DOCTOR STRANGE Featurette Explores the MCU’s Supernatural Side, Plus 3 New Promo Spots

Doctor Strange is so close to being released that I can taste it! Well, not really, but if I could taste it, I'm sure it'd be delicious. This whole tasting thing makes absolutely no sense, so I'm moving on! 

Marvel has released a new featurette for the film that focuses on exploring the supernatural side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which we will be fully immersed in while we are watching Doctor Strange. They've also released a few new promo spots. Two spots for promoting the film in IMAX and another that focuses on Steven Strange's ego.

Oh yeah! Remember the most recent TV spot that teased the Time Stone? The majority of it played backwards. We'll we now have another promo that plays that same trailer in reverse so you can now understand everything being said. Check out all the new promo videos below.

From Marvel comes DOCTOR STRANGE, the story of world-famous neurosurgeon Dr. Stephen Strange whose life changes forever after a horrific car accident robs him of the use of his hands. When traditional medicine fails him, he is forced to look for healing, and hope, in an unlikely place – a mysterious enclave known as Kamar-Taj. He quickly learns that this is not just a center for healing but also the front line of a battle against unseen dark forces bent on destroying our reality. Before long Strange – armed with newly acquired magical powers – is forced to choose whether to return to his life of fortune and status or leave it all behind to defend the world as the most powerful sorcerer in existence. Join Strange on his dangerous, mystifying, and totally mind-bending journey.

The movie stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Benedict Wong, Rachel McAdamsMichael StuhlbargScott Adkins, and Amy Landecker. The film was directed by Scott Derrickson from a script by Jon Spaihts (Prometheus) and C. Robert Cargill (Sinister). Doctor Strange is set to be released on November 4th.

Via: USA Today

Fun Video Explores the History and Evolution of Zombie Movies and TV Shows

"The Rise of the Zombie Movie" is a fantastic and fun video essay created by Jacob T. Swinney for Fandor Keyframe, and it explores the history and evolution of zombie films and TV shows over the years. Since it's Halloween season and we're going to see a bunch of zombies walking the streets in search for candy, I thought it would be a fun post to share. 

If you're a fan of the zombie genre like I am, this is a must watch video that offers some fun trivia that you may or may not already know. It starts out with the very first zombie movie ever made, 1932's White Zombie, then takes us through George Romero's Night of the Living Dead and goes through a bunch of other films that all lead up to The Walking Dead.

NYCC Teaser Trailer for RESIDENT EVIL: THE FINAL CHAPTER – “Just Another Asshole”

Screen Gems released a new teaser trailer for Resident Evil: The Final Chapter in anticipation of their NYCC panel taking place this weekend. It features a brief clip from the last chapter in the franchise then offers up a bunch of action-packed highlights from all the previous Resident Evil movies. The new full trailer is set to be released this weekend during the event so stay tuned for that!

Picking up immediately after the events in Resident Evil: Retribution, humanity is on its last legs in Washington D.C. As the only survivor of what was meant to be humanity's final stand against the undead hordes, Alice must return to where the nightmare began - Raccoon City, where the Umbrella Corporation is gathering its forces for a final strike against the only remaining survivors of the apocalypse. In a race against time Alice will join forces with old friends, and an unlikely ally, in an action packed battle with undead hordes and new mutant monsters. Between regaining her superhuman abilities at Wesker's hand and Umbrella's impending attack, this will be Alice's most difficult adventure as she fights to save humanity, which is on the brink of oblivion.

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter was directed by Paul W.S. Anderson and stars Milla Jovovich as Alice, Ali Larter as Claire Redfield, Ruby Rose as Abigail, William Levy as Christian, Eoin Macken as Doc, Rola as Cobalt, Lee Joon-gi as Commander Lee, and Iain Glen Dr. Alexander Isaacs.

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter will hit theaters on January 27th, 2017.

