X-Men Cast Its Apocalypse...and It's the Llewyn Davis Guy?

Monday, November 24, 2014 at 1:08 pm


Oscar Isaac is a fine actor, and obviously an "It Guy," having also been cast in the new Star Wars sequel. But boy, is he the opposite direction from the Keith David/Dwayne Johnson fan speculation - I presume he'll be either significantly digitally enhanced, or strapped inside a giant suit of some kind.

Apocalypse really has nothing at all in common with Isaac's most famous role as folk singer Llewyn Davis, save this - as a villain, he too will ultimately never win.

For those underwhelmed by Mr. Isaac's physique, here's where there's room for hope: look at any drawing of Magneto. Now ask yourself how big Ian McKellen's muscles are. Likewise, look at Bolivar Trask in the comics, and then at Peter Dinklage. Bryan Singer may choose his cast oddly sometimes, but those choices generally don't suck.

If you disagree, have at it in comments below.

Weekstarter: Naked Hermaphrodite Pooh, Bloodsucking Games, Medieval Goats and More

Monday, November 24, 2014 at 6:00 am

"Momaw Lisa" by sonicsnout

It's a new week, and the shortest one of the year, full of gift guides and other content to get the holidays off to a good start. In fact, today we're even going to have a whopping TWO list features! I'd say that it's because you deserve second helpings at Thanksgiving, but we all know that in fact this is likely to be a slow news week, and therefore a good time to showcase feature articles and editorials.

Here's your first of said features - a collection of the best and brightest reader-submitted and Kyle LeClair-compiled news tips over the weekend, to start your Monday off right. This week's tipsters included sonicsnout, troi, Citrus_King, skrag2112, SlyDante777, Dr.Gonzo82, Gallen_Dugall, rkwsuperstar

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Here's the Full Trailer for George Lucas' Strange Magic

Friday, November 21, 2014 at 4:00 pm


Whichever trailer editor decided to follow "From the mind of George Lucas" with a character sticking his ass into the camera - you, sir or ma'am, deserve a gold star.

Not that I saw it either, but this looks a whole lot like Dreamworks' Fox's Epic. And yes, it's loaded with modern pop songs, but in this case, that is specifically the gimmick, in the vein of Moulin Rouge.

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Were-Cats, Transformers, Lepers and Angels in the Most Insane Indian Movie Trailer Ever

Friday, November 21, 2014 at 11:30 am


I defy anyone to tell me what the story is to this movie, simply enitled I. I would similarly defy anyone to tell me it won't be amazing.

Let's see what imdb says:

A model, a doctor, and three other people are affected by a poisonous chemical.

Hmmm...In this case, that seems like saying "2001 is a movie about two guys who go into space." Arguably true; drastically misrepresentative.

Watch, and if you don't go nuts, tell me what you think the story is.

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TR Interview: Michael Ironside on Extraterrestrial, Batman, Dune, The Omega Code and More

Friday, November 21, 2014 at 8:00 am


If you're reading this site and don't know who Michael Ironside is, I can only assume you never read the credits of movies. Kids of my generation first remember him as Ham Tyler in V, but he's been a presence in sci-fi ever since, appearing in the likes of Spacehunter 3D, Scanners, Top Gun, Highlander II, Total Recall and many more, usually as a major badass.

In Extraterrestrial, which opens today, he plays a marijuana farmer caught up in the potential violation of a secret truce between the government and aliens, and in a small handful of scenes, this man in his 60s easily steals the show from the teens and twentysomethings who are supposedly the stars.

In a rare interview, Ironside discussed many things with TR, from the dream role he nearly but never got to the strange stealth Christianity of The Omega Code and his thoughts on Batman.

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TR Review: Mockingjay Part 1 Gives You an Appetite for More

Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 5:12 pm


Right now, as we speak, I envision the publicity team for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 holed up in a bunker, multiple computer monitors dead ahead, just watching, and waiting, for the moment the first reviewer calls it "The Empire Strikes Back of The Hunger Games."

Because the movie so, so wants to be that. And not just in the "dark tone, cliffhanger ending" way - President Snow (Donald Sutherland) actually uses a couple of maneuvers from the Emperor Palpatine playbook, while heroine Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence, impressively de-glammed) must figure out how to become the New Hope. Impressive...but this franchise is not a Jedi yet.

Mockingjay Part 1 is the best Hunger Games movie so far, though. And you can quote me on that.

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13 Character Posters for Live-Action Attack on Titan Movie

Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 10:00 am


Dear God, the stuff I've seen just by doing an image search on "Attack on Titan Hans." Y'all are sick puppies, and reading way too much into a buttoned-down nerd girl caressing a giant rocket in her launcher. Here's more fodder, so I guess you're welcome.

And below, 12 more character posters, for characters old and new who'll be appearing in the Japanese live-action movie. Unfortunately none are Titans, so there's no "Gigantor McHugebutt IS...Skinless Dude."

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It's About Time: Melting Face Toht Candle Finally Exists

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 4:01 pm


First off: Yes, yes, yes. The most obvious (yet arguably tasteless) Raiders of the Lost Ark tie-in idea since the Indiana Jones hat is actually available for sale a mere 34 years late.

However: the execution could be better, no? Wouldn't a core of red wax inside make the melting gloriously messier? And doesn't Toht look a bit like he's laughing rather than screaming? Maybe a metal skull underneath all of that?

I've collected enough Jakks WWE figures to know that collectors will take anything...but own enough of the subsequent Mattels to know that maybe we deserve better. Good first step, though.

via Bloody Disgusting.

Finally, There's a Threepio Action Figure That Can Flip People Off

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 10:00 am


Thank you, Sideshow Toys - your picture doesn't quite show it, but it implies it.

And now I can finally reenact my own Special Edition scene I've always wanted to see.

"Never tell me the odds!"
"Sir, go fuck yourself."

For more details on Sideshow's new Threepio figure, who'd probably never dare to actually make an obscene gesture in your presence, check out the video below. It's a cool toy.

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Shape Shifters, Deaf Gangsters and More: 7 Upcoming Horror & Crime Films Reviewed From AFI Fest

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 6:00 am


Los Angeles' AFI Fest - I'm sorry, AFI Fest 2014 Presented by Audi, as they generally ask us to say at least once per article, is like Comic-Con for movie bloggers, in ways that are good and bad. It delivers the first looks of the season at many high-profile awards contenders, at screenings that are nigh-impossible to get a ticket to; and makes even the press have to wait in long lines to try and see anything else.

Fortunately for this site's purposes, I'm less interested in covering the new Martin Luther King biopic than I am midnight movies about monsters, Paul Thomas Anderson's attempt at a stoner comedy, and tense tales of criminals killing each other all over the world. Here are my full reviews of seven films (in no particular order) coming to, if not theaters, then at least an on-demand service near you soon.

(This took me all week to finish. Buckle up, and please note that not all embedded trailers are SFW.)

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