"The Saga You Know, The Origins You Don't...." This is the week where we all finally get to experience the grand finale in the Skywalker saga, with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker opening in theaters soon. If you're in need of a hearty Star Wars boost to get you in the right mood, or just want to explore some more Star Wars goodness in honor of the long-awaited opening this week, this new fan film is a must watch. Star Wars: Origins is a spectacular, whimsical, and entertaining 18-minute short film made by filmmaker Phil Hawkins. The concept involves re-imaginging our own history as if Star Wars took place in our past. And what it would be like to go looking for artifacts related to the great stories. Starring Marie Everett, Jamie Costa, Hadrian Howard, and Philip Walker. Not only does this look and sound great, it's a thoroughly entertaining film with a couple of clever twists. Not just ...
Author: Alex Billington
Posted: December 15, 2019, 5:38 pm
"I want you to make me a promise: not to get excited." Cohen Media Group & Cohen Film Collection have debuted an official trailer for a 2K restoration re-release of the classic 1979 film The Europeans, the first in James Ivory's Henry James triptych. Set in the fall of 1850, a few miles outside Boston. The household of the dour Mr. Wentworth receives two unannounced visitors from Europe, Eugenia and Felix, the daughter and son of his half sister. The film deals with "the social and moral clashes between the New World and the Continent." This first premiered at the 1979 Cannes Film Festival, and went on to earn one Academy Award nomination for Best Costume Design. The costume design and its production design "solidified the 'state-of-the-art' (and impeccably researched) period trappings that have since become synonymous with Merchant Ivory." Starring Lee Remick, Robin Ellis, Wesley Addy, and Tim Choate. Enjoy the new trailer below. Here's the new restoration trailer (+ ...
Author: Alex Billington
Posted: December 13, 2019, 4:15 pm
"Round 3, fight!" It's Pizza Time! Order yourself a pie and enjoy this action comedy short film. Pizza Time is the latest short made by filmmaking collective Maker Table, based out of Dallas, TX - we also featured their horror short Monitor last year. This incredibly fun 80s throwback is about a legendary pizza delivery driver, who upon arriving at his destination, stumbles into the scene of a hitman's contract killing. Will he make it out alive or not? Starring Eric Jacobus and Ben Worley (who also made the music for the short). Director Ryan Polly explains: "I made the film as an homage to Jackie Chan and great action-comedy films of the 80's." I dig the fight choreography in this, and the arcade machines, good times. Watch in full below. Thanks to Ryan for the tip on this one. Original description via YouTube: "A legendary pizza delivery driver goes to the right place at the wrong time when he stumbles ...
Author: Alex Billington
Posted: December 12, 2019, 11:09 pm
"This is the beginning of the fall of mankind." Oscilloscope Labs has debuted an official trailer for VHYes, described as a "bizarre retro comedy" made by filmmaker Jack Henry Robbins. Shot entirely on VHS and Beta, the feature film follows 12-year-old Ralph as he accidentally records home videos and his favorite late night shows over his parents' wedding tape. What a concept. "A hypnotic narrative told through hundreds of criss-crossing vignettes and a mix of absurdist comedy, sincere drama, music, and just a touch of horror, this wholly original feature debut expertly walks the fine line between complete lunacy and total sincerity." It sounds super weird, but also kind of fun to watch. Starring Mason McNulty as Ralph. Press play below. Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for Jack Henry Robbins' VHYes, direct from Oscope's YouTube: A bizarre retro comedy shot entirely on VHS, VHYes takes us back to a simpler time, when twelve-year-old Ralph mistakenly records home videos and his ...
Author: Alex Billington
Posted: December 12, 2019, 10:09 pm
"The universe is trying to tell you something - pay attention!" Oh yeah - take a big hit of this! Epic Pictures has debuted a full-length official trailer for a wacky, mesmerizing psychedelic thriller titled The Wave, the feature directorial debut of filmmaker Gille Klabin. This already premiered at Fantastic Fest and Screamfest this year, and will be available on VOD in January. Justin Long plays a man on the verge of a promotion takes a mysterious hallucinogenic drug that begins to tear down his reality and expose his life for what it really is. Seems to be a psychedelic parable about capitalism and the rat race we're all sucked into, a bit like Sorry to Bother You but way, way trippier. The full cast also includes Donald Faison, Tommy Flanagan, Sheila Vand, Katia Winter, Ronnie Gene Blevins, and Bill Sage. Uh yeah, so this looks damn good! Really want to see it, always keen on checking out twisted, unique ...
