July 22, 2015
"What kind of a family are you?!" Warner Bros has let loose one final red band trailer for the Vacation sequel/reboot, starring Ed Helms as Rusty Griswold and the rest of the his family: Christina Applegate, Skyler Gisondo and Steele Stebbins. The cast also includes appearances by Chris Hemsworth, Leslie Mann, Charlie Day and Ron Livingston, plus the original Griswolds though they're not really in this trailer much. At this point we've seen so many trailers I just hope they're not ruining the best parts or the best jokes, at least saving something for the actual movie. Arriving in theaters in just a few weeks. Have fun!
July 10, 2015
"There's a problem - I found another house." Focus Features has debuted a brand new red band trailer for Ciaran Foy's Sinister 2, the sequel to Scott Derrickson's cult horror hit Sinister from 2012. This isn't red band in the conventional sense, but it's red band because it allows them to show you a glimpse of all the crazy, disgusting, weird things that are going to happen in this. The cast includes: Shannyn Sossamon, James Ransone, Tate Ellington, Lucas Jade Zumann, Caden M. Fritz and Jaden Klein; as well as Nicholas King back as the creepy Bughuul. There's some really dark, messed up stuff in here - watch out.
June 2, 2015
Thunder buddies for life. Universal has debuted yet another red band trailer for Seth MacFarlane's Ted 2, the return of everyone's favorite foul-mouthed teddy bear. This ain't even the first red band trailer either. They basically pack all kinds of jokes and ridiculous scenes into this trailer that they can't normally show to regular audiences. F-bombs, lots of pot smoking and pot jokes, and a little bit of the plot. Mark Wahlberg returns along with Seth MacFarlane as the voice of Ted, joined by Amanda Seyfried, who shows up in just about every scene of this trailer, plus Morgan Freeman and Jessica Barth as Tami-Lynn. Have fun.
May 28, 2015
"He killed two operatives with a spoon." Roll those joints, then light ’em up, and get ready for a good time. Lionsgate has debuted a red band trailer for Nima Nourizadeh's American Ultra, from a script written by Max Landis, co-starring Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart as stoners and lovers. It turns out that Eisenberg, while living a peaceful pot head existence in a small town, is actually a trained secret agent (think Jason Bourne) and there's suddenly people out to eliminate him. The trailer starts out with a few conventional setups, but gets much bigger in the second half with crazy action. It gets good when he says "I keep killing people… and there's a chance I may be a robot." Topher Grace & John Leguizamo co-star.
May 28, 2015
"Everything is qualified by the fact that you don’t have a dick." Amplify Releasing has debuted a red band trailer for Jason Banker's Felt, a controversial and provocative indie film that premiered at Fantastic Fest last year. Felt broaches the topics of feminism and consent and sexuality, but dives in to the deep end with these topics, in what is described as a "feminist psychological thriller". Based on the real life experiences of Amy Everson, in the film a woman creates an alter ego in hopes of overcoming the trauma inflicted by men in her life. The cast in this includes Everson, Kentucker Audley, Ryan Creighton, Elisabeth Ferrara and Roxanne Lauren Knouse. If you're intrigued, give this a watch. Too experimental and wacky for my tastes.
May 21, 2015
"I don't want to go to jail, I want to go to college!" Yes! This is great. Open Road has debuted a full red band trailer for Rick Famuyiwa's Dope, another one of our Sundance 2015 favorites hitting theaters this summer. This one stars Shameik Moore as Malcom, plus his two friends Kiersey Clemons as Diggy and Tony Revolori as Jib, all of whom get caught in a totally wacky but amusing plot involving missing drugs. This trailer reveals the most from the film out of any we've seen so far, so watch out, but luckily it doesn't spoil anything too major and it's a good setup for the story you'll actually see in the film. Plus a fine look at the excellent cast featuring Zoë Kravitz, Blake Anderson, Chanel Iman and A$AP Rocky. Have fun.
May 7, 2015
"I've never even heard of the original Vacation…" Back to Walley World they go! Warner Bros has finally debuted the first official trailer, thankfully a red band to show you how vulgar this R-rated sequel is, for the raunchy comedy Vacation. From writers-turned-directors John Francis Daley & Jonathan Goldstein, this continuation of National Lampoon's Vacation series picks up with Ed Helms as Rusty Griswold when he's older, now with his own family, taking a return
trip vacation to Walley World just like he did when he was a kid. Oh boy. I wish there was more footage in this, but it still looks like fun and I love the connection to the original throughout. Christina Applegate, Chris Hemsworth, Leslie Mann, Regina Hall also star.
April 30, 2015
There are plenty of independent films that go on to be celebrated by audiences and critics alike, but the Sundance selected Tangerine is a true indie. The film was shot on an iPhone 5S using an $8 app called Filmic Pro and some prototype lenses from Moondog Labs, all with a very small budget. And the result is a unique, intimate, funny, touching and fantastic story of friendship between two transgender women (Kitana Kiki Rodriguez and Mya Taylor) as they parade around the city of Los Angeles, looking for one of their boyfriends who has supposedly been sleeping around. It's one to go out of your way to see. Watch!
April 27, 2015
"It would be a sweet ass fucking baby." There's always plenty of blockbuster action during the summer, but there's also a few big comedies bringing the laughs as well. One of the bigger attempts to get your chuckles will be Ted 2, the sequel to Seth MacFarlane's feature comedy debut as director and the voice of a foul-mouthed, weed-smoking teddy bear. This time, Mark Wahlberg is helping his buddy have kids by being a sperm donor, but the legal system will be a big obstacle before it's allowed to happen legally. If you didn't like the first film, I can't imagine you'll want to see the sequel, which looks pretty amusing. Watch!
April 9, 2015
Just when you think the Human Centipede horror franchise couldn't get any crazier, then comes the red band teaser trailer for The Human Centipede 3: Final Sequence, which will hopefully be the last installment if this grossout franchise. The teaser is pretty hokey, not unlike the franchise, being advertised almost like a grindhouse film. This time, Bill Boss (Dieter Laser) is the warden of a prison in the USA, and in order to get his rowdy inmates in line, decides to enact the biggest human centipede we've seen yet. Aside from the disgusting nature of the film, keep an eye out for porn star Bree Olson in there for some reason.
March 30, 2015
"The wolves, if they're not already at your door, they're gonna be there very fucking soon." If you though the previous US trailer and international trailer for Ryan Gosling's directorial debut Lost River were weird, then this new extended trailer for the Cannes selected film is really going to creep you out. For some reason, it's labeled as a featurette, but this is clearly an extended red band trailer with salty language, unnerving peeling of Christina Hendricks' face, Ben Mendelsohn dancing and some gorgeous cinematography. It certainly looks beautiful, but feels like it's trying to be weird for the sake of being weird.
March 16, 2015
Drug addiction has been explored countless times on the big screen, but we may have never seen a story so grimy, brutal and intense as what seems to be on display in the red band trailer for Heaven Knows What. Directed by Josh & Benny Safdie, this film looks like a raw glimpse into the true story of a young woman who lived an unbelievable life addicted to drugs on the streets of New York City. The trailer itself is a bit trippy, giving just a taste of what the film might be like to experience as we follow Harley (Arielle Holmes acting out her real-life story) and her harrowing addiction. This one could be really hard to actually watch.
March 5, 2015
Last year, we were teased with a trailer for the crime thriller La French, or The Connection as it's come to be called in the United States. Following a premiere at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, the film starring Jean Dujardin (The Artist) was picked up by Drafthouse Films for a release in the US this year. And now the European flipside to William Friedkin's classic The French Connection has just unveiled a red band teaser trailer. It's a stylish 70s set crime thriller following the exploits of real-life Marseilles magistrate Pierre Michel (Dujardin) as he tries to dismantle the drug smuggling ring called The French Connection.
March 2, 2015
You better check yo-self before you wreck yo-self! Warner Bros has unleashed a red band version of a trailer through Kevin Hart's Facebook for the upcoming comedy Get Hard, co-starring Kevin Hart & Will Ferrell. We've seen a number of trailers for this wacky comedy already (watch the latest), which borders on being a bit too racist for my own tastes, even though I get that it's all about the trashy humor. The concept is supposed to be about preparing Will Ferrell for prison, but seems to go overboard with sketches and wacky setups involving Kevin Hart. At least he gets his ass whooped, too. This is red band mostly for the language.