Sunday, July 24, 2016

Wonder Woman — (2017) Comic-con Trailer

I was skeptical about Gal Gadot playing the first true Wonder Woman since Linda Carter’s portrayal in 1975, but if Zack Snyder’s Batman V Superman taught me anything, it was that she was the best part of that movie (Bonus points for best theme music). With that I give you the Comic-con Trailer for Wonder Woman (2017).

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Vigilante Diaries — (2016) (R) (Originally published on

With a pretty convincing trailer, Vigilante Diaries (2016) seemed to be the action fans Graceland. Check out the review at Film Inquiry where we find out if it measures up to past action classics. There you can find a link to the trailer and a spoiler-free break down. Enjoy!

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Mock Films Podcast — Ep. 1

In the first episode of the Mock Films Podcast I give my fresh out of the theater reaction to Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice. This could get ugly.

Check out this episode!

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Yoga Hosers — Official Trailer (2016) (PG-13)

New Jersey native/director/writer Kevin Smith has dropped the latest trailer for the second installment of his True North Trilogy, Yoga Hosers. Starting with the first in his Canadian based horror trilogy, Tusk told the story about a man becoming a walrus at the hands of a mad man. This time around two high school girls (Harley Quinn Smith and Lily Rose Depp) have to save the day with their Yoga skills against a bevy of “Bratzis" (mini Nazi monsters made of bratwurst.). Crazy, right? Just wait for the thirst installment Moose Jaws, which is Jaws with a moose. 

So grab your Tim bits, eh, and watch the newest odd concept from Silent Bob himself. I think this could be a fun bit of camp from the indie icon. But be your own critic and check out the trailer for yourself. Enjoy!

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Monster Trucks — Official Trailer (2017)

Watched this one without hearing anything about it. At first I thought, “This looks f@#$%ing dumb. It’s like Herbie The Love Bug meets The Host.” After, continuing my viewing of said trailer I thought, “Holy f@#$%ing sh*t! This is like Herbie The Love Bug meets The Host!” (if you’re not sure, that second part was a compliment.)

In hopes of not spoiling further this crazy ball of 'what the f@#$’ here is the first official trailer for Monster Trucks. Have fun kids!

This movie could go either way so be your own critic and check it out for yourself. Then head on down to the comments section and leave an opinion. I’d like to know what you think.

Monday, May 30, 2016

Don’t Breathe — Official Trailer (2016) (NR)

Caught this nasty piece of work when a friend of mine asked me who should play the character of Cable in the next Deadpool movie (to all of my non-comic fans, apologies). He mentioned actor Stephen Lang and the trailer for his new movie Don’t Breathe. Having only seen the poster I never got around to viewing the trailer. And then I did. If you dig creepy, moody horror then this is for you.

Premise, a group of young thieves attempt to rob an eccentric old blind man who turns out to be more formidable than he appears. That’s all I’m going to say. Well, that and I want to see Stephen Lang play Cable (Lang looks just like Cable by the way).

I would definitely recommend checking out Don’t Breathe. Pro tip: the darker the room you watch it in, the better. Be your own critic. Check out the trailer and if you feel so inclined, shout out who you think should star in the next Deadpool flick down in the comments section below.

Added Recommendation: Wait Until Dark (1967) starring Audrey Hepburn and Alan Arkin. An early example of one of many terrifying premisses used in modern horror/thrillers today.

A newly blind woman is stalked by thieves in her home and she must rely on her other senses to survive. A wonderful film which rarely gets the credit it deserves.

Always be open to old cinema. They’re called classics for a reason. Enjoy!

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Star Trek Beyond — (2016) Official Trailer #2

Finally, a Star Trek movie that isn’t focused entirely on Spock, gives Kirk the lead and gets down to business with actual space exploration (That was their five year mission) and a rescue from an alien world. Scotty as a bad ass. Bones and Spock as unlikely partners. I hope these are not just trailer teasers. For the first time in a while I have hope for the third installment.