Author: Alex Billington
Posted: December 12, 2019, 4:36 pm
"Don't be afraid. Be brave." Passion River Films is highlighting one of their best releases from this fall, an animated documentary film titled Liyana. This originally premiered in 2017, but since then has picked up over 35 Jury & Audience Awards from numerous festivals all over the world. After playing at various fests for over two years, it's now available to watch on VOD or DVD. Liyana is a genre-defying documentary that tells the story of five children in the Kingdom of Eswatini who turn past trauma into an original fable about a girl named Liyana who embarks on a perilous quest to save her young twin brothers. The film weaves her animated journey together with poetic documentary scenes to create an inspiring tale of perseverance and hope. It looks like an imaginative and inspiring film to discover about the incredible power of storytelling. Here's the official US trailer (+ original poster) for Aaron & Amanda Kopp's Liyana, direct from YouTube: A ...
Author: Alex Billington
Posted: December 12, 2019, 3:49 pm
"It's the story of a block that was disappearing... The streets were made of music." WB has debuted the first trailer for the In the Heights movie, based on the Broadway musical of the same name. In the Heights fuses Lin-Manuel Miranda's kinetic music & lyrics with Crazy Rich Asians director Jon M. Chu's lively & authentic eye for storytelling to capture a world very much of its place, but universal in its experience. The story follows a bodega owner in Washington Heights, NYC, who has mixed feelings about closing his store and retiring to the Dominican Republic after inheriting his grandma's fortune. Starring Anthony Ramos (from the Broadway show), Corey Hawkins, singer/songwriter Leslie Grace, Melissa Barrera, Olga Merediz, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Gregory Diaz IV, Stephanie Beatriz, Dascha Polanco, and Jimmy Smits. Plus Lin-Manuel Miranda, of course. This looks magnificent! So vibrant, inspiring, empowering. Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for Jon M. Chu's In the Heights, direct from WB's YouTube: Lights ...
Author: Alex Billington
Posted: December 12, 2019, 2:40 pm
"Do you ever stop eating?" Sometimes we need a good pick-me-up, and it's a short film like this that might do the trick. Christmas Spirit is a lovely 10 minute short film made by director/editor Andy Delaney, with writer Rich With. "Working in conjunction with the charity Cruse Bereavement Care, Andy and Rich have crafted a beautifully melancholic and yet ultimately uplifting Christmas film guaranteed to leave a lump in your throat." The short is about a boy who helps his dad deal with grief at Christmas in his own unique way. Starring Curtis Flowers and introducing Bert Davis as The Boy, along with Charles Sharman-Cox, Olivia Sawbridge, Rachel Beauchamp, Dylan Tate and Jamie-Lee Pike. Not only is this an excellent short, the music they use throughout really adds to the emotion of it all. Highly recommend watch this one. Thanks to Rich for the tip on this. Description via YouTube: "Having lost his wife ten years previously at the birth ...
Author: Alex Billington
Posted: December 12, 2019, 12:13 am
"You were a soldier... So were we all. Let's act like it." RLJE Films & Voltage Pics have debuted an official trailer for an indie action horror film titled VFW, the latest offering from filmmaker Joe Begos - who also delivered the bloody vampire flick Bliss this year. VFW, which stands for Veterans of Foreign Wars, is about a group of VFWs who must defend their local post and an innocent teen against a deranged drug dealer and his army of punk mutants. It's described as "The Wild Bunch meets Night of the Living Dead", and the key one-liner is: "These Vietnam vets have been to hell and back, but this will be the longest night of their lives." Starring Stephen Lang, William Sadler, Martin Kove, David Patrick Kelly, Sierra McCormick, Tom Williamson, Travis Hammer, George Wendt, and Fred Williamson. Vintage grainy action fun. Here's the first official trailer for Joe Begos' film VFW, direct from Voltage Pictures' YouTube: A typical night ...
Author: Alex Billington
Posted: December 11, 2019, 10:25 pm
"Who needs brains?" Focus Features has unveiled an official trailer for a bold thriller titled Promising Young Woman, the feature directorial debut of "Killing Eve" producer / writer Emerald Fennell. The film is already set to open in theaters in April. What's the cool concept in this? Everyone said Cassie was a promising young woman... until a mysterious event abruptly derailed her future. But nothing in Cassie's life is what it appears to be: she's wickedly smart, tantalizingly cunning, and she's living a secret double life by night. Traumatized by a tragic event in her past, she starts seeking vengeance against those who cross her path. Carey Mulligan stars with a big ensemble including Bo Burnham, Alison Brie, Connie Britton, Adam Brody, Jennifer Coolidge, Laverne Cox, Max Greenfield, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Sam Richardson, Chris Lowell, Molly Shannon, and Clancy Brown. You do not want to miss this trailer. Here's the first official trailer for Emerald Fennell's Promising Young Woman, direct from YouTube: From ...
