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.

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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!