We all knew this post was coming.

It’s been five years since Robert Rodriguez has put out a feature film (Sin City: A Dame to Kill For) but it’s been a bit longer since he had a hit. His films have always been an interesting mixture of genres. He loves the campiness of “B films” (hence his Grindhouse film) and always adds to it which makes the film seem “cringey” but I always believed it was on purpose. On top of that, he has affixation to digital cinema. In the wonderful documentary Side by Side (a documentary regarding shooting on film versus digital) he speaks about how when George Lucas said that digital was the future, he figured why would he argue with a legend in the film making world.

High Flying Bird is the latest film by one of the hardest working filmmakers, Steven Soderbergh. Following his last experiment Unsane (which was great), he once again made a movie after shooting it on an iPhone 7. While most people freaked out, the fact is the camera is the only thing the phone was used for, not for audio. Also, professional lighting was also used. He’s always been at the forefront of digital cinema. He made Unsane and High Flying Bird as a statement that anybody could make a film, using our own phones is the easiest way to get there.

Long live the new flesh indeed.

It’s been a few years since I previously wrote about Netflix and their original content. Even though it wasn’t that long ago, it feels like an entire lifetime ago. 

At that time, David Ayer directing a Max Landis script starring Joel Edgerton and Will Smith sounded massive. It wasn’t, and it isn’t, definitely not anymore. If a film could bomb on a streaming service, then Bright did exactly that. Somehow that never stopped them or even slowed them down. In 2017, Netflix released films by Bong Joon-Ho (Okja), Noah Baumbach (The Meyeroritz Stories), and even Mike Flanagan (Gerald’s Game). That line-up is fairly substantial but they continue as 2018 had films by Alex Garland, Duncan Jones, the Coen Brothers, Alfonso Cuaron. Not to mention finally allowing the world to see Orson Welles’ The Other Side of the Wind, allowing us to watch the film almost 50 years after principal photography. Also another passion project by Martin Scorsese, The Irishman which will be released in 2019.

Yesterday (January 24th) was the 30th anniversary of the execution of Ted Bundy, one of the infamous serial killers to walk the earth. One of his attorneys would later say that Bundy was the definition of heartless evil. Netflix celebrated yesterday by posting a 4-part documentary called Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes. The documentary was directed by Joe Berlinger. And today here is the trailer for his feature-length film about Ted Bundy starring none-other than Zac Efron.

This one was a film I had heard about prior but completely forgot about it. And then the trailer dropped (before being pulled off for the wrong aspect ratio) but it’s gloriously back online. Steven Soderbergh is a certified legend. Once the hardest working directors ever. In the year 2000, he was nominated for Best Director twice for Erin Brockovich and Traffic and then won for Traffic. If you take a look at his filmography, something in there will surely shock you – like the fact he’s the credited second unit director for the first Hunger Games film.

There was nobody else on this site who was more excited to write about this trailer than me. First off, A24 is the company that sends me flocking to the theatres time and time again. Their track record is incredible (at least for myself) and is behind my last three favourite films of a year (First Reformed, Good Time, and Moonlight). So any time they announce a film or release a trailer, I get excited. This time isn’t any different.