October 20, 2013
"I know many of you are probably wondering what the hell Mike Tyson is doing up on stage tonight." Yes, exactly. But nonetheless it seems like this is an honest, open look at a controversial sports figure and his life. Today's indie trailer is for HBO's presentation of Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth, the infamous boxer's one-man stage show turned into a documentary directed by Spike Lee. After finishing up a nationwide tour, Tyson's life story will be hitting HBO as a feature-length film. It sounds like this is the full story, with all the ups and downs, all the good and bad times that shaped Mike Tyson into the man he is today. Give it a shot.
October 13, 2013
Today's must see indie trailer is for a film that has been playing at film festivals since 2010 a few years back. It's the feature directing debut of music video director Romain Gavras, a film called Our Day Will Come, and we first featured a trailer way back in 2011. Oscilliscope Labs is finally getting around to releasing the film officially in the US this fall, and they've put out a mesmerizing new trailer for this film described as "a stylish, mind-twisting trip." Vincent Cassel and Olivier Barthélémy star as two red-heads who travel to Ireland and end up in some crazy shit. This trailer has a very eerie but mesmerizing vibe to it, check this out.
October 6, 2013
Late one snowy night at the Sundance Film Festival this year, I caught a very unique 3D film called Charlie Victor Romeo. Since then the film has occasionally came to mind, thankfully not while I'm traveling (that would be a bit too much) but usually when I'm thinking about experimental cinema and weird experiences. Charlie Victor Romeo was originally a theater performance that has been translated into a 3D film. Showing only the cockpit and pilots, the film's dialogue comes solely from real voice recorder transcripts from plane crashes, and recreates the experience from the inside. Essentially, it gives viewers a look at the actions and reactions of the pilots. It's as nerve-wracking as that sounds, but nonetheless a uniquely visceral experience.
September 29, 2013
"I'd like to know if Anthony ever thought of me... I've thought of him every day." Today's trailer is for an emotional drama from British filmmaker Stephen Frears that is getting rave reviews saying this is his best work since The Queen. Titled Philomena, the film stars 78-year-old Oscar winning actress Judi Dench as Philomena Lee, a woman searching for her son, who was taken away from her decades ago after she became pregnant and was forced to live in a convent. In addition, Steve Coogan stars as a "world-weary political journalist" assigned to her story who joins in the search. This looks like a very powerful and moving drama.
September 22, 2013
"Do you think I'm pretty?" This week's worth watching indie trailer is for the acclaimed, sensual, weird new sci-fi thriller from director Jonathan Glazer (of Sexy Beast, Birth) titled Under the Skin. The film stars Scarlett Johansson as an "alien seductress" who drives around in a van and picks up male hitchhikers in Scotland. Its been playing at film festival recently (Telluride, Toronto, Venice) receiving a few rave reviews, although I'm not the biggest fan myself. This trailer is a longer version of the first teaser a few weeks ago. It also has some of composer Mica Levi's stellar score for the film which is one of the best parts of it. Dive in.
September 15, 2013
"Safety wasn't even an issue." Today's trailer is for a documentary that is a perfect follow-up to the Formula One racing move Rush, directed by Ron Howard, which will be hitting theaters on September 20th (watch that trailer). The doc is titled simply 1 (or 1 The Movie) and tells the story of the golden age of the sport when it "became terrifyingly dangerous." There's tons of impressive archival footage, lots of interviews, and a story of gladiators and adventurers in this. It's the perfect double feature with Rush. If anything, it should convince those who do not care for racing to respect the drivers and crews dedicated to this high risk sport.
August 25, 2013
"How does a radical activist end up working for the FBI as an informant?" Today's trailer is for a doc that premiered last year and is just now being released by Music Box. It's called Informant and profiles radical left-wing activist turned FBI informant Brandon Darby. The doc won top prize at the DOC NYC Festival and also played the San Francisco & Austin Film Festivals. Not to be confused with Steven Soderbergh's The Informant! or the doc The Imposter, Informant dives into the mysterious story of an activist who turned out to be an FBI informant. Was he duping all of his friends? What's the real story? This looks quite fascinating.
