"Savour this place and after this weekend maybe you'll never want to leave." Oh yes. This is one of those short films that delivers with a "holy shit" ending. Wild is a Dutch short film from filmmaker Jan Verdijk, and it originally premiered in 2018 and went on to win the "Best European Short Film" award at the Sitges Film Festival. And boy oh boy does it deserve that win. Toine, Iris and their son Jacco seek the hilly and picturesque south of The Netherlands for a weekend of quality time and relaxation. Toine – clearly the self-proclaimed head of the family – starts to behave erratically. His manners seem to look out of place in these idyllic surroundings. It won't take long before his family will have enough of his behavior. Ha! Ahahahaha. Just wait. Starring Wouter Hendrickx, Hannah van Lunteren, and Jago Hensema. Such a deranged and entirely satisfying short, and that ending is a doozy. I don't ...
Author: Alex Billington
Posted: April 12, 2021, 8:48 pm
"Do not let yourself be blinded!" Focus Features has released an official trailer for Final Account, a eye-opening and frightening look back at Nazi Germany. And oh yes it definitely has an important connection to the events of nowadays. "Everyone knew, but no one said anything." Filmmaker Luke Holland (who sadly passed away last year) interviews nearly 300 elderly perpetrators and witnesses of the Holocaust from the Nazi side. His goal was to create an urgent and definitive portrait of the last living generation of everyday people who participated in Adolf Hitler's Third Reich. Presenting a film that "raises vital, timely questions about authority, conformity, complicity and perpetration, national identity, and responsibility." Indeed. We need to be hit hard with this honesty, because everyone always likes to ask that cliche "how did all those Germans let it happen?" question. So let's ask them and find out. Oooh this documentary looks damn good. Here's the official US trailer (+ poster) for Luke ...
Author: Alex Billington
Posted: April 12, 2021, 7:57 pm
"Something is happening... Something is wrong... I'm seeing things..." Blue Fox Entertainment has released an official trailer for an indie horror film titled The Mad Hatter, set to be released sometime this summer. The film marks the feature directorial debut of a storyboard artist on Scott Derrickson's movies (Sinister, Deliver Us from Evil, Doctor Strange) now making her first feature. Henry, and three of his classmates, encounter mind-bending ghostly terrors when they volunteer for a weekend study with their psychology professor in the haunted 'Mad Hatter' mansion. Supposedly haunted by those who died at a lavish party in the 1880s. I dig the smoldering embers look of all the ghosts, just hope the rest of it lives up to that potential for something really cool. The film stars Armando Gutierrez, Samuel Caleb Walker, Isadora Cruz, Nick Miller, Michael Berryman, and Rachel Brunner. This does look extremely creepy - check it out. Here's the official trailer (+ poster) for Cate Devaney's The ...
Author: Alex Billington
Posted: April 12, 2021, 7:15 pm
"We never thought it would happen to us." Three years later, and they still didn't think it would happen! Ha. Magnolia Pictures has debuted a new US trailer for the US release of the Swedish disaster-thriller titled The Unthinkable. This originally premiered in Sweden back in 2018, and we featured a trailer years ago, but it's only now showing up in the US three years later. It's midsummer and Sweden wakes up to a state of emergency. All the networks are down, and before anyone realizes what's behind the collapse, a series of unexplained attacks take place around the country. Alex returns to his childhood village, and as old feelings come back to the surface, more mysterious attacks plunge Sweden into chaos & confusion. The Unthinkable is "about time running out, and protecting what matters most." Starring Christoffer Nordenrot, Lisa Henni, Jesper Barkselius, Pia Halvorsen, and Magnus Sundberg. No idea why this took so long to get a US release, ...
Author: Alex Billington
Posted: April 12, 2021, 4:25 pm
"I just thought of us as family." HBO Max has revealed an official trailer for a documentary titled Lucy The Human Chimp, which looks like the perfect double feature with the doc film Jane. The film recounts the story of a chimpanzee raised as a human in the 1960s in an experiment conducted by psychologists from the University of Oklahoma. It then follows Lucy and Janis Carter, the woman who took on the task of helping to give her freedom by living with her in the wild. Directed by Alex Parkinson, the doc film showcases home movies, archival film and photographs from the personal collection of Jane Temerlin, the psychologist who initially raised Lucy, and Janis Carter, much of which has been previously unseen. Carter is considered the only human ever to live as the leader of a group of wild chimpanzees. Lucy is the only ape raised as human ever to live in the wild. "Janis has waited 40 ...
