Category Archives: Video

Killing Eve Season 2 — Teaser Trailer

I’m far from the only person who thought BBC America’s Killing Eve was the best new TV series of 2018. Metacritic reported that Killing Eve appeared on more critics’ 2018 Top Ten lists than any other show, The Guardian and Time named it best of 2018, and the Tomatometer stands at 97%.

And then there’s this, from Netflix:

The thing is, Killing Eve isn’t a Netflix show; it streams on Hulu. Netflix demonstrated real class by promoting programming on a rival streaming service, simply because the show is so damn good.

For those arriving late, Sandra Oh plays Eve Polastri, a mid-level civil servant convinced that a female hired killer is behind a string of assassinations. That leads to her recruitment by a shadowy little MI-6 operation run by Fiona Shaw’s Carolyn Marten. The assassin is Villanelle, the charming, stylish, and very funny psychopath played by Jodie Comer.

When BBC America saw what it had with Killing Eve, it commissioned a second series of the show before any episodes of the first season had aired. Very smart move, BBC America.

That second series will begin its run on 7 April 2019.*

Highest Recommendation.


*That’s one week before the 14 April 2019 return of Game of Thrones.

“April is the cruelest month”? Ha! T. S. Eliot obviously didn’t subscribe to the right streaming services.

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The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot — Trailer

With that title, you know you want to see it.

Clint Eastwood Sam Elliott plays “Calvin Barr”, the man who killed Hitler, as I’m sure you remember unless you were absent the day it was covered in history class. The younger version of the character, the Hitler-killer, is played by Aidan Turner, from Poldark.

Here’s the plot synopsis:

“Since WWII, Calvin Barr has lived with the secret that he was responsible for the assassination of Adolf Hitler. Now, decades later, the US government has called on him again for a new top-secret mission. Bigfoot has been living deep in the Canadian wilderness and carrying a deadly plague that is now threatening to spread to the general population. Relying on the same skills that he honed during the war, Calvin must set out to save the free world yet again.”

I don’t want to give anything away, but there might be a minor spoiler in the movie’s title.

The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot arrives in theatres and as VOD on 8 February 2019.

The Panda Cams Are Back!

A government shutdown. A polar vortex. An Academy Award Best Picture nomination for Bohemian Rhapsody.

The year is off to a terrible start, but here’s a bit of good news.

Since the federal government has re-opened, the Smithsonian’s National Zoo’s Panda Cams, which feed live, 24/7 coverage of the zoo’s three giant pandas, are back in service. Now you can once again watch America’s favourite (rented) pets—like the one pictured above, in warmer, happier days—without leaving the comforts of your expensively heated home.

Panda

Panda from the National Zoo, as He Eats Shoots and Leaves.

Tian Tian, Mei Xiang, and Bei Bei,  the Zoo’s resident giant pandas, don’t seem to mind the cold.

The Return of The Magicians

The Magicians returns for a fourth season on Wednesday, 22 January 2019. Here’s the trailer:

The series, based on Lev Grossman’s novels, always surprises. It’s been accurately described as Harry Potter for grownups, with lots of sex and drugs and alcohol and cheap thrills mixed in with the magic. Lots of humour, too, much of it from Hale Appleman, whose character “Eliot Waugh” frequently steals the show. In the new season, for reasons too complex to explain here, Elliot turns into this year’s Big Bad.

With three series already shown, the plot, such as it is, has become hopelessly convoluted. Fortunately, IGN, which covers things like this, has posted a guide called The Magicians Explained: Everything You Need To Know Before The Season 4 Premiere, which will bring you up to speed in time for the season opener. The best way to experience The Magicians, though, is to watch it from the first episode. It’s available from all the usual suspects.

The show has already been renewed for a fifth season. When executive producers Sera Gamble and John McNamara got news of the renewal, they issued the following statement:

“We couldn’t be happier or more excited to conjure another year of magic and all it entails — love, hate, loyalty, betrayal, sex, foul language, drugs, battling gods, monsters and the most dangerous enemies of all: other human beings.”

Now Apocalypse — Trailer

One swallow does not make a summer, and two videos do not make a trend, but I’d be happy to see more of the kind of 21st-century bohemianism found in this trailer and the one I posted a few days ago for Velvet Buzzsaw.

Now Apocalypse is premiering at Sundance, and then coming to Starz as a 10-episode series starting on 10 March 2019. It was created, directed, and co-written by Gregg Araki, who, at 59, is no longer the enfant terrible he was when he made his “Teen Apocalypse Trilogy”—the movies Totally Fucked Up, The Doom Generation, and Nowhere—back in the 1990s. He’s retained his ability to assemble an attractive young cast, headed by charismatic Avan Jogia as “Ulysses”.* The most recognizable name in the cast is probably Tyler Posey, ex-Teen Wolf.

The plot description for the movie reads: “Between sexual and romantic dating-app adventures, Ulysses grows increasingly troubled as foreboding, premonitory dreams make him wonder if some kind of dark and monstrous conspiracy is going on — or if he is just smoking too much weed.”

That makes me wonder if Now Apocalypse is a possible sequel to Kaboom, the 2010 movie Araki made with Thomas Dekker.


*I smell symbolism.

Velvet Buzzsaw — Official Trailer

Whoa! What the hell was that?

The film is called Velvet Buzzsaw, and it’s by Dan Gilroy, who made the brilliantly creepy hit Nightcrawler in 2014. For this new movie, he’s teamed up again with Nightcrawler stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Rene Russo. John Malkovich, Tom Sturridge, Billy Magnussen, and Toni “Deserves a Best Actress Nomination But Won’t Get It” Collette round out the cast.

From the trailer, it looks like they’re going for over-the-top campiness. (Jake wildly over-acting. Jake getting laughably hysterical. Jake grabbed by painted monkey arms.)  I wonder if Gilroy and Gyllenhaal were aiming for a 21st-century version of something that the great Vincent Price would have hammed up in his prime.

Velvet Buzzsaw premieres this weekend at Sundance, and shows up on Netflix and in limited theatres on 1 February 2019.