Author: Alex Billington
Posted: December 11, 2019, 9:57 pm
"Your whole plan is doomed to failure..." Empire Mag. has debuted the first official trailer for a true story thriller titled Escape from Pretoria, which is opening first in the UK coming up this March. The film is about two white South Africans, imprisoned for working on behalf of the ANC. They attempt to escape from the notorious white man's Pretoria Prison, known as "Robben Island", the same place former President of South Africa Nelson Mandela was imprisoned before. Starring Daniel Radcliffe and Daniel Webber as the two leads, with a cast including Ian Hart, Nathan Page, Stephen Hunter, Mark Leonard Winter, Jeanette Cronin, David Wilson, and Ratidzo Mambo. Based on a true story, of course. This looks like a solid prison escape thriller, about insistent prisoners who want out as a way of fighting back. Have a look. Here's the first UK trailer (+ poster) for Francis Annan's Escape from Pretoria, from Empire's YouTube: Two white South Africans, imprisoned for working ...
Author: Alex Billington
Posted: December 11, 2019, 3:24 pm
"How does it make you... feel?" UFO Distribution from France has unveiled the first international trailer for an indie psychological drama titled Swallow, from writer/director Carlo Mirabella-Davis. This premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, and also stopped by Fantastic Fest and Fantasia, meaning it's more than just a straightforward drama - as this trailer hints. Haley Bennett stars as Hunter, a newly pregnant housewife, who finds herself increasingly compelled to consume dangerous objects. As her husband & his family tighten their control over her life, she must confront the dark secret behind her obsession. The cast includes Austin Stowell, Elizabeth Marvel, David Rasche, Luna Lauren Velez, Zabryna Guevara, as well as Denis O'Hare. There's such a sinister and unsettling undercurrent in this which makes it all the more compelling. Here's the first international trailer (+ poster) for Carlo Mirabella-Davis' Swallow, direct from YouTube: Pregnant housewife Hunter (Haley Bennett) suddenly develops a case of pica — a psychological disorder involving the desire to ...
Author: Alex Billington
Posted: December 10, 2019, 10:06 pm
"This is a classic tale of identity... It's going to be tough to tell them apart." 1091 Media has released their official US trailer for an indie documentary titled And Two If By Sea, which is a twist on the classic "Paul Revere's Ride" poem ("one, if by land, and two, if by sea"). The doc film is not really a sports doc, not really a family doc - perhaps a mix of both, and then some. It's about two brothers who happen to be professional surfers, CJ & Damien Hobgood, and their experiences in life being competitive siblings. "A cinematic tale of adventure, destiny, and family. The story of iconic professional surfers and identical twins CJ & Damien Hobgood. Their sibling rivalry and struggle to each to establish their own identity fueled their careers, but ripped their personal and peripheral relationships apart." Damn, now I need to watch to see what happened. Here's the official US trailer (+ poster) for ...
Author: Alex Billington
Posted: December 10, 2019, 6:47 pm
"It's like a piece of theater every take." Universal has released an extensive making of featurette for Sam Mendes' war movie 1917, arriving in theaters on Christmas Day this month. We previously posted a behind-the-scenes featurette and two trailers, but this one is pretty much a Special Features video that is now online anyway. Set during World War I in the year 1917, the movie takes place over the course of one day, following soldiers on a "seemingly impossible mission" to deliver a message across enemy lines to stop an attack. With cinematography by Roger Deakins. Starring Dean-Charles Chapman and George MacKay, joined by a stellar ensemble cast with Benedict Cumberbatch, Richard Madden, Andrew Scott, Mark Strong, Colin Firth, Teresa Mahoney, Daniel Mays, Anson Boon, and Richard McCabe. As a movie nerd, I dig these videos because I love hearing Mendes & Deakins talk about their process and how they made this. Here's the final Extended Featurette video for Sam Mendes' ...
Author: Alex Billington
Posted: December 10, 2019, 6:17 pm
"This is what was in the mine... It's a diabolical spirit." Searchlight has revealed the third & final official trailer for Antlers, the latest from director Scott Cooper (of Crazy Heart, Out of the Furnace, Black Mass, Hostiles). The first two trailers have been very creepy and very effective at introducing this monster horror story. In the film, a small-town Oregon teacher and her brother, the local sheriff, become entwined with a young student harboring a dangerous secret with frightening consequences. It's adapted from a short story called "The Quiet Boy" by Nick Antosca, which grabbed the attention of Guillermo del Toro because he is also producing this dark fantasy horror feature. Antlers stars Keri Russell, Jesse Plemons, JT Corbitt, Graham Greene, Scott Haze, Rory Cochrane, and Amy Madigan. Look for the arm in that final shot. Here's the third & final trailer for Scott Cooper's Antlers, direct from Fox Searchlight's YouTube: You can still watch the first teaser trailer for Cooper's ...
