Fantastic Fest Review: Joachim Trier's Gripping & Unnerving 'Thelma'

Thelma Review

Norwegian filmmaker Joachim Trier is an artist whose works are always delivered with a healthy dose of message. With Oslo, August 31st (2011) and Louder than Bombs (2015), the filmmaker broke onto the scene ready to force the viewers of his films into deep reflection and meticulous thought. It's no surprise that Trier's latest film, Thelma, comes with that same level of analysis but with an increasingly engaging, sci-fi/horror tale to go along with it. Thelma is a slow burn film, but what starts out as a low simmer eventually builds into a rolling boil, all of which is presented to the viewer with outstanding execution. It's the kind of horror story that keeps the viewer's skills of dissection at work long after the film is over.

 Posted September 22 in Fantastic Fest 17, Review | Comments

First Trailer for Brett Morgen's Doc 'Jane' Tells the Story of Jane Goodall

Jane Doc Trailer

"The more I learned, the more I realized how like us they were." National Geographic has unveiled the first official trailer for the documentary titled Jane, telling the story of famous animal lover and animal rights activist Jane Goodall. Made by the same filmmaker behind the doc Cobain: Montage of Heck, Jane features a "trove of unseen footage" from Goodall's life, including recently discovered 16mm footage of her first adventures into the world of chimpanzees in 1962. The film also features a triumphant score by the legendary Phillip Glass, which is kind of wonderful and makes this even more epic. It's really lovely to see all the old footage of a very young Goodall, this looks like an rousing look back at this extraordinary woman.

 Posted September 22 in Documentaries, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Thomas Jane in Trailer for Yet Another Stephen King Adaptation '1922'

1922 Trailer

"A woman have to be crazy to leave a nice house like this one." Netflix has debuted an official trailer for yet another Stephen King adaptation this year, this one titled 1922 based on one of his short stories. From director Zak Hilditch, 1922 is about a rancher who wants to kill his wife to make money, and attempts to convince his teenage son to participate. Thomas Jane stars, and the cast includes Molly Parker, Neal McDonough, Brian d'Arcy James, Dylan Schmid, and Kaitlyn Bernard. This joins the growing list of Stephen King adaptations in 2017, including The Dark Tower, It, Netflix's Gerald's Game, and "The Mist" TV series. This film looks like it has some style, and is as dark and twisted as everything from King's mind.

 Posted September 22 in Indies, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Eva Green in International Trailer for Polanski's 'Based on a True Story'

Based on a True Story Trailer

"You're in danger carrying this trust…" An official international trailer from France has debuted for the latest Roman Polanski drama titled Based on a True Story, which first premiered at the Cannes Film Festival this year. Most of the reviews were mixed to negative, despite two great performances, the story is redundant and bland and the film never amounts to much. Based on a True Story is about a famous writer, played by Emmanuelle Seigner, going through a tough time who hires a ghost writer to help her with her work. However, it turns out "L", played by Eva Green, is more of an obsessive admirer who actually has an ulterior motive. The full cast includes Vincent Perez, Damien Bonnard, Dominique Pinon, NoĆ©mie Lvovsky, and Camille Chamoux. This is worth watching just for Eva Green, but that's about all I can say.

 Posted September 22 in Foreign Film, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Official Festival Trailer for Psychedelic Horror Mystery 'The Crescent'

The Crescent Trailer

Let the drugs kick in, then watch this. An official trailer is available for a psychedelic horror mystery film titled The Crescent that played at the Toronto Film Festival earlier this month. The Crescent is a new film from director Seth A. Smith (Lowlife), about a mother and her son who go to a beachfront summer home in hopes of healing after an unexpected death in the family. Once there, some totally weird things start to happen (or so it seems). There's some very abstract, mesmerizing, trippy footage in this trailer but it's hard to make any sense of it without seeing the film. The cast includes Danika Vandersteen, Britt Loder, Andrew Gillis, Woodrow Graves, & Terrance Murray. I'm not sure what to make of this. Take a look.

 Posted September 22 in Horror, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

First Trailer for Benson & Moorhead's 'The Endless' from Fantastic Fest

The Endless Trailer

"In your own words, what is 'it'?" Well Go USA has released the first teaser trailer for the new film The Endless, from Justin Benson & Aaron Moorhead, the duo behind the cult favorite horror film Spring from 2014 (it was in Jeremy's Top 10 of 2015 he loved it so much). The Endless is a film about two brothers, as played by Justin Benson & Aaron Moorhead themselves, who return to the cult they fled from years ago to discover that the group's beliefs may be more sane than they once thought. That sounds like one hell of a pitch with lots of mystery. The cast includes Callie Hernandez, James Jordan, Lew Temple, Tate Ellington, Emily Montague, and Peter Cilella. This is playing at Fantastic Fest and the London Film Festival, so take a look for your first glimpse, and keep an eye out if you're intrigued. This is a great teaser.