Author: Alex Billington
Posted: April 12, 2021, 2:15 pm
"I'm no more equipped to deal with this than any of you." Lionsgate has released an official trailer for an "intense, action packed survival-adventure" film titled Endangered Species, from director M.J. Bassett, of the other blatant "African animals are dangerous" film Rogue from last year. This one follows a wealthy American family who travel to the vast African wilderness of Kenya hoping for a dream vacation filled with excitement, bonding and a chance to fix the growing rifts within their family. But when their safari vehicle is attacked by a rhino protecting her calf, the family is left stranded miles from help and their dream vacation turns into a nightmarish struggle for survival where they're the bottom of the food chain. Starring Rebecca Romijn, Phillip Winchester, Jerry O'Connell, Isabel Bassett, Michael Johnston, Brenda Ngeso. Ayyy this looks like complete junk, vilifying all the animals more than the tourists who come to their home. Here's the official trailer (+ poster) for M.J. ...
Author: Alex Billington
Posted: April 12, 2021, 1:48 pm
"There's a bright line burning in your heart, Anna." Greenwich Ent. has revealed an official US trailer for the German indie drama When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit, based on the classic book of the same name written by Judith Kerr, based on her childhood memories. Telling the story of a Jewish family's escape from 1933 Berlin throughout Europe that tackles prejudice, exile, displacement and adaptation, as told from the perspective of the author's alter ego, nine year-old Anna Kemper - played by youngster Riva Krymalowski in her feature film debut. "You don’t go into exile for fun. You miss the country of your childhood. You miss the people. You miss the language." Indeed. Another tragic story of how terrible Nazis were. Also starring Carla Juri, Oliver Masucci, Marinus Hohmann, Justus von Dohnányi, Ursula Werner, Rahel Hubacher, Peter Bantli, and Anne Bennent. I appreciate the authenticity - German actors all speaking in German. And it is a tragic story, but it's ...
Author: Alex Billington
Posted: April 12, 2021, 12:50 pm
"I'm not hallucinating..." Netflix has revealed a brand new trailer for Joe Wright's mysterious crime thriller The Woman in the Window. Not to be confused with The Girl on the Train or the horror film The Witch in the Window. After years of delays, this was supposed to open last summer, but then the pandemic wiped that out, too. Fox sold it to Netflix, and now it's launching streaming this May after years of waiting. Anna Fox feels safest when she's watching the world from behind her window. Until the Russell family moves in across the street, and she witnesses something unimaginable. The question is... what really happened? Dun dun dun! Obviously there will be some big twists and turns in here. Based on the novel of the same name. Amy Adams stars as Anna, she's joined by Gary Oldman, Julianne Moore, Wyatt Russell, Anthony Mackie, Brian Tyree Henry, Jeanine Serralles, Liza Colón-Zayas, and Fred Hechinger. This still looks pretty ...
Author: Alex Billington
Posted: April 11, 2021, 8:58 pm
"We start thinking about the things we're missing... and forget about the things we have." Holy hell this looks freaky! IFC Films has released an official trailer for the indie horror The Djinn, finally being released in May this year in both theaters + on VOD at the same time. A mute boy is trapped in his apartment with a sinister monster when he makes a wish to fulfill his heart's greatest desire. That is a simple setup, but this looks insanely creepy overall. This stars Ezra Dewey as Dylan, along with Rob Brownstein, Tevy Poe, Donald Pitts, and John Erickson. The apartment cinematography in this (by DP Julián Estrada) is what makes it effectively scary. This really seems like it could end up a sleeper hit just because it's so disturbing. Here's the first official trailer for David Charbonier & Justin Powell's The Djinn, from IFC's YouTube: A mute boy (Ezra Dewey) is trapped in his own apartment with a sinister ...
Author: Alex Billington
Posted: April 11, 2021, 8:43 pm
"I need to show them that they can't beat me." Music Box Films has released an official trailer for the indie film The Perfect Candidate, the latest film co-written & directed by acclaimed Saudi Arabian filmmaker Haifaa Al-Mansour. She first broke out with the beloved indie Wadjda, made a few films in Hollywood, then went back to tell this distinctly Saudi Arabian story. It's about a female doctor who, despite intense pressure and criticism, decides to run for council in order to improve the roadway to her medical practice. "Maryam sees the election as a way to fix the muddy road in front of her clinic, but her campaign slowly garners broader appeal." Starring Mila Alzahrani, Dhay, Nourah Al Awad, and Khalid Abdulrhim. This premiered at the 2019 Venice Film Festival, and it also played at the Toronto, Zurich, Palm Springs, Sundance Film Festivals. I initially caught this back in Venice and raved about it in my review then, as ...
