Looking back at the original Death Wish in 1974, Michael Winner‘s film starring a then-53-year-old Charles Bronson is a time capsule. The 70s saw ever escalating crime rates in America, and the population felt powerless before a rising tide of particularly urban violence where random shootings, muggings and other attacks were becoming a daily reality. Understandably, people thought that one man with gun and the guts to dispense rough justice might have been the answer, hence the popularity of Winner’s Death Wish, even though several cultural commentators felt that Winner’s film was feeding America negative reinforcement of easy justice at the end of a gun held in the right hands.  (more…)

After what can charitably be described as “a carreer lull” (and can uncharitably be described as “The Crappening”), M. Night Shyamalan is enjoying an impressive resurgence, with many seeing his recent work, particularly, this year’s Split, as a remarkable return to form. Fans are excited then that his next project, Glass, will combine the universes of two of his most beloved films: Unbreakable and Split. According to reports, the much-anticipated project could start shooting as early as next month. (more…)

If watching a trailer for four minutes seems like forever, a new “skinny” trailer for director Zach Snyder Joss Whedon‘s Justice League has hit the Internet and while fans hoped to see the SDCC 2017 footage, it looks like this shortened trailer will have to do until the November 17th release date. Thankfully, there is some new dialogue in this trailer which makes it worth checking out below. (more…)

Over forty years and eight sprawling novels, the Man in Black fled across worlds and the gunslinger followed. They chased from comic books (a prequel series), an animated TV show (in an alternate universe), and now, finally, there’s a big-screen, big-budget adaptation of The Dark Tower that was more than a decade in the making. Less an adaptation proper of Stephen King‘s series than a continuation that begs, borrows, and lifts ideas, concepts, and characters into a hyper-condensed running time (all of 95 minutes, including credits), The Dark Tower won’t (and shouldn’t) win any converts to King’s self-described multiverse-spanning magnum opus (including a planned TV series) or thrill longtime fans who’ll rightly feel cheated by The Dark Tower’s failure to convey the wonder and awe, the scale and spectacle, of King’s work.


Marvel Studios’ successes with its cinematic universe started a race of sorts for every studio to develop its own insular series of various movies that all take place in the same world. Warner Bros. had things easy with its stable of DC Comics characters, but others like Paramount and Universal had things tougher. The former decided to turn its lucrative Transformers series into a universe with the various spin-offs, and the latter decided to take its stable of monsters and turn that into an expansive film universe. But we’ve seen the results of that now, and some key players are starting to have second thoughts.  (more…)

Ron Howard Gives Han Solo Movie Update

While Ron Howard, the new director of the untitled Star Wars Han Solo movie, is not widely known for his social media savvy, he’s setting new records for must-follow posts thanks to peak interested in the beleaguered production. Howard replaced directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller on this Star Wars Story in June when they were fired despite the fact that reportedly there were just a few weeks left in production, so Howard had to carry on, carry over, and carry under all those fan expectations in the wake of such surprising and disappointing news. But you know what? He says don’t worry.  (more…)

There could be no greater compliment for an actor than to be told by a writer that if he knew you would play the part so well he would have never killed you off. Mike Mignola said that of the late great John Hurt and his portrayal of  Professor Trevor “Broom” Bruttenholm in the Guillermo del Toro adaptation of Hellboy in 2004. So we’re talking about big shoes to fill, not just because of the stature of Hurt as an actor, but because he left his mark on the part so thoroughly that del Toro had to bring him back for The Golden Army even if it was just for a flashback.  (more…)

Unlike certain other Star Wars projects, the main saga series has been running like a Swiss watch of modern filmmaking efficiency. Rian Johnson is wrapping up work on Star Wars: The Last Jedi as we speak, and work has already begun on the next chapter, the as-yet untitled Star Wars: Episode IX, which will be overseen by the steady hands of Jurassic World helmer Colin Trevorrow. Now, Episode IX has already had its share of challenges, primarily the untimely passing of Carrie Fisher, which may be why Trevorrow has decided to farm out some of the writing work to a new set of fingers and his keyboard.  (more…)

How ‘Kong: Skull Island’ Should Have Ended

The gang from HISHE (How It Should Have Ended) are back with another look at how a blockbuster movie should have ended, this time around they take on the biggest of Hollywood’s monkeys with Kong: Skull Island. The film featured a stellar cast that included Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Brie Larson, John Goodman, and John C. Reilly. Check out how the movie should have ended below. (more…)