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So far, we’ve only seen one trailer for the upcoming sequel Ghostbusters: Afterlife. Though the trailer offered an intriguing premise that mixed the vibe of Super 8 with the paranormal activity and legacy of the original Ghostbusters, the major criticism being lobbied at the movie was that it didn’t look like it had the same comedic influence that made the original so memorable. That’s to be expected when you don’t have a cast of Saturday Night Live and Second City cast members, but don’t worry, because co-star Finn Wolfhard says the movie is “really funny” while also being “really faithful” to the series.
Ghostbusters: Afterlife picks up 35 years after the events of the original Ghostbsuters and finds what appears to be the estranged daughter Carrie Coon of Egon Spengler Harold Ramis in the original movie moving into a rundown farmhouse with her two kids, played by Finn Wolfhard Stranger Things and Mckenna Grace Annabelle Comes Home. But the farmhouse is full of the forgotten legacy of the Ghostbusters, which is good since some kind of big supernatural threat is on the horizon for the small town of Summerville, Oklahoma.
Speaking with NME recently via Bleeding Cool, Finn Wolfhard talked about how influential Ghostbusters was when he was growing up, despite the fact that it was released 18 years before he was even born. Wolfhard recalled:
“When I was really young, my parents were really big fans of the original Ghostbusters movies, so I grew up watching them, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Rick Moranis – all of those were big, big people in our house. So getting to be a part of that legacy now is very flattering.”
So what can we expect from Ghostbusters: Afterlife? Well, fans of the original franchise will be happy to hear Wolfhard say, “Older Ghostbusters fans will find it’s a really, really faithful approach to the series.”
But Sony Pictures also has to bring in the younger demographics to help pad the box office too, so Wolfhard added, “Young people, if not everyone, will find that, first and foremost, Ghostbusters is about family and the relationships that these people have made.”
Well, I’m not sure that the first two Ghostbusters movies are about family and relationships. Sure, the gang has some camaraderie between them, but it’s moreso about saving the world from ghosts while also being a bit snarky. The good news is, there will be plenty of opportunities for comedy in Ghostbusters: Afterlife too.
Wolfhard wrapped up the little details he could discuss by saying, “It’s also really funny, so I’m really excited for people to see it.”
Whether it delivers the kind of comedy that the original brought remains to be seen. But honestly, we...
Welcome back, fans of physical media. There are several great Blu-ray releases hitting the shelves this week, and if you’re one of those weirdos like me who cherishes physical copies, you’re going to want to grab some if not all of these. These are the new Blu-ray releases you should check out this week.Knives Out
One of the most entertaining movies of last year, Rian Johnson‘s Knives Out is both a send-up of and a loving tribute to whodunits – specifically locked room mysteries in which a gaggle of colorful characters are all treated as suspects. Daniel Craig‘s private detective Benoit Blanc gets top billing here, but he’s actually a secondary character. The film truly belongs to Ana de Armas, playing Marta, the immigrant nurse of a wealthy author Christopher Plummer. After the author turns up dead by apparent suicide, things take a turn for the surreal as the dead man’s family jockey for his inheritance. Johnson has so many tricks up his sleeve here that it borders on the absurd – and that’s part of the fun. Just when you think you’ve got Knives Out figured out, a new twist arises and shows you how wrong you’ve been.
Why It’s Worth Owning on Blu-ray:
You might assume that knowing the twist or rather, twists of Knives Out makes for a less-fun rewatch. But you’d be wrong! Knives Out is inherently rewatchable. In fact, rewatching it helps you pick up on the clues you missed the first time around. In addition to the film itself, you get two different commentary tracks – one with Rian Johnson, DOP Steve Yedlin, and frequent Johnson player Noah Segan; one Johnson recorded to be used in theaters. Johnson is a filmmaker who knows his stuff, making his commentary tracks must-listens. And if that isn’t enough for you, there’s a 2-hour making-of featurette.
Special Features Include:Audio Commentary by Writer-Director Rian Johnson, Director of Photography Steve Yedlin, and Actor Noah Segan In-Theatre Commentary by Rian Johnson Deleted Scene: “Bicycling Accident” with Optional Audio Commentary by Rian Johnson Deleted Scene: “Don’t Do Anything Rash” with Optional Audio Commentary by Rian Johnson “Making a Murder” Eight-Part Documentary “Rian Johnson: Planning the Perfect Murder” Featurette Writer-Director and Cast Q&A Marketing Gallery “Meet the Thrombeys” Viral Ads Frozen 2
There seem to be two camps regarding Frozen 2. On one side you have those who think this is a step-down from the original. And then on the other you have people like me, who think this is, in fact, the superior film. The original Frozen is good, don’t get me wrong. But it kind of runs out of energy midway through, and never really recovers. That doesn’t happen...
Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. And Betty Broderick may be one of the most famous real-life woman scorned. Dirty John, Bravo’s true-crime series based on the podcast of the same name about the twisted tale of con artist John Meehan, is back with a new criminal and a new network. Under USA, Dirty John has been rebranded a true-crime anthology series, with convicted murderer Betty Broderick as the central figure in the second season, as played by an absolutely unhinged Amanda Peet. Watch the Dirty John: The Betty Broderick Story trailer below.Dirty John The Betty Broderick Story Trailer
There are plenty of true-crime series out there, but only one focuses specifically on the messy marital dramas that belong in a Lifetime movie. That’s right, Dirty John is back. After tackling the master manipulator John Meehan Eric Bana and his long con of wife Debra Newell Connie Britton in season 1, Dirty John has found another terrible relationship to turn its lens to: that of Dan and Betty Broderick, who Oprah Winfrey once referred to as “one of America’s messiest divorces.” And that was even before the murder came into the picture.
Amanda Peet and USA favorite Christian Slater star as Betty and Dan, respectively — a happily married couple, until a midlife crisis leads Dan to leave his wife for a younger model. The trailer plays pretty sympathetically to Betty’s perspective, seeding in some doubts about her “insanity,” as she accuses her husband of having her put away into a mental institution. The real-life Betty Broderick received 32 years in prison for killing her husband and his second wife, Linda, on November 5, 1989. During the trial, Broderick argued that she was a battered wife who suffered years of physical and psychological abuse, which the trailer does touch on.
But then Peet delivers lines like, “I would’ve been treated better if I had been a dog and served my master. I’m amazed it only took one bullet to kill Dan Broderick,” with a soft smile on her face, and it’s pretty clear where the blame lies. We get shots of Betty vandalizing her husband’s new home, driving her car into his door, and Amanda Peet giving absolutely chilling grins.
Dirty John: The Betty Broderick Story premieres later this summer on USA.Source: Slashfilm.com
The release of HBO's acclaimed “Bad Education” draws near and the Hugh Jackman-led trailer for the film has finally arrived.
“Bad Education” dramatizes one of the largest education scandals in American history, with Frank Tassone Jackman, a Long Island school superintendent, and district official Pam Gluckin Allison Janney accused of stealing hundreds of thousands from the district's budget. Though their school district is on the up and up the scandal threatens to ruin everything the duo have built, spurring Jackman's character to do everything in his power to maintain order and stop the story from becoming public. The film will be released on HBO April 25.
The film's new trailer promises plenty of laughs to go along with the drama, honing in on Frank and Pam's mounting horror as their scandal unfolds. The film's narrative comes from a first-hand experience: Screenwriter Mike Makowsky was a student at one of Frank's schools when the superintendent was arrested for first-degree larceny in 2004. Despite his crimes, Frank was known for his tireless dedication to his school district, and “Bad Education” will show the man in a nuanced, morally complicated light.
IndieWire's David Ehrlich lauded “Bad Education,” which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last year, in his effusive review, referring to it as “diabolically smart” and a “well-calculated masterclass of narrative economy.”
“'Bad Education' always finds its way back to Frank, but Makowsky's patient script has a knack for catching the superintendent unawares,” Ehrlich wrote in his review. “Here is someone who doesn't have the good sense to realize that he's the main character of a movie; someone who thinks that he's always just outside the eye of the storm. That misperception gives Jackman the space needed to be life-sized in a way that his ‘bigger’ roles seldom have. This is the most human performance he's ever given, wrapped in translucent vanity and cut with finely sliced layers of doubt and denial.”
“Bad Education” marks a turn towards more grounded acting for Jackman, who is best known for portraying Wolverine in the “X-Men” film franchise. Jackman also starred in the 2018 political drama “The Front Runner” and stars in a lead role in Lisa Joy's upcoming “Reminiscence” science-fiction action film.
Check out the trailer for “Bad Education” below: