May 19, 2013
"We are fighting to maintain our identity!" While the Cannes Film Festival rages on, today's trailer is for an indie rock doc called A Band Called Death, which premiered at the SXSW Film Festival this year and was picked up by Drafthouse Films in February. This trailer has been out for a bit, but we haven't featured it yet and I thought it a worthy film to highlight today. Similar to the Oscar winning doc Searching for Sugar Man, this tells the story of a three-member African-American punk rock band called Death from Detroit that never hit it big until 30 years later when tapes were found in an attic. This looks badass. The Ultimate Trip.
May 12, 2013
Fear - the ultimate weapon. Today's indie trailer is from Well Go USA for the US release of Andrew Lau's The Guillotines, a martial arts action-adventure out of China about a secret brotherhood of elite assassins known as The Guillotines. When I first heard that title I wasn't expecting to see anything that great, but I'm impressed. It plays on the concept of old school swords vs. new school firearms in a stylish way, and looks like it will have some incredible fights. The cast includes Shawn Yue, Xiaoming Huang, Zhang Wen and Yuchun Li. The circular flying swords are a little gimmicky, but I'm curious to check this out. Enjoy!
April 21, 2013
"No referees, no rules, pure fighting, man-to-man." Following up the first images and poster last week, an official trailer has debuted online for Keanu Reeves' Man of Tai Chi, directed by and starring Reeves and The Raid star Iko Uwais. This isn't the highest quality first trailer, but it does show a lot of kick ass martial arts fighting, which it looks like there will be a lot of in this film, obviously. It has a sleek almost platform-fighter-game feel to it, with the locations and fighting shots, but I don't mind. I'm still excited to see this at some film festival coming up, this might be cool, it is Keanu's directorial debut after all. Let the show begin!
April 7, 2013
"What is money?" Today's trailer comes from Drafthouse Films, the distribution arm of Tim League's Alamo Drafthouse, with a film called Pieta (referring to Michelangelo's statue). Pietà is the acclaimed new film from the celebrated and controversial Korean director Kim Ki-Duk (Bad Guy; Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... And Spring; 3-Iron). This mysterious, dark crime drama stars Lee Jung-jin as a relentless loan shark whose life is changed when a woman shows up claiming to be his long-lost mother, played by Cho Min-soo. It's definitely sold as a "wickedly twisted tale", the kind of film some moviegoers love to discover.
February 24, 2013
"I wanted to say thank you to the cave." Today's trailer on Oscar Sunday is for the documentary called No Place On Earth, an "extraordinary true story" about a cave expedition where they found remnants of a WWII camp that lead to the discovery of a remarkable and harrowing story of survival. This looks like yet another powerful doc, that begins one place, and ends in a completely different one. It tells the story of this group of survivors from the cave, and it seems to show them returning there for a revisit, though that might be giving away too much. There's some tricky editing in this trailer, but this otherwise looks worth watching.
February 17, 2013
Today's trailer is for a highly acclaimed Romanian thriller, the latest from the award-winning director of 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days. It's called Beyond the Hills, written and directed by Cristian Mungiu. One of the most interesting parts about this comes directly from the synopsis: "Beyond the Hills was inspired by an alleged case of demonic possession in Romania in 2005." But it's actually much more of a thrilling tale of friendship and love between two women at a convent in Romania, where one has arrived to coax the other to leave. This won the Best Actress(es) and Best Screenplay awards in Cannes after premiering there last year.
February 10, 2013
"What have we done?" Today's trailer is for a film I've been hearing a lot of great buzz about as one of the best indie surprises of 2012, an Australian-German film called Lore, directed by Australian filmmaker Cate Shortland. It's actually a film in German, set in Germany at the end of WWII, about a young girl named Lore, played by Saskia Rosendahl, and her siblings. Together they set out on a harrowing journey across a devastated country to reach their grandmother in the north. It's received tremendous buzz and outstanding ratings, thankfully the trailer lives up to expectations in a beautiful way. Give this a look, it's worth a watch.