Be your own critic. Check out the trailer for yourself and let me know what you think in the comments below. Live long and prosper. (Yeah, I know. Sorry.)

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Welcome To Happiness — (2015) (NR) (Originally published on

I recently had a chance to review the odd little indie fantasy drama/comedy Welcome To Happiness, the first feature from newcomer Oliver Thomas and starring Kyle Gallner, Nick Offerman, Keegan-Michael Key

Stop by Film Inquiry and read more about is interesting film. Enjoy!

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Captain America: Civil War — Audio Review SPOILERS (2016) (PG-13)

I just got out of a 9:30 am showing of Captain America: Civil War. Why? Because I’m already up so why not? Here’s my "fresh out the theater” review of the latest Cap movie. Check me out on Sound Cloud to hear the ramblings of a tired Marvel fan.

Captain America: Civil War — Audio Review

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

X-Men: Apocalypse — Trailer #3 (2016)

I just watched the new trailer for what felt like X-Men: Mocking Jay Part 1. Lately, I don’t know why but the X-men franchise is just getting a bit tiresome. Now, I am a fan and they are for the most part entertaining, but the heart doesn’t feel like it’s there anymore. Every year or so a new sequel, spins-off or prequel hits theaters, yet I can’t help but wait for rental.

Is it just that I’ve seen this already? Is it the random, D-list mutants being cast? Or could it be time for the series to maybe get a bit of the Disney treatment? The last suggestion would be cool, if said company would allow the MCU to get a bit darker. But Fox ain’t pulling their claws out of the franchise anytime soon so let’s not hold our breath.

The third trailer for X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) has dropped and to be honest, this one felt the most Mainstream Hollywood of the three previews. With the score consisting of Hey Man Nice Shot by Filter (a better action trailer song if there ever was one) it felt very early 2000’s. Still cool, just dated.

I’m still up in the air about Mystique being the reluctant hero, or at least the way she is portrayed as one. She feels tropey and cliche. I want to like this series again, I really do. But I don’t know if I really care anymore.

Maybe we need some time apart. I’m not saying that it’s over, just that we need a break. Time to reflect and get our bearings and when you’re ready to commit, come back as the franchise that got it right. You’ve been good to me X-Men, but after this one let’s back away for a while.

Do you still enjoy this X-Men series? Watch the trailer, be your own critic and let me know what you think. Enjoy!

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Jason Bourne — Official Trailer (2016)

Matty D is back and yolked out as the hammer dropping titular character. Tommy Lee Jones doing his Tommy Lee Jones thing. Julia Stiles is getting back in it. What’s not to like? It’s a Bourne movie!

Need more convincing? Watch the trailer and let me know what you think in the comments. Enjoy!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

The Magnificent Seven — Teaser Trailer (2016)

When I first heard that Sony was remaking one of the most iconic westerns of all time, a tinge of worry jittered up my spine. As I watched the trailer, that same dread crept in as The Equalizer teams up with Star-Lord on horseback. However, that uneasiness subsided once realizing that the original itself was a remake of Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai (1954) and that worked out just fine. This, coupled with sheer fun of the preview is leading me to give this film a big recommend when it releases.

Be your own critic and check out the trailer for The Magnificent Seven (2016).

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Warcraft — Trailer #2 (2016)

I’ll admit, I know little about The World of Warcraft. The film looks cool for the most part, but the techno music took me out of the the trailer a tad. Duncan Jones does some solid work so here’s hoping. Can’t be any worse than that Dungeons and Dragons (2000) debacle. Be your own critic and check out the latest trailer below.

Equals — Trailer (2015)

Kristen Stewart tries to hide her emotions (big stretch there) in an emotionless future. Imagine Equilibrium (2002) meets every boring date movie ever minus the gun play. Still in? Watch the trailer and be your own critic.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Godzilla Resurgence — Trailer (2016)

I’m all for an old school rubber suited Godzilla flick, but questions arise from this trailer. Does Godzilla ever move from that one spot? Why is his tail so f@#$ing long? Does he actually do anything at all? Needless to say, I’ll still watch it.

