"A journey should always be mysterious..." One of the best films of 2014 is Birdman, the fifth feature from Mexican director Alejandro González Iñárritu, following up Biutiful four years ago. Birdman premiered at the Venice Film Festival and Telluride Film Festivals, and will also play at the New York Film Festival before landing in theaters this October. After catching the premiere up in the mountains in Telluride (my review), I met up with Iñárritu for a 15 minute chat about all things: from life to filmmaking to laughter to turning 50 and the lessons he has learned. It happens to be one of the best chats I've had with a filmmaker, and it's rejuvenating to listen to him talk. "If you don't do something that does not terrify you, why do it?"
Doesn't everyone deserve a second chance? We're excited to debut the brand new poster for Jesse Moss' highly acclaimed, extraordinary documentary The Overnighters which was just released in theaters last weekend by Drafthouse Films. It's a must see doc this year. The poster features a handful of quotes from critics all over, praising the "masterwork" doc calling it "riveting", "powerful" and "explosive". It is all of these things and much more, an incredible discovery out of Sundance this year hoping to go all the way at the Oscars next year. We're lucky to be quoted on this as well, out of my own Sundance review, where I call it a "wildly captivating real world ride." Take a look at the new poster below and catch this in theaters now.
"Like any journey, it's not what you carry, but what you leave behind." Continuing our latest feature, the Monthly Must See profile, this time around I'm highlighting an extraordinarily beautiful film called Tracks, set in Australia directed by John Curran of We Don't Live Here Anymore and The Painted Veil previously. Tracks is now playing in limited theaters and first premiered at the fall film festivals in 2013, where I first caught it. Actress Mia Wasikowska stars as Robyn in the true story of an independent young woman who decides to hike 1,700 miles across the Australian desert on her own. Aside from her dog and three camels.
Next week, Fox Searchlight unleashes the madness and brilliance that is Alejandro González Iñárritu's latest film Birdman, which promises a tour de force performance from former Batman star Michael Keaton. We've already seen one awesome trailer, and an extended international trailer, and that's about all we need to see to get excited for the film. Our own Alex Billington already saw the film at Telluride and couldn't stop raving about it. Now we have a batch of cool posters promoting the film with artwork taking Birdman to various iconic American landmarks. You can even try to win all of these posters as well. Look!
"Dear white people using Instagram, you go on hikes. I get it." The release of the racially charged satirical comedy Dear White People will be upon us in just over a week, and in one final effort to get the attention of the masses, a red band trailer has been unveiled, throwing around more than a few curse words and some racial slurs too. This looks like the kind of stirring, bold comedy all people need to see, and the reaction I've seen in the theaters from people of the same race referenced in the film's title when they see this movie's trailer is further proof of why it needs to and should exist. Plus, this just looks plain funny. Watch below!
"Sounds like game time to me." Just last week, we exclusively debuted the teaser poster for the Texas crime thriller Bad Turn Worse, the film formerly known as We Gotta Get Out of This Place, which debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival last year. Now the film is finally getting released next month in limited theaters and on VOD, and the first trailer has arrived. This looks really cool, like a contemporary western, and the praise for a villainous turn from Mark Pellegrino sounds like that alone will make the film worth seeing. Mackenzie Davis and Jeremy Allen White also star in the film. Watch the trailer!
"I hate everyone but you." While the fall and winter are usually reserved for awards season contenders and big studio films looking for a holiday audience, there are still some festival indies trickling into theaters as well. One such film is Life Partners, a comedy starring Leighton Meester ("Gossip Girl") and Gillian Jacobs ("Community") as best friends who find themselves facing a crossroads when love enters the picture in the form of Adam Brody. The first trailer has arrived, and it looks amusing with appearances by Abby Elliott and Gabourey Sidibe, plus Kate McKinnon is supposed to pop up at some point too. Watch?
"No one is going to get out of here. At least I am not." After debuting at the Sundance Film Festival at the beginning of the year, the Guantanamo Bay drama Camp X-Ray is hitting limited theaters this fall. Kristen Stewart leads the film about a young soldier who begins to question her orders and place in the military guarding detainees at the infamous terrorist prison camp. Personally, I didn't find much to enjoy about the film, from the lack of subtlety to Stewart's wooden performance, but Payman Moaadi delivers a praiseworthy turn as a prisoner who strikes up a friendship with Stewart's character. But you can decide for yourself with a new trailer that surfaced from the Abu Dhabi Film Festival, showing off more of the film.
