Nobody leaves. This poster rules! Thanks to a tip from our good friends @TheFilmStage, a new poster has debuted for Jeremy Saulnier's film Green Room. Saulnier is the filmmaker who brought us the breakout indie revenge thriller Blue Ruin, and this is his latest feature. It's about a young punk rock band, comprised of Anton Yelchin and Imogen Poots (seen above), who find themselves trapped in a secluded venue after stumbling upon some skinheads. The film is apparently extremely violent, but earned rave reviews at its Cannes premiere. Saulnier also got an upgrade on the cast - Patrick Stewart, Alia Shawkat, Mark Webber are all in this, too. That's probably why this isn't being pushed as a main poster, but damn is it still a fine poster.
It's time. Time to kick off the fall movie season. We're just about done with summer, the kids are back in school, and most importantly - the fall film festivals are about to kick off. The Venice Film Festival and Telluride Film Festival both open this week, with many big (and surprise) premieres planned. Right after that, the festival season continues with the Toronto International Film Festival and Fantastic Fest in Austin, leading to the New York Film Festival and AFI Fest in Los Angeles, not to mention the London Film Festival. That takes us right into the awards season of November/December. Whether you like it or not, or you hate the awards grind and endless campaigning, this is the time of year when all the good films roll out - last year's gems, surprising discoveries, more films to fall in love with. I'm ready to start watching.
"Rules are important. And without rules, we will become like them." Well Go USA has debuted the official trailer for Partisan, a thriller out of Sundance this year starring Vincent Cassel in one of the lead roles. I actually heard a lot great things about this during the fest from some of my friends, and you can see why with this trailer. Cassel plays a man who raises kids in some kind of colony where he trains them to survive and to kill. The film follows Jeremy Chabriel as Alexander, a boy who begins to think for himself; it also stars Florence Mezzara. This is a hard one to pitch simply in text without inviting you to see footage, but luckily we can do just that. Take a look below, I think a few folks might be very intrigued by this film. Enjoy.
"I want chemo therapy!" Roadside Attractions has debuted a charming trailer for the indie comedy Miss You Already, starring Toni Collette and Drew Barrymore as two life-long inseparable friends entering their 40s. But then there's a twist - one of them gets cancer, but together they keep each other's hopes up. The film is premiering at the Toronto Film Festival this month and is the latest from director Catherine Hardwicke, who we haven't seen much of since Red Riding Hood a few years ago. But this looks like a story close to the heart. The cast includes Dominic Cooper, Paddy Considine & Tyson Ritter. Give it a look.
"All hail, Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter." The Weinstein Co has debuted the official US trailer for Justin Kurzel's Macbeth, the precursor to Fassbender's Assassin's Creed (also directed by Kurzel), and one of the most talked about films coming out of Cannes this year. Michael Fassbender stars as Macbeth, a duke of Scotland, in this Shakespeare adaptation also starring Marion Cotillard as Lady Macbeth. The cast also includes Elizabeth Debicki, Marion Cotillard, Sean Harris, David Thewlis, Jack Reynor and Paddy Considine. There are some really spectacular shots shown in this trailer, from cinematographer Adam Arkapaw, and overall it looks like my kind of Shakespeare movie. Dark, gritty, enthralling, and visceral.
"You're different from most girls. I feel like I needed to ask your permission before I kissed you…" Focus Features has debuted the first official trailer for The Danish Girl, starring Eddie Redmayne as artist Lili Elbe, and Alicia Vikander as Gerda Wegener. This looks like a very emotional, very powerful follow-up from Tom Hooper, after Les Mis and The King's Speech. The thrilling cast also includes Amber Heard, Matthias Schoenaerts, Ben Whishaw, Emerald Fennell and Sebastian Koch. The film is being billed as one of the first transgender stories, and it looks magnificent, very deeply influenced by love and connection. This will be hitting the festival circuit soon, so stay tuned for early reviews. People will be talking about this one.
Get ready for another round of Dope! Or, perhaps since not enough people saw it the first time, get ready to go see Dope in the theaters! Rick Famuyiwa's Dope, which broke out of Sundance earlier this year with a boatload of positive buzz (read my review here), first opened in the summer on June 19th, which is an odd spot for this indie comedy. That said it has already earned $16 million at the box office and they're going to push it to theaters one more time. Open Road Films has confirmed that Dope will arrive on September 4th back in theaters, for those who want to see it (again) on the big screen. It's a film we recommend seeing.