Check out the trailer and give your opinion in the comments below. Enjoy!

The Curse of Sleeping Beauty — Trailer (2016)

Saw this trailer and found it hard to form an opinion. Imagine a tame Clive Barker trying to write a fairy tail for teenage girls (when I put it that way, maybe this wasn’t such a great trailer after all). Behold for yourself and be thine own critic.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Doctor Strange — Official Trailer #1 (2016)

Marvel casts a spell with the first trailer for the long anticipated Benedict Cumberbatch hero flick.

Take a peek at the mind bending world of Marvel’s Doctor Strange trailer:

Monday, April 4, 2016

One More Time — (2015) (Originally published on

This time around Mock Films Blog takes a look at an indie dramedy starring Amber Heard and the entertainingly eccentric Christopher Walken. One More Time deals with celebrity fame and failure though a family dynamic.

Read the full review on Film Inquiry.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice — Mock Films Podcast

This is the first of many (hopefully) Mock Films Blog Audio Responses. A fresh out the theater reaction to Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice by yours truly. Too exhausted by what I had just witnessed, I decided to just get it off my chest with the help of a beer and a microphone. Spoilers (and adult language) abound, so if you haven’t seen it... be warned.

Listen now on Sound Cloud.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

The Lego Batman Movie — Trailer (2017) NR

The Dark Knight returns… at 1/40 the scale. With the success of The Lego Movie (2014) Warner Bros. as decided spin off one of the best characters from that film, who happens to be one of the most popular comic book icons in history.

Swinging into theaters in February 2017, The Lego Batman Movie stars Will Arnett reprising his hilarious rendition of the Caped Crusader. With McKay at the helm, if this is half as good as it’s predecessor then everything is awesome. Check out this excellent first look at The Lego Batman Movie.


Tuesday, March 22, 2016

The iMom — Short Film (2014) (Originally published on

With technology rapidly advancing as the solution to even the most basic human tasks, director Ariel Martin’s sci-fi short The iMom takes “what if” to a chillingly stark place.

Watch The iMom here.

Watch the film, read my review and join in the discussion with other fans of film at Enjoy!

Green Room — Trailer (2015) R

Sir Patrick Stewart has become an acting force to reckon with since his days commanding the bridge of The U.S.S. Enterprise. Charming, dramatic and often hilarious, his latest role in Green Room (2015) will take audiences where they have never gone before with the intrepid actor, the realm of horror heavy. Stewart leads a group of vicious skinheads who terrorize a punk band after they witness a murder. Co-starring fellow Star Trek alum Anton Yelchin, Green Room looks like a claustrophobic journey of survival. Directed by Jeremy Saulnier, who helmed the dark revenge thriller Blue Ruin (2013), this looks to be a rough ride. Check out the trailer below:

Holidays — Trailer (2016) NR

Taking a page from anthology horror films the likes of Creepshow (1982), V/H/S (2012) and The ABC’s of Death (2012) comes a new series of shorts which tackles the various holidays we celebrate every year. Touting a plethora of celebrities and directors such as Kevin Smith, Nicholas McCarthy and Adam Scott Burns, Holidays (2016) could stand tall with these terrifying tales told in short bursts. Click below and check out the trailer for yourself:

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War — Trailer #2 (2016) NR

Since a deal was brokered between Marvel and Sony to allow the coveted character of Spider-Man to appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) franchise, fans breathed a sigh of relief. Being saved from yet another origin story of the famous wall crawler, elated audiences have been long awaiting the day that they could see him play in the same sand box as his comic cohorts. That day has arrived.

Not the first trailer to drop for Captain America: Civil War, but this was certainly one of the most anticipated. Playing out like the typical summer blockbuster preview, the viewer is recapped with footage of past disasters which had taken place in previous Marvel films. Quiet in tone, jarringly vivid imagery intercuts with Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and Steve Rodgers' (Chris Evans) banter amping up the tension. What follows of a who’s who of Marvel alum showcasing what they do best.