Author: Alex Billington
Posted: April 11, 2021, 8:16 pm
"The noise of life lives in his paintings." Greenwich Ent. has released the official trailer for an indie art documentary called Kenny Scharf: When Worlds Collide, about the famed artist Kenny Scharf. The feature directorial debut of Malia Scharf and Max Basch and 11 years in the making, When Worlds Collide is about the "art of fun, about living life out loud, despite setbacks, and about Kenny Scharf’s particular do-it- yourself, high-tone, technicolor artistic vision." It was supposed to premiere at SXSW, and they describe it as: "When Kenny Scharf arrived in NYC in the early 1980’s, he quickly met and befriended Keith Haring and Jean Michel Basquiat; There, amongst the fervent creative bustle of a depressed downtown scene the trio would soon change the way we think about art, the world, and ourselves. But unlike Haring & Basquiat, who both died tragically young, Kenny lived through cataclysmic shifts in the East Village as well as the ravages of AIDS ...
Author: Alex Billington
Posted: April 11, 2021, 7:33 pm
Unfortunately I have been hospitalized for an emergency issue with my lungs (not COVID related). The doctors have told me that I must stay lying down and cannot sit or use my laptop right now. For the moment all updates and posts are on hold. Hopefully I'll be fully recovered and will catch up next week. Thank you for understanding and for your patience. UPDATE: I'm beginning to recover, but it will still be slow going for a bit as I continue to catch up with trailers I've missed, and as I get better day-by-day after returning from the hospital. Thank you for all the kind words and support, I'm glad to still be here keeping this going.
Author: Alex Billington
Posted: April 8, 2021, 1:45 pm
"Those men that came for your father - did you see their faces?" Warner Bros has debuted the first official trailer for a thriller titled Those Who Wish Me Dead, the latest feature directed by writer / filmmaker Taylor Sheridan after he broke out as a director with Wind River a few years back. While reeling from the loss of three lives she failed to save in a fire, smoke jumper Hannah comes across a traumatized 12-year-old boy with nowhere else to turn. Another tricky, twisty Sheridan plot - this one involving everything from assassins to forest fires to federal agents and much more. Starring Academy Award-winner Angelina Jolie, based on Michael Kortya’s novel. Also starring Nicholas Hoult, Finn Little, Aiden Gillen, Medina Senghore, Tyler Perry, Jake Weber, and Jon Bernthal. This looks pretty damn good; not surprised with this cast and crew, just hope there's some clever reveals as it all plays out. Jolie looks solid. Take a look. Here's ...
Author: Alex Billington
Posted: April 7, 2021, 1:30 pm
"I will kill everyone linked to you." Well Go USA has released an official US trailer for a crazy fun Korean action thriller movie called Deliver Us From Evil, from filmmaker Won-Chon Hong, best known as the screenwriter of The Chaser, The Scam, The Yellow Sea, and Confession of Murder. This is actually more of a half Korea, half Thailand production, as most of the film is spent in Thailand. The film follows In-nam, a hitman who plans to retire after completing one final hit, but finds himself linked to a kidnapping case in Thailand and targeted by Ray, the man whose sibling he assassinated previously. Starring Hwang Jung-min, Lee Jung-jae, Park Jung-min, and Choi Hee-seo. Featuring music by Mowg. This looks super stylish and intense, thanks to a lot of kick ass practical action filmed in Thailand. This looks like it's a must watch for anyone that's a fan of international action cinema and complex, twisty hitman plots. Check ...
Author: Alex Billington
Posted: April 7, 2021, 1:09 pm
"There's something about poetic justice that's just so... poetic." Disney has debuted a second official trailer for the new live-action Cruella movie, the new story about the rebellious early days of one of cinemas most notorious – and notoriously fashionable – villains, the legendary Cruella de Vil. We already featured the first teaser trailer and a "Sneak Preview" recently for this one, and here's a health helping of more footage. This reinvention of the classic 101 Dalmatians (though this only seems to have 3 dalmatians this time?) focuses on its evil fashionista villain instead, but still does have dogs and lavish costumes. Emma Stone stars as Cruella de Vil, with Emma Thompson, Mark Strong, Paul Walter Hauser, Emily Beecham, Joel Fry, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, and John McCrea. Oscar-winning costume designer Jenny Beavan (Mad Max: Fury Road, A Room with a View) creates the dazzling and imaginative costumes, which take on a life of their own. Honestly, I'm still thinking this will ...
