"Shut up, we can take them!" Netflix has released a hilarious, second full-length trailer for the rowdy action comedy Game Over, Man!, the first feature made by the entire "Workaholics" group. The action film stars all three guys from "Workaholics" - Adam Devine, Anders Holm and Blake Anderson - and is directed by one of the creators of the show. We featured the first full trailer in January earlier this year, but with the film arriving later this month, it's time for another reminder. The story follows three stoner gamer friends about to sign a big financing deal when their main investor is kidnapped by terrorists. These three "zeroes" become heroes (sort of) when the hotel they work at is taken hostage. Yeah, this definitely is the modern stoner/gamer version of Die Hard, and I'm so there for it. I just hope it's actually good! Fire this up below. ›››
"Do you know the rules of Instagram?" An official trailer has debuted for the documentary film Social Animals, which is premiering at the SXSW Film Festival this month. This doc profiles the lives, truths, and brazen desires for fame & followers of three Instagram celebrities: a daring bridge-climbing photographer, an aspiring swimsuit model from California, and a Midwestern girl next door. "They're [all] looking for love, acceptance, and fame through their smartphones — and they have received it - they have exceeded 500,000 followers." This film really makes me feel a bit uncomfortable, because this kind of obsession is not healthy, but it seems to be showing them as more than just fame-obsessed kids. I will also recommend watching the feature Ingrid Goes West as a nice companion piece with this film. Get a first look at the doc's trailer below. ›››
"I think it's best if we forget about this weekend…" A trailer has arrived for an indie film titled Furlough, which went under the working title Emergency Furlough while filming, made by director Laurie Collyer (Sherrybaby). The film stars Tessa Thompson as a rookie correctional officer at a prisoner. She spends half of her time caring for her mother, played by Whoopi Goldberg, and working at the prison. She gets a chance to prove her mettle when she's tasked with accompanying a hell-raising inmate, played by Melissa Leo, on an emergency furlough to visit her dying mother, ending up on a hilarious road trip together. The cast includes Anna Paquin, Édgar Ramírez, and La La Anthony. I haven't heard about this film before, but it looks good. It's more of a dramedy than a drama, but seems to have plenty of heart driving the story. ›››
If you ever wake up chained to a death machine, and a mysterious voice says that they will only let you go if you can name every gangster movie cliché ever, you need only think of The Outsider, which premieres on Netflix on March 9th. Martin Zandvliet’s crime drama rattles off every familiar plot point and character type that a fan of the genre could think of, without adding anything particularly interesting to distract you.
But if you’re not planning to square off against “Film Nerd Jigsaw,” The Outsider is a dreary genre exercise, starring Jared Leto (Suicide Squad) as Nick Lowell, an American who enters the world of Japanese organized crime, better known as The Yakuza, in 1954.
Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below.
The nuts and bolts of "Familiar" were decent. On the surface, this was a fairly dark, zero-sum tale about a cursed town and witchcraft gone wrong. Not only did two kids get killed, but two young kids. Yes, narratively, there is a weird and stark difference between dead kids based on age and children barely out of their toddler years being brutally killed is extra morose.
The X-Files has dealt with the supernatural in the past, but it's not exactly the show's bread and butter. The most we ever really see from this realm are some of the freaks and monsters Mulder and Scully chase down. It's more urban myths and folklore than magic. Then there are the paranormal aspects of the series: the ghosts and ghouls and vengeful spirits. Still, X-Files made its name with science-gone-wrong type tales that explored wayward experiments and/or unexplained mental powers/phenomenon.