming this summer!

If I hadn't already heard such great things about this movie, I'd probably pass on it because this trailer doesn't do a very good job selling the movie. It's a poorly edited trailer that has a cheap feel to it. Don't let that turn you off, though, because I've been told that it's worth checking out.

The movie was written and directed by JT Mollner and it has a solid cast that includes Chad Michael Murray, Luke Wilson, Teri Polo, and Francesca Eastwood. Here's the synopsis:

When Outlaws on the lam invade the home of an unsuspecting, seemingly innocent, frontier family to hide out for the night, an unexpected game of cat and mouse ensues, leading to seduction, role reversal, and ultimately, bloody revenge.

Outlaws and Angels is set to hit theaters and VOD on July 15th.

Review: RAIDERS! THE STORY OF THE GREATEST FAN FILM EVER MADE

You've probably heard the story by now: Steven Spielberg's Raiders of the Lost Ark comes out in 1981 and blows everyone's minds, but three Mississippi kids' minds are arguably blown more than anyone else's. Against all odds, and without the internet or even a VHS copy of the movie to assist them, they set out to complete a shot for shot remake of the movie to be filmed in their houses, backyards, and surrounding town. For the next seven years, they work tirelessly through every summer vacation and spring break to finish this thing, sacrificing any semblance of a "normal" childhood in the quest to achieve their ultimate goal. An astonishing seven years later, they finally wrap production, and fifteen years after that, their movie becomes a sensation among hardcore film fans. So...what next?

Well, if you're Chris Strompolos and Eric Zala — the two masterminds behind "the greatest fan film ever made" — what's next is to finish the movie for real, and that means completing the one scene they could never crack as kids: the scene in which the Nazi plane explodes on the tarmac. The new documentary Raiders! The Story of The Greatest Fan Film Ever Made traces the history of their original fan film and incorporates a bunch of entertaining behind-the-scenes footage from that production, but I was already familiar with most of that because I read about this Raiders adaptation years ago and have been following the story for a long time.

Thankfully, the inclusion of the guys trying to complete the airplane sequence adds a layer of thematic significance to the movie that would be absent otherwise. The documentary is no longer merely a visual scrapbook — now it's actually about something. It's an examination of obsession, and we watch to see to what lengths these men will go in order to finish what they began more than thirty years prior. (There's also an interesting through line about how divorce ripped their families apart, and how they found solace and a male father figure in Raiders and the character of Indiana Jones.) The stakes are admittedly fairly low in the grand scheme of things, but that's where the old footage comes in handy; seeing them swing from vines and nearly burn down their parents' houses, we're instantly transported back to our own childhoods, imagining how fun it would be to be doing what they're doing, and we root for them to pull off the impossible.

I won't spoil what happens, but things take some turns I didn't see coming. Even if you think you already know all of the ins and outs of the story, Raiders! is still worth checking out.

IR Film Review: Supernerd Spies on ‘Central Intelligence’

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by: S. Scott Stanikmas – Senior Staff Writer

Ladies and gentlemen – I think we have our first actually funny big studio comedy this year (and it only took a little over five and a half months).  Central Intelligence, the newest comedy from director Rawson Marshall Thurber and starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Kevin Hart, brings the laughs and also has a bit of a softer side, trying to send a message about bullying without shoving it down our throats.

Calvin Joyner (Hart) is the guy who peaked in high school. Everyone thought he was destined for big things but as his twenty year reunion comes up he realizes that he’s in an accounting job that he barely tolerates and is unhappy with the track his life took.

Enter Bob Stone (Johnson) – or as he was known back in the day, Robbie Weirdicht. Bullied in high school for being overweight and different, Bob remembered an act of kindness from Calvin that he still holds onto almost two decades later. It’s that memory that leads Bob to enlist Calvin in helping him with some payroll problems (as forensic accounting is Calvin’s specialty).

When Calvin gets a look at Bob’s files he starts to think something is up as they don’t look anything like payroll files. The next day, when Calvin’s house is swarmed by agents he learns the truth – Bob is a rogue CIA agent wanted for the murder of his partner and for trying to sell sensitive information to America’s enemies.

Bob professes his innocence and tries to enlist Calvin into helping him track down the elusive terrorist known as the Black Badger and clear his name.

Thurber has a knack for comedies that show a bunch of heart without getting too artificially sweet and gooey on the audience. The man behind Dodgeball and We’re The Millers shows once again that he can get behind the camera and capture comedy gold. Working from a script he co-wrote with David Stassen and Ike Barinholtz, RMT shows he has a knack for action too, as The Rock and Kevin Hart get more than a few chances to flex their muscles (so to speak) and get physical.

Speaking of The Rock and Hart, they have great chemistry together. From their social media “war” to promote the project while filming to the press junkets and tours they’ve been doing for the film now, the duo really seem to click – and it shows on screen (where it matters). I’ve always liked Hart’s stand-up but haven’t found a starring role that I’ve really cared for him in yet…until now. This just goes to prove that given the right script and right director, Kevin Hart is hilarious.

