INDIE FILMS

Trailer for Indie Comedy 'Literally, Right Before Aaron' with Justin Long

Literally, Right Before Aaron Trailer

"He's actually a really cool guy." Screen Media Films has unveiled the first official trailer for an enjoyable indie comedy titled Literally, Right Before Aaron, telling the story of a heartbroken man invited to the wedding of his most recent ex-girlfriend. Justin Long stars in this fairly typical story about a guy dealing with a tough breakup and accepting the reality of letting go, while embracing the comedy in romance. The ensemble cast includes Cobie Smulders as his ex, as well as Ryan Hansen, John Cho, Kristen Schaal, Dana Delany, Peter Gallagher, Lea Thompson, and Luis Guzmán. This premiered at the Tribeca and Nantucket Film Festivals and seems like a painfully funny, awkwardly charming little comedy. Take a look.

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

Review: 'Brigsby Bear' is a True Love Letter to Fandom & Filmmaking

Brigsby Bear Review

The beloved sketch comedy group Good Neighbor was originally formed in 2007 by Kyle Mooney, Beck Bennett, Nick Rutherford, and Dave McCary. The comedians racked up millions of YouTube hits with their offbeat and uncomfortable sketch videos, including such notable standouts as "My Mom's a MILF", "Is My Roommate Gay?", "420 Disaster," and "Unbelievable Dinner," based on Steven Spielberg's Hook. In 2013, Mooney and Bennett joined Saturday Night Live as featured players along with McCary, who stayed behind the camera as a segment director. Now Mooney and McCary are transitioning to the big screen with the indie comedy Brigsby Bear, a feature-length narrative about friendship, family, and nostalgia that deftly blends humor and heart to create something that is both odd and oddly affectionate.

 Posted August 17 in Indies, Review | Comments

First Teaser Trailer for Noah Baumbach's Film 'The Meyerowitz Stories'

The Meyerowitz Stories Trailer

Meet the Meyerowitz Family. Netflix has unveiled the first teaser trailer for Noah Baumbach's latest film, The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected), which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival earlier in the summer. This quaint indie dramedy is about three siblings who reconnect and come together in New York for an event celebrating the artistic work of their father. Dustin Hoffman plays the father, a sculptor who has always been the dominant member of the family. Emma Thompson stars as his wife, and the siblings are played by Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller, and Elizabeth Marvel. Everyone in this gives superb performances, especially Hoffman and Thomson, but the film is a bit dry. You're either going to love it or hate it, as it's a film about the struggles between grown adults and their aging parents. Check out the teaser.

 Posted August 15 in Indies, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Trailer for Prison Break Drama 'Last Rampage' Featuring Robert Patrick

Last Rampage Trailer

"You can have anything you want in this world, as long as you know how to steal it." Epic Releasing has debuted a trailer for an action thriller titled Last Rampage, about the true story of a notorious prison break in Arizona in 1978. The film stars Robert Patrick as Gary Tison, a convicted murderer who escaped from prison with his cellmate, played by Chris Browning. While the sheriff, played by Bruce Davison, was hunting him down the two went on a murderous rampage. The film features a "chilling tour-de-force turn by Robert Patrick" in a story "about the dark side of family loyalty." The full cast includes Heather Graham, Molly C. Quinn, Jason James Richter, William Shockley, and the late John Heard. This looks very gritty and violent, perhaps it's an uncomfortable film to watch, but maybe there's something to it.

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

Beautiful Official Trailer for Sean Baker's Excellent 'The Florida Project'

The Florida Project Trailer

"Thank you very much!" "You're not welcome!" A24 has debuted the first official trailer for the outstanding indie film The Florida Project, the latest feature from Tangerine director Sean Baker. This premiered at the Cannes Film Festival this year to rave reviews - read mine here. The film tells the story of Halley, played by Bria Vinaite, and her daughter Moonee, played by Brooklynn Prince. They live at The Magic Castle, a motel in Orlando just in the backyard of Disneyland. Moonee and her friends run around causing all kinds of trouble and it's such a delight to watch them. Willem Dafoe also stars in one of his best performances of his career, and I really mean that. This film is really something special, and you can see why with this trailer - which captures the magic and charm of this beautiful film just perfectly. One of the year's best indie gems.

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

David Harewood Stars in Official US Trailer for 'Free In Deed' Drama

Free In Deed Trailer

"Sometime we have to go through something to get through something." Gravitas Ventures has debuted the official US trailer for an indie drama titled Free In Deed, which first premiered at the Venice Film Festival back in 2015. It also played at numerous film festivals in 2016, and is just now getting a very small release starting September this year. Free In Deed takes place in the world of converted storefront churches, following one man's attempt to perform a miracle. English actor David Harewood (from "Supergirl", "The Night Manager", "Homeland", The Brothers Grimsby) stars as a Pentecostal minister whose dedication to God is tested when approached by a desperate mother and her troubled son. The full cast includes Edwina Findley, Kathy Smith, and RaJay Chandler. This looks very powerful and entirely unique, worth a look.

