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Another Trailer for That Ethan Hawke Action Movie '24 Hours to Live'

24 Hours to Live Trailer

"These guys don't play nice." Get locked and loaded. Saban Films debuted another new official trailer for the adrenaline-fueled action indie movie 24 Hours to Live, yet another assassin story if you're up for another one. Ethan Hawke stars as a career assassin who is given a chance at redemption after his employer brings him back to life temporarily after being killed on the job. This trailer is a bit more action heavy again, making this seem like some Taken meets Bourne meets Shoot 'Em Up meets Crank movie. The rest of the main cast includes Xu Qing, Liam Cunningham, Rutger Hauer, and Paul Anderson. This is worth a watch just to see what it's about, but damn it seems like a weird film with angry Hawke. Have fun.

 Posted November 20 in Indies, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

First Trailer for Goofy Break-In Comedy Film 'A Bad Idea Gone Wrong'

A Bad Idea Gone Wrong

"Who are these people trying to protect themselves from?" Freestyle Digital Media has debuted the first trailer for the indie comedy A Bad Idea Gone Wrong, a goofy film about two wanna-be thieves who trap themselves in a house they just broke into. Yeah, it's pretty much one of those why-not, let's-try-it concepts that kind of works, but also kind of doesn't. This played at a few festivals this year to quite a bit of acclaim, like winning the Best Feature prize at the dead CENTER Film Festival. The cast of A Bad Idea Gone Wrong includes Matt Jones, Will Rogers, Eleanore Pienta, Sam Eidson, and Jonny Mars. This looks a bit odd, there's something weird about the trailer that doesn't feel quite right to me. But I do think this seems like the film would be worth seeing at a festival. There's something quirky about it that's appealing enough.

 Posted November 16 in Indies, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Colin Firth Learns How to Sail in First UK Trailer for Drama 'The Mercy'

The Mercy Trailer

"Leave your doubts with us here on the shore. Take your dreams out to sea." StudioCanal UK has debuted an official UK trailer for an indie drama titled The Mercy, which tells the story of a humble man who takes an unfinished boat on a race around the world in an adventure on his own. This tells the triumphant, inspiring, incredible true story of Donald Crowhurst, an amateur sailor who decided to take on the task of competing in the 1968 Golden Globe Race - sailing around the world solo. Colin Firth stars as Crowhurts, and the cast includes Rachel Weisz as his wife Clare Crowhurst, along with David Thewlis, Jonathan Bailey, Tim Downie, Andrew Buchan, Genevieve Gaunt, Adrian Schiller. It looks like everything you'd expect for one of these biopics, and it will surely be entertaining to watch. Firth is always remarkable.

 Posted November 16 in Indies, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

US Trailer for Crazy Russian Dash Cam Documentary 'The Road Movie'

The Road Movie Trailer

"World-class stupidity…" Oscilloscope Labs has unveiled a new official trailer for the brutal, the crazy, the wild, the epic documentary known as The Road Movie (or also Дорога in Russian), compiled entirely of dash cam footage from Russia. This doc played at IDFA, True/False, Sheffield, Zurich, Denver, and other film festivals and will be hitting theaters in January. One of the descriptions makes this seem a little over the top: "Super objective dashboard-cam videos grow into a strong image of the Russian national character, permanently awaiting for a miracle and the habitual approach to real dramas. Everything can happen on the road of… life." Apparently so. This seems like it should play well to US right audiences now. This trailer is packed with some very bold, vicious quotes that don't really make me any more interested in this. Have fun.

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

Interview: Swiss Filmmaker Petra Volpe on Making 'The Divine Order'

Petra Volpe - Filmmaker

"Sometimes you need luck as a director. We always think it's all about control and it is a lot about control when you direct a movie, but it's also about things that you can't foresee." There's a film now playing in theaters titled The Divine Order, from Swiss writer/director Petra Volpe. The film is Switzerland's entry in the Oscars this year and it's obvious why when you see it. This very entertaining, exciting, engaging film tells the story of a woman in a mountain town in Switzerland who rallies other women to join in the fight for the right to vote. Swiss women only passed a law in 1971. I had a chance to talk with writer & director Petra Volpe and I'm so happy I did - she's a joy to talk with and had much to say about making empowering films.

 Posted November 13 in Feat, Indies, Interview | Comments

Official Trailer for Bryan Buckley's True Story 'The Pirates of Somalia'

Pirates of Somalia Trailer

"You want to make it as some big journalist, you gotta go somewhere crazy." Crystal Sky Entertainment has debuted the first official trailer for an indie dramatic thriller titled The Pirates of Somalia, from writer/director Bryan Buckley (The Bronze). The film tells the "incredible true story" of rookie journalist Jay Bahadur, who in 2008 decided to go to Somalia to embed himself among the pirates there. He ultimately succeeds in providing the first close-up look into who these men are, how they live, and the forces that drive them. Evan Peters stars as journalist Jay Bahadur, and of course they got Somalian native Barkhad Abdi to star as his local fixer. The cast also includes Coral Peña, Philip Ettinger, Russell Posner, Melanie Griffith, and Al Pacino. This actually looks better than expected, so far so good, I am honestly intrigued.