Seeing more from the newer cast, Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) and Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) show up in brief, yet bracing, action scenes which the filmmakers Anthony and Joe Russo are no doubt saving for the big screen. Which brings us to the biggest teaser in the super hero stew that is the Civil War trailer. Following Tony Stark’s battlecry of “Underoos!” — here comes The Spider-Man!

I will admit Spidey's look is a tad on the wet suit side of the costume spectrum and his eye’s are kinda creepy, but I more worry that his character will be used correctly. But if past MCU ventures have taught me anything, it will most likely be great. A huge recommend, Captain America: Civil War definitely looks fantastic. But be your own critic and watch it for yourself. Enjoy!

Release date: May 6, 2016

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Goodnight Mommy (Ich seh ich seh — original title) (2014) R

Director(s): Severin Fiala, Veronica Franz
Starring: Lukas Schwarz, Elias Schwarz, Susanne Wuest

Goodnight Mommy has been on my radar fro quite some time. Enthralled by the trailer, I went so far as to post it on the site. Now out for rental and streaming, I finally sat down and experience the film for myself. Be advised. It’s a rough one (Like, sit in "silence for a moment after" rough).

Goodnight Mommy is a German/Austrian thriller revolving around precocious twin boys Lukas and Elias who live with their Mutter (Mother in German. You learned something new today.), a television hostess who has just returned to their isolated country home after getting plastic surgery. With her face wrapped in bandages and her demeanor a bit out of sorts, the boy begin to questing whether the woman in their home is actually their mother.

Already an innovative concept, Goodnight Mommy takes it’s time with with the story, allowing for questions and character plots to linger and build. Being known for spoiling a few plots through spotting early clues, I had an inkling of where this was headed. But even with my gut instincts at play, other theories were conjured as the film crescendos on. I won’t tell you if I was right or wrong, but I will say I was completely satisfied with the panic inducing finale.

Most of the film revolves around with the twins. Played with a balanced of childlike innocence and unnerving coldness, the young actors do well to build suspicion while maintaining a sympathetic rapport with the audience.  Mutter, however, is kept shrouded, only unveiling snippets of her plot line to further add to the anxiety stew being slow simmered to a boil.

Now for the part which divides movie goers everywhere. Yes, the film is SUBTITLED (It’s alright. Just breathe.). Please, don’t let this become an excuse to not watch a film. If anything, look at it as a way to not watch a Hollywood cookie cutter movie where you know the ending before the title card.

A big time recommend, Goodnight Mommy has all the earmarks of a great thriller. Actually, I wouldn’t be surprised if there isn’t an American remake in the works at the moment, but given their track record for excellence it would be a dubious effort at best. Not without minor problems itself, this is a solid nail biter which takes some time to get out of your mind. But be your own critic and watch Goodnight Mommy. I’m going to go turn some light on. Enjoy!

Friday, February 12, 2016

Deadpool (2016) R

Director: Tim Miller
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, T.J. Miller, Ed Serein, Stefan Kapicic, Brianna Hildebrand, Gina Corano

As I write this my hands still have the shakes from the $12 combo of medium popcorn/medium Cherry Coke which I decided to eat in lieu of breakfast at a 10 am matinee. Or it could be that I just walked out of the craziest muthaf#$%ing comic book movie I have ever seen! The film in question (if you haven’t figured out how or why you clicked the link to this review) is Deadpool (2016).

For those not in the know (and you should by now. Shame on you.), Deadpool is one of the more, dare I say, potty-mouthed lunatics of the Marvel Universe. Know as the "Merc with a mouth,” the story revolves around one Wade Wilson, an ex-special forces agent who was discharged and now makes a living as a gun for hire. After meeting the love of his life, he also finds out that he has late stage terminal cancer. Soon he undergoes an experimental treatment which turns him into an unkillable mutant with a face that looks like Ryan Reynolds f#$%ed a shar pei (a description actually from the comics). Unable to allow the love of his life to see the monster he has become, he does what he does best, kills everyone who can lead him to the man responsible and get his life back to normal (so to speak).

