Traffik follows Brea (Paula Patton), a journalist recently sidelined due to a distinct lack of immersion into her reporting. The timing could not be better when her boyfriend, John (Omar Epps), whisks her away for a lush romantic hideaway, tucked in the solace of the wilderness.

Happenstance meets tragic timing as Brea and John cross paths with a young woman seemingly pleading for help, and a conspicuous biker gang looking for trouble. After an intense encounter at a local gas station, the couple arrive at the picturesque retreat where a weekend of indulging awaits. An ill-timed visit from mutual friends (Laz Alonso and Roselyn Sanchez) proceeds a horrific development: Brea has found the desperate woman’s phone in her bag. As fate would have it, she has just arrived demanding the phone back. And she is not alone.

Traffik sets the board as any number of thrillers, as our heroes find themselves trapped in an isolated locale with a group of sadistic outlaws bent on their demise. What sets the film apart, are the very intense stakes at play for our characters amid the backdrop of sex trafficking. As tensions escalate, a tragic everyday truth emerges from beneath the fiction, and Traffik take an enthralling, yet decidedly pointed look at this modern true horror.

Traffik is pulse-pounding entertainment with an underlying message. And to elaborate on that message, as well as the film itself, is writer and director Deon Taylor. Responsible for the hit, Meet the Blacks, as well as its soon-to-be-released sequel, and the upcoming Dennis Quaid thriller, Motivated Seller, Taylor has been a filmmaker on the rise for several years. With Traffik, he veers into a complicated field of thriller meets education as our characters confront a very existential threat in today’s world: sex trafficking.  

Enjoy our exclusive interview with writer and director Deon Taylor as he discusses his new film, Traffik, releasing nationwide on April 20, 2018.

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40 years ago, television options were vastly different. Three channels, or maybe thirteen depending on where you great up, and not much else. If the President had a speech, your TV night was shot. As time rolled on, our entertainment options continued to gain traction, each decade taking another turn into more content. Once Netflix introduced streaming as a primary option, our choices exploded.

By the time 2018 is over, there will have been around 500 scripted television shows on the air. Between network TV, cable, premium, and now streaming, have we finally arrived at the place where we simply have TOO MUCH television?

Also this week: Westworld trolls its audience, The Rock opens up about his beef with Vin Diesel and we discuss how these dramatic tiffs influence us, Rogue One reshoots explained, reviews of A Quiet Place and Blockers, and much more.

 

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Very few directors have shaped pop culture, but even fewer could argue against Steven Spielberg as leading that field. From his early days in the 70s, Spielberg has gifted us with so many timeless classics, it has become increasingly difficult to determine which one, of so many wonderful films, is truly THE BEST.

Well, this week, we’re going to decide! Eight Spielberg films will enter the ring, each with their own case for the greatest. Could it be Jurassic Park, E.T., Saving Private Ryan, Jaws, or maybe even Raiders of the Lost Ark? After much debate, a final winner will emerge. This winner will be crowned The Greatest of All-Time! THIS is the Steven Spielberg Movie Battle Royale!

Also on this week’s show, we stay with the Spielberg theme by taking a look at his legacy, the variety in his filmography, and what he meant to us directly. We also dive into Ready Player One with our thoughts on his latest film, as well as offer a special announcement by show’s end. You won’t want to miss this magical episode of The Hollywood Outsider!

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  • (0:00 – 31:09)Opening | Steven Spielberg and his legacy in film, Dramatic Spielberg vs Magic Spielberg, Spielberg’s effect on us | Movie Innuendo
  • (31:10 – 1:32:00) The Steven Spielberg Movie Battle Royale
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With two festivals in three weeks, we have watched a LOT of movies recently. So much that something dawned on us: in all of these journeys of the human spirit, why does the hero never walk away?

Think about it, does it make a hero less heroic if they reach a point where it’s just too much for them? Were there moments in a movie or TV show where a hero going forward seemed to be the absolutely wrong choice? Our topic this episode revolves around this very concept of when is it OK for a hero to walk away?

Also this week: Lord of the Rings TV is going to be very expensive, Steven Spielberg doesn’t believe Netflix should be eligible for Oscars, reviews of Pacific Rim: Uprising and Unsane, upcoming releases, and another wrong of You Just Don’t Get It.

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The South by Southwest Festival is one of the largest of its kind in the world. Every year, thousands of fans arrive in downtown Austin, TX to partake in a couple of weeks of great music, technology, and film. For this special episode of The Hollywood Outsider, we take you along for our 5th annual deep dive into the heart of the film festival portion, and even further into the films themselves.

