"Give me 20 minutes, and I will give you parental bliss." We're used to seeing Adam Scott in raunchy comedies like Step Brothers and Hot Tub Time Machine 2, while Jason Schwartzman is usually reserved for quirky indies. Now it looks like these two worlds will meet in The Overnight. This sex comedy that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival throws two newly acquainted couples together for what begins as a friendly, neighborly playdate between parents but turns into a weird late night sex party. This one had a lot of buzz at Sundance, but sadly I missed it, so I can't offer my own thoughts, but it looks pretty fun. Watch!
"Nobody's gonna suspect a thing. We're just geeks, doing what geeks do." After a unique and stylish teaser trailer for the indie sensation Dope surfaced earlier this year, the full trailer finally lays out the story for those unsure what kind of movie to expect. What's cool, is that while the trailer definitely shows us what the movie is about, it also adds some of that style we saw in the first trailer with some cool graphics overlaying footage from the movie. This is truly a gem from Sundance this year, and it's undoubtedly a breakthrough performance for Shameik Moore in the lead and the start of a bright future for diector Rick Famuyiwa.
Every year, as we head into spring, the Cannes Film Festival unveils it's lineup as cinephiles around the world wait anxiously to find out what films will be premiering at the prestigious festival. The 2015 line-up has been unveiled, with a rather interesting selection of films ranging from Mad Max: Fury Road to Pixar's Inside Out to Natalie Portman's first film A Tale of Love and Darkness to Justin Kurzel's Macbeth with Michael Fassbender, to filmmakers like Jacques Audiard (Rust & Bone, A Prophet), Garrone, Kore-Eda, Moretti, Sorrentino, Villeneuve, Gus Van Sant and Woody Allen. This is the day many diehard cinephiles have been waiting for, to find out what's showing up this year, so take a look at the selection in full below.
"You really do sound married." There's plenty of potential indie darlings hitting theaters this summer among the normal blockbuster fare, and one film coming from the 2015 Sundance Film Festival to the big screen is Results. The comedy stars Guy Pearce, Cobie Smulders and Kevin Corrigan in both a professional and romantic love triangle. Mumblecore director Andrew Bujalski steps up to more polished filmmaking with his latest effort, and the first trailer has just arrived. This was one I missed at Sundance, and while the trailer looks amusing, it also looks like it meanders quite a bit, so I'm not sure what to think.
"Not a day goes by where I don't miss you deeply." This isn't anything like Pineapple Express or Your Highness, but it is another unique film from director David Gordon Green. His latest film, aside from Joe, is the drama Manglehorn starring Al Pacino as an aging locksmith in Texas who longs for the lost love of his life. Holly Hunter, Harmony Korine and Chris Messina also star. This trailer is a rather beautiful setup for a very tragic, low key film that doesn't amount to much. Most of what you see in here is what is in the film. I wish I could say it's even better than this trailer is - since I saw this at TIFF last year and it's okay, not that great. That said, if you have been waiting to see Al Pacino back at his best, start here.
"You were right… music is all I understand." Another likely Cannes 2015 contender is Youth, also known as The Early Years, the new film from Italian filmmaker Paolo Sorrentino (The Great Beauty). The great Michael Caine stars along with Paul Dano, but this trailer gives the most time (and dialogue) to Caine as Fred, on vacation in an elegant hotel at the foot of the Alps. It's a very mesmerizing, alluring trailer with some weird stuff going on but I have to say I am definitely intrigued. We also get a few glimpses of Rachel Weisz in this, and some other peculiar moments, all worth a look. For those curious, the music in here is "Just (After the Song of Songs)" by David Lang. I really want to see this. Take a look + listen below.
"You go to high school in Inglewood. Think you're going to get into Harvard? Who do you think you are, huh?" Open Road has debuted a new TV spot for the upcoming release of one of our Sundance favorites, a little film called Dope, written/directed by Rick Famuyiwa starring up-and-comer Shameik Moore as __! Like the TV spot, we can't reveal that until you see it. I love the way they're marketing this, it's fresh and interesting and stands out, and I hope it's grabbing your attention. This TV spot first aired during the MTV Movie Awards last night, and it's a good sell, but I hope we see a bit more as they build up to the release in June. And yep, that's Lobby Boy from Grand Budapest, actor Tony Revolori, in the image above. Enjoy!