 Posted August 13 in Indies, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Official US Trailer for Psychosexual French Drama Film 'Thirst Street'

Thirst Street Trailer

"Who is the girl? Did you two have sex?" Samuel Goldwyn Films has debuted the official US trailer for a new indie film titled Thirst Street, a psychosexual drama that premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival this year. The film stars Lindsay Burdge (star of the indie film A Teacher) as a flight attendant still reeling over the suicide of her boyfriend, who hooks up with a bartender in Paris on one of her layovers. But she soon gets sucked into this lust and then falls even further into madness when his ex shows up and messes with everything. The film's full cast includes Damien Bonnard, Anjelica Huston, Esther Garrel, Lola Bessis, Alice de Lencquesaing, and Jacques Nolot. This looks very 70s in story and in color palette, which seems like an interesting if not cliched choice. It also seems totally twisted and insane, so watch out.

 Posted August 10 in Indies, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

On a Road of Personal Discovery in First Trailer for 'In Search of Fellini'

In Search of Fellini Trailer

"This is your life - what do you want to do?" Ambi Media Group and Spotted Cow Entertainment debuted an official trailer for an indie coming-of-age film called In Search of Fellini, which is indeed about a young woman's search for Fellini. Ksenia Solo stars as a shy small-town Ohio girl who discovers Federico Fellini's "delightfully bizarre films" (see IMDb) and sets off on a journey across Italy to find him. Along the way, she discovers herself and romance and tasty Italian candy and much more. The cast includes Maria Bello, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Beth Riesgraf, Andrea Osvárt, and David O'Donnell. This looks quite adorable, and cute, very much a film-lovers adventure, though it does seem a bit cliche with its story. Enjoy.

 Posted August 9 in Indies, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Danny Pudi Stars in Trailer for Coming-of-Age Film 'The Tiger Hunter'

The Tiger Hunter

"I only wish to live up to my father's example…" An official US trailer has debuted for an indie coming-of-age comedy titled The Tiger Hunter, starring young actor Danny Pudi best known from "Community". Pudy plays Sami Malik, a young Indian boy who comes to America in the 1970s in order to impress his crush back home, as well as his father, a legendary tiger hunter. But of course he ends up working a low-end job and meets some wacky friends who he hopes will convince them of his success, even if it's not entirely true. The entire cast includes Rizwan Manji, Jon Heder, Karen David, Kevin Pollak, Sam Page, Anand Desai-Barochia, and Parvesh Cheena. This looks oddly charming and amusing in a quaint way. Enjoy.

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

Official UK Trailer for 'Moon Dogs' Road Trip to Glasgow Indie Movie

Moon Dogs Trailer

"So what's the deal with the two love birds in the back?" Amber Content has debuted a trailer for a film called Moon Dogs, which won Best International First Feature at Galway Film Fleadh 2016. No, this isn't an animated movie about dogs who go to the moon. Moon Dogs is about two teenage step-brothers, Michael and Thor, who take a road trip from Shetland to Glasgow for very different reasons. They're joined by an aspiring Irish singer named Caitlin, and if you can't already guess, things get heated when both boys fall for her. Jack Parry-Jones and Christy O’Donnell star, along with Tara Lee, Chris Donald, Tam Dean Burn, Tanya Franks, Geoffrey Newland, and Shauna Macdonald. This looks like a very odd, spunky, entertaining little coming-of-age film, which was nominated for a BAFTA Scotland last year. Check this out.

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

First Trailer for Rap Battle Indie Comedy 'Bodied' Premiering at TIFF

Bodied Trailer

"Words are weapons!" TIFF has dropped a trailer for a film premiering at the fest this fall in the Midnight category. Titled Bodied, from director Joseph Kahn, the film is about a white graduate student who gets deep into the battle rap world to write his thesis. He ends up discovering he has a competitive obsession with battle rap. This seems like it might be a perfect double feature with Patti Cake$ also from this year. Calum Worthy stars as Adam, with a cast including Anthony Michael Hall, Debra Wilson, Ryan Ochoa, Daffany McGaray Clark, Charlamagne tha God, Loaded Lux, Dizaster, Dumbfoundead, and Hollow Da Don. This film is produced by Eminem, with a script co-written by Toronto rapper Alex Larsen (aka Kid Twist). This trailer is hilarious, and it grabbed my attention, I'm so down for this. Bring it.

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

Full US Trailer for 'Goodbye Christopher Robin' with Domhnall Gleeson

Goodbye Christopher Robin Trailer

"I've had enough of making people laugh, I want to make them seek." Fox Searchlight has debuted the new full-length trailer for the film Goodbye Christopher Robin, telling the true story of beloved children's author A. A. Milne, as played by Domhnall Gleeson in the film. This seems like a nice bit of happiness in the midst of all the darkness these days. Set in England in the early 1900s, the story is all about how Milne came up with Winnie the Pooh, inspired by his son Christopher Robin and his stuffed animals. Along with the very talented Domhnall Gleeson, the cast includes Margot Robbie as Daphne Milne, Will Tilston as C.R., plus Kelly Macdonald, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, and Stephen Campbell Moore. This looks quite lovely and uplifting, with plenty of heart and humor and good vibes. Should be a nice film to watch this fall.

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

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