"I refuse to be some sniveling crybaby, this is my life!" Yay! Sony Pictures Classics has debuted the official trailer for one of other favorite Sundance 2015 films, this one being The Diary of a Teenage Girl, the big breakout debuts of both director Marielle Heller and actress Bel Powley. Both of them are amazingly talented! Bel Powley stars as Minnie in an adaptation of Phoebe Gloeckner's book, about the coming-of-age story of a kick ass, free-spirited girl living in San Francisco. The cast includes Alexander Skarsgård, Kristen Wiig and Christopher Meloni. This is such a great film, and it comes highly recommended from all of us who saw it at Sundance - here's our review. And the trailer doesn't give away too much! Take a look.
"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.
On the board he fought the Cold War. In his mind he fought his madness. Bleecker Street Media has finally debuted a poster for the film Pawn Sacrifice, the long-delayed chess movie about the legendary Bobby Fischer. At one point David Fincher was attached to direct, but it was eventually made with Ed Zwick at the helm, and premiered at TIFF last year (read my review here). Tobey Maguire stars as Bobby Fischer, and Liev Schreiber (in one hell of a performance) plays his Russian rival, Boris Spassky. I really, really like this poster - while it does have the lead actor front and center, it's unconventional in other ways, and I love the chess pattern design in the corner. Nice work, design agency. More posters as unique as this one, please.
"We make films. We've been making them since we were little…" Fox Searchlight has debuted a second charming trailer for Alfonso Gomez-Rejon's Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, it's actually a UK trailer (hence two quotes from UK outlets), but it's still just as charming. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is one of our favorite films from Sundance 2015 this January, and it's one we hope finds its audience when it hits theaters this summer. Thomas Mann stars as Greg along with Olivia Cooke, plus RJ Cyler as Earl, and appearances by Connie Britton, Nick Offerman, Molly Shannon and Jon Bernthal. Don't skip out on this one, it really is something special and we'll be supporting the film all the way through release. Enjoy!
Gather round for your first look at a new film starring Casey Affleck and Michelle Williams. Out of Cannes, THR has posted the first three photos from Manchester-by-the Sea, the latest feature written & directed by Kenneth Lonergan about a man who returns to his small Massachusetts hometown to deal with both his estranged wife and the consequences of his brother's death. Casey Affleck plays the lead, while Michelle Williams plays his estranged wife, and the cast includes Kyle Chandler (seen in one of the photos). This is a very early tease as they're still shooting and looking to drum up sales buzz. We'll keep an eye out for it.
This sounds like it's going to be so much fun. The first photo from the new Michel Gondry film has hit the web. Gondry moves quickly and quietly when working in France, we didn't even know this was shot yet. Microbe et Gasoil, as it's titled (or Microbe and Gasoil), is already filmed and stars Ange Dargent and Théophile Baquet as the two boys, along with Audrey Tautou. This first photo won't make sense until you hear the plot, then you'll have a big smile on your face when you realize. "As the summer holidays approach, the two friends don't want to spend two months in the company of their families, so they build their own 'car' out of a motor mower and some planks of wood, and set off on an adventure on the roads of France."
"It's heaven!" Alejandro G. Iñárritu and Darren Aronofsky both present (for US release) the latest film from Swedish filmmaker Roy Andersson, titled A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence. This not only wins the award for best film title of the year, but it's also one of the most original and visionary creations I've seen, unlike any other cinematic work out there. The film premiered at Venice & TIFF last year (where I saw it) and earned mostly positive reviews, so fans of Andersson have nothing to be worried about. A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence is a movie about "being a human being", exploring abstract ideas and concepts connected to existence. It's an absurdly masterful head trip worth experiencing.
Love and Hate Need No Translation. Drafthouse Films has debuted a trailer for their upcoming release of Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy's The Tribe - an award-winning, highly-acclaimed, powerful film from Ukraine that is presented entirely in sign language without any subtitles. Wondering what that's like? Or want to get a feel for the very edgy, very dark topics the film covers? Then give this trailer a look, and hopefully you'll take a chance on seeing this film. One of the critic quotes included the trailer comes from friend of the site Raffi Asdourian of The Film Stage, who wrote in his review that "the scope and ambition of the narrative propels it to something more grandiose" and that it's a "groundbreaking, one-of-a-kind experience". Indeed.