Disney’s ENCHANTED Sequel Will Be Directed by HAIRSPRAY Director Adam Shankman

Disney is moving forward with their long-awaited sequel to the 2007 Amy Adams film Enchanted, and they've just hired Hairspray director Adam Shankman to helm it. The sequel is called Disenchanted, and Adams is expected to reprise her role. 

In the original film, Adams played a character named Giselle who was supposed to marry to her Prince Charming (James Marsden) in her animated world, but before that could happen she was banished by an evil queen to the real world of New York City. There she met a lawyer (Patrick Dempsey) who was supposed to marry another woman (Idina Menzel). As he tried to help Giselle they fell for each other. 

According to THRDisenchanted is set 10 years after the first movie, "with Giselle finding herself questioning her happily ever after, and accidentally triggering events that make everyone's lives turn upside down in both the real world and in the animated kingdom of Andalasia."

I actually really enjoyed the first movie, and it will be fun to see how the story for the sequel plays out. This is the film that helped launch Adam's career, and it's cool that she's willing to come back and star in the sequel. 

GOLD Trailer: Matthew McConaughey Strikes It Rich

Matthew McConaughey's memorable cameo in The Wolf of Wall Street may have spurred him on to tackle his own epic rise and fall story based on true events. The new trailer for Gold features a familiar formula, but it's almost always the performances, the script, and the style that make movies like these worth watching in the end, and this one looks like it excels at all three.

With a supporting cast that includes Edgar Ramirez and Bryce Dallas Howard, this looks like a winner to me. What do you all think? Gold hits theaters on Christmas Day.

GOLD is the epic tale of one man’s pursuit of the American dream, to discover gold. Starring Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey as Kenny Wells, a prospector desperate for a lucky break, he teams up with a similarly eager geologist and sets off on an amazing journey to find gold in the uncharted jungle of Indonesia. Getting the gold was hard, but keeping it would be even harder, sparking an adventure through the most powerful boardrooms of Wall Street. The film is inspired by a true story. Directed by Oscar winner Stephen Gaghan (TRAFFIC, SYRIANA), the film stars Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey (INTERSTELLAR, DALLAS BUYERS CLUB, THE WOLF OF WALL STREET) and Golden Globe nominees Edgar Ramirez (HANDS OF STONE, THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN) and Bryce Dallas Howard (JURASSIC WORLD, PETE’S DRAGON). The film is written by Patrick Massett & John Zinman and financed by Black Bear Pictures.

Cinematic Sound Radio: In The Spotlight | The Film Music of Christopher Young

This week, CINEMATIC SOUND RADIO presents another program from the archives. This program, which originally aired in August 2014, featured the music from the filmography of the versatile composer Christopher Young. We will be featuring music from some well-known films as well as music from some obscure gems. You'll hear music from RUNAWAY JURY, THE SHIPPING NEWS, MURDER AT 1600, SWORDFISH, THE BIG KAHUNA, THE FLY II and GETTING EVEN. Listen on PodTyrant


Review: THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN Features a Marvelous Emily Blunt Performance

The Girl on the Train is a mysterious, mid-budget thriller aimed squarely at adults — in other words, it's the kind of movie Hollywood rarely makes anymore. While it does suffer from some unintentionally comedic moments, it's otherwise a pretty straightforward adaptation of Paula Hawkins' bestselling novel with its best asset being a standout performance from Emily Blunt.

Blunt plays Rachel Watson, a divorced alcoholic who rides the same train from the suburbs into Manhattan every day and becomes obsessed with a couple she sees out the window. She crafts elaborate backstories for them as she passes by, imagining their relationship as an idyllic true love to avoid the pain of thinking about how her marriage fell apart. Rachel used to live two doors down from this couple, and she can't stop herself from stealing a glance into her former house and seeing her ex's new wife and baby through the windows — a portrait of the life she could have had. So she retreats into the bottle, and into her fantasies about that chiseled and perfect couple. But one day, she sees something that sends her on a particularly bad drunken binge and soon discovers that the woman in the perfect couple has gone missing — and Rachel is a suspect in her disappearance.

