Seriously. If you’ve never been to Fantastic Fest before, start saving now to book your flight to Austin, Texas in 2015. Even if you have no idea what Fantastic Fest is as you’re reading this article, just start monitoring your bank accountand scanning Southwest Airlines’ website for cheap flights. Because no other film fest in the world is like this one — a non-stop cortège of badass genre movies, video games, boxing matches, trivia challenges, drunken debauchery and the biggest food fight Texas has ever seen. Where at most other fests you have to parse through a sea of party-hopping star fuckers to find the real film fans, at Fantastic Fest you’re rubbing elbows with the most hardcore sect of cinephiles from the world over every single day. Simply put: if you love movies, this is Nirvana.
In 2014, Fantastic Fest is celebrating its tenth year of existence. To ring in such a grand occasion, the programmers and Alamo Drafthouse Founder/CEO Tim League are sparing no expense. Want to see League verbally spar with Ti West about whether or not found footage is a legitimate sub-genre (before they both don gloves and wail on each other in the ring)? Fantastic Fest X has got you covered. Wondering if the new Kevin Smith horror picture is worth its weight in snoogins? Fantastic Fest X has got you covered. How about a detailed Q&A with longtime film critic Leonard Maltin, moderated by former Drafthouse programmer extraordinaire Zack Carlson and suave Vulcan Video head Bryan Connolly? Fantastic Fest X has got you covered.
Welcome to Fantastic Fest X. To get you started, here are the eleven films we here at Nerd Bastards are most excited for. Not gonna lie, it’s going to be a rough and tumble seven days, but just remember what the fox once said:
This summer will be a testosterone overflow as Hollywood’s ancient action heroes Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Terry Crews and Arnold Schwarzenegger return to their roles to do some major ass-kicking in The Expendables 3. Also joining the all-star cast this year is Wesley Snipes, Antonio Banderas, Kelsey Grammar, Mel Gibson, Harrison Ford, Kellan Lutz, MMA star Ronda Rousey, welterweight boxing champion Victor Ortiz and Glen Powell. The most hardcore cast in movie history is officially back and ready for action! Can’t wait until next summer? Meet the gang NOW in the brand-new teaser trailer.
The cast for the third installment of the Expendables franchise is filling up quick. They’ve been hard at work making Expendables 3 just as star-filled as the other two flicks, bringing in the aging action stars to do more old people stunts and pay tribute to their past action fame. Harrison Ford was brought into the fold recently and now two more old folks are on board – Mel Gibson and Antonio Banderas.
If rumors are true, Gibson will be taking on the role of the main baddie this time around, which is, considering Gibson’s current reputation, probably the best part he could play (and one of the best they could get for the part). Unfortunately, there’s no word on what’s going on with Banderas other than the fact that he’ll be in there somewhere.
Altogether, the Expendables 3 cast is shaping up pretty well, consisting of names like Kelan Lutz, Victor Ortiz, Ronda Rousey, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jason Statham. Rumors are also still flying about the potential addition of Nick Cage, Jackie Chan, Milla Jovovich and Wesley Snipes, though nothing is set in stone in that regard.
Check out Expendables 3 in all its geriatric glory come August 15th, 2014.
Robert Rodriguez‘s latest grindhouse style movie, Machete Kills has a new trailer out. It’s in Spanish, (We’ll post the English version later today when it hits the Internet), but you’ll quickly get the idea even if you don’t speak Spanish. Danny Trejo is back in all his magnificent gory glory as Machete and he’s got another bevy of beautifully dangerous women surrounding him.
Ex-Federale agent Machete, who is recruited by the President of the United States for a mission which would be impossible for any mortal man – he must take down a madman revolutionary and an eccentric billionaire arms dealer who has hatched a plan to spread war and anarchy across the planet.
UPDATE: Here’s the U.S. version:
This looks gloriously campy and fun. Grab a tub of popcorn, an enormously over-sized soda, sit back and enjoy the madness and mayhem. This film isn’t going to win any Oscars and that’s just the way we like it.
Machete Kills hits theater screens on September 13th, and also stars Michelle Rodriguez, Sofia Vergara, Amber Heard, Carlos Estevez, Lady Gaga, Antonio Banderas, Jessica Alba, Demi’n Bichir, Alexa Vega, Vanessa Hudgens, Cuba Gooding, Jr., William Sadler, Marko Zaror and Mel Gibson.
After the dreadful Spy Kids: 3D you’d think that Robert Rodriguez would realize that his talent is in larger, more adult oriented films. But, throwing caution to the wind he say’s “Fuck you”. That’s right, it’s yet another Spy Kids movie, this time focusing on new family in the Rodriguez universe. Not only that, but this film will incorporate the highly advanced science of putting smells on cards in their attempt at making the movie 4D. Hell yeah, their making the movie a “scratch and sniff” experience. Please let there be a Jessica Alba card, pretty please.
Dimension Films has released the first trailer for Spy Kids: All the Time in the World, opening in 3D and 2D theaters on August 19th. Did we mention it’ll be in 4D?
Written and directed by Robert Rodriguez, the family action adventure stars Jessica Alba, Jeremy Piven, Joel McHale, Rowan Blanchard, Mason Cook, Antonio Banderas, Danny Trejo, Alexa Vega and Daryl Sabara. It hits theaters everywhere August 19th, 2011.
Via: Coming Soon
Sometimes there’s more to life than being really, really, ridiculously good looking (god bless you Derek Zoolander). And, I think actor Antonio Banderas has finally figured that out. The fucker will always be a sexy, suave spaniard (he is Spanish, right? I never paid attention) and I’ll always be really, really, ridiculously jealous of that, but I gotta give the Latin fury some credit for being in rare form and involving himself in one of the more unusual sounding films I’ve ever heard.
The film is The Skin I Live In by director Pedro Almodovar. It’s centered around a mad scientist Antonio Banderas and his obsession with creating an indestructible epidermis, no matter what pain he inflicts on his test subject.
“Your epidermis is showing!” What?
The 2011 Cannes Film Festival has released a brief but twisted scene from the film. It depicts Banderas’ character demonstrating his power over his helpless patient.
It’s perhaps a little too artsy fartsy and the subtitles don’t help (I got ADD) , but it’s got a lot going for it. Mad scientist. Skin. Torture and Tits. At least I assume there will be some tits. Can’t have a skin flick with out tits.
Here’s the official synopsis released by Cannes:
Ever since his wife was burned in a car crash, Dr. Robert Ledgard, an eminent plastic surgeon, has been interested in creating a new skin with which he could have saved her. After twelve years, he manages to cultivate a skin that is a real shield against every assault. In addition to years of study and experimentation, Robert needed a further three things: no scruples, an accomplice and a human guinea pig. Scruples were never a problem. Marilia, the woman who looked after him from the day he was born, is his most faithful accomplice. And as for the human guinea pig…
Speaking of tits. Are you ready for Boobs, Balls and Barbarians? Actually, the tag is “Babes, Balls and Muscles”, but shiiiiiiiiiiit, the makers of Ronal The Barbarian sure now how to market their little “runt of the litter saves the day” CG film. Any movie that has all that, plus a a skull belting out Europe’s “Final Countdown.” is enough for me to shout a Ric Flair “WOOOO”.
HIT THE JUMP for the trailer and while your down there check out some other upcoming Nerd Approved Cannes Films. *special thanks to i09 for doing all the work in rounding these up.