This is a must watch trailer for one of my favorite films, a drama called Eden, made by filmmaker Mia Hansen-Løve (of Father of My Children, Goodbye First Love) about a French house music DJ named Paul Vallée. The film has played at film festivals all over the world, from Toronto to New York to London to Rome to AFI, and is now hitting theaters this June. This trailer is a must watch because it's a beautiful way to sell this film, with quotes and the right music (Daft Punk!), everything is perfect. I wrote a really glowing review of Eden from TIFF last year, and I'm happy to support it and happy to see it get a release here in the US. It's a long film, not for everyone, but it has some very deep layers to it briefly hinted at in the new trailer. Enjoy!
Don't worry, the first look photos for The Neon Demon do actually have neon in them. I wouldn't expect anything less from a Nicolas Winding Refn film, right? The first two photos for Refn's next feature, The Neon Demon, have hit the web just as the Cannes Film Festival kicks off today. But he's not showing the film there just yet, they're just drumming up some early buzz while in production now. Nicolas Winding Refn's cast this time includes Elle Fanning as the star, Jesse, a youthful model, along with Jena Malone, Karl Glusman, Bella Heathcote, Abbey Lee, Desmond Harrington, Christina Hendricks, and Keanu Reeves. These first two photos are only Fanning (and Refn) so far, but I'm sure we'll see more from this film soon enough.
"How much trouble can one poet be?" Ah, you're about to find out of course. Strand Releasing has debuted a wonderful official US trailer for their upcoming release of Andy Goddard's Set Fire to the Stars, a black & white drama set in the 1950s starring Elijah Wood as an aspiring poet who ends up on a week-long retreat to save his hell raising hero, Dylan Thomas, played by actor/co-writer Celyn Jones. These two look like so much fun playing against each other, and I am excited to see their dynamic play out across the entire film. This first premiered at the Edinburgh Film Festival last summer, playing at a few other fests here and there, waiting for its release in the US until now. Might be worth the wait? "It's about feelings, sir…" Check it out.
If there is one experimental film you take a risk and see, it should be this - Miroslav Slaboshpitsky's The Tribe, a powerful and mesmerizing Ukrainian film presented entirely using sign language, without any subtitles. It has been playing at festivals all over, from Cannes to Sundance to TIFF to AFI to Denver, and the Locarno Film Festival, where I saw it. In my review, I wrote "this is a film that deserves all the acclaim it's getting for being so unique, so incredible, so bold in concept and execution." While the film has had posters before, this one really goes for sign language over all else. But oh there's so much more to see in it. I also dig the tagline they're using now and seem to pushing: Love and Hate Need No Translation. See below.
Briefly: This is mostly just to write about the new title of Kevin Smith's Mallrats sequel, and also share his tweet of the completed draft of the script. A few weeks ago we heard that Smith was apparently readying Mallrats 2 before Clerks 3 because of some production craziness involving the perfect "big old empty mall, and it would be nice if we could do things to the mall". It seems as if they're sticking to that plan, as Smith has posted a photo of his finished draft of the Mallrats 2 script which includes the title MallBrats. Is that the name of this sequel? Hopefully it is, as Smith introduced a #MallBrats hashtag in his tweet, too.
Way before I started this website I was a huge fan of this online TV series called Pure Pwnage, one of the original series from back when about geeky video gamers who "pwn n00bs" all day. The show has amassed a global following and now years later they're about to premiere a feature-length film called Pure Pwnage: Teh Movie. A teaser trailer has debuted and if you love video games, geeks being uber-geeky, or anything to do with pwning n00bs then fire this up and get a look at what they've been working on. Jeremy (played by Jarett Cale) reunites with his friend FPS_Doug (Joel Gardiner) to become a professional gamer. This is a very niche show that not everyone will be into, but I've always admired the geeky passion these guys have.