No offense, Scatman John, but “Scatland” doesn’t sound like a place I want to visit.
I’m still surprised at how much more I’m looking forward to 10 Cloverfield Lane – a sort-of sequel to the found footage movie Cloverfield – than most of the other movies coming out this year. The trailers have been rather mysterious thus far, with only the barest bones of the story being told and everything else kept close to director Dan Trachtenberg’s chest. Mary Elizabeth Winstead gets into a car crash and wakes up in John Goodman’s bunker. But Goodman doesn’t want anyone to leave, and I’m guessing that’s because the outside world is full of kaiju…but that’s still just a guess. If I didn’t know anything about the first Cloverfield, this trailer would have me believing aliens are the threat, and frankly, I wouldn’t put it past J.J. Abrams to pull a fast one on us and switch to a new menace. Anyway, the mystery with this one might not go as deep as the mystery surrounding the first Cloverfield movie, but damn, I’m really into this. Good thing I don’t have long to wait!
10 Cloverfield Lane comes out March 11, 2016.
I’m not a football fan at all, but I still get excited for the Super Bowl because of all the new movie trailers! The big one this year is this trailer for Captain America: Civil War, which gives us loads of new footage to gawk at, and hey look! There’s Ant-Man! I’ve been kind of skeptical about how Civil War will turn out from a quality perspective, since the cast is almost entirely superheroes, but I’ll admit, this was a pretty effective ad. Now they just need to do something with consequences! Seriously, if everyone is a superhero and Marvel doesn’t want to kill anyone, there’s no reason to care. As long as someone important dies in this movie, I will be satisfied.
Captain America: Civil War comes out May 6, 2016.
I know that a lot of name actors did guest spots on The X-Files before they became famous, but one person I did not expect to see on this list was Michael Buble. Well, it turns out that when Buble was still a struggling musician, he decided to pick up some dough by working as an extra on some TV shows and one of them was this 1996 episode of The X-Files in which he played a World War II submarine crewman. Alas, Buble pretty much ruined any chances of a prospective acting career by getting himself fired from the show. His cardinal sin? Eating a hot dog from the craft services table, which is apparently a major no-no when you’re a lowly extra. In fact, the woman who fired Buble literally told him he was blacklisted and would never work in this town again. Let’s hope Mr. Buble displays a lot more compassion for the hard-working people who eat hot dogs from the craft services table at his shows.
John Waters calls it the best movie of all time, but does Russ Meyer’s exploitation-comedy live up to the title? Matt and Craig seem to think it might on this episode of Welcome to the Basement! Ever since watching Beyond the Valley of the Dolls, Matt has wanted to watch Meyer’s best-known work, and at last, he finally gets a chance here. You’re a velvet glove cast in iron!
Since we’ve had an X-Files theme here at The Back Row these past few days, I thought I’d dig up footage of Gillian Anderson at age 17 or 18, sporting a 1980s hairstyle as she acts in a black-and-white student short film called Three at Once. And, no, even the convoluted X-Files mythology isn’t half as confusing as this short.
Since we just did a Shouts from the Back Row podcast on The X-Files, I thought I’d showcase a minuscule role from early in David Duchovny’s career. Bad Influence was a 1990 thriller starring Rob Lowe as a psycho who’s, um, a bad influence on James Spader. In this nightclub scene, you can briefly see David Duchovny standing at the bar in the background at the bar as “Club Goer with Glasses” . Given that Duchovny is only onscreen for about three seconds and is practically an extra here, it’s pretty surprising that he actually got a credit for this role, so I have to think he possibly had some lines of dialogue which were left on the cutting room floor.
I’ve been eagerly anticipating Jeff Nichols’ sci-fi on-the-run movie Midnight Special for what seems like forever, so you have no idea how excited I am to see clips and trailers for this film finally starting to emerge. And it looks so cool and creepy! What the heck is this kid’s special power? He can call down meteors? Or are those like alien weapons or something? WHAT THE HECK IS GOING ON?! I’m seriously stoked for this one, and if this wicked little clip isn’t enough to get you interested, consider the cast, which includes the likes of Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton, Kirsten Dunst and Adam Driver. Freaking. Awesome.
Midnight Special comes out March 18, 2016.