But the real show-stealer is Johnson himself. He conveys a confidence that always seems a little too sure – like he’s putting up a front to try and hide his real feelings. It’s a tough act to balance but he does it really well. There’s an especially telling scene where he confronts a ghost from his past and he goes from being muscular, confident Bob to Big Robbie. All his swagger is drained and he’d rather run from confrontation than deal with his feelings, which he says he’s “pushed deep down” and doesn’t want to deal with.

It’s emotional and sends a message that bullying stays with us. But it doesn’t hit you over the head with a mallet trying to prove that point.

Central Intelligence flows nicely and provides good laughs while The Rock shows once again that he has some of the best comedic timing in the business today. In a year full of studio comedies that promised laughs and delivered crickets, do yourself a favor and spy on this one.
GRADE: B+


James Wan Set to Direct New Premiere Episode of CBS’ MACGYVER Reboot

James Wan is officially set to direct the first episode of CBS' upcoming series reboot of MacGyver. Wan is one of my favorite directors, who most recently directed The Conjuring 2. He's also got a few other film projects lined up such as Aquaman and Robotech, so he's keeping himself busy! 

Wan made a name for himself reinvigorating the horror franchise, and it's great to see that he's playing around with different genres. Wan had already been set to direct the premiere episode, but he ended up dropping out due to his busy schedule. It looks like he managed to squeeze in some time!

According to Variety, "Since the show was picked up to series, CBS decided to scrap the original pilot and shoot a new premiere episode, retaining Lucas Till and George Eads from the original pilot but otherwise adding an entirely new cast."

Wan is also a producer on the series, and he obviously wants to make sure he and the network deliver a top quality show. That original pilot episode must have sucked. There's no doubt that Wan is going to deliver something awesome. Hopefully, the other directors that are hired to direct the following episodes of the series are able to keep the series quality to the standard set by Wan.

You can watch the trailer for the first version of the first episode below. It doesn't look very good, so it's good that Wan is coming in to make it better.

The Creepy Nun From ‘The Conjuring 2’ is the New Annabelle

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by: S. Scott Stanikmas – Senior Staff Writer

The Conjuring 2 was a really good horror movie. While not as good as the first one it had an engaging story and was anchored by exceptional performances from Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga as supernatural investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren. And now it looks like the second film will follow in the footsteps of the first by giving one of it’s creepy antagonists their own film.

Much like Annabelle (which spun out of the cameo appearance by the doll in the Warren’s Evil Things collection in the first film) The Hollywood Reporter says that the creepy demon nun from the sequel is being primed for her own film.

David Leslie Johnson – co-writer of The Conjuring 2 – has been hired to script the upcoming horror film with director James Wan on board to produce.

No director has been announced as of yet.

I like the idea of the demon nun getting her own film. Her appearance in the The Conjuring 2 gave enough leeway that you could get a prequel film of sorts with her gaining influence over another soul before targeting the DeFeo’s at Amityville…or even pick up in the present day, decades after her battle with the Warrens.

THR even had an interesting nugget of info regarding how her appearance evolved:

The studio and Wan had a cut of the movie…in which the antagonist was a demonic figure with horns. The studio was ready to release that version but at the last minute, Wan was struck by a revelation. And so he came up with a new concept, a demon nun, which he pitched to New Line. And even though the late-in-the-game change could have spooked some studios, New Line exec gave him their blessing.

Thankfully New Line had enough faith in Wan to go this route, as seeing the demon nun was just unsettling and left me feeling…uneasy a lot of the time she was up on screen. Hopefully her spin-off solo effort will creep me out just as much as her turn in The Conjuring 2.


New Andy Fairhurst Art for FINDING DORY

This year Regal Cinemas has been giving away collectible tickets for select films featuring art by UK artist Andy Fairhurst. So far the artist has created pieces for Zootopia, The Jungle Book, and Alice: Through the Looking Glass. His newest piece is for Finding Dory, and if you want one, you better get on that because the giveaway starts tonight and it's limited. You can check out more of Fairhurst's art that we have shared in the past here, here, here, and here. Or check his website here.

RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK Face-Melting Candle

Here's an interesting piece of Indiana Jones-related ephemera that might be worth grabbing for the diehard Raiders of the Lost Ark fan in your life: a candle that depicts the sniveling Gestapo agent Toht getting his face melted off. BoingBoing points us to this absurd (and kind of awesome) candle that, once lit, slowly recreates one of the film's most memorable deaths. Firebox is selling it for $28.39, so what are you waiting for?

Whether it left you with nightmares for weeks or just had you repeatedly hitting the re-wind button, celebrate the greatest death in all of cinema history with the Melting Toht Candle. Thankfully this detailed replica won't melt quite as fast so you can really savour the moment.

Cinematic Sound Radio: Ep. 15 — Now You See Me 2, Overwatch, The Neon Demon, and More

On this week’s episode of CINEMATIC SOUND RADIO, we’ll be featuring music from six brand new scores. We open the program with music from Brian Tyler’s new score to NOW YOU SEE ME 2. We’ll also be featuring music from the new video game OVERWATCH by Derek Duke, Neal Acree, Cris Velasco & Sam Cardon, ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS by Danny Elfman, Cliff Martinez’s THE NEON DEMON, Ramin Djawadi’s WARCRAFT and Steve Jablonsky’s TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: OUT OF THE SHADOWS. Listen on PodTyrant

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