 Posted September 22 in Indies, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Visit Our Frozen Future in Sci-Fi Action '2307: Winter's Dream' Trailer

2307: Winter's Dream Trailer

"The ice humbles all, it reveals our limitations, our weaknesses, our human-ness." Vertical Entertainment has unveiled an official trailer for a sci-fi action film titled 2307: Winter's Dream, set (obviously enough) in the year 2307 during a new ice age. The plot in this is a bit weird - scientists bio-engineered Humanoids that possess great strength, speed, and tolerance to extreme cold. When one of these humanoids escapes and threatens to lead a rebellion, an elite team of soldiers is sent to hunt him down. This seems to be much more about the gritty action and nefarious characters than the futuristic time it takes place. 2307: Winter's Dream stars Paul Sidhu, Branden Coles, Arielle Holmes, Kelcey Watson, Anne-Solenne Hatte, Timothy Lee DePriest, and Stormi Henley. This looks like it might be okay, but I'm not excited. You?

 Posted September 21 in SciFi, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Review: Vaughn's 'Kingsman: The Golden Circle' is James Bond on Crank

Kingsman: The Golden Circle Review

Based on the acclaimed comic book by Dave Gibbons and Mark Millar, 2015's Kingsman: The Secret Service was a crass, tongue-in-cheek tribute to the spy films of the '60s and '70s. Co-written and directed by English filmmaker Matthew Vaughn (of Layer Cake, Stardust, Kick-Ass, X-Men: First Class), the stylish and subversive send-up became the filmmaker's most commercially successful film to date. Enter the highly anticipated sequel, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, a movie so overblown and preposterous that it feels less like On Her Majesty's Secret Service and more like the deranged lovechild of Austin Powers and Crank.

 Posted September 21 in Review | Comments

James Corden Voices Peter Rabbit in First 'Peter Rabbit' Movie Trailer

Peter Rabbit Trailer

"This is only the beginning." Sony has finally debuted the first official trailer for Will Gluck's Peter Rabbit movie, a hybrid CGI family comedy about the lovable rabbit rascal who messes with Mr. McGregor. Peter Rabbit is voiced by James Corden, and the triplets Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cottontail, are voiced by Margot Robbie, Elizabeth Debicki, and Daisy Ridley. The human cast includes Domhnall Gleeson as Mr. McGregor, plus Rose Byrne. This teaser trailer doesn't show much besides a bunch of animals partying inside of Mr. McGregor's house, which is kind of odd, but hopefully there's a good story to this rather than wacky humor left and right. Also, is it just me, or does Corden's voice not really fit Peter Rabbit? Have fun.

 Posted September 21 in To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Try to Stay Alive in Third Trailer for the 'Leatherface' Horror Prequel

Leatherface Movie Trailer

"The massacre begins…" Lionsgate has revealed a third official trailer for the horror prequel Leatherface, telling the origin of the evil man who would become known as "Leatherface". If you're still not sold on this horror, maybe one more trailer will do the trick? (I doubt it.) But fire it up anyway. This is the long-awaited prequel to Tobe Hooper's original horror classic, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre from 1974. Just incase you needed an origin story. In this film, Jessica Madsen plays one of four inmates from a mental hospital - the other three played by Sam Coleman, Sam Strike, and James Bloor. They kidnap a nurse, Vanessa Grasse, and take her on a "road trip from hell." The full cast also includes Stephen Dorff, Lili Taylor, and Julian Kostov. Still not into this at all, doesn't seem that interesting, but maybe that's just me. Enjoy.

 Posted September 21 in Horror, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Must Watch First Trailer for Wes Anderson's Stop-Motion 'Isle of Dogs'

Isle of Dogs Trailer

"Somebody is up to something…" Fox Searchlight has revealed the first official trailer for Wes Anderson's latest film, a stop-motion adventure titled Isle of Dogs. Set in Japan, the story follows a boy's odyssey in search of his dog. That's about all we know, since this is our first official glimpse at footage from the film (aside from the very brief announcement last year). Isle of Dogs features the voice of Edward Norton as Rex, along with a huge ensemble voice cast: Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, Bryan Cranston, Liev Schreiber, Tilda Swinton, Greta Gerwig, Frances McDormand, Jeff Goldblum, Harvey Keitel, Kara Hayward, Fisher Stevens, F. Murray Abraham, Courtney B. Vance, Bob Balaban, and Yoko Ono. I completely adore Anderson's Fantastic Mr. Fox, and I'm crazy excited to see Anderson make another stop-motion movie about dogs next (since I also love dogs). I have a feeling I'm going to adore this.

 Posted September 21 in Animation, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Teaser Trailer for Horror Musical Comedy 'Anna and the Apocalypse'

Anna and the Apocalypse Trailer

"Oh the weather outside is frightful…" Blazing Griffin has unveiled the very first teaser trailer for a horror comedy titled Anna and the Apocalypse, which is basically a zombie Christmas musical. Yeah, you read that right, this is one of the very few, rare horror musicals and it looks kind of awesome. Here's the plot: a girl and her friends must fight - and sing - their way through a zombie invasion to reach the supposed safety of their school, not knowing if their parents and friends will still be alive when they get there. Starring Ella Hunt as Anna, plus Malcolm Cumming, Sarah Swire, Christopher Leveaux, Ben Wiggins, Marli Siu, and Mark Benton. This looks bloody, and bloody brilliant, and I can't wait to see it. From the looks of it, this could be one of the best zombie films since Shaun of the Dead. Here's to hoping it turns out superb.

 Posted September 21 in Horror, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

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