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Sic Transit Gloria Mundi

by Joe Dante

Hopefully the passing of Roger Corman, my former boss, mentor and friend of nearly 50 years, will shine more light on the fact that, although his honorary Academy Award was bestowed largely for his vast influence on the movie industry, his accomplishments as an artist and filmmaker are equally defining. Yes, he had an eye…

Prestige Picture Overload: The February JustWatch Top 10

by Alex Kirschenbaum

As the 96th annual Academy Awards fast approach (they’ll be airing this Sunday, on ABC, at 4 p.m. PT), it certainly appears that rabid cineastes have taken to the web to catch up on their prestige Oscar fare. The latest evidence from what should be anyone’s first resource when it comes to tracking down any…

A Path Forward For The Hollywood Genre Picture?

by Alex Kirschenbaum

Has it finally happened? Have theatrical movies finally turned a narrative corner? That just might be the case! As a barrage of IP dreck has crashed and burned in recent years while studios have sunk huge sums of cash into the supposed “sure thing” of built-in fanbases for preexisting content, a pair of actual, original…

Top Gun

by Alex Kirschenbaum

December 31st marks a very special time of year, film fans: Val Kilmer’s birthday. Kilmer remains one of the all-time favorite movie stars of your trusty Trailers From Hell correspondent in North Hollywood, and I like to commemorate the occasion with a TFH review, provided it doesn’t yet have a corresponding commentary from a TFH…

Hell Scoop: Believing In IP Scares This Weekend

by Alex Kirschenbaum

Our Hell Scoop series continues apace this week, with a chilling new batch of sinister goodies that looks frighteningly familiar. Join us, won’t you? Friday, October 6th: The Exorcist: Believer, Pet Sematary: Bloodlines, Totally Killer,V/H/S/85, Johnny Z, Aberrance, Vindicta, Monsters Of California, Cat Person, Foe, When Evil Lurks William Friedkin fans have quite an October…

Hell Scoop: Dreaming Of Saws

by Alex Kirschenbaum

Welcome to our brand-new spooky column Hell Scoop, wherein we will offer sneak peaks at this week’s upcoming horror and thriller releases. This week, Hollywood has such sights to show us. While the big box office arrival on the stateside film scene seems to be the new Gareth Edwards-helmed, John David Washington-starring original sci-fi actioner…

The Die Hard Villain Power Rankings

by Alex Kirschenbaum

With perhaps the greatest action movie ever turning 35 years young today, I think it’s high time we tackled the eternal question pondered by action fans all across the globe: Hans or Simon Gruber? My answer might surprise you. That’s right, it’s time for our Die Hard Villain Power Rankings. The immortal action franchise is…

MAD about Catch-22

by TFH Team

Catch-22 as seen by the Usual Gang of Idiots in Mad Magazine, issue #141 (March 1971)—with some fascinating reader mail.  

A Veritable IP-apalooza: The May JustWatch Top 10

by Alex Kirschenbaum

Although April included a fairly diverse array of interesting original titles, May’s list of the most-sought after films on what should be every movie lover’s top streaming resource, JustWatch, is filthy with Intellectual Property franchise fare. The top 10 most-searched flicks on JustWatch includes just two holdovers from April: reigning Best Picture winner Everything Everywhere…

From Most Furious To Least Fast: A JustWatch List

by Alex Kirschenbaum

“I live my life a quarter mile at a time. Nothing else matters. Not the mortgage, not the store, not my team and all their bullshit. For those ten seconds or less, I’m free.” -Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel), The Fast And The Furious (2001) With the arrival of Fast X to theaters earlier this month,…

Multiverses, Neytiri, And Bears, Oh My: The April JustWatch Top 10

by Alex Kirschenbaum

Last month, it appears that domestic film fans were looking for a little vicarious adventure to liven up their couch surfing. That would explain why the latest JustWatch top 10 chart, which tracks the most-searched for titles on the go-to website for all your streaming needs, is jam-packed with fun fare. Among the titles listed,…

The Movies That Made This Year’s Oscar Nominees

by Alex Kirschenbaum

Yesterday, here in the heart of Hollywood, bundles of diverse and exciting flicks were honored with nominations for the 95th annual Academy Awards. While plenty of favorites were suitably recognized, there were quite a few surprises, too. And we talked to a lot of them! On our podcast The Movies That Made Me, Trailers From…

Top Secret!

by Alex Kirschenbaum

It’s New Year’s Eve once again over at Trailers From Hell, so you know what that means, fellow cineastes: it’s Val Kilmer’s birthday! As such, our Kilmer Birthday Committee (of one) will continue its annual tradition of watching one Val classic in celebration. Tonight’s entertainment: the criminally under-seen and intensely silly Zucker-Abrahams-Zucker adventure comedy Top…