Today we get to exclusively debut the official release poster for Bad Turn Worse, formerly known as We Gotta Get Out of This Place, a gritty Texas crime thriller that marks the debut of brothers Zeke & Simon Hawkins. The film premiered at TIFF 2013 and picked up the Audience Award at AFI, hitting theaters this fall. Compared to this year's acclaimed thriller Cold in July, the plot follows three Texas teens (played by Jeremy Allen White, Logan Huffman and Mackenzie Davis) who get caught up in organized crime trying to escape their dead-end existence in a cotton-mill. The film, produced by Brian Udovich and Justin Duprie of Rough & Tumble Films, also had a gorgeous hand-drawn poster for its festival run last year. New art below.
"There's no slacker in that slacker!" We've been patiently waiting for this one. There's a documentary about filmmaker Richard Linklater being released this fall (in November) titled simply 21 Years: Richard Linklater, looking back at the first 21 years in his directing career - from Slacker to Boyhood. The doc features interviews with everyone from Matthew McConaughey to Jack Black to Jason Reitman to Kevin Smith, and many of them pop up in this trailer. It's perhaps mere coincidence that Linklater seems to be having a landmark year, with Boyhood in theaters now, Before Midnight still getting love, and all of this acclaim on top of it. I'm a huge fan of Linklater and have been anxiously awaiting this - it looks like fun.
"Do something with this shitty life of yours before it's too late!" Damn this looks good. We've been waiting ages to see a trailer for this Australian film called The Mule, about a drug mule who gets into the wrong shit. Angus Sampson (who also co-wrote and co-directs this film) plays Ray Jenkins, who ingests a bag of drugs while in Thailand and attempts to enter Australia. He's caught, but it's not necessarily by the police, with everyone coming after him as soon as he arrives. Hugo Weaving and Leigh Whannell co-star, along with John Noble. This looks great, like a dark comedy with some crazy fun times, I'm looking forward to it. The quotes are the worst part about this trailer, but all the footage and Weaving's mustache looks awesome.
"There are no two words in the English language more harmful than good job." It's very refreshing, and admittedly exciting, to watch a young filmmaker's career take off over the course of a year. At the Sundance Film Festival in January 2014, the very first film I screened was Whiplash from writer/director Damien Chazelle. It blew me away. Now, almost 10 months later, the film is still playing strong at the New York Film Festival where I caught it for a second time. Over the last year it has also played at Cannes, Toronto, Deauville, Helsinki, Busan, and plenty of other films festivals/events/premieres all over the world earning rave reviews wherever it shows up. It deserves that praise because it truly is an outstanding, inspiring film.
"You were a movie star, remember?" Are you ready for the return of the Birdman? Not much longer now. Fox Searchlight has debuted the first full TV spot (via ComingSoon) for Alejandro G. Iñárritu's Birdman, starring Michael Keaton as actor Riggan Thomson, who once played Birdman the comic book superhero in a series of movies. To put it simply – this is the movie of the fall season, the one everyone will be talking about, the one everyone will be seeing, it's one of the best of the year hands down. Even Edgar Wright raved about it: "A dazzling tightrope walk of cinema". There is one great joke ruined in this TV spot already, but the screech and the rest of it is awesome. Can't wait to go back for another round of Birdman. Take a look!
Eighteen Films. One legend. Gravitas Ventures has revealed poster art for their upcoming documentary 21 Years: Richard Linklater, telling the story of Linklater's filmmaker career so far. Co-directed by Michael Dunaway and Tara Wood, the doc features (some of these guys are seen on the poster) Zac Efron, Matthew McConaughey, Ethan Hawke, Billy Bob Thornton, Jack Black, Kevin Smith, Parker Posey and many others. It's already set to premiere in theaters and VOD starting this November, so there's not too much longer of a wait for this one. I'm looking forward to delving deeper into Linklater's fascinating and invigorating career.