"It wasn't a dream. It really happened. Again." Open Road Films has also debuted a new Sundance trailer for the sci-fi film Before I Fall, from filmmaker Ry Russo-Young, which is premiering at the Sundance Film Festival next week. Adapted from Lauren Oliver's novel of the same name, this time loop story involves a high school teenager - played by Zoey Deutch - who ends up dying at the end of the night, only to wake up and restart the same day, which gives her a chance to "question just how perfect her life really was." The cast includes Halston Sage, Jennifer Beals, Logan Miller, G. Hannelius, Elena Kampouris, Diego Boneta and Alyssa Lynch. This still looks like a cheesy YA movie, but I'm hoping there's something more to it, even just smart lessons to learn, or else why would it play at Sundance. Only time will tell. Take a look.
"There goes my heart…" Netflix has debuted a teaser trailer for Charlie McDowell's The Discovery, just a few days before this film premieres at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. This film is listed as one of my most anticipated of the festival, and that doesn't change after seeing this teaser trailer, I'm still very excited for it. Jason Segel and Rooney Mara star, along with Robert Redford, in this film about a world where the afterlife is scientifically proven. The two reconnect and look back over their life and choices while the rest of the world struggles with the choice to kill themselves to "get there" or remain alive. This is a fantastic trailer - I love the music, and it sets up some seriously powerful moments. Can't wait to see this.
"I hate optimistic people. They bum me out with their upbeat attitude." Netflix has unveiled a trailer for a dark comedy called Girlfriend's Day, co-written by and starring Bob Odenkirk as a greeting card writer. The wacky plot involves Odenkirk getting entangled in a web of murder and deceit as writers vie to create the perfect card for a new holiday: Girlfriend's Day. It's described as a "clever and quirky story about love, loss and the worst place to get a paper cut." The full cast includes Amber Tamblyn, Natasha Lyonne, Ed Begley Jr, Stacy Keach, Rich Sommer, June Diane Raphael, Andy Richter, Stephanie Courtney and Echo Kellum. This looks much darker and weirder than expected, but I'm not so sure about this one.
"I'm just lucky I figured it out a long time ago: life is lonely, and miserable." Fox Searchlight has revealed a second official trailer for the indie comedy Wilson, starring Woody Harrelson as the character Wilson, from the director of The Skeleton Twins. This is premiering at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival next week. Harrelson plays a "lonely, neurotic and hilariously honest middle-aged man reunites with his estranged wife and meets his teenage daughter for the first time." The cast includes Laura Dern (who looks awesome), Judy Greer, Cheryl Hines, Shaun Brown, David Warshofsky and Isabella Amara. This looks fun, and oddly charming at the same time, and I'm looking forward to checking it out at Sundance soon. Enjoy.
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 2017 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 2017 (and why I'm so excited for these). From docs about free speech and doping, to features about life after death. Nothing like watching movies in the mountains.
"The city takes you in as quick as it spits you out." A trailer has debuted for one of our most anticipated films premiering at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival starting next week. It's a film titled Pop Aye, from writer/director Kristen Tan, about a man in Thailand who finds his long lost elephant and takes him on a journey home across the country. The description is so unique and this sounds so cool, that I was sold on it already, but this trailer makes it look like a "must see" during the festival. The film's cast features Thaneth Warakulnukroh, Penpak Sirikul, and Bong the elephant as "Popeye". I also love the poster they made for this (seen below), and I can't wait to see the scene it's from. Looks so awesome! Don't miss this trailer.
"A deliciously fevered stew of nightmare fuel." Focus World has debuted a juicy red band trailer for a highly acclaimed indie drama titled Raw, which played to rave reviews at the Toronto Film Festival and Fantastic Fest last fall. The film is about a young veterinarian student named Justine, played by Garance Marillier, who is a vegetarian. Everything changes when she's forced to eat raw meat as part of a hazing ritual at the vet school, and things get bloodier from there on out. The cast includes Ella Rumpf, Rabah Nait Oufella, Laurent Lucas, Joana Preiss, Bouli Lanners, Marion Vernoux. This acclaimed film is also playing at Sundance coming up this month. This looks disgusting, but the rave reviews have me interested anyway.
Cinelicious Pics has debuted an official trailer for a super low budget indie drama titled Dark Night, from New York-based director Tim Sutton. The film premiered at last year's Sundance Film Festival in the low budget Next category, and is opening in limited theaters this February. It follows a troubled kid planning a mass shooting, loosely based around The Dark Knight Rises shooting a few years ago, even though it's not the same story (turned into a film). Starring Robert Jumper, Anna Rose Hopkins, Karina Macias. I saw this film at Sundance last year and it's definitely not for me: oh so boring, not much of a plot, really not impressive in any way. Of course, that's just my opinion, other critics found more to appreciate. Have a look.
"I'm just trying to look after my family…" Film4 out of the UK has debuted another official trailer for the generational crime drama Trespass Against Us, about a family of criminals who end up battling against each other. The indie film stars Michael Fassbender as a man trying desperately to escape the dangerous criminal world presided over by his savage father, played by Brendan Gleeson. The cast also includes Rory Kinnear, Sean Harris, Lyndsey Marshal, Killian Scott and Georgie Smith. This also features a score by The Chemical Brothers, some of which can be heard in the trailer. It seems like a solid crime thriller with some intense dramatic scenes and entertaining action, but it's oddly being released very quietly later this month by A24 in the US (see the US trailer here), which makes me a bit concerned. Have a look.
"It's okay to feel a little crazy… But it's not fair to you to have to do it all by yourself." Strand Releasing has debuted a trailer for the film Lovesong, an indie drama that premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival last year. Lovesong is the latest film from Korean-American director So-yong Kim, starring Riley Keough and Jena Malone as two close friends who end up getting even closer when they go on a roadtrip together just before one of them is getting married. The cast includes Brooklyn Decker, fellow filmmaker Cary Fukunaga, Juliet Fitzpatrick, Neal Huff, Ryan Eggold, Marshall Chapman & Amy Seimetz. This trailer has a nice feel to it, and this seems like it might be worth catching for these two lead performances.
"This is not a movie, this is life." The first trailer has debuted for an indie comedy titled All Nighter, the second feature from director Gavin Wiesen, who last directed a film titled Homework (which was retitled to The Art of Getting By). All Nighter stars J.K. Simmons as a workaholic father who decides to visit his daughter in LA, only to discover she's missing. He find her ex-boyfriend and ends up searching for her with him. Emile Hirsch is the ex, a banjo-playing goofball. The full cast includes Analeigh Tipton, Kristen Schaal, Taran Killam and Stephanie Allynne. This looks like a wild night of fun, I just hope it's good.
"So you're screwing your wife now?" A24 has premiered the trailer for an indie drama titled The Lovers, from director Azazel Jacobs (Terri), an intriguing look at modern marriage. Veteran actors Debra Winger and Tracy Letts star as a married couple who have been together for a long time, but each of them is now fully engaged in an affair. Wen they find a spark between them again, they try to figure out how to navigate the issue of cheating and see if they can't stay together. The cast includes Tyler Ross & Eric Satterberg. This looks like a solid relationship drama about the struggles of marriage and what it means to be in love. Plus, by now we all know anything A24 releases is usually of a certain quality, and this seems to be up there.