 Posted November 12 in Indies, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Official Trailer for Indie Film 'Small Town Crime' Starring John Hawkes

Small Town Crime Trailer

"We do this - there is no half way." Lionsgate has unveiled the first trailer for an indie dark comedy titled Small Town Crime, which played at the SXSW and London Film Festivals. The "small town" crime film stars John Hawkes as an alcoholic ex-cop who finds the body of a young woman and, through an act of self-redemption, becomes hell-bent on finding the killer but unwittingly puts his family in danger and gets caught up with several dark characters along the way. Sounds fun, no? The ensemble cast includes Octavia Spencer, Anthony Anderson, Robert Forster, Clifton Collins, Jr., Michael Vartan, James Lafferty, Daniel Sunjata, Caity Lotz, Jeremy Ratchford, Don Harvey, Stefanie Scott, and Dale Dickey. This looks pretty much exactly as it sounds, but at least it's nice to see Hawkes in another lead role.

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

Dianna Agron in First Trailer for Mystery Thriller 'Hollow in the Land'

Hollow in the Land Trailer

"Do you think he could've done it?" Vertical Entertainment has unveiled the first official trailer for an indie mystery thriller titled Hollow in the Land, the feature directorial debut of Canadian filmmaker Scooter Corkle. Hollow in the Land is a small-town murder mystery thriller starring Dianna Agron as a woman who decides track down her brother to clear his name after being blamed for a crime he didn't commit. There seems to be a few other twists and turns, as expect, in this film described as "Winter's Bone-meets-'Making a Murderer'". The full cast includes Jared Abrahamson, Shawn Ashmore, Rachelle Lefevre, Sarah Dugdale, Jessica McLeod and Michael Rogers. This looks quite solid, perhaps a strong debut for Corkle. It also seems like another chance for Agron to show how talented she is, leading the entire film.

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

WTF is This? Casper Van Dien in Trailer for Sci-Fi Film 'Ratpocalypse'

Ratpocalypse Trailer

"If they think we're going down without a fight… Oh hell gnaw!" Gravitas Ventures has released a trailer for a WTF film called Ratpocalypse, which surprisingly has nothing to do with the documentary Rat Film, nor does it have to do with the current state of the world. Well, but it kinda does. The film was already released in Moscow in 2015 and is just now getting a VOD release in America. Casper Van Dien stars as a Senator who delivers a speech in Moscow about corruption, claiming it will turn met into "rats". Suddenly this starts happening and people start turning into rats for real. Also starring Victoria Summer, Linda Bella, Catherine Oxenberg, Robert Craighead, Ilya Slovesnik, Natalia Lapina, Lidiya Korotko, and Alexander Khachatryan. The footage in the trailer is even weirder than it seems, if you dare to look.

 Posted November 7 in Indies, Sci-Fi, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Milo Gibson as Al Capone in Trailer for Crime Thriller 'Gangster Land'

Gangster Land Trailer

"These guys are coming after you…!" Cinedigm has released an official trailer for a new crime thriller titled Gangster Land, from director Timothy Woodward Jr., of the western film Hickok also being released this year. Not quite Gangster Squad, not quite The Godfather, this indie mob film follows Al Capone's second in command, "Machine Gun" Jack McGurn, as played by Sean Faris. It tells the story of Capone's rise, but through the the eyes of McGurn. Milo Gibson (one of Mel's sons) plays Capone, and the full cast includes Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Peter Facinelli, Michael Paré, Jason Patric, Don Harvey, Mark Rolston, and Al Sapienza. This actually looks better than expected, but doesn't look like a knock out either. Take a look.

 Posted November 3 in Indies, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Trailer for Ireland's Oscar Entry 'Song of Granite' About a Folk Singer

Song of Granite Trailer

"The songbirds of the air listened in wonder to this song, the most beautiful song in life." Oscilloscope Laboratories has debuted an official US trailer for a film titled Song of Granite, which is Ireland's entry into the Academy Awards this year. This film is about an Irish singer named Joe Heaney, who was one of the greats of traditional Irish singing (also known as sean nós). Similar to I'm Not There in a way, this seems to involve various musicians and actors playing Heaney, and it's shot in stunning B&W which seems to make it all the more mesmerizing. Starring Colm Seoighe (as young Joe Heaney), Mícheál Ó Chonfhaola (as Joe Heaney, 40s), Macdara Ó Fátharta (as Joe Heaney, 60s) & Jaren Cerf (as Rosie). This looks like a very soulful, moving film full of some exceptional Irish singing and captivating cinematography. See below.

 Posted November 3 in Indies, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

First Trailer for Quinn Shepard's Acclaimed Directorial Debut 'Blame'

Blame Trailer

"There's not really anybody else that I'm close to…" Samuel Goldwyn Films has unveiled an official trailer for an indie drama titled Blame, the feature directorial debut of young 22-year-old filmmaker Quinn Shepard. The film is about a drama teacher's taboo relationship with an unstable high school student, which strikes a nerve in her jealous classmate, sparking a vengeful chain of events. The film itself is based loosely on Arthur Miller's "The Crucible", which is also even specifically referenced within it as the play that the drama teacher chooses for their fall show. Quinn Shephard and Chris Messina star, along with Tate Donovan, Trieste Kelly Dunn, Tessa Albertson, Sarah Mezzanotte, and Nadia Alexander. This looks like a sultry drama with some great performances, dealing with the emotional turmoil of high school.

 Posted November 3 in Indies, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

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