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Talking VFX: Karl Herbst from ‘Hotel Transylvania 2′

Film Review Hotel Transylvania 2

Hotel Transylvania 2, the sequel to director Genndy Tartakovsky’s 2012 animated hit, opens in theaters this weekend.  We talked to the film’s Visual Effects Supervisor Karl Herbst about rapid technological changes in the movies and how hard it is for animation studios to find employees with the right technical training (which should be a hint for some of you veterans). +Continue Reading

Jason Statham Gets Furious


Furious 7 is out this week on Blu-ray and DVD and features Jason Statham as former British Special Forces operative Deckard Shaw, out to take revenge on the crew for what they did to his brother Owen (played by Luke Evans) in Fast & Furious 6. We’ve got a bonus clip where Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson talk about why Statham got the role and Statham reveals that he believes Deckard’s military training put him one step ahead of Dominic’s crew. +Continue Reading

‘Good Kill’ Director Andrew Niccol Talks ‘The World’s Most Boring Video Game’


Good Kill is out this week on Blu-ray and DVD. Ethan Hawke stars as an Air Force pilot transferred to the drone program. At night, he’s dealing with his family in Vegas while conducting bombing raids in a desert trailer during the day. Set in 2010, the movie explores the psychological fallout for the men and women fighting war from a distance. +Continue Reading

‘Lambert & Stamp’: An Alternate History of The Who


Who would’ve guessed that a British Army officer was perhaps the greatest creative force behind rock legends The Who? That’s the premise of Lambert & Stamp, a compelling new documentary that focuses on the band’s original management team and somehow finds a way to retell their story in a fascinating new way. +Continue Reading

Making Sense of Snowden in ‘Citizenfour’


There are several reasons you should watch Citizenfour, the Oscar-winning documentary about Edward Snowden, the former NSA contractor whose 2013 leak of classified documents to journalists set off a massive debate about privacy and government surveillance. The film is out this week on Blu-ray and DVD with an array of fascinating special features. It doesn’t matter if you decide that Snowden is a traitor, a patriot or some hard-to-define combination of both, this is a compelling and important film about the business of protecting the United States and the debate over security vs. privacy we all face. +Continue Reading

‘Hackers’ Invented the Dial-Up Thriller

  • August 20, 2015
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Hackers, the 1995 cyber-thriller about young computer hackers trying to escape a frame job by a big corporate security consultant (and an unwitting Secret Service agent), has just been released on Blu-ray with an elaborately-produced 20th anniversary edition.

This is yet another movie that flopped in theaters before finding a rabidly devoted fan base on home video. It’s notable for giving Angelina Jolie her first big movie role and she later (briefly) married costar Johnny Lee Miller, who’s recently had his career take off after playing the role of Sherlock Holmes on CBS’ series Elementary. +Continue Reading

Military Marriage in ‘Good Kill’

  • August 14, 2015
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We spoke to Ethan Hawke earlier this year about Good Kill, his new movie about an Air Force pilot who struggles to adjust after he’s assigned to drone duty in the Nevada desert.

The movie is now available to buy on iTunes with a Blu-ray and DVD release to follow on September 1st. We’ve got a clip from the bonus features in which Hawke and costar January Jones talk about the movie’s portrayal of a military marriage. +Continue Reading

Star Wars: Debut of the First Order


A new Korean trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens debuted online this week and it offers our first glimpse of The First Order. Set roughly 30 years after Return of the Jedi, there’s no explanation yet as to why the Imperial Army and been rebranded as the First Order.

WWII history buffs will notice that the first shot of the assembled troops (at about 0:02 seconds into the trailer) bears a striking resemblance to Leni Refensthal’s propaganda films for the Third Reich in the years leading up to the war. +Continue Reading

Post-Civil War Justice in ‘The Hateful Eight’


Director Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming movie The Hateful Eight has gone through a lot to make it to the screen. First, an early copy of the screenplay leaked and got posted all over the Internet. Then Tarantino canceled the project, saying he felt violated and heartbroken that an early draft would ruin the movie for people. Then he tried to write another screenplay and decided that it would be easier to return to The Hateful Eight. Then he insisted on shooting the film in 70mm, a nearly-forgotten format last widely used in the ‘6t0s for movies like Lawrence of Arabia or Patton. Oh, and they shot during the winter in Colorado in a snowstorm.

Well, the first trailer has arrived and we finally get a look at Tarantino’s tale of bounty hunters in the years after the Civil War. +Continue Reading

Psych Testing the Ares 3 Crew in ‘The Martian’


Previews make Ridley Scott’s The Martian seem like the Blade Runner and Alien director is making a late-career return to full sci-fi form. The cast (including Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain and Michael Peña) look like they’re having a blast in a newly-released promotional clip. +Continue Reading