Author: Alex Billington
Posted: December 10, 2019, 5:38 pm
"Are you alone in the house right now?" Sony has revealed a terrifying new red band trailer for the latest update of The Grudge, the horror series based on the Ju-on movies from Japan. This new take is directed by Nicolas Pesce, of The Eyes of My Mother and Piercing, and it's produced by horror master Sam Raimi. After a young mother murders her family in her own house, a single mother & detective tries to investigate and solve the case. She discovers the house is cursed by a vengeful ghost that dooms those who enter it with a violent death. Andrea Riseborough stars as the detective, with an impressive cast including Demián Bichir, John Cho, Betty Gilpin, Lin Shaye, Jacki Weaver, William Sadler, Frankie Faison, Tara Westwood, Nancy Sorel, and Stephanie Sy. There is some seriously disgusting stuff in this trailer, but that's the point - especially coming from Pesce. If you've seen his other films, he's very good ...
Author: Alex Billington
Posted: December 10, 2019, 3:31 pm
"I can only imagine how many nights you woke up in a cold sweat?" Lionsgate has debuted a full trailer for the first feature in a mystery crime-thriller trilogy from Sweden called Intrigo, adapted from a series of short stories. The first film, titled Intrigo: Death of an Author, will open in January in US theaters. The teaser we featured a few weeks ago teases the entire trilogy, but this new trailer is specifically for the first film only. Set in northern Europe including Sweden and the Netherlands, the trio of films deal with intimate portraits of crime. Benno Fürmann stars in this first one as a man who receives the last manuscript from a famous author who has disappeared. The cast also includes Ben Kingsley, Tuva Novotny, Elizabeth Counsell, Michael Byrne, Veronica Ferres, Ed Cooper Clarke, and Sandra Dickinson. The next films - Intrigo: Dear Agnes and Intrigo: Samaria - will follow later in the year. Seems like a ...
Author: Alex Billington
Posted: December 10, 2019, 2:42 pm
"You wanna be a business woman? You're going to have to act like a boss." Paramount Pics has debuted a second official trailer for the comedy Like a Boss, the latest from director Miguel Arteta (Cedar Rapids, Beatriz at Dinner, and Duck Butter). This goofy entrepreneur comedy is about two best friends with very different ideals who decide to start a beauty company together. But when they run into financial trouble and sell to a big name corporation, it puts their friendship at risk as they battle about how to proceed under new ownership. "The world of beauty is about to get ugly." Of course it is. Starring Tiffany Haddish and Rose Byrne as best friends, plus Salma Hayek, Billy Porter, Jennifer Coolidge, Ari Graynor, Natasha Rothwell, Jessica St. Clair, and Karan Soni. This looks excruciatingly bad, and not even laughably bad. Here's the second trailer (+ new poster) for Miguel Arteta's Like a Boss, from Paramount's YouTube: You can still watch ...
Author: Alex Billington
Posted: December 9, 2019, 9:57 pm
"I've got a feeling this guy is not going to rest, until he gets justice for his son..." Cinedigm has released a second trailer for action crime thriller Beyond the Law, the latest from horror producer / director James Cullen Bressack. Steven Seagal, DMX, and Johnny Messner star in this action-packed thriller about a man's quest for justice in a corrupt city. When a former detective learns of the murder of his estranged son, he ventures back to the darkened streets he once knew so well. Armed, dangerous and with nothing to lose, he must take on the ruthless local mob in his mission for revenge. Also starring Zack Ward and Chester Rushing, plus Bill Cobbs as a rough yet compassion friend of the reformed cop. This looks like one of the most bland, forgettable action films this year. But if you want to see it, this is already available on VOD now. Here's the second trailer (+ poster) for James ...
Author: Alex Billington
Posted: December 9, 2019, 9:50 pm
"We've been down this road before..." It's here! One of the annual must-see best of the year lists is actually a video countdown made by my colleague David Ehrlich (follow him @davidehrlich). He counts down his 25 best films of the year in a video edited together with footage and music from each of the films. This is such an entertaining way to count down the best cinema of 2019, and it always makes me want to watch each one of these (even the ones I've seen already). His choices this year are all over the place - from Knives Out to Parasite to Ad Astra (really?) to The Beach Bum - and I'm always curious to see his picks. There are so many wonderful films this year, from all over the world, many of the very best ones to watch are in his video. Embedded directly from Vimeo. Short description: "The 25 Best Films of 2019: A Video Countdown." Made ...
Author: Alex Billington
Posted: December 9, 2019, 7:08 pm