First Brief Teaser for Don Hertzfeldt's 'World of Tomorrow Episode Two'

World of Tomorrow Episode Two Teaser

Get ready! Acclaimed filmmaker Don Hertzfeldt is returning this year with another of his one-of-a-kind animated shorts called World of Tomorrow Episode Two (in full World of Tomorrow Episode Two: Burden of Other People's Thoughts), the sequel to his highly successful World of Tomorrow from a few years ago. If you've never seen it, stop what you are doing and watch World of Tomorrow right now - it's a brilliant "sci-fi" story based around the ramblings of Hertzfeldt's five-year-old niece. This sequel once again uses recordings of his niece to tell the follow-up story of Emily, who is swept into the brain of an incomplete backup clone of her future self, on a mission to reboot her broken mind. The film premiered at Fantastic Fest to some seriously rave reviews, including a rare A+ from David Ehrlich at Indiewire. I really can't wait to see this, I'm sure it's going to be just as mesmerizing and profound as the first one. Get your first glimpse.

 Posted 5 hours ago in Animation, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Teaser Trailer for 'The Strange Ones' Starring James Freedson-Jackson

The Strange Ones Trailer

"Remember - it's all in your head. It's not real…" Vertical Entertainment has unveiled the first teaser trailer for an indie crime thriller titled The Strange Ones, from young directors Christopher Radcliff & Lauren Wolkstein, which premiered at the SXSW Film Festival earlier this year. The story follows two travelers as they make their way across a remote American landscape, with mysterious things happening. This stars Alex Pettyfer, James Freedson-Jackson, Emily Althaus, Tobias Campbell, Owen Campbell, and Gene Jones. The film won a Special Jury prize at SXSW for the Breakthrough Performance of James Freedson-Jackson. This looks like pretty much every other "strange America" film about people lost in the wilderness, getting into all kinds of trouble. I can't even tell what this is about, but the trailer is cool at least.

 Posted 5 hours ago in Indies, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Second Trailer for Train Thriller 'The Commuter' Starring Liam Neeson

The Commuter Trailer

"Most of us ride this train every day. We nod, we say hello, but how much do we really know about each other?" Lionsgate has debuted the second trailer for the action-thriller train movie starring Liam Neeson, titled The Commuter. From the same director of Non-Stop (the airplane movie) and The Shallows, this movie is basically Unstoppable (the train movie) meets Non-Stop (or even Source Code). Neeson plays an insurance salesman who gets mixed up in a criminal conspiracy on his daily train commute home. Vera Farmiga, a "mysterious stranger", sits with him for a chat and things get very interesting. The cast includes Patrick Wilson, Killian Scott, Jonathan Banks, Sam Neill, Elizabeth McGovern, Florence Pugh, and Damson Idris. This looks like it has tons of action and will be intense to watch, I'm intrigued. Enjoy.

 Posted 11 hours ago in To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Review: Silliness Rules the Throne in Taika Waititi's 'Thor: Ragnarok'

Thor: Ragnarok Review

There was a time where DC was all intense and dark, and Marvel was light and silly. Yet, over the years, Marvel got serious. And it was great. But a large part of me missed the silliness (and let's face it, we could all use a little silliness right now, if only for a couple of hours to escape the shitshow happening outside!). With Taika Waititi's Thor: Ragnarok, that silliness is back by the space-ship load. Waititi sets the tone early and it's evident that, for that time you spend in the cinema, all will be well. Big, bold moments are set up and immediately torn down with a witty one-liner that takes the legs out from under you and, despite some pretty twisted content, you're never really worried because you know you're in very safe hands.

 Posted 12 hours ago in Marvel, Review | Comments

Sam Claflin, Asa Butterfield in UK Trailer for WWI Film 'Journey's End'

Journey's End Trailer

"We won't last five minutes if the Germans attack…" Lionsgate UK has unveiled a new trailer for a WWI drama titled Journey's End, which just premiered at the Toronto and London Film Festivals this fall. The film is based on a seminal British play about WWI, set mostly in a dugout in Aisne, France in 1918. The story is about a group of ragged British officers, led by the mentally disintegrating young officer Stanhope, who are awaiting their fate in this wretched place. The three officers are played by Paul Bettany, Stephen Graham, and Tom Sturridge, and the cast includes Sam Claflin as a Captain, plus Asa Butterfield as a young new officer; as well as Toby Jones, Robert Glenister, Oliver Dimsdale, and Miles Jupp. This looks like a solid, emotionally draining, riveting drama that is once again about the brutal horrors of war, specifically the trench warfare of WWI. I really want to see this, what a fantastic trailer. Take a look below.

 Posted 13 hours ago in To Watch, Trailer | Comments

First Official Trailer for Paul Thomas Anderson's Film 'Phantom Thread'

Phantom Thread Trailer

"Perhaps I'm looking for trouble?" It's here! Focus Features has unveiled the first official trailer for Paul Thomas Anderson's latest film, Phantom Thread, which is also the final film starring acclaimed actor Daniel Day-Lewis, who is retiring from acting (for now). Set in the 1950s in London, the sensual story is about renowned dressmaker named Reynolds Woodcock, as played by Day-Lewis, whose "carefully tailored life" is disrupted by love. The cast includes Lesley Manville, Vicky Krieps, Camilla Rutherford, Jane Perry, and others. According to Focus, the movie "paints an illuminating portrait both of an artist on a creative journey, and the women who keep his world running." Sounds, and looks, ravishing. This also looks like the kind of film that will make dress-lovers go crazy with joy at the costumes in the film. Watch it below.