August 18, 2013
Time to get a look at this year's Palme d'Or winner. This trailer is worth featuring because it is for one of my favorite films I've seen this year, Palme winner Blue is the Warmest Color, however it's the official French trailer and doesn't come with subtitles (update: now it does!). I am sure we'll see the US trailer soon because the film is due out on October 25th, but in the meantime, this is worth a watch anyway because it is a good trailer. You'll hear Lykke Li's "I Follow Rivers" quite a bit, which actually comes from the film itself. French actress Adèle Exarchopoulos stars as Adèle, who meets her first love in the blue-haired Emma, played by Léa Seydoux. It does show a tiny bit of NSFW nudity but mostly tons of emotion. Love this film.
August 4, 2013
"I feel as if I have been dropped into something I don't entirely understand." One of the many dramatic films premiering at the Toronto Film Festival (aka TIFF) this September is Half of a Yellow Sun, from playwright-turned-filmmaker Biyi Bandele, a drama that brings together the lives of four people during the struggle to establish an independent republic in Nigeria in the 1960s. Chiwetel Ejiofor (who also stars in 12 Years a Slave) and Thandie Newton play two lovers that are part of a wealthy family dealing with the turbulence of war. Co-stars Anika Noni Rose, Joseph Mawle & John Boyega (from Attack the Block). Enjoy.
July 28, 2013
"Nods to The Usual Suspects and the Oceans franchise." That critic's quote should be enough to pique your interest, but the rest of the trailer is pretty good, too. Today's trailer is for a UK heist film titled Wasteland which first premiered up at TIFF last year. It stars "hot" British actor Luke Treadaway, seen in Attack the Block & Clash of the Titans, who leads a group of friends in a robbery of the local kingpin. This looks like a polished, entertaining heist thriller on top of a good revenge flick, I'm curious to check it out even though I missed it at the festivals. The cast includes Matthew Lewis, Iwan Rheon, Vanessa Kirby and Timothy Spall.
July 14, 2013
"All this because of a bike?!" Another charmer from the other side of the world for today's trailer. Wadjda is a film that I've been hearing great things about for many reasons. It's the first feature film from a Saudi Arabian female filmmaker named Haifaa Al-Mansour, and tells a story set in Saudi Arabia about a young girl who just wants to get enough money to buy a bike. It premiered at the Venice & Telluride Film Festivals last year and earned rave reviews. Sony Classics is releasing in the US, but hasn't set a date, however thanks to the upcoming UK release we now have a cute English subtitled trailer to watch. World cinema at its best.
July 7, 2013
"It's not so easy to tame him in real life." Today's indie trailer is for a documentary that, on one hand looks totally awesome profiling a badass Japanese "boxing" abstract artist/painter, and on the other hand looks completely charming, profiling his wife of 40 years and her "cutie" illustrations. Starring artists Ushio & Noriko Shinohara, this doc is much more about exploring their "chaotic 40-year marriage" and how these two manage to work together and stay together, despite being so different. When I first heard about this, I brushed it off, but after watching the trailer it's now one of those must-see docs I'm hoping I can catch soon.
June 30, 2013
"Love for yourself, not for your family." Today's trailer is for a rather interesting indie thriller called The Time Being, from filmmaker Nenad Cicin-Sain, co-starring Wes Bentley and Frank Langella (last seen in the fantastic indie Robot & Frank). The premise for this is actually quite compelling - an abstract painter is hired by a wealthy man to start filming various people, places and things. Why? You'll have to see it to find out. But this trailer does give quite a big hint as to what's going on, though I'm still curious to check it out at some point anyway. Sarah Paulson, Jeremy Allen White & Corey Stoll also star. Give it a look.
June 23, 2013
"You're tackling this thing like it's some kind of dragon - and we don't really lose too often." Today's indie trailer is for a documentary simply titled Burn about the crumbling city of Detroit as seen through the eyes of "the most overworked and worst-funded fire department" in our country. It premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival last year and earned some rave reviews. This not only looks like a good insider story, but some of the footage is amazing - those shots inside burning buildings and powerful moments captured. Before today I had never heard about this, but it does look like a must see documentary no matter what city you're from.