Author: Alex Billington
Posted: April 7, 2021, 12:37 pm
"You can't be following me!? Like, I'm 'No One Special', man." IFC Films has unveiled an official trailer for the indie film Mainstream, which originally premiered at last year's big Venice Film Festival during the pandemic. The second feature from filmmaker Gia Coppola (following Palo Alto) is another intense social media cautionary tale about a wacky personality that gets sucked into internet fame. Three people struggle to preserve their identities as they form an eccentric love triangle within the fast-moving internet age. A young woman thinks she’s found a path to internet stardom when she starts making YouTube videos with a charismatic stranger – until the dark side of viral celebrity threatens to ruin them both. Starring Maya Hawke & Andrew Garfield & Nat Wolff, with Kalena Yiaueki, Johnny Knoxville, and also Jason Schwartzman. I liked this film more than most critics at Venice last year - read my full review. This trailer captures the vibe of how wickedly insane ...
Author: Alex Billington
Posted: April 6, 2021, 6:38 pm
"It sounds so crazy now." HBO has revealed an official trailer for a mysterious, compelling new true crime doc series titled Pray, Obey, Kill. Yeah this one joins the ranks of many other religious cult / crazy sect stories before it. On a cold night in January 2004, gunshots rang out across the remote Swedish village, Knutby, home to a small, tight-knit Pentecostal congregation, leaving a young woman murdered in her bed. Attention soon turned towards the community – the victim's husband, also the sect’s pastor, the victim's 26-year-old nanny, and the sect's leader known as "The Bride of Christ." The case gained instant international notoriety when the nanny confessed within days, claiming she was told to commit the acts through a series of text messages from God. What soon emerged, however, was a wild tale of a scandalous love triangle and details of another suspicious death that had occurred years before. Behind it all were the mysterious actions ...
Author: Alex Billington
Posted: April 6, 2021, 6:12 pm
"Awaken your magic!" Yay! One of the best animated films from last year is now playing in cinemas again. GKids has re-released Tomm Moore & Ross Stewart's magical adventure Wolfwalkers in select theaters in the US, with more venues playing it nationwide coming up this weekend. A young apprentice hunter and her father journey to Ireland to help wipe out the last wolf pack. But everything changes when she befriends a free-spirited girl from a mysterious tribe rumored to transform into wolves by night. Featuring the voices of Honor Kneafsey, Eva Whitaker, Sean Bean, Simon McBurney, Tommy Tiernan, Jon Kenny, John Morton, and Maria Doyle Kennedy. I totally adore this film, along with everything else Tomm Moore has made! I'm happy it's playing again after first opening in the fall. As wonderful as this film is, it's even better on the big screen! If you can safely get to a movie theater to see this one, don't miss that chance. ...
Author: Alex Billington
Posted: April 6, 2021, 6:00 pm
"All they see is another black man with a rap sheet." Netflix has debuted an official trailer for an acclaimed indie drama titled Monster, which originally premiered years ago at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. It's finally getting a streaming release on Netflix this spring. Not to be confused with Luce, the other acclaimed Kelvin Harrison Jr. film from Sundance. Monster tells the story of Steve Harmon, an honor student whose world comes crashing down around him when he is charged with felony murder. The indie film follows his dramatic journey from a smart, likeable film student from Harlem attending an elite high school through a complex legal battle that could leave him spending the rest of his life in prison. Also starring Jennifer Hudson, Jeffrey Wright, Jharrel Jerome, Jennifer Ehle, Rakim Mayers, Nasir 'Nas' Jones, Tim Blake Nelson, and John David Washington. Dang - this looks like it might be worth the wait after all. Here's the official trailer (+ ...
Author: Alex Billington
Posted: April 6, 2021, 5:36 pm
"The only thing he has more than kills, are medals." Amazon Studios has debuted a second official trailer for Without Remorse, the latest Tom Clancy action movie adaptation. This time Michael B. Jordan stars as John Kelly (originally the name is John Clark in the novel), an elite Navy SEAL specialist who goes after an escaped operative hiding out in Russia. The explosive origin story of action hero John Clark, one of the most popular characters in author Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan universe, Without Remorse is directed by the acclaimed filmmaker Stefano Sollima. The full cast also includes Jodie Turner-Smith, Jamie Bell, Guy Pearce, Lauren London, Jacob Scipio, Todd Lasance, Jack Kesy, Cam Gigandet, and Lucy Russell. This is being released direct to Amazon Prime at the end of this month, which might be the best plan for it despite all the intense action scenes. As this really doesn't look that impressive, despite everyone involved in it. The airplane escape ...
Author: Alex Billington
Posted: April 6, 2021, 5:02 pm