 Posted 13 hours ago in To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Eliza Taylor Stars in First Trailer for Teen Crime Thriller Film 'Thumper'

Thumper Trailer

"Do you trust her?" The Orchard has debuted an official trailer for an indie crime thriller titled Thumper, from writer/director Jordan Ross. This stars Eliza Taylor (seen on "The 100") as a new student at a drug-ridden high school in an impoverished California town. She befriends a local drug dealer, but ends up way too deep in the local drug ring. The cast includes Daniel Webber, Pablo Schreiber, Lena Headey, Ben Feldman, and Brigitte Kali. This premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival but didn't emerge with much buzz. There's some impressive cinematography in this trailer, but the rest of it seems like another typical small-town crime thriller, once again about teens caught up in the craziness unable to escape. Check it out.

 Posted 15 hours ago in Indies, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

LFF Review: Emmanuel Gras' 'Makala' is an Exceptional Documentary

Makala Review

We really are living in the Golden Age of documentaries. There are so many extraordinary documentaries released every year, and too many get lost in the mix, or go unnoticed, when they deserve a better audience. There's also so many different kinds of documentaries - from music docs to political discoveries to historical stories to human experiences. Makala is a film that is all about the raw, visceral experience, and it is jaw-dropping incredible. Made by French filmmaker Emmanuel Gras, Makala follows one man from Congo (aka Democratic Republic of the Congo) who makes charcoal on his own then carries it on a bike to a nearby city to sell. That's all this documentary is, but let me assure you, it is utterly gripping, eye-opening cinema.

 Posted October 22 in Documentaries, Review | Comments

LFF Review: Linklater's 'Last Flag Flying' Has a Few Nice Conversations

Last Flag Flying Review

Trust in Richard Linklater. Like any great filmmaker, no matter what story he decides to tell, or whatever film he wants to make, it'll almost always be good. I will full well admit that I had low expectations for this film before going in to see it, I'm not exactly sure why. Maybe I just didn't want to see another film about American soldiers (there have been so many recently), or veterans complaining about how things are, or the American flag. Whatever it was, I was wrong. Linklater's Last Flag Flying is an impressively level-headed, intelligent film with some nice, heartwarming conversations amongst good friends. It's a buddy film about three aging veterans who go on a roadtrip around America, reminiscing about their pasts and catching up.

 Posted October 22 in Indies, Review | Comments

Official UK Trailer for German Comedy Film 'My Blind Date with Life'

My Blind Date with Life Trailer

"Let me prove to you that I can do it." Studiocanal UK has debuted the official UK trailer for a Germany comedy film titled My Blind Date with Life, or originally Mein Blind Date mit dem Leben in German. The film tells the true story of a student who nearly became blind as a teenager. He keeps his limited eye sight a secret and starts working at a hotel in Munich, soon falling in love with a woman. Kostja Ullmann stars as the lead character Saliya Kahawatte, with a cast including Anna Maria Mühe, Nilam Farooq, Sylvana Krappatsch, Ludger Pistor, Johann von Bülow, and Herbert Forthuber. This looks like a very cheesy German romantic comedy, but there's a heartwarming story behind it all. That said, this doesn't seem like it will be good. At least you can get a glimpse at what campy German comedies are like - have fun.

 Posted October 20 in Comedy, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Watch: 'Kinderfänger' - Genuinely Scary Pied Piper Horror Short Film

Kinderfänger Short Film

"Following the music leads to death…" Whoa! Looking for something to really, truly scare you? Watch this. Kinderfänger is a horror short film from director Christopher Alender, that premiered on Crypt TV's YouTube series of horror shorts this month. The title Kinderfänger roughly translates to "child snatcher", which makes this all the more scary when you see what happens in it. There are a few big twists, and some crazy horrific moments that you won't see coming. But damn this is some slick, minimal filmmaking. The Kinderfänger villain is freaky as hell, one of the scariest horror creatures I've seen in a while. So, watch out.

 Posted October 20 in Horror, Short Film, To Watch | Comments

Official Trailer for Horror Thriller Film 'I Remember You' from Iceland

I Remember You Trailer

"It's impossible that this is a coincidence." IFC Films has debuted an official US trailer for a horror thriller titled I Remember You from Iceland, about a young man and woman who move into a small abandoned town in Iceland to renovate an old house. Of course, this house has a dark past and things start to happen once they arrive. While this trailer is appropriately timed for the horror season this October, the film doesn't actually open until mid-November in America. This stars a fine set of Icelandic actors: Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson, Thor Kristjansson, Ágústa Eva Erlendsdóttir & Anna Gunndís Guðmundsdóttir. This looks like another good dark, freaky supernatural thriller with an Icelandic twist. Check it out below.

 Posted October 20 in Horror, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

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