After making a big splash at the 2015 Sundance film Festival at the beginning of the year, landing some big prizes at the indie showcase, the touching sensation Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is coming to theaters this summer, and the first trailer has just arrived. This film was one of our favorites at Sundance in January, and Alex said, "theperformances from the two leads are exceptional and the story pulls viewers in with genuine humor and heart." The story follows a friendship that blossoms between an awkward boy and a girl with cancer, but it's not just another Fault in Our Stars. This one is very special in its own way. Watch!
"I don't have herpes, but it's okay with me if you do." After premiering at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, the charming elderly romance I'll See You in My Dreams is coming to theaters early this summer. Blythe Danner (Meet the Parents) stars in the story of Carol, a retired schoolteacher and a longtime widow in her 70s. She now enjoys a routine lifestyle, that is, until her beloved dog dies, throwing her life into upheaval. But it also gives her a chance to experience new things as she befriends her pool boy (Martin Starr) and a charming gentleman named Bill (Sam Elliott). This just looks delightful. Watch!
It Follows, indie writer/director David Robert Mitchell's follow-up to his acclaimed 2010 debut, The Myth of the American Sleepover, couldn't be further from the coming-of-age-in-suburbia drama. In terms of tone, that is. His latest is similar in that it deals with teens in suburban Detroit, but the comparisons end there. It Follows is a nightmarish tale of one girl and the unstoppable curse that has latched itself onto her, a ghost who's hauntings can only be transferred by some good old hanky-panky. The entity follows her relentlessly until it either catches her or she can pass the curse onto another, unlucky person. Mitchell utilizes these two simple ideas to create one of the scariest, cinematic experiences to come along in awhile.
While Kevin Smith is rounding up the cast to shoot Mallrats 2 next year, right now he's getting ready to shoot Clerks 3. And coincidentally, this fall will bring a biopic about how the filmmaker launched his career with the original Clerks, an indie hit at Sundance in 1993. Shooting Clerks will feature familiar faces like Smith himself, Jason Mewes, Brian O’Halloran, Scott Mosier, Walter Flanagan and more, but they won't be playing the character's from Smith's film or even themselves. Instead an unknown cast is bringing to life these characters in the story of how Clerks came to be, and a teaser trailer has just arrived. It looks like a student film, but in a charming way, and seems to be something that Smith's fans will enjoy. Watch?
"Allow me to re-introduce myself…" One of our favorite films from the 2015 Sundance Film Festival is coming to theaters this summer, and one of the coolest teaser trailers I've ever seen has just arrived to show it off. Dope delivers the perfect teaser in that it doesn't give much away about the story, but quickly introduces us to the characters and their style. Plus, it immerses you wonderfully in the culture of the 90s, which runs rampant throughout the film despite the fact that it's sent in modern day. This is a star-making turn for Shameik Moore, and if you need anymore convincing, read Alex's Sundance review. Watch now!
"There is life with you, not with me." The idea of Arnold Schwarzenegger starring in a drama called Maggie where he attempts to care for his daughter (Abigail Breslin) as she slowly turns into a zombie sounded like a promising concept, but also with the potential to be disastrous. However, a trailer for the indie that premiered at TIFF last year has just arrived, and this looks surprisingly good. It's very somber and serious, and not in a way that seems insincere or laughable. This has the potential to be Schwarzenegger's best film since he returned to acting. At the very least, it's an original zombie story in a tired genre. Watch?
Let's discover something new. Kicking off this week in New York City is one of my favorite under-the-radar film festivals, called New Directors/New Films. Co-presented by both the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Museum of Modern Art (two of the best places for movies in the city anyway!), the fest highlights first-time filmmakers and their incredible feature debuts. This is my second year attending, and it's really all about the films, and the spirit of discovery, and first time introductions to filmmakers we'll be hearing about for many years to come. If you want to feel like you're ahead of the class, or you want an early start learning about which filmmakers are on the rise, take a closer look at this festival and its selection. They found them.