INDIE FILMS

New Trailer for Jean-Marc Vallée's 'Demolition' with Jake Gyllenhaal

Demolition

"What are we doing, again?" "We're taking apart my marriage." Fox Searchlight has debuted a new trailer for Jean-Marc Vallée's Demolition, starring Jake Gyllenhaal as a depressed man struggling to put his life together after his wife dies in a car accident. This film premiered at TIFF last year (read Marco's review) and has been awaiting release until April this year. Aside from Gyllenhaal, the cast includes Naomi Watts, Chris Cooper, Heather Lind and Judah Lewis. With all the footage from this trailer, and the footage from the first trailer last year, I feel like I've seen pretty much most of the movie and I'm not sure what else there is to this. In all honesty, it looks good but not great, with only so much to offer. Give it a watch below.

 Posted February 4 in Indies, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Sundance 2016: Looking Back at 34 Films in 9 Days in Snowy Park City

Sundance Film Festival Tickets

Here we are at the bitter end once again. I don't know how I did it, but I hit 34 films for my 10th year the Sundance Film Festival. Have I mentioned how much I love Sundance? Yes, I definitely have. The more films I get to see at Sundance, the better, as the festival sets the pace for the rest of the year, introducing the world to a selection of movies that will likely earn even more acclaim as 2016 continues on. I've heard some of my colleagues say this wasn't a great year, but they're wrong. Sundance 2016 was a great year, and I saw some amazing films. Maybe they didn't see enough good films? Maybe they're too picky? I don't know. The Birth of a Nation and Manchester by the Sea will end up being two of the best films of the year, most critics will agree on that. But there are plenty other films I loved, and many more that I certainly enjoyed watching.

 Posted January 31 in Editorial, Indies, Sundance 16 | Comments

Watch: Full UK Trailer for Post-Apocalyptic Thriller 'The Survivalist'

The Survivalist

"Would you be able to spare some of your crop?" Bull Dog Distribution has released a new UK trailer for the post-apocalyptic thriller The Survivalist, from writer/director Stephen Fingleton. Martin McCann stars as the Survivalist, a man living in the forest after an apocalyptic disaster has left most of the world in desperate search for food. Similar to the low key post-apoc thriller Z for Zachariah (which I recommend seeing - rent it on iTunes), out of nowhere two people (two women) show up at his place. This almost seems like the opposite of Z for Zachariah, which is about a woman survivalist found by two men. I'm intrigued.

 Posted January 21 in Indies, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Sundance 2016: The 10 Most Anticipated Films We Can't Wait to See

Sundance 2016

Back to Sundance we go for another year of discovery. What's on the line-up this year? Out of the 120+ films showing at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, I've chosen 10 that I'm looking forward to seeing the most. To keep things well balanced, I've chosen 5 feature films and 5 documentaries from the line-up. There are so many films playing at the fest, and so many I'll end up seeing (30+), that this is a quick list to get everyone acquainted with some of the work premiering in 2016 (and why I'm so excited for these). From docs about tickling competitions, to features about Obama's first date. Nothing like seeing movies in the mountains.

 Posted January 18 in Docs, Feat, Indies, Sundance 16 | Comments

Full Trailer + Poster for Peter Greenaway's 'Eisenstein in Guanajuato'

Eisenstein in Guanajuato

"What the hell does he know about film?!" Wow, this looks wacky. Strand Releasing put out this new trailer and official poster for Peter Greenway's Eisenstein in Guanajuato, a film about Soviet filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein traveling down to Mexico in 1931 to shoot a new film. Elmer Bäck plays Sergei Eisenstein, and Luis Alberti plays his guide Palomino Cañedo, and the cast includes Maya Zapata, Lisa Owen, Stelio Savante. I can't really tell if I'm into this or not. It truly looks "wonderfully mind-boggling", as one of the quotes in this trailer states, I just hope it makes some sense. The footage is definitely appealing, and some of the shots got my attention. It's a very captivating, very mesmerizing trailer that pulls you into the journey, and makes you want to see more of this story about his wacky, wild 10 days in Mexico. Take a look below.

 Posted January 15 in Foreign Film, Indies, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Watch: First Trailer for John Carney's New Sundance Film 'Sing Street'

Sing Street

"It's our first gig - it's going to be amazing!" Elevation Pictures has debuted the first official trailer for John Carney's latest film, Sing Street. Carney broke out big at Sundance in 2007 with his beloved musical Once, and he's coming back to the festival again to premiere Sing Street this month. The plot this time follows a boy growing up in Dublin during the 80's who escapes his strained family life by starting a band and moving to London. The cast of young unknowns includes Lucy Boynton, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Aiden Gillen, Jack Reynor, Kelly Thornton, Ferdia Walsh-Peelo. The soundtrack for this is killer. All the 80's bands you know and love, from Duran Duran to The Clash. This looks like it will be fun! I'm planning to catch it at Sundance.

 Posted January 14 in Indies, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

First Teaser Trailer for Jeremy Saulnier's Violent Thriller 'Green Room'

Green Room Teaser Trailer

"I hope you appreciate the situation…" The perfect tease. Empire has unveiled this first UK teaser trailer for Jeremy Saulnier's Green Room, the latest from the filmmaker behind the cult hit Blue Ruin. In this film, Anton Yelchin and Alia Shawkat play two members of punk rock band that find themselves trapped in a secluded venue, fighting for their lives against a gang of violent white power skinheads, the leader played by Patrick Stewart. Also starring Imogen Poots, Mark Webber, Callum Turner & Macon Blair. I'm very excited to see it myself. We ran two reviews from festivals last year, with Jeremy (from Fantastic Fest) calling it "as smart as it is thrilling, just as rough as it is comical" but still "brutally violent". Watch below.