Gunning For That Number 1 Spot: A 2022 Streaming Wars Update

by Alex Kirschenbaum

In the latest installment of our 2022 Streaming Wars series, some interesting streaming platforms continue to encroach on the overall market dominance of Netflix, for now still the most popular service. As usual, our pals at JustWatch, the streaming fan’s go-to resource for locating every film and TV title online, compile a quarterly assessment of…

Sneak Peek: It’s A Zabriskie, Zabriskie, Zabriskie, Zabriskie Point

by Daniel Kremer

I started my new essay film, It’s a Zabriskie, Zabriskie, Zabriskie, Zabriskie Point, with an attractive if patently absurd proposition. I was convinced that one could seamlessly edit together Antonioni’s Zabriskie Point with Stanley Kramer’s It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World. Imagine situating Daria Halprin, Mark Frechette, and their “dirty hippie” friends in California…

Batman Returns

by Alex Kirschenbaum

For my money, director Tim Burton and star Michael Keaton’s second Caped Crusader collaboration Batman Returns (1992), written by recurring podcast guest Daniel Waters and TFH Guru Sam Hamm, might very well be the best theatrical Batman flick ever. The Dark Knight has appeared in 15 theatrical feature films as of this writing, if you include…

Predator

by Alex Kirschenbaum

What would it take to overpower the world’s toughest special forces soldiers? A hunter from out of this world, of course. That’s the spark that ignited Predator (1987), one of the all-time great sci-fi action adventures.  Released 35 years ago today, the film’s legacy is now secure: it has spawned three direct sequels and an upcoming…

Return Of The Movie Star: The May JustWatch Top 10

by Alex Kirschenbaum

Much ink has been spilled on the return of the so-called “last movie star” in one Thomas Cruise Mapother IV, leaping back onto the silver screen this past weekend in the long-awaited insta-blockbuster navy recruitment video Top Gun: Maverick. While the 59-year-old does seem to be one of the world’s last stars who can reliably…

Disney+ Earns A Global A+

by Alex Kirschenbaum

With recent news of streaming top dog Netflix’s challenges in the marketplace, let’s take a gander at one of its chief competitors: Disney+ continues its ascent among the upper echelon of streaming platforms. Across the first three months of 2022, the House of Mouse continues to make massive gains. The streamer, which debuted in November…

Action And Intrigue In April: A JustWatch Top 10

by Alex Kirschenbaum

After hovering near the top of the JustWatch charts in March, the biggest blockbuster of the pandemic, Spider-Man: No Way Home, found its way to pole position last month. In general, adventure films and intrigue-laden mysteries ruled the roost. A reminder: JustWatch tracks the most-searched film titles across its platform, which should be everyone’s #1…

‘Silents’ Is Silver: Dispatches From The 25th SFSFF

by Daniel Kremer

I’m going to start by setting a scene. The head of the Moving Image Section at the Library of Congress, Mike Mashon, takes the stage at the Castro Theater to introduce a screening of Erich Von Stroheim’s ambitious debut Blind Husbands (1919) at the 25th San Francisco Silent Film Festival. It’s a full house and…

Netflix Slips, Belfast Ascends: The 2022 Streaming Wars Commence

by Alex Kirschenbaum

It’s that time again, dear readers: the Streaming Wars have kicked off in 2022! Throughout 2021, as you will no doubt recall from 2021 Streaming Wars entries I, II, III and IV, Netflix saw a dip in Streaming Video On Demand (SVOD) search engagement in the U.S., according to our pals at JustWatch. It remained,…

Oscar Heavies Storm The March JustWatch Top 10

by Alex Kirschenbaum

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the big nominees for the 94th annual Academy Awards stormed the JustWatch streaming charts last month. The biggest movie since the start of the coronavirus pandemic also ratcheted up JustWatch’s search engines, too. JustWatch should be the go-to resource for any movie lover hoping to locate any movie on any streaming platform for…

The Oscars As Popularity Contest: A JustWatch List

by Alex Kirschenbaum

The Academy Awards are rarely a popularity contest these days. This year, outside of Dune, none of the big-budgeted blockbuster hits of 2021 have been nominated in any major categories. Dune stands as something of an anomaly among the 2021 nominee crop: a $165 million-budgeted epic that grossed $400.6 million worldwide. Seemingly gone (at least…

The Oscars In Flux

by Alex Kirschenbaum

The folks behind the Academy Awards are aware that the Oscars have a popularity problem. Hollywood’s biggest award show has been grappling with declining viewership for decades, and has tackled that in a variety of ways. Last year’s Academy Awards, broadcast in the midst of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in a makeshift location and featuring…

A Year Of Paramount+: A JustWatch Look Back

by Alex Kirschenbaum

Amidst the ongoing battle for eyeballs between the litany of big streaming platforms, a fight we have called the “Streaming Wars” in past blog entries, several new and persistent entities have emerged. Paramount+, formerly CBS All Access, is making a concerted push for a good chunk of the market, having yanked some of its biggest…