Why all the cussing in this review? Because it is apropos given the movie. Not for the young-uns. This is as hard R as they come. The movie pulls no punches from jump street allowing Ryan Reynolds to do what he does best, quip and joke and feed everyone he meets a sarcasm sandwich with pitch perfect comedic timing. A labor of love for Reynolds (and a re-do after the Wolverine thing), he is having more fun on screen than I have ever seen any actor have in quite a while.

Designed to be an almost spoof of past Marvel comics, Deadpool is placed firmly in the X-Men universe (cameos!). Breaking through more fourth walls than the Kool-Aide Man, this blood-soaked comedy is heavy in the meta department, never taking itself or the situations seriously. Constantly making sure the audience is on the same page, Deadpool refers to the viewers at every turn. Self aware as all get out, but somehow managing to fabricate some of the most innovative action scenes put to film. This is pure fun for the comic book fan in all of us (put that on a poster).

(That said, I cannot stress enough, do not bring the kids! I think you may actually have social services waiting outside the theater if you do. Full frontal, and back and everywhere in-between, you would will be having “the talk” with your child well before the internet has a chance to do it for you.)

If I haven’t been clear, this is one of the smartest, dirtiest, violent, funny, (some other descriptive words) movies to hit the cinemas in a long time. A recommend on all fronts, this is gonna be the comic movie to beat in 2016. But be your own critic, do yourself a favor and watch Deadpool. Now if you’ll excuse me, my chimichangas are ready. Enjoy!

Thursday, February 11, 2016

The Beginner’s Guide: Kevin Smith, Director (originally from

The life and times of director Kevin Smith summed up by yours truly over at Film Inquiry. You can read more articles by myself and others in the know about cinematic goodness over at Click the link to read more:

The Beginner’s Guide: Kevin Smith, Director

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Kubo and the Two Strings- Trailer (2016) (originally from

And now for something completely different. Kubo and the Two Strings. Stop in and read the review of one of the coolest looking animated features of 2016 over at

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Turbo Kid (2015) UR

Director(s): François SimardAnouk Whissell, Yoann-Karl Whissell
Starring: Munro Chambers, Laurence Leboeuf, Micheal Ironside, Edwin Wright, Aaron Jeffery

Nostalgia projects have become a hot commodity in today’s filming ventures. With successful crowd funded projects such as Kung Fury bubbling our childhood memories back into our consciousness, it is inevitable that more of these films are going to be made. With that, Turbo Kid seems ripe for this niche genre.

A new indie offering from the Great White North, Turbo Kid takes place in a post-apocalyptic world where strange characters rule the landscape in search of water and supplies. The Kid (played by Munro Chambers) is a teenager who has spent a good deal of his life alone in this barren wasteland. Keeping to himself and scavenging for items to trade, not to mention adding to his collection toys and memorabilia such as View Masters, Turbo Man comics and near fossilized chewing gum. Keeping to himself, he lives in a kid-like mindset until meeting an eccentric pixie-dream girl named Apple (played with a sweet wide-eyed innocence by Laurence Leboeuf).

Things seem to be going well for the two until they run-a-foul of Zeus (Micheal Ironside doing what he does best), the leader of a ruthless gang of evil-doers who take joy in processing their victims into drinkable water. Taken by surprise, Apple is kidnapped as Kid is forced to seek refuge in an old aircraft which holds the remains of the actual Turbo Man, the real-life hero of his comics. Dawning his idol’s uniform, as well as his Power Glove Laser Cannon (which turns its victims into a raining mist of goop), Kid goes on to face Zues’ gang and rescue his friend. With the help of a fellow captive, an arm wrestling cowboy named Frederic, the three escape the clutches of Zeus’ gang only to have to face them in a final blood-soaked showdown.