 Posted January 14 in Indies, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Netflix Already Acquires Indie Premiere 'Tallulah' Before Sundance

Tallulah

Watch out - Netflix is already buying up all the great films! The digital distributor has acquired a film out of Sundance 2016 an entire week before the festival even starts. Variety reports that Netflix has already acquired "worldwide streaming video on-demand rights" to Tallulah, meaning they'll handle the digital release, leaving the theatrical rights up for grabs. If a Sundance premiere is bought this early it's usually a sign the film is very good, or that it has a strong audience they believe they can capitalize on via Netflix. Tallulah is the feature debut of writer/director Sian Heder, a drama starring Ellen Page as a woman who takes a baby from a wealthy, negligent mother and passes the baby off as her own in an effort to protect her.

 Posted January 13 in Indies, Movie News, Sundance 16 | Comments

Rebecca Hall & Jason Sudeikis in Indie Comedy 'Tumbledown' Trailer

Tumbledown Trailer

"Turn the page. Start a new chapter." Starz Digital Media has debuted an official trailer for the indie comedy Tumbledown, the feature debut of director Sean Mewshaw. The film is about a woman, played by Rebecca Hall, trying to get over the sudden death of her husband, a folk singer. She meets a writer from New York, played by Jason Sudeikis, who helps her along that path. The ensemble cast includes Dianna Agron, Joe Manganiello, Blythe Danner and Griffin Dunne. It also features two adorable boxer dogs in the cast, of course. This is a bit more "sensitive and funny" than it sounds in text, but it looks okay. Enjoy.

 Posted January 7 in Indies, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

First Trailer for Jonás Cuarón's 'Desierto' Starring Gael García Bernal

Desierto Trailer

"I have a son in the United States. He gave me this bear to protect me. I promised him I would get it back to him." STX Entertainment has debuted the first trailer for a film called Desierto, directed by Alfonso Cuarón's son Jonás Cuarón. The thriller set on the US-Mexican border stars Gael García Bernal as a man trying to make it back safely. Jeffrey Dean Morgan stars as an angry border patrol agent out to hunt him down. We already ran a review of this film from the London Film Festival, saying that it "builds the tension and drama with great care and precision, never lulling or feeling over-long" with great "depth" in the lead performances. This is a sleek trailer, the footage in it will definitely grab your attention. Check it out below.

 Posted December 23 in Indies, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

First Look Photo: Natalie Portman as Jacqueline Kennedy in 'Jackie'

Natalie Portman as Jacqueline Kennedy

Production is now underway on the new film from Chilean filmmaker Pablo Larraín. We just featured a trailer for his latest film The Club (highly recommended), now we have a first look photo for his next one. Jackie stars the immensely talented Natalie Portman as Jacqueline Kennedy, following her in the days after President John F. Kennedy's assassination in 1963. The film is in production in Paris right now, and this photo via Deadline shows Portman in wardrobe as Jackie in a nice living room. "Pablo is a masterful filmmaker, the cast is top notch, and we are thrilled to be working with him." I agree, he is a masterful filmmaker and I'm looking forward to seeing what he's whipping up with Portman in this film. In full below.

 Posted December 16 in First Look, Indies | Comments

Sundance Film Festival 2016: Premiere Docs & Features Announced

Sundance Film Festival

Every new year brings us another Sundance Film Festival and with 45 days left until Sundance 2016 kicks off on January 21st, it's time to find out what will be playing up in snowy Park City this January. Yesterday, Sundance revealed the first 66 films playing in-competition at the festival. Today, they reveal the remaining features and documentaries playing in the Premieres category and Spotlight category. There are tons of great films in this line-up, including: TIFF holdover Green Room, Viggo Mortensen in Captain Fantastic, John Krasinski directing The Hollars, Taika Waititi's Hunt for the Wilderpeople and much more.

 Posted December 7 in Indies, Movie News, Sundance 16 | Comments

Sundance Film Festival 2016: In-Competition Film Selection Revealed

Sundance Film Festival

Every new year brings us another Sundance Film Festival and with 50 days left until Sundance 2016 kicks off on January 21st, it's time to find out what's playing this year. Sundance has revealed their 2016 selection of In-Competition films, including both documentaries and features, as well as films in the ultra low-budget NEXT category. Featured in five different categories are 66 individual films that will be showing at world's greatest, snowiest film festival in January. The rest of the major premieres will be revealed soon, and the Midnight line-up was announced last week. Plenty of good ones to choose from here, including a documentary with an "undisclosed" director (Holy Hell), plus Nate Parker's The Birth of a Nation and more.

 Posted December 2 in Indies, Movie News, Sundance 16 | Comments

Watch: Oscar Isaac vs Garrett Hedlund in First Trailer for 'Mojave'

Mojave Trailer

"Who are you? No one in particular." A24 has debuted the first trailer for William Monahan's new thriller Mojave through Entertainment Tonight; view the full trailer below. Oscar Isaac stars along with Garrett Hedlund in this tale of two drifters who meet in the desert. The cast includes Hayley Magnus, Dania Ramirez, and apparently Mark Wahlberg and Walton Goggins, though there isn't much of them in this. It starts out with one story, twists into something more thrilling halfway through, and becomes badass at the end. I'm not sure if this will actually be any good. "This started in the desert, and it's going to end there."

 Posted December 2 in Indies, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

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