Short Cuts – Mad Max: Fury Road

San Diego Comic Con tok place over the weekend, and the pop culture advertising machine was out in full force. Instead of spending time sharing with you the recaps of 15 second clips or the hints at possible sequels, I wanted to take a moment for the single coolest thing to come out of the con. George Miller, the man behind the first three films in the Mad Max series, is back for a bonkers fourth installment. Tom Hardy takes over for Mel Gibson, and if the word on the street and the little glimpse seen in the trailer is any indicator, he’s the man for the job. Check out the trailer:

Short Cuts: Hercules in New York (1969)

In honor of the mostly terrible, but definitely funny HerculesI present to you the trailer for the Arnold Schwarzenegger film that started it all. Dwayne Johnson may be our most popular young strongman, but Arnold is the strongman. But you know what? We all have to start somewhere, and I can’t think of a better place than New York City…

Short Cuts: Fall 2014 Movies

So much traveling has killed my productivity on Short Cuts, but I’m grounded again and off to the races. I decided to come back with a grouping of 2014 movies that are coming as the summer movie season dies down. You will find no Interstellar or Hunger Games here. This is a mixed bag of the scary, the weird, the different, the violent, and the intriguing that 2014 will have to offer. I’m sure I’ll do one for the harder to find films coming this fall. Consider these counter-programming to the other wide release award bait that will begin to float around in the near future.

The Drop

Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, and James Gandolfini in his last role based on a short story by Dennis Lehane.

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Arthouse Asskickers: Lukas Moodysson

Welcome to Arthouse Asskickers, a series in which we’ll be profiling the bad boys (and some bad girls) of arthouse cinema. We’ve previously discussed Bela Tarr in this column, and we’ve decided to revive it as MES continues to provide you the best in film from around the world and of every taste. In honor of our upcoming screening of We Are the Best! (July 12th, come out!), we’re profiling Swedish director Lukas Moodysson.

Knowing that I was going to write this column, I recently watched all of Moodysson’s filmography for the first time, sans Together, which I saw years ago because of Filmspotting. I started with 2004′s A Hole In My Heart and worked my back and forth ending with 2009′s Mammoth. I had no rhyme or reason to my watching order, and I believe that was for the best. Moodysson’s filmography plays like an artistic mix-tape. The highs and lows of tracks are replaced by the varying stylistic intensities of each film.

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Short Cuts: The Films of Lukas Moodysson

Coming soon to the MES screening near you, Lukas Moodysson’s We Are the Best! That screening is on: Saturday, July 12 at 8:30pm – 11:00pm at the Barking Legs Theater. Until then, we’ve got the return of one of our favorite columns, Arthouse Asskickers this weekend to discuss Moodysson and his plethora of unique and soul wrenching films (soul wrenching is not always bad, sometimes your soul needs a good wrenching and The Notebook is not the answer…ever). In order to prime you for both the article and the screening, I present a very Moodysson Short Cuts Column. Here are all of the trailers to all of Moodysson’s films including We Are the Best!

Fucking Amal/Show Me Love (1998)

Tillsammans/Together(2000)

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Read This: Tales From Development Hell

You know all those times you sat around and talked about that sequel that never was or the insane casting of a classic hero that never made the big screen? Ever knock back a few and dream about the films you always wanted to see, but for some unknown reason never came to be. We won’t always get answers to why certain projects never get made, and our conversations will never die. However, Tales From Development Hell is a book made to fuel these conversations. Author David Hughes spends each chapter discussing the failed visions of writers and filmmakers in the last 30 years of Hollywood Blockbuster productions.

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Short Cuts: Conan the Barbarian (1982)

For whatever reason, Arnold Schwarzenegger has been on my mind a lot lately. I’m slowly creeping my way back through his filmography and seeing what my adult eyes make of his blood soaked back catalogue. Tonight also happens to be HBO’s Game of Thrones season fourfinale. Put one interest together with another and my mind immediately falls to Conan the Barbarian. The trailer is pure 80s schlock, but who’s to complain about that? Watch this as a double feature with  Game of Thrones and call it a successful night. Side note: imagine this trailer without less voiceover and more Immigrant Song.

Short Cuts: Gatchaman (2013)

You may know the series at Battle of the Planets, G-Force, or Science Ninja Team Gatchaman. You may not know them at all. Gatchaman is like Power Rangers with a social conscience and, you know, better than the Power Rangers. I grew up with the Mighty Morphin teenage heroes, but Gatchaman always intrigued me more. I loved the G which totally cribbed from the Superman S. The Alex Ross covers for the revamped comic series years ago were badass. And the villains are a great mix of campy evil and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Having been a fan several versions of the animated series, and having enjoyed the comic revamp of Battle of the Planets, this trailer was mind blowing. Check this out: