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"If there is a creature that thinks only of the wind its entire life, what would it be?" Now this is cool. Even though it's a promotion for an Italian fashion company there's something very mysterious about this short film that I just love. Thanks to a tip from our friends at The Film Stage you can now watch the entire short film titled A Rose Reborn below, from director Park Chan-wook (who last made Stoker) starring Jack Huston (seen on "Boardwalk Empire") and Daniel Wu (seen in Europa Report, Tai Chi Zero, Warcraft). The short introduces us to a young CEO who travels to meet a Chinese investor but encounters a number of riddles and other odd exchanges before they can reach a deal. I really love the subtleties of this, nice work.
"To erase the line between Man and Machine is to obscure the line between Men and Gods." A24 Films has premiered the first teaser trailer for screenwriter Alex Garland's directorial debut from his own script, a sci-fi called Ex Machina starring Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis, Drive, Star Wars) as the CEO of a company who invites a young prodigy at his company to meet with the first true artificial intelligence. Ava is played by Alicia Vikander (Anna Karenina, The Fifth Estate, Son of a Gun), and Domhnall Gleeson (Frank, About Time, Dredd) plays Caleb. I've been anxiously awaiting footage from Garland's feature debut and this looks absolutely great, even for just a teaser trailer. It's intense and mysterious. Watch below now!
We first wrote about this documentary a few months ago, originally posting a video of Banksy showcasing his own work, not actually a trailer. HBO has, finally, launched a trailer for the documentary Banksy Does New York that they're airing in November. It'll actually be available starting this Friday via the HBO GO app, so if this captures your attention there isn't too long of a wait to see it. The trailer shows a doc that seems to be indeed based on "user-generated footage", with pop up tweets and videos, but there's not much to it. I honestly was expecting to see more, especially with Banksy putting together a three minute trailer. Maybe more will come, then again I want to watch this doc right now anyway. More on Banksy's NY show.
The City Shines Brightest at Night. Ain't that the truth? Described as "pulp fiction cinema at its finest", Dan Gilroy's Nightcrawler is one of those out-of-nowhere sleeper hits that seems to be hitting a certain note with some people. The film stars Jake Gyllenhaal as a "driven young man" in Los Angeles who takes on the job of freelance late-night crime journalism, speeding to crime scenes to capture footage and sell it to local news stations. To promote the film, ShortList has put together a set of artistic posters made by various designers & illustrators and they're damn good (I love the first and last one). Always love seeing great art for a great movie, and this is one of those under-the-radar movies we fully support. View eight posters below.
"I wanted to make the ski trip to hell!" That's exactly what he has made. I really, really love Ruben Östlund's Force Majeure, it's one of my favorite films this year and if you're looking for something fun and original to watch give this one a look. I've been pushing this film and highlighting it as much as possible because it's not easy to get Marvel audiences interested in Swedish films about a family on a "ski trip to hell". But this is one of those great films that stands out in a crowd, and you will probably want to visit the Alps after. While traveling to promote the release, I met up with Swedish writer and director Ruben Östlund (of the films Play, Involuntary and Gitarrmongot previously) to talk about Force Majeure. Watch the full video below.
It's official! After years of speculation, Marvel Studios has officially announced and confirmed that actor Chadwick Boseman (seen in 42 as Jackie Robinson as well as Get on Up and Draft Day) will play Black Panther in an upcoming movie now set for late 2017. The announcement was featured as part of Marvel's Phase 3 and revealed during the "Marvel Event" on Tuesday at Disney's El Capitan in Los Angeles. Boseman will be introduced as Black Panther in the third Captain America movie, announced as Captain America: Civil War (oooh sounds fun), and he made an appearance with Robert Downey Jr. (also appearing in Cap 3) and Chris Evans, Cap himself, at the event to help promote the news - see photos + concept art below.
In theaters this week is horror anthology sequel The ABCs of Death 2, featuring 26 short segments of wacky, grotesque, creative horror. Perfectly timed for Halloween along with the theatrical release of the film (currently available on VOD from Magnet Releasing) is the latest discussion point: what are the greatest movie deaths of all time? Have at it! In addition to our interview, we get to feature this fun discussion between filmmaker Jerome Sable and producer/writer Nicholas Musurca about what movie deaths they love. It starts with The Lion King and ends with Bambi, but there's some brutality discussed as well. Dive in.
Who would've thought it would be Best Buy bringing us awesome DVD covers? It is our general policy to skip most DVD/Blu-ray news, however this time I'm making an exception because this artwork is fantastic and I need to pay some compliments to whoever came up with this. A new promo called Project Pop Art has been announced involving Sony re-releasing 16 cult movie hits on Blu-ray this November. Each Steelbook Blu-ray is wrapped in gorgeous pop art from designers all over the world curated by Gallery 1988. They've chosen a handful of bestseller hits including The Fifth Element, Superbad, District 9, Snatch, Taxi Driver, Das Boot, Stripes, even The Who movie Tommy. All of them turned out great - see below.
"You probably don't stock this in your shop." What better way to freak people out for Halloween than with something that is totally fucked up? If this short didn't have a Hollywood cast included, I probably would've skipped right over it (especially running at 18 minutes) but alas, here we are, sharing with you the one of the craziest shorts I've seen yet. Titled Dog Food from writer/director Brian Crano (@briancrano), the short stars Cory Michael Smith, Amanda Seyfried, David Craig and an adorable dog. Tip: don't watch this if you're eating, or about to start eating food anytime soon, as you may lose your appetite. Oh and I should say that, yes, the director is actually a dog owner/lover. Which might explain the way this ends. So have fun!
It has been a while. So, how are things? Over the many years I've been running this website I've had a few amazing chats with Jason Reitman. I first met Jason way back in 2007, interviewing him for his second film Juno at the Toronto Film Festival. That was followed up with the legendary gondola interview from the Telluride Film Festival, where Peter Sciretta from SlashFilm and I talked with Jason about making Up in the Air as we slowly rode a gondola up the mountain and back down. It has been five years since I've sat down for a formal interview with Jason, despite meeting up at film festivals for Labor Day last year and Men, Women & Children this year, but as always it's so much fun to talk with him. Here's our latest chat.
The year 2065 - war has destroyed Earth, mankind has been forced to leave. This is a must watch trailer for an indie sci-fi that seems to be going for something similar in scope to Christopher Nolan's Interstellar, except made on a shoestring budget. The Last Scout is a sci-fi space opera epic from filmmaker Simon Phillips that we first teased last year with a dark poster. Over a year has passed and we haven't heard or seen anything about this, but out of nowhere a teaser trailer has appeared, and the filmmakers are asking for Indiegogo funds to finish VFX and other post-production work. This trailer actually looks good, despite ending on that obnoxious explosion, but I'm still interested in checking this out. As long as it gets finished.
There used to be a time when we would look up at the stars and dream. We would wonder what it was like out there, what we might find out amongst the endless black of space. But then things changed, we became obsessed with ourselves again, with battling each other for money and power, and we forgot how to dream. Along comes Interstellar, an exhilarating science fiction creation that once again reminds us that we can dream, that we get to breathe this fresh air on this beautiful planet, that we get to smile, cry and laugh. And it's those feelings that matter the most. It reminds us that the desire to connect is one of the most important aspects of humanity and that nothing–whether it be time or space or others–can break those bonds of love.
Vengeance Hits Home. This first banner may be nothing but a Photoshop mash-up of the seven lead actors, but for fans of this series it's an exciting announcement reminding us that this seventh movie is still on the way. Despite the tragic death of actor Paul Walker last year, director James Wan and the rest of the cast worked together to finish this movie with the help of his family and friends. Universal has announced that the title of Fast & Furious 7 will be just Furious 7, and the first trailer is launching on Saturday, November 1st one week from now. Check out the first promo art and read more on the trailer event below.
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? Don't Set Him Off! Now in theaters is one of the best action movie sleeper hits of the year, John Wick, starring Keanu Reeves as John Wick, directed by two stuntmen - David Leitch & Chad Stahelski. Reeves plays an ex-hitman who comes out of retirement to track down the Russian mobsters that took everything from him. Is it as awesome as everyone is saying? Is Keanu really back? How is the action vs the emotion? Is it better than other recent action movies? Favorite fights? Once you've seen it, post a comment with your own thoughts on David Leitch & Chad Stahelski's John Wick.