February 3, 2013
"Answering my flags?" GKIDS has finally released a full US trailer for Studio Ghibli's film From Up on Poppy Hill. Delayed in the US for almost two years from its premiere, From Up on Poppy Hill is directed by Hayao Miyazaki's son Goro Miyazaki and is more of a light-hearted teen romance. The trailer features actors providing English voices and voiceover, including the likes of Aubrey Plaza, Jamie Lee Curtis, Christina Hendricks and Ron Howard. This reminds me a bit of Moonrise Kingdom, but with a quaint Japanese twist (and animated). It still looks gorgeous, even though I hate English dubbing on Ghibli's films.
December 30, 2012
"Survive at any cost." Some over-the-top fun from South Korea to end the year of Indie Trailer Sundays. This is a film called The Tower, a South Korean thriller directed by Kim Ji-hoon (of the films Mokpo the Harbor, May 18, Sector 7), another new high-rise fire disaster thriller in the vein of Towering Inferno, or as AICN points out, Clark Gable's San Francisco. But this looks extremely action packed with firemen action scenes, exploding sky bridges, tons of destructive photography of two very tall buildings on fire. It's actually kind of tragic to watch, but I suppose it passes for cinematic entertainment in the end, right? Take a look!
December 16, 2012
"I need a booster to face those savages." What the heck are we seeing here? Acclaimed, world-renowned Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar has been working on his next film titled Los amantes pasajeros, or re-titled to I'm So Excited! in English. Sony Pictures Classics, who already has the rights to release this sometime next year, has unveiled an early teaser trailer mostly showing three drunk male flight attendants singing and dancing to "I'm So Excited" by the Pointer Sisters. I'm really not sure what this is or what it's about beyond that, but it's supposedly set entirely on an airplane, which is a fun twist for Pedro Almodóvar.
November 25, 2012
First it was summoned, now it demands to be satisfied. Today trailer is for a new indie horror from the UK called Dark Hollow, the next film from the creator of last year's horror The Devil's Rock. Adapted from author Brian Keene's Dark Hollow, the horror film is about a writer who discovers an "unholy evil dwelling deep in the forest: a satyr - a supernatural half-man, half goat creature, hellbent on protecting itself and spreading it's seed." Director Paul Campion used to work at Weta, and he got them to help work on the creature effects for this film, which there's a very brief hint of in this teaser trailer (via Twitch). Take a look!
November 18, 2012
They made him a promise. He made them a family. This trailer is one of those that by the end of watching it, it might be hard to hold back your tears because it's so touching and looks extremely good. Any Day Now stars Tony Award winning actor Alan Cumming along with "Raising Hope" star Garret Dillahunt as a gay couple who come to shelter an abandoned teenage boy with Down syndrome named Marco, played by Isaac Leyva. It looks like Alan Cumming delivers one of his best performances to date, and I hope it gets him some awards, which is I'm sure what they're hoping for, too. Give this a look - it's worth watching.
November 11, 2012
"An archer left behind by history..." Whoa, this looks awesome. Today's trailer is for an upcoming martial arts film called Judge Archer, written and directed by up-and-coming Chinese filmmaker Xu Haofeng, also behind the epic The Grandmasters. As described by Twitch, where I came across this, "Xu approaches his films with a unique blend of grounded pragmatism - you'll never see anything in his fight sequences that wouldn't actually work - and philosophical rigor." Yea, it is badass. It stars Song Yang, Yu Chenghui, Li Chengyuan, Yenny Martin and Zhao Zheng. Just give this trailer a watch, it's impressive, check it out.
October 28, 2012
"This is not a retirement home... This is a mad house." The Weinstein Co has finally debuted the full release trailer for Dustin Hoffman's directorial debut Quartet, a quirky indie drama set at a home for retired opera singers. The cast is what sells it the most, featuring legends like Michael Gambon, Maggie Smith, Billy Connolly, Pauline Collins and Tom Courtenay. A trailer hit back in July, but was pulled down, this is the new official one since the film will show in limited theaters this December. It looks like it's not only a delightful comedy, but also an interesting look at music, or musicians/singers, of old and new. Take a look.