"You need to deal with your own anger management issues." The first international trailer for Nasty Baby, the latest from Chilean director Sebastián Silva, has debuted. Actress Kristen Wiig has been in a number of outstanding indies recently, between Welcome to Me and The Skeleton Twins and The Diary of a Teenage Girl (I recommend any/all of them), and she has another one coming up. Nasty Baby premiered at Sundance this year and stars Wiig along with Tunde Adebimpe, Reg E. Cathey, Mark Margolis, and Denis O'Hare. The story follows a trio, one woman and two men, in a very awkward relationship. Enjoy.
"Who were you? 'Who?' - that's what I always ask myself…" Fox Searchlight has debuted their new official US trailer for Paolo Sorrentino's Youth, starring Michael Caine as an aging composer who retreats with his filmmaker friend, played by Harvey Keitel, to a spa in the Alps. There they encounter some interesting characters and discuss life, and youth, and beauty, and more. Rachel Weisz also stars as Caine's daughter, who also joins him on the trip. The cast includes Paul Dano, Jane Fonda and Ed Stoppard. This trailer starts out looking like a fun indie comedy, then becomes something very poetic in the second half. The best trailer yet, very moving - I can't wait to see this. "I don't owe anybody anything, I did it myself!" Enjoy it.
"This one feels different." The official UK trailer has debuted for a new film called Blunt Force Trauma, starring Mickey Rourke, Ryan Kwanten and Freida Pinto. Despite that rather interesting cast, this is actually going straight-to-DVD and looks a bit like a low budget clunker with some very underlit scenes. The film is about gunfighters, or modern day gun-slingers who actually fight with pistols and bulletproof vests. You know what, that is a cool idea I'll give them that, but this has other problems. Anyway, the cast includes Jon Mack, Jason Gibson, Carolina Gómez and Maruia Shelton. Check it out below if you're curious.
"It's love. This time, it's love…" StudioCanal UK has debuted the first official teaser trailer for Todd Haynes' Carol, a gorgeous romantic drama set in the 1950s starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara. The film earned rave reviews out of this year's Cannes Film Festival (read Marco's review here) and is supposedly one of the best features of the year, about love "against the odds" set in a totally different time than today. This is just a very beautiful teaser using nothing but music and some incredible footage to make you feel like this film is going to win over your heart. The cast includes Kyle Chandler, Sarah Paulson, Jake Lacy, Cory Michael Smith and John Magaro. I'm very much looking forward to this film, looks lovely. What a tease.
"You bar this door behind me! If a man comes throughn, no matter what - you shoot!" Drafthouse Films has debuted the first trailer for The Keeping Room, a thriller set during the dying days of the American Civil War. The film stars Brit Marling and Hailee Steinfeld as sisters, who must fight to defend their home when two rogue soldiers from the Union Army come after them. They're joined by Muna Otaru, who plays a slave with them at their farmhouse fighting back. This looks solid. A bit dark at times, but otherwise not so bad for an indie revisionist western told from the woman's perspective. Opens in theaters September.
It may not be in English, but it still does look like a very compelling film. The first international trailer has debuted for Natalie Portman's directorial debut A Tale of Love and Darkness, also starring Portman, written by Portman, and produced by Portman. The cast also features Makram Khoury as Halawani and Shira Haas. The film follows Natalie Portman as Fania Oz, a writer, journalist, and advocate of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. This certainly looks like it's full of beautiful imagery, telling a very emotional, powerful story. We'll update when a version with English subtitles is available. Take a look.
Gather round for your first look at Tom Hiddleston as a classic country western singer. In the upcoming film I Saw the Light, Hiddleston plays Hank Williams, who only lived to the age of 29 but "in his brief life created one of the greatest bodies of work in American music." Sony Pictures Classics has just debuted the first official photo from the film, which is opening in theaters this November. I Saw the Light is written and directed by Marc Abraham, and in addition to Hiddleston stars Elizabeth Olsen, Cherry Jones, Bradley Whitford, Maddie Hasson, Wren Schmidt. We hope to see more from this soon, as it could be one to watch.