Over the course of nine days, the 2018 SXSW Film Festival screened 136 features, consisting of 89 World Premieres, 13 North American Premieres, and 6 US Premieres, with 49 first-time filmmakers. 98 shorts and 20 music videos will screen as part of 12 curated shorts programs. These 250+ films were selected from 8,183 overall submissions, consisting of approximately 2,476 features and 4,433 shorts. And - while we can't see them all - we have a nice sample to share with you of what came out of this stellar lineup of independent films. 25 films are on our docket this year, and we review them all...with more than a few surprises.

So sit back and relax. You're about to experience South by Southwest from the comfort of your own chair.

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Aaron is joined by Zack Parkerson of Smirk and The Gaming Outsider to discuss the latest iteration of Tomb Raider starring Alicia Vikander. From thoughts on the Angelina Jolie to the differences from the current game incarnations, this is an episode no Tomb Raider fan should miss!

 

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Tomb Raider is finally here. A reboot of the Angelina Jolie franchise, many still have no idea that those films and now this new one are based on a very successful video game series. The problem is this: while books have numerous critically and commercially successful
films adapted from their works, and comic books have followed suit the last decade, video game adaptations are notoriously deemed poor imitations at best. If not bad, mediocre, and if not mediocre, simply not respected. So the question is this: Why can studios not seem to grasp how to properly adapt a video game to the screen?

Also this week: Walking Dead’s waning numbers, OJ Saying it wasn’t me it was the one armed man. Reviews of Thoroughbreds, Strangers, and Jessica Jones Season 2.


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(0:00 – 25:22) Film and TV Discussion: Walking Dead’s waning numbers and when should we give up on shows, OJ’s imaginary friend may have been the killer, Let's see where this goes

(25:23 – 42:13) Review‖ Thoroughbreds, The Strangers Prey at Night, and Jessica Jones Season 2 , Upcoming movies

(42:14 – 1:10:50) From the Outside in: Where did Video Game Adaptations go wrong?

(1:10:51 - 1:14:15 ) Closing thoughts

 

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ICE follows Maddison Bullock's Bailey Grantham as her father allows a Russian coach to house her with a much wealthier skating partner in Peyton Shaw (Lisa Mihelich). The two women grow up together and become sisters of a sort, and are then forced into the world of competitive ice skating as they lunge towards a limited spot qualifying for the US Olympic team. Of course, there is a major obstacle along the way, which threatens to tear the two competitors and friends apart. 

For this exclusive interview, Maddison Bullock drops by to discuss her passion project, the obstacles to getting ICE made, and what it means to be a skater for your entire life.

ICE releases exclusively via Amazon VOD on March 17, 2018. Now, listen to our interview with the writer and star of ICE, Maddison Bullock. 

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The Beloit International Film Festival (BIFF) takes place annually in the city of Beloit, Wisconsin. Running for 10 days, typically at the end of Feb or the beginning of March, the festival plays 100+ films from over 25 different countries ranging from narrative features, to documentaries, to shorts, and even features a showdown between Illinois and Wisconsin filmmakers.

The films screen in a variety of local venues, so not only is a festival where a vast assortment of films can be found, but it also supports the local economy and involves residents as volunteers as well. On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider, we turn a spotlight to BIFF and our thoughts on the festival, as well as reviews for over 20 films we screened there.

Also on this week’s show, we discuss Oscars 2018. Thoughts on the show, Jimmy Kimmel as return host, the winners, and we also reveal the winner of our own annual Oscar contest. It’s a packed episode with many great film recommendations that you won’t want to miss!

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For our first Movie Battle Royale of 2018, we decided to climb aboard the Oscar train and look at some of the Best Picture winners of decades past. If you took a single decade, and looked at all 10 winners, which film would stand the test of time to be crowned the greatest film of that respective decade?

So, this week, we’re discussion the Best Picture winners of the 1990s. A decade ripe with classics, but only 10 verified winners of The Academy Award’s top prize. Amanda Sink from SMIRK joins us to debate and decide on which one film rises above the others to win the title! Will it be Dances with Wolves, Silence of the Lambs, Unforgiven, Schindler’s List, Forrest Gump, Braveheart, The English Patient, Titanic, Shakespeare in Love, or American Beauty? You’re about to find out.

Also this week: fans can now have a Friday the 13th vacation, The Dark Tower and Blair Witch head to TV, another round of You Just Don’t Get It, and spoiler-free reviews of Mute, Game Night, and Annihilation.

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