Trying not to be too spoiler heavy, I’ve decided to stop there. The story is the typical heroes’ journey, so I’m not telling you anything new here. Instead, let’s get into the meat and potatoes of this interesting little flick. Presented almost as a kid’s adventure one might see in 80’s Hollywood fair, Turbo Kid takes a few of the more beloved tropes and puts a gory tongue-in-cheek spin on them. Not pulling any punches, this movie isn’t shy about getting bloody with a plethora of practical and digital effects. Don’t be mistaken, this is a nostalgic kid’s flick for the adults. A spoof in many respects, but without being completely overt about it.

The ideas in this movie are interesting and often amusing. The thought that everyone, including full grown men, are riding bikes in high speed chases is an amusing concept and worked very well to keep the  film more light-hearted. However, for an action vehicle which touts big explosions and bloody fight scenes, I would have enjoyed the fight choreography to have a bit more panache. Slow moving punches and dragged out battles (although done for laughs) hinder this from being a better movie. 

The leads are wonderful, playing off one another with sharp comedic timing and cute banter helping to balancing some of the rough violence which, at times, feels forced and out of place in the often times sweetly sappy narrative. Although, the irony of the differing tones eventually works fin the end. Chambers is great at the titular lead, bringing an every-man levity to the picture. Apple, the tightest written character in the film, is a breath of fresh air whenever on screen. Leboeuf brings a charm and innocents to her which pays off in every scene she graces. Ironside, what more can you say about the man, he plays bad so damn good. Never phoning it in, he seems to be having fun as the role of the heavy.

Clever concept, well-done effects and a talented unknown cast help the film get out of any ruts it may be heading toward. Not a perfect flick, but an oddly fun ride nonetheless. I would give this a recommend to anyone who is able to just go with a premise, no matter how strange. Watch Turbo Kid for yourself and be your own critic. I’m just here to to get you through the wasteland. Enjoy!

Friday, January 15, 2016

White God (2014) R

Director: Kornél Mundruczó

While dredging around Netflix, every so often you come across a title which makes you stop and try to figure out what the film is about. White God (2014) is one such movie. The box art is a young girl riding on a bicycle away from a pack of dogs. Looks kinda indie. Could be horror. Could be an art house flick. Next you read the plot synopsis according to Netflix:

“When a cruel father dumps his daughter’s beloved dog, Hagen, out on the highway to fend for himself, Hagen not only survives the horror of abandonment, dog fights and starvation, but rouses an angry army of mongrels out to exact revenge."

Sounds like a Grind House version of Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey. Right? Actually, White God is so much more. Between that review and a recommend from Andrew Jupin on the We Hate Movie Podcast, I’m all in. 

Let’s get the first bit of business out off the way. Made in Hungary, the film is subtitled (if you let this detours you from watching films, you sadden me. Guilt trip over.). Moving on, to simply go off of the plot-line provided does a disservice to what an interesting direction Kornél Mundruczó went with this film. The story above is completely accurate, don’t be mistaken. There is a rough go-around for the dog Hagen to endure, though the character Lili (wonderful newcomer Zsófia Psotta) brings the audience on a parallel journey of growing up in a lonely world while searching for her abandoned friend. Playing the two as equals, both in importance and struggle, brings the narrative up a level from the typical horror fair audiences are used to. Honestly, I might even throw White God more into the Thriller realm (insert Vincent Price laughing). Slow at parts but never banal, simmering slowly before it's inevitable boil over, the film delivers. 

Second bit of business, if you have any issues watching simulated animal cruelty in anyway (all under strict supervision. No animals were hurt. I checked.), you might want to skip this one. Though, the violence depicted is not for the sake of spectacle. Everything is handled in a very graphic yet, pertinent way. Hagen is not a monster, just pushed beyond his limits (he never goes full Cujo, so to speak).

That said, I give White God a big recommend. Not for everyone, but what films are. The film is beautifully shot, well acted and a dog movie that is neither pandering to children nor making a monster out of the lead, so to speak. So, if you’re in the mood for something a tad out of your comfort zone, this may be the dog film for you (also, a great way to guilt yourself into donating to an animal charity). Be your own critic and check out White God for yourself. Enjoy!