I won't go any further into the plot because this twisty thriller does a nice job of keeping you guessing. That's largely because Rachel is an unreliable narrator; her drinking is such a problem that she often sees flashes of her blackout moments as she's trying to piece together the events of that night, but we're never quite sure if these visions are real. The script, by Secretary screenwriter Erin Cressida Wilson, does a nice job of populating the movie with a handful of shady characters, many of whom have volatile tempers and could be responsible for the heinous crime that happens. By the time the third act rolls around, the film has shifted from a suspense thriller to a contained horror movie, and if you're still hooked into the story at that point, there's a sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach for the film's final twenty-five minutes.

In my review of The Magnificent Seven, I said Haley Bennett came off as little more than a Jennifer Lawrence knock off. The actress still very much looks like Lawrence here (someone should cast them as sisters in a movie immediately), but at least this part gives her something meaty to do and she proved that she has range and ability beyond being able to convincingly look stern on horseback. None of the characters in this story are "likable" in the traditional sense, but there's something refreshing about seeing a mainstream movie give actresses the opportunity to play something a little more complex than just an archetype. These characters are rough around the edges and all of them have flaws, and it's cool to see how Bennett as Megan and Rebecca Ferguson as Anna digging into these supporting roles.

But when all is said and done, this movie belongs to Emily Blunt. She's tremendous as Rachel, committing 100% to the messiness of playing a functioning alcoholic. She has no hesitation about wrecking herself for this role, wandering around with chunks of vomit in her hair in one scene and generally being an off-putting person for lots of the run time. Sometimes you get the sense that actors playing messy characters don't want to go the distance in order to preserve some of their image, but Blunt goes there, and the movie is better off for it. And that's just the alcoholism aspect — she's pretty disturbed by her broken marriage as well, and she's psychologically in a rough place.

Warning: I'm going to spoil what happens and ruin the mystery in the next few paragraphs in order to talk about the rest of the film and what I think it's about, so if you don't want to know what happens, DO NOT READ ON.

Once Tom (Justin Theroux) is revealed as Megan's killer, the movie's point really begins to come into focus. Tom represents a specific type of pathetic, toxic masculinity in our culture, the type of guys who treat women terribly to mask their own impotence or lack of self-worth, and after a lot of aimless thematic wandering, The Girl on the Train finally becomes a searing attack against those kinds of people. Tom's a guy who manipulated and gaslighted his wife into believing she'd done horrible things for years as a way to maintain some twisted upper hand of manipulation, and the film clearly comes down on the side of Rachel, Anna, Megan, and the other female characters in this war. I imagine it was made at least partially to reach out to audience members who feel emotionally abused in their own lives, and while it admittedly gets a little cartoonish and borderline goofy near the end, I'm guessing a lot of people are going to relate to its larger themes. The book had these same messages, but there's something more powerful about actually seeing those terrible qualities embodied (especially in Theroux) than just reading words on the page.

This is one of the few times I can remember seeing an adaptation in which I read the book within a couple of months of seeing the movie, and I think that may have hurt my ability to judge The Girl on the Train as a film. I spent the whole movie trying to imagine what it would be like if I hadn't have read the book first, trying to watch it with fresh eyes and notice any clues the filmmakers may have dropped for the audience to solve the mystery. But I couldn't ever completely lose the knowledge of what happened in the story, so my moviegoing experience was tainted. I've seen critics say this movie is boring, or that it's super predictable. I'm honestly not sure if I agree with those claims, because, as with all things, I watched it through the lens of my own personal experience. If I hadn't read the book, I may have felt that way about it (I did predict who the killer was in the book fairly early on, so the "predictable" criticism may be accurate), but all I know is that I came away from it with two main thoughts: it was a pretty clear-cut adaptation of the novel, and Emily Blunt was exceptional.